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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 15, 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 Lynch in Missoula on December 17, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

• DONALD MITCHELL JOHNSON, a 48-year-old resident of Alhambra, California, appeared on charges of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and fraud and related activity in connection with access devices. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LIU faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. PACER Case Reference: 14-28

• EDWARD EARL WERNER, a 42-year-old resident of Hot Springs, appeared on charges of felon in possession of firearms. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, WERNER faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Sanders County Sheriff’s Office. PACER Case Reference: 14-46

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on December 17, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

• JOSE LUIS ALVARADO, a 27-year-old citizen of Mexico appeared on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit money laundering. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, ALVARADO faces life in prison, $10,000,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Russell Country Drug Task Force, and Homeland Security Investigations. PACER Case Reference: 14-96

• BRANDON MICHAEL JACKSON, a 29-year-old resident of Wolf Point appeared on charges of burglary. If convicted of the charge contained in the indictment, JACKSON faces 20 years in prison, $50,000 in fines and 3 years supervised release. The case was investigated by Fort Peck Tribes Department of Law and Justice PACER Case Reference: 14-78

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ostby in Billings on December 17, 2014, and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

• ZHE LIU, a 23-year-old resident of Alhambra, California, appeared on charges of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and fraud and related activity in connection with access devices. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, LIU faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and 5 years supervised release. The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. PACER Case Reference: 14-119

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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Updated January 14, 2015