A California couple convicted in a Bakken oil investment scam has been arraigned on contempt-of-court charges in Montana.
Suzette Gal and her husband, Mike Campa, appeared separately Thursday before Magistrate Judge Keith Strong in Great Falls.
Federal prosecutors say Gal had a telephone conversation with her jailed husband and discussed evidence in her case four days into a trial that led to her conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges.
Campa already had pleaded guilty, and he and Gal were under a court order not to discuss the case. Court documents indicate their call was recorded.
They face up to six months in prison on one count each of contempt of court.
Attorneys for the couple said they are not guilty but declined further comment on the case.