GREAT FALLS (AP) — Montana has had more corruption prosecutions than any other federal court district in the nation in recent months, mainly because of an effort to target fraud in tribal programs, the state's U.S. Attorney's Office says.
According to a study from a Syracuse University-affiliated research group, 18 people were prosecuted on federal corruption charges in Montana between October 2013 and April 2014. No other federal judicial district in the nation had more than 15.
A news release this week from the Montana U.S. Attorney's Office, which prosecutes crimes in the state's federal court system, cited the study's findings as stemming from the success of its Guardians program, which targets fraud and official abuse involving federal funds.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl Rostad said the effort is a collaboration between federal prosecutors in his office, the FBI and the IRS, established in October 2011 in response to concerns over fraud in the spending of federal stimulus funds provided in 2009.
Details in Monday's Havre Daily News