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Billings woman withdraws guilty plea in fraud case

By The Associated Press
Published On: Oct 28 2013 12:34:39 PM MDT
BILLINGS, Mont. -

A Billings woman who admitted to forging her husband's signature to get a $27,000 home equity loan has withdrawn her guilty plea after the judge rejected a plea agreement.

The Billings Gazette reports 32-year-old Angela Corson Smith withdrew her plea Monday during what had been scheduled as a sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon in Helena. Haddon said he would set a trial date.

The plea agreement required restitution of close to $120,000 and would have dismissed seven other charges. Smith was indicted for three schemes in which prosecutors say she lied about her health, work and family to obtain thousands of dollars.

She also was suspected of impersonating medical staff at St. Vincent Healthcare in April. She has not been charged in that case.