Informational: Federal Court arraignments
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that the following persons were arraigned this week before U.S. Magistrate judges and indictments handed down by the Grand Jury were unsealed. Indictments are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty:
Appearing on Dec. 18 before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston in Great Falls and pleading not guilty was:
WILLARD WILSON WHITE III, 43, on charges of wire fraud; theft from an Indian tribal organization; and income tax evasion. If convicted of the most serious crime, White faces a maximum 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release. The case was investigated by the Fort Peck Tribes’ Department of Law and Justice and U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Inspector General. Pacer case reference. 18-97.
Appearing on Dec. 20 before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Johnston in Great Falls and pleading not guilty was:
KARINA VICTORIA RUIZ-ROSALES, 24, of Los Angeles, Calif., on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession with intent to distribute meth. If convicted of the most serious crime, Ruiz-Rosales faces a minimum mandatory 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and five years of supervised release. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Russell Country Drug Task Force. Pacer case reference. 16-36.
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.
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.