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Four members of a Brockton family were sentenced to federal prison terms Thursday, March 5, for their role in the embezzlement of over $130,000 from the Brockton town government, the latest development in the ongoing probe into public corruption involving federally funded programs known as the Guardians Project.
The United States Attorney’s Office announced that U.S. District Judge Brian M. Morris sentenced Desiree Lambert, 59, Bernard Lambert, 66, Kaycee Lambert, 35, and Kayla Lambert, 30, to prison.
A federal grand jury indicted the Lambert family in August for wire fraud, public corruption and aggravated identity theft.
During a hearing for plea changes, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ryan G. Weldon outlined the embezzlement scheme spearheaded by Desiree Lambert, then the business manager for the town, where she handled municipal finances, books and records. Beginning in December 2012, she began writing illegitimate checks to herself, her husband [Bernard Lambert], and her daughters [Kaycee and Kayla Lambert] and forging the signature of the mayor of Brockton.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the embezzlement scheme netted the Lamberts $132,563 over a period of about 1½ years. When interviewed, the Lamberts admitted to spending the money on gambling and household items.
Weldon requested stiffer prison sentences for Bernard and Desiree Lambert due to their previous criminal history. In 2006, the pair embezzled $12,000 from the Department of Education while Bernard Lambert was the superintendent of the Brockton School District and Desiree Lambert was the director of the Fort Peck Department of Education. She authorized four payments to her husband for writing 10 grant applications on behalf of the Fort Peck Department of Education. The alleged grant applications were for grants from various corporations and a 21st Century Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Investigation revealed, through contact with the various corporations and the DOE, that none of the grant applications that Bernard Lambert was paid to write were ever received or funded. As a result of their past fraud, Bernard and Desiree Lambert each served a year in federal prison.
After the pair was released from federal supervision in 2011, Desiree Lambert was hired to handle the finances of the Brockton town government.
Weldon told the court, “this time the Lamberts regrouped and increased their criminal efforts with more vigor. As a result, they embezzled $132,563.95, many times more than that of the first conviction. Worse yet, they used their children to move money and feed their gambling addictions.”
Morris sentenced Desiree Lambert to 44 months of prison and Bernard Lambert received 20 months of prison. Desiree Lambert received an increase in her sentence, in part, because she abused and used her position with the town of Brockton in order to embezzle public funds. Morris also ordered both to serve three years of supervised release and to repay $132,563.95 in restitution.
Kayla Lambert and Kaycee Lambert facilitated the embezzlement and public corruption scheme by cashing fraudulent checks on behalf of their parents.
Morris sentenced Kayla Lambert to five months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Of the two years on supervised release, she must spend five months in home confinement.
Kaycee Lambert was sentenced to one more month in federal prison than her sister. As a result, she received a federal prison sentence of six months, which will be followed by two years of supervised release. Of the two years on supervised release, Kaycee Lambert must spend six months in home confinement.
Kayla Lambert was ordered to pay $93,656 in restitution and Kaycee Lambert was ordered to pay $39,774 in restitution.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice investigated the case.
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(Editor’s Note: The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office distributes an inmate roster each week with charges and communities of residence.)
As of Monday, March 9, 12 inmates were housed in the Roosevelt County Jail. Fort Benton Detention Center was holding one male to alleviate overcrowding.
