United States Attorney David Capp
Northern District of Indiana
5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500
Hammond, Indiana 46320
Hammond South Bend Fort
Hammond South Bend Fort Wayne
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Mary Hatton
www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/ FAX (219) 852-2770
INDICTMENTS RETURNED IN HAMMOND FEDERAL COURT
Hammond, Indiana- The United States Attorney’s Office announced that the following Indictments were returned on October 4, 2012:
Ø James R. Prange, 76, and Marilyn J. Prange, 76, of Portage, Indiana, were charged in an indictment with equity skimming. These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Department of Housing and Urban Development-Office of the Inspector General. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi Houston.
Ø Montell Williams, 32, of Chicago, Illinois, was charged in an Indictment with sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion and Mann Act violations (transportation). These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Gary Police Department. This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Koster.
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.
If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.