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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, February 05, 2007
United States Attorney's Office for the District of Montana
P.O. Box 1478
Billings, MT 59103

CONTACT: Kurt Alme
First Assistant U.S. Attorney
Telephone: (406)246-4669

Bernard Lambert and Desiree Dean Kirn Lambert Sentenced in U.S. District Court

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on February 5, 2006, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, BERNARD LAMBERT, age 58, and DESIREE DEAN KIRN LAMBERT, age 51, residents of Poplar, appeared for sentencing.

BERNARD LAMBERT was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to conspiracy to defraud the United States and making false claims to a term of:

  • Prison: 12 months
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $12,000
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

DESIREE LAMBERT was sentenced in connection with her guilty plea to theft and making false claims to a term of:

  • Prison: 12 months
  • Restitution: $13,855.74
  • Special Assessment: $225
  • Supervised Release: 3 years

In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of the Interior received information that the then Director of the Fort Peck Department of Education, DESIREE DEAN KIRN LAMBERT, had criminally misapplied federal funds by authorizing payments to BERNARD LAMBERT, ostensibly for writing grants on behalf of the Fort Peck Department of Education.

Testimony would have been provided that from November of 2001 to December of 2002, DESIREE LAMBERT authorized four payments to BERNARD LAMBERT, who at that time, was the Superintendent for the Brockton School District. The four payments totaled $12,000, which was payment for writing ten grant applications on behalf of the Fort Peck Department of Education. The grant applications BERNARD LAMBERT had been paid to write were for grants from various corporations and a 21st Century Grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). However, investigation revealed through contact with the various corporations and the DOE, that none of the grant applications that BERNARD LAMBERT had been paid to write were ever received or funded.

DESIREE LAMBERT was interviewed and stated that BERNARD LAMBERT wrote all of the grant applications for which he was paid. DESIREE LAMBERT further stated that the Education Department did not receive any of the grants for which BERNARD LAMBERT wrote applications. DESIREE LAMBERT claimed to be in possession of the diskette that BERNARD LAMBERT submitted that contained all of the grant applications; however, the diskette was never provided to the Department of Interior.

BERNARD LAMBERT was interviewed and admitted that he had been paid $12,000. He also stated that he wrote all of the grant applications that he was paid to write. He claimed he submitted all ten of the grant applications on a single diskette to DESIREE LAMBERT in February or March of 2003. He further stated he was still in possession of the diskette which contained all of the grant applications. He repeatedly stated that he would provide this diskette to the Department of Interior, however, the diskette was never provided to the Department of Interior.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BERNARD LAMBERT and DESIREE LAMBERT will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BERNARD LAMBERT and DESIREE LAMBERT do have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Carl E. Rostad prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of the Interior and the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Education.


 
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