United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500

Hammond, Indiana  46320

Hammond                                                      South Bend                                           Fort Wayne

 
 

 


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May 17, 2013                                                                                      DESK: (219) 937-5603

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WEEK IN REVIEW – HAMMOND

 

 

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

 

PLEAS:

 

  Ø   Alfonso Salinas, 52, of Hammond, Indiana, pled guilty before Chief Judge Philip Simon to the felony offenses of bribery involving federal programs and income tax evasion.  Sentencing has been set for 8/13/13.  These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.

 

  Ø   Joshua Robinson, 22, of Lafayette, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Paul Cherry to the felony offense of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.  Magistrate Cherry is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 10 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, the Tippecanoe County Police Department and the Lafayette Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.

 

  Ø   Che Williams, 21, of Gary, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Andrew Rodovich to the felony offense of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number.  Magistrate Rodovich is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 10 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, the Indiana University Northwest Police and the Gary Police Department.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean Lanter.

 

  Ø   Jesus Vasquez, 35, of Cicero, Illinois, pled guilty before District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to the felony offense of distribution of 500 grams or more of cocaine.  Sentencing has been set for 7/24/13.  This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Nozick.

 

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.

 

 

DISPOSITION:

 

  Ø   Jennifer Guelinas, 55, of Valparaiso, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 4 years of probation, to include 12 months of detention, and restitution of $1,122,540.00 to Ameriprise Financial Services after pleading guilty to the felony offense of wire fraud.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill Koster.

 

  Ø   Noe Diaz, 33, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 121 months imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and fifty grams or more of methamphetamine.  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 David Nozick.

 

  Ø   Cesar Diaz, 39, of Calumet City, Illinois, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 30 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of distribution of cocaine.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Joshua Kolar.

 

  Ø   Marquis Young, 22, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Senior District Judge James Moody to 84 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.  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 Jennifer Chang-Adiga.