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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500

Hammond, Indiana 46320



Hammond                                                 South Bend                                               Fort Wayne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

April 23, 2010                                                                                     PHONE: (219) 937-5500

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                    Fax: (219) 852-2770 



ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - HAMMOND

 

 

 

Hammond, Indiana—The United States Attorney's Office announced that the following indictments were returned on April 22, 2010:

 

Quincy L. Brown, 28, of Blue Island, Illinois, was charged by indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, having had a prior conviction for a crime punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives and the Gary Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

Sherice Murff, 32, of Hammond, Indiana, Alvin Hannon, 39, of Harvey, Illinois, and Vincent Green, 27, of Chicago, Illinois, were charged by an indictment with theft of government funds. The indictment alleges that Murff, in her capacity as Prevention Program Director at Geminus Corporation in Merrillville, Indiana, a federally funded not for profit organization that manages and supports mental health care providers and human services organizations, issued unauthorized checks to Hannon and Green. Upon receipt of the checks, Hannon and Green would kick back half the money to Murff. Over $200,000 in federal funds was given by Murff to Hannon and Green. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Susan Collins.

 

Francesca Foster, 32, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Rosetta Buchanan, 35, of Chicago, Illinois, were charged by indictment with four counts of knowingly transfer, possess, or use, without lawful authority, in or affecting interstate commerce, a means of identification of four victims, to wit, social security numbers, with the intent to make or present a false, fictitious, or fraudulent claim to the Internal Revenue Service, and as result of the offense, the defendant obtained anything of value aggregating $1,000.00 in a one year period. Upon conviction, Foster and Buchanan will forfeit any property constituting proceeds obtained, directly or indirectly, as a result of the said violations including but not limited to the following: $ 44,930.00 in United States currency. This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Susan Collins and Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

Christopher Laraneta, 40, of Lafayette, Indiana, was charged by a superseding indictment with one count of advertisement of child pornography; two counts of distribution of child pornography; four counts of receipt of child pornography; and one count of possession of child pornography. This case was investigated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Lafayette Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull Harris.

 

The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

 

The specific sentence in each case to be imposed upon conviction will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.