United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

M01-204 S. Main Street

South Bend, Indiana  46601

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Chad Hunter

December 6, 2013

Mary Hatton

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn

OFFICE: 219-937-5500

chad.hunter@usdoj.gov

CELL: 219-902-3452

                                                           

           

 

WEEK IN REVIEW – SOUTH BEND

 

            South Bend, Indiana —The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

 

PLEAS:

 

Ø  Tyrone Franklin, 34, of Michigan City, Indiana pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Magistrate Nuechterlein is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Sentencing has been set for 3/6/2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

Ø  Brian W. Lindsey, 26, of La Porte, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein to the felony offense of passing counterfeit Federal Reserve notes.  Magistrate Nuechterlein is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by US Secret Service.  Sentencing has been set for 3/6/2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

 

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. 

 

DISPOSITIONS:

 

Ø  Frank Piatek, 72, of Elkhart, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. to 15 months imprisonment with 1 year supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of failure to register as a sex offender.  According to documents filed in this case, upon his release from prison in Florida for child molesting, Piatek moved to Elkhart.  Piatek took up residence at the Faith Mission, which also houses families with children.  Piatek did not register in Indiana as a sex offender. This case was the result of an investigation by the US Marshals Service.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.

 

Ø  Dale Marshall, 54, of Logansport, Indiana was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. to 6 months imprisonment with 2 of years supervised release (6 months of which under home detention) after pleading guilty to the felony offense of using a communication facility in causing or facilitating another felony.  According to documents filed in this case, in July 2012, Marshall used a phone to facilitate a marijuana transaction.  This case was the result of an investigation by Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

Ø  James Ryans, 41, of Union, Michigan was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. to 87 months imprisonment (27 months on his guilty plea to one count of making false statements to federal officers and 60 months on his guilty plea to one count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering, which sentence is consecutive to his 27 month sentence) and 3 years supervised release.  According to documents filed in this case, Ryans participated in an international drug trafficking business. He helped distribute large quantities of cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine. When summoned to a federal grand jury in 2009, Ryans lied to investigators after volunteering to speak to them. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Grimmer.