Week In Review – Hammond
Hammond, Indiana - The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:
Ronier Scott, 42, of Gary, Indiana, a Gary City Councilman, was sentenced by Magistrate Judge John Martin to 3 months imprisonment and 1 year of supervised release after pleading guilty to two counts of willful failure to file a federal tax return for the tax years 2008 and 2009.Scott was also ordered to perform 400 hours of community service to be completed within 10 months after release from the Bureau of Prisons.According to documents filed in this case, in addition to not filing tax returns for 2008 and 2009, he also chose not to file for the years 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. For 2004, Scott filed a joint return and collected a refund. For 2005, Scott filed a joint tax return and expected to receive a refund, but it was applied to the 2003 debt. For 2006, Scott did not file his tax return until 2011, after he had been contacted by criminal investigators. For 2007, Scott filed a separate return and under-reported his income. This case was a result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.
Turrell Anderson, 41, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 42 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Anderson has a prior conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon. This case was a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the East Chicago Police Department.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath.
Willie Harris, 24, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 156 months imprisonment, 3 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $299,298.67 in restitution after being found guilty at trial to the felony offenses of conspiracy to commit fraud with identification documents, fraud with identification documents, trafficking in counterfeit devices and aggravated identity theft.According to documents filed in this case, Harris obtained the account and personal information of individuals in over 21 states and fraudulently added their names to the victims’ accounts in an account takeover scheme.Harris and his co-conspirators either utilized their own names or utilized aliases with the accounts which had been taken over.They would purchase gift cards, Postal money orders, and make numerous retail purchases with the fraudulently obtained credit cards throughout Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Georgia.They also made cash withdrawals on the accounts and utilized the convenience checks associated with the accounts at various financial institutions located in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Georgia.Throughout the course of this criminal conduct, they would also mail gift cards, Postal money orders, and U.S. currency from Indiana and Wisconsin to Georgia. This case was a result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi Houston.