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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

December 15, 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:

 

Rogelio Maldonado, 26, of River Grove, Illinois, Hugo Garcia, 46, and Eloy Ortega, 38, both of Chicago, Illinois, were charged in an indictment with one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Additionally, Maldonado was charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration HIDTA Task Force. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Sammy Earl Jones, 27, of the1500 block of Whitcomb, Gary, Indiana, was charged in an indictment with one count of knowingly stealing a thing of value of the United States, or of a department or agency thereof, a Raven RX recorder worth approximately nine thousand dollars ($9,000.00). These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Nathaniel Hamilton, 54, of the 700 block of Carolina Street, Gary, Indiana, was charged in an indictment with five counts of distribution of heroin, and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Gary Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Tyrell McCoy, 32, of Chicago, Illinois, was charged in an indictment with two counts of misuse of a social security number, and two counts of aggravated identity theft. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

 

Fairly W, Earls, 57, of Crestwood, Illinois, was charged in an indictment with one count of making false statements in a passport application, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of identity theft. On May 14, 1999 Fairly W. Earls was convicted of three counts of first degree sexual assault of a child in the State of Wisconsin and sentenced to 45 years prison. In August 2004 the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the conviction and remanded Earls’ case for retrial. On February 7, 2005 Earls posted bond and was released. Based on allegations of inappropriate contact with a young woman and failing to notify the court about a change of residence, the Circuit Court of Fon Du Loc County Wisconsin issued a warrant to arrest Earls for felony bail jumping in October 2005. Earls presented his ex-brother in law’s birth certificate and other identifying documents to obtain an Indiana ID card. He then used the same documents and the ID card to obtain a passport. He used the passport to flee the United States. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the U. S. State Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

 

 

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.