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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500

Hammond, IN 46320

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton

September 27, 2010                                                                            PHONE: (219) 937-5603

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   Fax: (219) 852-2770   

 

 

ACTIVITY IN FEDERAL COURT - HAMMOND

 

 

 

Hammond, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following activity in federal court:

 

Randall Fletcher, Jr., 36, of the 500 E. block of 550 N., Rensselaer, Indiana , pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to counts 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s of an indictment charging him with sexual exploitation of a minor, production of child pornography, and possession of child pornography. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris.

 

 Larry D. Williams, 31, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Judge Rudy Lozano to possessing ammunition as a felon. In January 2010, the Gary Police Department arrested Williams on an outstanding arrest warrant and recovered a magazine containing ammunition from his pocket. Williams was arrested on his first day of federal supervised release following his 2005 federal conviction for possessing a firearm as a felon, for which he faces an October federal supervised release revocation hearing. Williams has prior felony convictions for escape, possessing a firearm as a felon, and auto theft. Williams has 11 prior misdemeanor convictions, including four convictions for resisting law enforcement or fleeing law enforcement, residential entry, battery of law enforcement, conversion, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, and two prior convictions for firearm possession without a permit. Williams remains in custody pending his January 2011 sentencing hearing. This case was investigated by the Gary Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTATask Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Tony G. Hawkins, 28, of 3600 block of Sheffield Avenue, Hammond, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Merrillville Police Department. Hawkins was previously convicted of confinement in 2005. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

Jeremy Walton, 24, of 1800 block of W. 56th Street, Merrillville, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count two of an indictment charging him with embezzling and converting for his use or the use of another United States Currency belonging to the United States of America. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Porter County Drug Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Robert Alvelo, Sr., 50, and Robert Alvelo, Jr., 29, of the 8500 block of S. Mackinaw St., Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment and Alvelo, Jr. to an information, charging them with drug trafficking (cocaine). These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration HIDTA Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

Jose Santos, Jr., 25, of the 1300 block of Truman Street, Hammond, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count two of an indictment charging him with drug trafficking (marijuana). These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

Michael Anthony Cox, 40, of the 2600 block of White Oak Avenue, Whiting, Indiana, pled guilty without benefit of a plea agreement before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment charging him with use of a counterfeit access device. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.

 

Javier Cruz, 39, of the 5400 block of W. Montana Street, Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to count one of an indictment charging him with drug trafficking (cocaine). These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Adolph Yaniz, 50, of Merrillville, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to counts nine and ten of an indictment charging him with drug trafficking (Hydrocodone, Alprazolam and Oxycodone). These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Health Care Fraud Task Force comprised of the Drug Enforcement Administration , the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Indiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit . This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diane Berkowitz.

Jeremiah Williams, 29, of the 4000 block of Deal Street, East Chicago, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment charging him drug trafficking (cocaine). These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang Adiga.

 

Kathleen Conley, 52, of Kouts, Indiana, and Stacy Judd, 51, of Westville, Indiana, were sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging them with manufacture of methamphetamine in the case US v Kasper et al. Conley was sentenced to 108 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release, and Judd was sentenced to 78 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release. These cases were part of an extensive cooperative investigation directed by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Porter County Sheriff’s Office, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the Valparaiso Police Department, the Kouts Police Department, and the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office. Other agencies that assisted included the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations, the Indiana State Police, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Hebron Police Department and the Lake County HIDTA. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

        

 

 

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.