A former Montana beauty queen who purchased a mansion in Somers, and then used the property to defraud insurance companies out of $122,791, will spend the next five years on probation and pay $213,000 in restitution.
Christin Dianne Didier was convicted in March 2013 of seven counts of mail fraud and another felony count of conspiracy. Her sentencing was handed down Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Missoula, with Judge Donald Molloy presiding.
Didier was named Miss Montana USA in 1997. She bought the historic home in 2005 for $1.1 million and lived there for several years with her mother and a friend, until a windstorm damaged the home in 2007.
A few months later, a fire rendered the home unlivable, forcing Didier and her mother to look for housing elsewhere.
According to court documents, Didier and her co-conspirator, Surayya Mahasin Nasir, concocted a plan to defraud insurance companies by alleging that Didier lived in a 7,000-square-foot home, complete with five bedrooms, two bathrooms and an in-ground pool near Rollins.
Per their contractual agreement, the insurance company was obligated to pay Didier for comparable housing, while her historic home was being repaired.
The insurance company sent Didier large sums of money every month for seven months while Didier alleged she lived in the fictitious home, when in fact Didier, her dogs and her mother were living in an 860-foot cabin with two bedrooms, no indoor plumbing and no pool.
During her sentencing Thursday, Molloy ordered Didier to pay $213,163.25 in restitution, while giving her five years' probation for each of the eight counts to run concurrently.
The 8,000-square-foot, 14-bedroom yellow mansion was built by sawmill owner John O'Brien in 1903. The property consists of the original barn, carriage house and nearly six acres of land that overlooks the Flathead Lake.
Christine Manson of Soquel, California, bought the estate in 2012 for $399,900.