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United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

M01-204 S. Main Street

South Bend, IN 46601



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         CONTACT: Mary L. Hatton July 19, 2011                                                                                      PHONE: (219) 937-5603 www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/                                                                   Fax: (219) 852-2770FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN SOUTH BEND RETURNS INDICTMENTS

 

South Bend, IN—The United States Attorney's Office announced that a Grand Jury sitting in South Bend, Indiana, returned the following Indictments on July 14, 2011:

 

Walter Neal, 46, South Bend, Indiana, was charged in a one count Indictment with one count of bank robbery by force or violence. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank E. Schaffer.

 

Nathan Vanderaa, 33, Star City, Indiana, was charged in a three count Indictment. Vanderaa was charged with two counts of unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm and ammunition and one count of manufacture of a controlled substance. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank E. Schaffer.

 

Douglas R. Dimos, 38, Elkhart, Indiana, was charged in a one-count Indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid.

 

Edwin Hernandez aka Edwin Hernandez-Amador, 29, Elkhart, Indiana, was charged in a two-count Indictment with one-count being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm and one-count possession of a stolen firearm. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid

 

Darius Lamar Jiggetts, 21, South Bend, Indiana, was charged in a two-count Indictment with one-count of bank robbery and one-count of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the South Bend Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid.

 

Aaron Johnson, 26, Stephen M. Johnson aka Stephan Johnson, 27, and Douglas Sanders 24, all of Elkhart, Indiana, were charged in a three-count Indictment. Aaron Johnson was charged with one-count being a felon in possession of a firearm. Stephen M. Johnson aka Stephan Johnson was charged with one-count possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. Douglas Sanders was charged with one-count being a user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Goshen Police Department, Elkhart Police Department, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid.

 

Gerald D. Thomas, 50, Elkhart, Indiana, was charged in a one-count Indictment with possession of a stolen firearm. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid.

 

Rogelio Rodriguez-Villegas, 37, Elkhart, Indiana, was charged in a one-count Indictment with misuse of a social security number. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Wyoming (Michigan) Police Department and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Z. Brook.

 

Ramon Garcia, 38, South Bend, Indiana and Paulino Ascencion-Apolino, 22, Elkhart, Indiana were charged in a nine-count Indictment. Garcia was charged with one count of conspiracy to conceal, harbor, or shield aliens from detection; one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud; three counts of mail fraud; and three counts of illegal use of identification of another person in relation to mail fraud. Ascencion-Apolino was charged with one count of conspiracy to conceal, harbor, or shield aliens from detection; one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud; and one count of mail fraud. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth M. Hays.

 

 

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.

 

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.