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
August 20, 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 the following activity in federal court:
Dereck B. Gray II, 29, of the 600 block of Taft Street, Gary, Indiana, was charged in an indictment returned on August 20, 2010 with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Gray was previously convicted of drug trafficking in Georgia in 2002. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force and the Indiana State Police. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.
Charged in a superseding indictment returned on August 19, 2010 and unsealed today, were:
Sheila Chandler, 51, of the 5300 block of Gull Drive, Schererville, Indiana
Gordon B. Rainey, 47, of the 5400 block of Buchanan St., Merrillville, Indiana
Randall B. Causey, 46, of the 4200 block of Tennessee St., Gary, Indiana
Jeffrey Julkes, Jr., 29, of the 5300 block of Gull Drive, Schererville, Indiana
Eloise Blackmon, 51, of the 4800 block of Monroe St., Gary, Indiana
Chandler and Rainey are charged with eight counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Causey is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and six counts of wire fraud. Julkes, Jr. is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and four counts of wire fraud. Blackmon is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and two counts of wire fraud.
The indictment alleges that the purpose of the conspiracy was two-fold. First, to defraud lenders by inducing them to provide mortgage loans to buyers through the use of false representations, and in so doing, for the defendants to fraudulently obtain a portion of those funds. And secondly, to defraud the buyers by inducing them to purchase properties and seek mortgage loans through the use of false representations, and in doing so, for the defendants to fraudulently obtain a portion of those funds.
Julkes, Jr. and Blackmon were arrested today and appeared before Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry. Blackmon was released on $20,000 unsecured bond, and Julkes, Jr. on a $20,000 appearance bond with supervision.
This case is a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being 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.