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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

M01-204 S. Main Street

South Bend, IN 46601



Hammond                                                 South Bend                                               Fort Wayne

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton March 15, 2010                                                                                PHONE: (219) 937-5603 www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   Fax: (219) 852-2770ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - SOUTH BEND

South Bend, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced:

Mark Leazier, 31, of Angola, Indiana, was sentenced on 3/11/10 by Judge Robert Miller, Jr., to 60 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, to wit: a 9 mm HiPoint pistol. Leazier had a felony conviction for robbery in 1999. This case was investigated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

Bobbi Pennington, 49, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced on 3/11/10 by Judge Robert Miller, Jr., to 33 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to an information charging her with mail fraud. Restitution was ordered in the amount of $275,417.32 to be made payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court for disbursement to the following victims and amounts; $170,417.32 to Dr. Stephen Zuker, Plastic Surgery Center, P.C. and $105,000.00 to Indiana Insurance. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

Jamie Buford, 41, of South Bend, Indiana, plead guilty on 3/11/10 before Chief Judge Philip Simon in Hammond, Indiana, to attempted Hobbs Act robbery. Buford, a former officer with the South Bend Police Department, planned to steal the cash deposits from the manager of a South Bend gas station while the manager was outside the bank where he planned to deposit the money. Buford enlisted the help of a police informant to commit the robbery. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, South Bend, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Orest Szewciw and Thomas S. Ratcliffe.

 

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.