BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) _ A California woman has reached a plea deal with prosecutors for her role in a scam to dupe investors into sinking money into fictitious oil and gas projects on Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
Court documents indicate Dana Yvonne Kent of Santa Ana, California has agreed to plead guilty to a single count of investment fraud by wire. Prosecutors will drop charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and investment fraud by mail.
Federal prosecutors say five other defendants refused plea deals. They are slated to go to trial February 12th.
Kent's attorney, Carl Jensen, said Thursday she is facing about a year-and-a-half in prison. But he says U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon in Great Falls will have the final say.
Kent's change of plea hearing is scheduled for January 2nd.