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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 25, 2011                                                                              PHONE: (219) 937-5603 www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   Fax: (219) 852-2770WEEK IN REVIEW - HAMMOND

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

 

Michael Cokes, Jr., 20, Jermaine E. Wells, 22, Darren Higgenbottom, 43, and Felicia Sallay, 35, all of Chicago, Illinois, were charged in an indictment unsealed on February 23, 2011 with one count of passing counterfeit $100 bills in Illinois and Indiana. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.

 

Jamol Hardin, 38, of East Chicago, Indiana, was charged in an indictment returned on May 6, 2010 with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hardin was previously convicted of manslaughter in 1995. Hardin appeared before Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich yesterday and was remanded into temporary custody of the United States Marshal’s Service until his arraignment on March 1, 2011. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the East Chicago Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.



Harold Pemberton III, 35, of East Chicago, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to count one of an indictment charging with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Pemberton was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2001 and 2002, and criminal damage to government property in 2002. Sentencing has been set for 5/26/11. 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 Nicholas Padilla.


Stacy Simpson, 34, of DeMotte, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior Judge James Moody to 37 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count one of a superseding indictment charging her with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute five hundred (500) grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine in the case US v Kasper et al. This case was the result of an investigation 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. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.


Anthony Dovichi, 48, of Cedar Lake, Indiana, was sentenced by Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to 41 months imprisonment and 4 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to count six of an indictment charging him with possession with the intent to distribute 5 grams or more of crack cocaine. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.


Scott Becker, 44, of Lafayette, Indiana, pled guilty before Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to counts one through four of an indictment charging him with mail fraud and wire fraud. Scott also pled guilty to count one of an information charging him with 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 and the Kokomo Police Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Trumbull-Harris.


            The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that a Complaint 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.