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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

E. Ross Adair Federal Building & United States Courthouse

1300 South Harrison Street, Room 3128

Fort Wayne, IN 46802-3489



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

July 28, 2010                                                                            PHONE: (219) 937-5603

Fax: (219) 852-2770



FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN FORT WAYNE RETURNS INDICTMENTS


Fort Wayne, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced that a Grand Jury sitting in Fort Wayne, Indiana, returned the following Indictments on July 28, 2010:

 

Kwanya Hollopeter, 36, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is charged in a two count Indictment with counterfeiting and forging obligations or securities of the United States on or about June 22, 2010 and passing and possessing counterfeit obligations and securities on or about June 23, and 24, 2010. The Indictment also seeks the forfeiture of Counterfeit Federal Reserve Notes; printers and miscellaneous items. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service and the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris King.

 

William Hagler, 33, and Shawn Hagler, 32, both of Fort Wayne, Indiana, are charged in a single count Indictment with attempted armed bank robbery occurring on August 15, 2000. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bank Robbery Task Force, Northeast Federal Bank Robbery Task Force, Allen County Sheriff’s Department, and the Indiana State Police. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.

 

Francisco J. Ruiz, 28, and Wendy Ramirez, 25, both of Fort Wayne, Indiana, were charged as follows: Ruiz was charged in two of the three count Indictment with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance on or about July 22, 2010 as well as maintaining a drug residence between on or about March 16, 2010, and on or about July 22, 2010. Ramirez is charged in all three counts of the three count Indictment with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance on or about July 22, 2010; maintaining a drug residence between on or about March 16, 2010, and on or about July 22, 2010, as well as profiting from maintaining a drug residence between on or about March 16, 2010, and on or about July 22, 2010. The Indictment also seeks the forfeiture of U.S. currency and a firearm. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fort Wayne Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.

 

Kevin D. Stephens, a/k/a Dgonta Storey, 42, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is charged in a two count Indictment with distributing controlled substances on or about June 21, 2010 and June 22, 2010. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fort Wayne Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.

 

Gregory Walker, 29, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is charged in a seven count Superseding Indictment with distribution of controlled substances on or about August 19, 2009, August 28, 2009, September 2, 2009, September 16, 2009, September 24, 2009, September 30, 2009, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime on or about September 30, 2009. The Indictment also seeks the forfeiture of a firearm. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Fort Wayne Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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