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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

May 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:

 

Albert Oz Barber, Jr.,34, of Gary, Indiana, was charged by indictment with one count of possession with the intent to distribute five (5) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base, commonly known as “crack” cocaine; one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine; and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, to wit: a hi-Point semi-automatic handgun, model CF380acp, in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Grit Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Jamelle McBride, 54, of Calumet City, Illinois, was charged by a superseding indictment with one count of committing an offense while on bond. McBride was released on a federal bond pursuant to an order dated September 10, 2008. Between late November 2009, and continuing on or about December 9, 2009, committed the following offenses; aggravated identity theft; unlawful use of an access device; Bank fraud; and wire fraud. This case was investigated by the US Secret Service, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Philip Benson.

 

Aaron Isaih Ashburn, 19, of Gary, Indiana, plead guilty on 5/17/10 before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, to wit: one FN, model FNP, 9 millimeter. Ashburn was previously convicted of auto theft in 2009. Sentencing has been set for 7/29/10. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives and the Gary Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Jacobo Garcia-Guttierez , 38, of Portage, Indiana, plead guilty on 5/18/10 before Senior Judge James Moody to count one of an indictment charging him with being an illegal alien . This case was investigated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris.

 

 Ralphael Scott, 34, of Markham, Illinois, plead guilty on 5/18/10 before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to count 2s of an indictment charging him with interference with commerce by threat or violence. In January, 2008, a woman and her 10 year old daughter were in their residence in Portage, Indiana. When the woman attempted to leave her apartment, she was confronted by two men who forced their way into her residence. After displaying a weapon, they separated the woman from her daughter and told her they had been watching her for some time and knew she worked at a Currency Exchange in Chicago, Illinois. The woman was able to alert authorities while on the way to the Currency Exchange and the authorities subsequently intervened. The woman and her daughter were unhurt. Sentencing has been set for 9/9/10. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jacqueline Jacobs and Susan Collins.

 

Robert Garcia, 34, of Warsaw, Indiana, plead guilty on 5/17/10 before Chief Judge Philip Simon to counts one and two of an indictment charging him with access device (credit/debit Card) fraud. In his plea agreement, Garcia admitted that used one or more access devices (credit/debit cards) with stolen account numbers to obtain United States currency from Casinos in the Northern District of Indiana and that the fraudulent use of the stolen access devices, I collected an aggregate (total) amount of currency of more than one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars. This case was investigated by the US Secret Service, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department and the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.

 

Antonio Love, 37, of Gary, Indiana, plead guilty on 5/18/10 before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, to wit: a hi-point 9 millimeter handgun. Love was previously convicted of murder in 1995. Sentencing has been set for 7/21/10. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco, and Explosives/HIDTA Task Force and the Gary Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

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.