The RCSO reported that the following individuals were incarcerated at the jail between Monday, March 2, and Monday, March 9:
•Patrick J. Beauchamp, 35, Wolf Point, hold on U.S. Marshal’s warrant;
•Daniel Amos Bridges, 38, Wolf Point, criminal possession of dangerous drugs; criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest;
•Joel Campos, 37, Las Cruces, N.M., felony possession of dangerous drugs;
•Dale A. Cooper, 38, Wolf Point, arrested on Roosevelt County warrant;
•Kyle Fuchs, 32, Cul-
bertson, disorderly conduct, partner/family member assault, assault with weapon, unlawful restraint, criminal endangerment;
•Christopher Hovey, 25, Lansing, Mich., felony criminal possession of dangerous drugs;
•Jason Knight, 37; Spokane, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia;
•Darryl Lewis, 45, San Bernadino, Calif., criminal contempt warrant;
•Robert Lindquist, 41, Chattoroy, Wash., criminal possession of dangerous drugs, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence;
•Paul Merica, 24, Salt Lake City, Utah, criminal possession of dangerous drugs and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, bonded out;
•Timothy Oglesby, 31, Wolf Point, sexual intercourse without consent and incest, awaiting sentencing;
•Samantha Starkey, 25, Wolf Point, partner/family member assault, released;
•Brian Suggs, 33, Mesa, Ariz., driving under the influence, criminal endangerment, failure to carry proof of insurance, driving a motor vehicle while the privilege to do so is revoked and fail to stop immediately at property damage accident.
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Editor’s Note: This is a partial list of activity the Roosevelt County/Fort Peck Tribes 911 Center reported for the previous week. Some reports of traffic and other minor offenses were omitted due to time restraints since the list was submitted after our 9 a.m. Tuesday deadline.)
Robbery with a firearm: March 2, 11:25 p.m., FPDLJ, 200 block Dawson Street, Wolf Piont.
Aggravated assault with a knife: March 8, 1:53 p.m., 1000 block Pleasant Street, Poplar.
Residential burglary, forcible: March 5, 3:13 p.m., FPDLJ, 100 block Jackson Road, Oswego; March 7, 8:59 p.m., FPDLJ, 900 block 12th Avenue, Poplar.
Theft/shoplifting: March 4, 11:20 p.m., RCSO, 300 block F St., Poplar.
Theft from a motor vehicle: March 3, 11:26 a.m., WPPD, 200 block, East Indian St., Wolf Point.
Other thefts: March 8, 7:24 p.m., WPPD, 500 block Dawson St., Wolf Point; March 5, 11:54 a.m., WPPD, 200 block, East Indian St., Wolf Point; March 2, 7:03 p.m., WPPD, The Lord’s Table, Wolf Point; March 5, 7:10 p.m., FPDLJ, BIA Route 150, Poplar; March 4, 4:40 p.m., RCSO, 300 block, First Street, Froid.
Motor vehicle theft: March 4, 12:45 p.m., WPPD, 200 block Indian Street, Wolf Point; March 4, 8:56 a.m., FPDLJ, 100 block West Cascade, Wolf Point; March 8, 5:14 a.m., FPTDLJ, 400 block 9th Avenue East, Poplar; March 6. 11:25 p.m., RCSO, Smokey’s Bar and Casino, Bainville.
Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle: March 6, 11:25 p.m., WPPD, 400 block Eureka Street, Wolf Point.
Simple assault: March 2, 5:28 p.m., FPTDLJ, 400 block Ninth Avenue East, Poplar; March 5, 11:05 a.m., RCSO, Fort Peck Journal office, Poplar; March 5, 2:59 p.m., FPTDLJ, 400 block East D Street Poplar; March 6, 7:56 p.m., FPTDLJ, 200 block Joe Butch Road, Frazer.
Domestic Abuse: March 6, 12:56 p.m., FPTDLJ, Seventh Avenue North, Wolf Point; March 5, 9:58 a.m., WPPD, 200 block Fallon Street, Wolf Point; March 5, 7:23 p.m., FPTDLJ, Silver Wolf Casino, Wolf Point; March 8, 12:33 a.m., WPPD, 500 block Custer Street, Wolf Point; March 5, 4:34 p.m., FPTDLJ, 900 block 13th Avenue Northeast, Poplar; March 2, 7:08 p.m., HR 1 Dr., Poplar; March 6, 9:39 p.m., FPTDLJ, 200 block West H Street, Poplar; March 8, 3:20 a.m., RCSO, 200 block Rhea Street, Bainville; March 4, 11:39 p.m., FPTDLJ, Northeast Montana Health Services - Poplar Campus, Poplar.
