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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 February 11, 2011                                                                              PHONE: (219) 937-5603 www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   Fax: (219) 852-2770WEEK IN REVIEW-FEDERAL COURT

Hammond, Indiana—The United States Attorney's Office announced:

 

Manuel Mendoza, 41, of Hammond, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge James Moody to count one of an indictment charging him with illegal reentry of a deported alien. 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 Gary Bell.

 

Shaun Burts, 28, of , Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to15 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

Mark Culp, 31, of Monticello, Indiana, pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to count one of an indictment charging him with theft of government property (unemployment insurance funds). Sentencing has been set for 4/21/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor OIG - Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

 

Jeffrey Kidd, 35, of Rensselaer, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 9 months imprisonment and 1 year of supervised release, including 4 months of home detention, after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with use of a communication facility to possess with the intent to distribute Methamphetamine and marijuana. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

Eric Copeland, 28, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 6 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release, of which 6 months will be home detention, after pleading guilty to count one of a superseding indictment charging him with drug trafficking (crack cocaine). This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

Timothy Smith, 44, of Lafayette, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment charging him with theft of government property (unemployment funds). Sentencing has been set for 5/4/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by U.S. Department of Labor OIG - Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris.

 

Amy Magallanos, 31, of Whiting, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 2 years probation with 8 months of home detention after pleading guilty to count two of an indictment charging her with distribution of cocaine in the case US v Alvelo et al. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration HIDTA Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.

 

Bryan Taylor, 20, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 6 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release, of which 4 months will be home detention, after pleading guilty to count two of a superseding indictment charging him with receiving a firearm while under felony information. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

Christina Becker, 47, of Lafayette, Indiana, pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to count four of an indictment charging her with wire fraud affecting a financial institution. Sentencing has been set for 4/26/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations, and the Kokomo Police Department . This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris.

 

Alfredo Delgado, 30, pled guilty before Senior Judge James Moody to count one of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine in the case US v Diaz et al. 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 David Nozick.

 

Jesse Flores, 26, of Munster, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to 67 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives HIDTA Task Force, and the East Chicago Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Randall McNeil, 29, of Dolton, Illinois, was sentenced by to two years of probation after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with theft of government funds (FEMA). McNeil was ordered to pay $13,637.13 in restitution. This case was the result of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security-Office of the Inspector General. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas Ratcliffe.

 

Jerry Host, 40, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 30 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of an indictment charging him with distribution of crack cocaine. In addition, Host was also sentenced to 18 months imprisonment to run consecutively to the 30 months imposed on this case after pleading guilty to violations of the conditions of his supervised release on a separate matter. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

Sherlynn Groat, 56, of Hammond, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior Judge Rudy Lozano to counts one and two of a felony information charging her with theft and embezzlement by an officer of a bank, and false entry. Groat was a Vice President at Liberty Mutual Bank in Whiting, Indiana. Sentencing has been set for 5/5/11. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Indiana State Police. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi Houston.

 

Shaun Kimbrough, 21, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to count one of a felony complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sentencing has been set for 5/10/11. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

      

 

            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.