Dupree Woman Arraigned on Federal Charges
January 4, 2012
Contact: Mark E. Salter
Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Dupree woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Theft of Government Property, Social Security Fraud, and Making False Statements to a Federal Agency.
Inez Iron Bird, age 57, was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2011. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 3, 2012, and pled not guilty to the indictment. The maximum penalty upon conviction is 10 years’ imprisonment on the theft charge, and 5 years’ imprisonment on both the fraud charge and the false statement charge, a $250,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release. The charges are merely accusations, and Iron Bird is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
The investigation is being conducted by the Social Security Administration, Office of Investigations.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Britt M. Haxton is prosecuting the case. Iron Bird was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.
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