Vandalism residence: March 5, 7:18 p.m., WPPD, 800 block Fourth Avenue South, Wolf Point; March 3, 10:52 p.m., FPTDLJ, 200 block East Granville Street, Wolf Point.
Criminal mischief: March 5, 8:17 p.m., WPPD, 400 block Idaho Street, Wolf Point.
Vehicle vandalism: March 5, 4:45 p.m., WPPD, 400 block Granville Street, Wolf Point; March 4, 8 p.m., WPPD, Morning Star Baptist Church, Wolf Point; March 6, 8:56 p.m., FPTDLJ, 800 block, West Ash, Wolf Point; March 4, 7:44 p.m., FPTDLJ, 700 block Fifth Avenue East, Poplar.
Weapons and other offenses: March 8 7:58 p.m., WPPD, Stockman’s 220 Club, Wolf Point; March 5, 2:28 p.m., FPTDLJ, West U.S. Hwy. 2, Wolf Point; March 7, 3:08 p.m., FPTDLJ, Juvenile Detention Center, Poplar; March 8, 4:21 p.m., WPPD, Town Pump, Wolf Point.
Peeper, adult female victim: March 4, 10:58 p.m., WPPD, The Lord’s Table, Wolf Point.
Sex offense, juvenile female victim: March 8, 1:40 p.m., RCSO, Poplar.
Possess or use amphetamines: March 8, 2:55 p.m., WPPD, Sixth Avenue North, Wolf Point.
Child abandonment: March 7, 7:24 p.m., FPTDLJ, 900 block 10th Avenue Northeast, Poplar.
Child neglect: March 5, 11:39 p.m., WPPD, 200 block Main Street, Wolf Point.
Child abuse: March 7, 10:42 a.m., FPTDLJ, 200 block East H Street, Poplar.
DUI/liquor: March 8, 10:44 p.m., FPTDLJ, Montana Hwy. 13 near Wolf Point; March 5, 4:20 a.m., FPTDLJ, Main Street, Wolf Point; March 3, 1:02 a.m., RCSO, Town Pump, Wolf Point; March 8, 5:37 a.m., FPTDLJ, Poplar High School, Poplar; March 8, 5:44 p.m., FPTDLJ, U.S. Hwy. 2, Poplar; March 7, 9:58 p.m., FPTDLJ, U.S. Hwy. 2, Poplar; March 7, 18:22 p.m., FPTDLJ, Poplar area B.O.L.O.; March 3, 1:18 p.m., RCSO, 100 block East C, Poplar; March 6, 1:38 a.m., Black Gold Casino, Bainville; March 7, 10:18 p.m., RCSO, VAL- AM, Culbertson, Poplar; March 4, 3:08 a.m., WPPD, Town Pump, Wolf Point.
DUI drugs: March 8, 11:02 a.m., RCSO, weigh scale, Culbertson; March 8, 11:52 a.m., FPTDLJ, DUI B.O.L.O., Brockton and Fort Kipp.
Minor in possession of alcohol: March 8, 12:58 a.m., FPTDLJ, 400 block 10th Avenue East, Poplar; March 7, 2:12 a.m., FPTDLJ, 400 block 12th Avenue East, Poplar.
Disorderly conduct, fight: March 6, 3:12 a.m., RCSO, 400 block G Street West, Poplar.
