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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Indictment: Former Branch Manager Embezzled $99,000+ From Garden City Bank

WICHITA, KAN. – A former branch manager at Landmark National Bank in Garden City, Kan., has been charged with embezzling more than $99,999 from the bank, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Sheri L. Green, 52, Garden City, Kan., was charged with one count of misapplication of bank funds. The indictment alleges that she stole the money from the bank over a period of time from Aug. 16, 2012, to Dec. 26, 2012.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Gonzalo Ramirez, 28, Dodge City, Kan., and Mariza Tinoco, 22, Dodge City, Kan., are charged with brandishing a firearm during an aggravated robbery, which was a crime of violence in aid of racketeering; and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 24, 2008, in Dodge City, Kan.

If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than seven years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of brandishing a firearm; and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the other charge. The Dodge City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Mario Diaz, 25, Wichita, Kan., and Vanity Johnson, 24, Wichita, Kan., are charged with one count of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. The indictment alleges the defendants used checks stolen from the home of an account holder and the account holder’s Social Security number to change the contact information on the account holder’s account at Intrust Bank and to forge and present for payment nine checks for a total of $12,253.31. The crimes are alleged to have occurred at various times from Feb. 4, 2013, to March 26, 2013, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 30 years and a fine up to $1 million on the bank fraud count, and a mandatory two years to run consecutively and a fine up to $250,000 on the identity theft charge. The Wichita Police Department and the U.S. Postal Service - OIG investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett is prosecuting.

Jimmie L. Banks, 50, Hutchinson, Kan., is charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred June 12, 2012, in Reno County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $5 million. The Hutchinson Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.

Juan Carlos Triana-Mireles, 27, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. He was found June 21, 2013, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Sergio Tapia-Martinez, 39, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported, one count of possession of false identification documents, and one count of aggravated identity theft. The crimes are alleged to have occurred June 10, 2013, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on the re-entry charge, a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the false document charge and a mandatory two years to run consecutively on the aggravated identity theft charge. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Kansas Department of Revenue investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.