Judge scolds Butte counselor before sentencing her for Medicaid fraud

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Dana Trandahl looks to the prosecutor as she sits with her attorney Benjamin Darrow on Tuesday during her sentencing hearing in District Judge Kurt Krueger’s court in Butte.

An officer points Dana Trandahl out of the courtroom Tuesday as another prepares to escort her to jail after her sentencing for Medicaid fraud.

MIKE SMITH

After loudly admonishing Butte mental health counselor Dana Trandahl on Tuesday for bilking tens of thousands of tax dollars and betraying her profession, a judge sent her to jail for 135 days and imposed a 10-year suspended sentence for Medicaid fraud.

District Judge Kurt Krueger also ordered Trandahl to pay $100,000 in restitution to Medicaid, and she must abide by numerous probation requirements and restrictions once she’s out of jail or face possible prison

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