Woman recognized by state in Belgrade

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By: Freddy Monares

A Miles City woman was honored Wednesday in Belgrade with the Office of the State Auditor’s Investor Protection Award for alerting officials a man was deceiving elderly residents with a fraudulent investment opportunity.

Claudette Manson, supervisor with DPHHS’ adult protective services agency, acted as a whistle blower in the case of Richard Brandt. Manson was the sole investigator for the case that eventually helped topple a nearly $2 million scheme that Brandt was running.

Brandt had been soliciting elderly Montanans with an investment opportunity in “house flipping” company. According to reports, 18 people invested in the company, and most lost their life savings…

Matt Rosendale, state auditor, presented the award to Manson at an Adult Protective Services’ quarterly meeting on Wednesday in Belgrade. During the presentation of the award, Rosendale acknowledge that Manson would be retiring and moving to Tennessee in a couple of days.

“Our loss is certainly going to be their gain,” Rosendale said. 

 Rosendale said that the work Claudette did provided a great example to help pass legislation that would protect other whistleblowers, both within government agencies and as individuals. 
Read more at the Belgrade News