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Information: Federal Court Arraignments

U.S. Attorney’s Office June 24, 2014
  • District of Montana (406) 657-6101

The United States Attorney’s Office today 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 June 24, 2014 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • TONYA BRACKETT, a 41-year-old resident of Missoula, appeared on charges of wire fraud, theft of government property and false statements. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, BRACKETT faces 20 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General. PACER Case Reference: 14-34
  • GARY MARK FOX, a 47-year-old resident of Hamilton, appeared on charges of false statements, use of immigration documents by fraud. If convicted of the most serious charge contained in the indictment, FOX faces 10 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. PACER Case Reference: 14-31

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in Great Falls on June 24, 2014 and entering pleas of Not Guilty were:

  • JOHN CHANCE HOULE, a 50-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of bribery and obstruction of justice. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, HOULE faces 20 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by U.S. Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and Environmental Protection Agency. PACER Case Reference: 14-45
  • JOHN CHANCE HOULE, a 50-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of conspiracy to embezzle tribal funds, theft from an Indian tribal organization and theft. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, HOULE faces 10 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by U.S. Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and Environmental Protection Agency. PACER Case Reference: 14-49
  • JOHN CHANCE HOULE, a 50-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of bribery and obstruction of justice. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, HOULE faces 20 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by U.S. Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and Environmental Protection Agency. PACER Case Reference: 14-45
  • JOHN CHANCE HOULE, a 50-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of conspiracy to embezzle money from an Indian tribal organization, theft from an Indian tribal organization, bribery, theft and obstruction of justice. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, HOULE faces 20 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by U.S. Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and Environmental Protection Agency. PACER Case Reference: 14-50
  • MICHAEL A. MORRIS, 39-year-old resident of Choteau, appeared on charges of conversion of secured property and federal agricultural loan fraud. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, MORRIS faces five years’ imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General.. PACER Case Reference: 14-43
  • BRUCE HAROLD SUNCHILD, a 69-year-old resident of Box Elder, appeared on charges of conspiracy to embezzle money from an Indian tribal organization, theft from a Indian tribal organization, theft from Indian tribal government receiving federal funds. If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, SUNCHILD faces 10 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 in fines and three years’ supervised release. The case was investigated by U.S. Department of Interior Office of Inspector General, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service and Environmental Protection Agency. PACER Case Reference: 14-47

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.

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