Disorderly conduct, other: March 7, 7:20 p.m., WPPD, 200 block Eureka Street; March 8, 5:27 p.m., FPTDLJ, 1000 block West Cascade, Wolf Point; March 5, 6:42 p.m., WPPD, Lucky Lil’s Casino, Wolf Point; March 6, 11:33 p.m., WPPD, 800 block, First Avenue North, Wolf Point; March 7, 6:33 p.m., WPPD, 200 block Johnson Street, Wolf Point; March 7, 10:40 p.m., FPTDLJ, 800 block West Cascade, Wolf Point; March 3, 8:34 p.m. FPTDLJ, 800 block West Blaine, Wolf Point; March 2, 2:30 a.m., WPPD, 200 block Helena Street, Wolf Point; March 3, 1:28 a.m., FPTDLJ, 1000 block 10th Avenue Northeast, Poplar; March 6, 8:03 p.m., RCSO, 400 block East C Street, Poplar; March 4, 5:33 p.m., FPTDLJ, Buckhorn Bar, Poplar; March 4, 10:59 p.m., RCSO, 200 block Court Avenue, Poplar; March 7, 7:15 a.m., FPTDLJ, 200 block Court Avenue, Poplar; March 7, 7:28 p.m., FPTDLJ, Frostee’s, Poplar; March 6, 7:08 p.m., RCSO Gateway Apartments, Poplar; March 7, 1:37 a.m., FPTDLJ, 900 block 12th Avenue Northeast, Poplar; March 8, 9:20 p.m., WPPD, 300 block Knapp Street, Wolf Point.
Kidnapping/other: March 6, 10:26 p.m., RCSO, 500 block Bluff Drive, Poplar.
Kidnapping or custodial interference: March 2, 11:34 a.m., FPTDLJ, Poplar.
Trespassing: March 5, 1:46 p.m., FPTDLJ, Eighth Avenue, Wolf Point; March 8, 11:49 a.m., FPTDLJ, North Hwy. 250 west of Wolf Point; March 6, 1:47 a.m., RCSO, 500 block F Street, Poplar; March 2, 8:07 p.m., RCSO, Black Gold Casino, Bainville; March 4, 10:31 a.m., RCSO, 500 block Broadway, Culbertson.
Threats/other: March 4, 5:42 p.m., WPPD, 800 block Fourth Avenue North, Wolf Point; March 8, 3:33 p.m., RCSO, 200 block E Street West, Poplar; March 3, 6:02 p.m., FPTDLJ, 300 block B Street East, Poplar; March 2, 6:59 p.m., FPTDLJ, 200 block Court Avenue, Poplar.
Harassment, vocal nuisance: March 8, 11:27 a.m., RCSO, 100 block East C Street, Poplar.
Curfew, juvenile: March 7, 4:08 a.m., WPPD, 200 block Johnson Street, Wolf Point.
Runaway: March 5, 7:25 p.m., FPTDLJ, female, 15, FPTDLJ, Poplar.
Missing person: March 7, 9:04 a.m., RCSO, RV park at the state line near Bainville.
Other accidents/firearms: March 7, 1:44 p.m., WPPD, Arlo’s Bar, Wolf Point.
Animal cruelty or neglect: March 8, 7:10 p.m., FPTDLJ, 500 block Moccasin, Frazer.
Sale of illegal drugs: March 7, 11:28 p.m., FPTDLJ, North Seventh Avenue, Wolf Point.
Written by John Plestina
The first picture is Allen Richards (right) being presented the Fireman of the Year award by Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764 incoming Exalted Ruler Darla Downs. The second photo is Wolf Point Police Chief Jeff Harada receiving the Law Officer of the Year award from Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764 Loyal Knight Kelly Cranford (left) and Exalted Ruler Gene Pronto (right). The third picture is Lodge No. 1764 member Dustin Hunsaker (center) receiving the Elk of the Year Award from Loyal Knight Kelly Cranford (left) and Exalted Ruler Gene Pronto (right). the fourth is Lodge No. 1764 secretary and Exalted Ruler-elect Darla Downs (center) receiving the Elks Lodge Officer of the Year Award from Loyal Knight Kelly Cranford (left) and Exalted Ruler Gene Pronto (right). The fifth photo is incoming Exalted Ruler Darla Downs (left) and outgoing Exalted Ruler Gene Pronto during the annual Elks awards banquet. Downs received a national Grand Exalted Ruler Award pin for membership. The sixth picture is Loyal Knight Kelly Cranford (right) presenting an Elks scholarship to Wolf Point High School senior Thea Smith during the annual Elks awards banquet. Smith’s parents Craig and Leanne Smith are pictured at left. The seventh photo is Loyal Knight Kelly Cranford (left) presents an Elks Scholarship to Wolf Point High School senior Jeremy Birkowski during the annual Elks awards banquet. He is pictured with his parents Rick and Linda Birkowski. The eighth is Montana State Elks Association second vice president Fred Barrett of Thompson Falls (left) and Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764 2014-2015 Exalted Ruler Gene Pronto. (Photos by John Plestina)
Wolf Point Elks Lodge No. 1764 honored several local people and awarded scholarships to two Wolf Point High School seniors during the annual Elks awards banquet Monday, March 2.
