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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 April 22, 2011                                                                                    PHONE: (219) 937-5603 www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   Fax: (219) 852-2770IINDICTMENTS RETURNED IN HAMMOND FEDERAL COURT

Hammond, Indiana—The United States Attorney's Office announced the following indictments were returned on April 22, 2011:

 

Adnan Shatat, 56, of Crown Point, Indiana, Allah Shatat, 32, of Tinley Park, Illinois, and Roshdi Shatat, 26, of Whiting, Indiana, were each charged in an indictment with five counts of wire fraud. The defendants, doing business as Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Mini Mart, are alleged to have transmitted by wire communication money into their business bank account from the redemption of funds on Electronic Benefit Transfer cards by claiming that Blue Ribbon Restaurant and Mini Mart was entitled to reimbursements for food stamp benefits redeemed, when in fact, the defendants were trading cash for food stamp benefit redemptions. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation . This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diane Berkowitz.

 

Clinton Shoemaker, 30, of Crown Point, Indiana, was charged in an indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Shoemaker has a previous felony conviction for burglary in 2000. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force, and the Lake County Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

James Donald, 23, of Gary, Indiana, was charged in an indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. Donald has a previous felony conviction for receiving stolen property. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force and the Gary Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Raynell Vaxter, 50, of Gary, Indiana, was charged in an indictment 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 Gary Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be 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.