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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Montana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Information: Federal Court Arraignments

The United States Attorney’s Office announced that those persons listed below were arraigned before the U.S. Magistrate and the indictments handed down by the Grand Jury unsealed. Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on November 20, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

• HARVEY RICHARD BRANDEN, a 37-year-old resident of Kalispell, appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, BRANDEN faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The investigation is a cooperative effort between the Russell Country Drug Task Force which includes law enforcement officers from the Great Falls Police Department, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations and the U.S. Border Patrol, as well as the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation, Tri-Agency Task Force and U.S. Internal Revenue Service. PACER Case Reference: 14-96

• THEODORA ANN MORSETTE, a 60-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal funds, theft from an Indian tribal organization and theft from a health care facility. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, MORSETTE faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. PACER Case Reference: 14-99

If any of the above cases are of interest to your media organization and the community it serves, we encourage you to monitor the progress of the case regularly through the U.S. District Court calendar and the PACER system so that you stay current and not miss any important developments in the case.

To establish a PACER account, which will allow you to review documents filed in the case, please go to, http://www.pacer.gov/register.html. To access the district court's calendar, please go to https://ecf.mtd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/PublicCalendar.pl.

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