Exalted Ruler Gene Pronto emceed the awards presentations and Loyal Knight Kelly Cranford assisted with the presentations.
The Wolf Point lodge was honored by a visit from Montana State Elks Association second vice president Fred Barrett of Thompson Falls.
Current Wolf Point Lodge trustee/secretary and Exalted Ruler-elect Darla Downs is the current Montana State Elks Association first vice president.
Rosie Kurokawa was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award for her work with the Wolf Point Beautification Committee and the Junior Optimists. She was unable to attend the banquet and will be presented her award at a later date.
Wolf Point Police Chief Jeff Harada was presented Law Officer of the Year for his 17 years of service to the police department and community and 12 years as police chief.
Allen Richards was recognized as Fireman of the Year for his 18 years of service to the Wolf Point Volunteer Fire Department. He too was unable to attend the banquet, but was presented his certificate Tuesday morning.
Darla Downs was honored as Elks Lodge Officer of the Year for the many hours of service she has dedicated to the lodge and for taking on the management responsibilities of the Wolf Point Elks Club in the absence of a bar manager.
Dustin Hunsaker was awarded Elk of the Year for his efforts that have made the Elks Club restaurant a great place to eat and for organizing, cooking and serving the free meal during the talent show at the start of the 2014 Wild Horse Stampede.
Wolf Point High School seniors Thea Smith and Jeremy Birkowski were honored as Elks scholarship winners for this year. Each will receive a $350 scholarship from the Wolf Point lodge. Their scholarship applications were forwarded to the Montana State Elks Association for judging at the state level for possible advancement to the national level. Those results are not yet available.
Wolf Point lodge member Harvey Berner was recognized as a 50-year member.
Long-time local Elks James Ferch, Dwight Larson, Wayne Pawlowski and Ira Zuroff were admitted as life members. Each of the four men have been Elks for more than 30 years.
Written by John Plestina
Perhaps it’s too early to put away our shovels and extension cords for our engine block heaters. It’s like a crap shoot whether or not the balmy 50-plus degrees predicted for this coming weekend means the current two-day Arctic blast is winter’s last gasp.
That could be the case, according to Glasgow National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Tanja Fransen.
“We’re going to warm up by the end of the week,” she said Tuesday, March 3, at a time when the mercury had struggled to climb out of single digits to 10 degrees.
“The outlook from the Climate Prediction Center is that it’s going to warm up. The six- to 10-day and 8- to 16-day outlook has us above normal and that takes us out to the 16th of March,” Fransen said.
“We still have a chance of seeing snow,” she said. “Usually mid-January to mid-February is our rock bottom.”
Then she added, “One of the reasons we can warm up so quickly is the lack of snow on the ground.”
Fransen cast doubt on the possibility that we could be headed into a drought due to a lack of moisture.
“We’re actually above normal for precipitation. Just because there is no snow on the ground doesn’t mean there isn’t enough moisture,” she said. “You’re about a quarter inch for the winter season below normal.”
With spring coming, more moisture is likely.