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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

June 8, 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 activity in federal court:

 

David Castillo-Rendon, 38, of Lafayette, Indiana, was charged by an indictment returned on 6/3/10 with receipt of child pornography and re-entry of a removed alien. This case was investigated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Lafayette Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris.

 

Charles Porter, of Gary, Indiana, plead guilty on 5/28/10 before Senior Judge James Moody to count 3 of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, to wit: a Sig Sauer .357 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Porter was previously convicted of criminal recklessness. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms HIDTA Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

Robert Darby, 26, of Gary, Indiana, plead guilty on 6/3/10 before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, to wit: one Glock .40 caliber model 23C handgun. Darby was previously convicted of possession of marijuana in 2008. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Ty Brock, Jr., 26, of Plymouth, Indiana, was sentenced on 5/27/10 before Chief Judge Philip Simon to 60 months imprisonment, 6 months of home detention, and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty with possession with the intent to distribute heroin. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration/HIDTA Task Force, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Randy Suddoth, 42, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced on 6/3/10 by Senior Judge James Moody to 24 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count three of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Suddoth was ordered to pay total restitution of $1,201,163.00 to the victims in the amounts indicated: $1,143,163.00 to Indiana Medicaid and $58,000.00 to Indiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Diane Berkowitz and Susan Collins.

 

Rodney Yarbro, Jr., 40, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced on 6/3/10 by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation/GRIT Task Force, was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Isaac Maldonado, 36, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced on 6/8/10 by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 70 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count three of an indictment charging him with bank robbery of The Wood Forest National Bank in Portage, Indiana. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation/GRIT Task Force, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe.

 

            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.