United States Attorney David Capp

Northern District of Indiana

5400 Federal Plaza, Suite 1500

Hammond, Indiana  46320

Hammond                                                      South Bend                                           Fort Wayne

 
 

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Mary Hatton

November 22, 2013

DESK: (219) 937-5603

www.usdoj.gov/usao/inn/

CELL: (219) 314-9993

 

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WEEK IN REVIEW – HAMMOND

 

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

 

INDICTMENTS: November 20, 2013

 

  Ø   Octavio Casas-Garcia, 45, of Hammond, Indiana, was charged with illegal re-entry after removal for a felony conviction.  This charge was filed as the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.  This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Philip Benson.

 

  Ø   Mark Bartell, 27, of Gary, Indiana, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  This charge was filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives HIDTA Task Force.  This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang-Adiga.

 

November 21, 2013

 

  Ø   Schickell Best, 25, of Gary, Indiana, was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  This charge was filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Gary Police Department.  This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath.

 

  Ø   Jermel Washington, 37, of Gary, Indiana, was charged with possession of an unregistered short barreled shotgun.  This charge was filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Gary Police Department.  This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath.

 

  Ø   Carmalita Stewart-Cannon, 47, of Gary, Indiana, was charged with distribution of heroin and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Gary Police Department.  This case has been assigned to and will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath.

 

  Ø   Nathan Huey-Dingle, 32, of South Bend, Indiana, was charged with 2 counts of sex trafficking by threats of force and 2 counts of transporting across state lines with the intent to engage in prostitution.  This case resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  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.  

 

PLEAS:

 

  Ø   Shanise Kelley, 30, of Michigan City, Indiana, pled guilty before District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen to the felony offense of mail fraud.  Sentencing has been set for 2/13/14.  This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service-Office of the Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi Houston.

 

  Ø   Joshua Mijares, 34, of Griffith, Indiana, pled guilty before Senior District Judge Rudy Lozano to the felony offense of unlawful re-entry after a previous formal deportation.  This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Stewart.

 

 

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   Yohinnest Herrod, 23, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to one day, considered time served, and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of making false statements in the purchase of three firearms from a federally licensed firearms dealer.  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 Nicholas Padilla.

 

  Ø   Jeffrey Youngheim, 47, of Portage, Indiana, and Richard Loveless, 52, Gary, Indiana, defendants in the case US v Chandler et al., were sentenced by District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen this week.  Youngheim and Loveless both pled guilty to the felony offense of wire fraud.  Youngheim was sentenced to 21 months imprisonment, 1 year of supervised release and a $100,000 fine.  Loveless was sentenced to15 months of imprisonment, 1 year of supervised release and a $50,000 fine. According to documents filed in this case, Youngheim participated in a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme designed to unjustly enrich himself and his business partner Loveless (among others) to the detriment of neighboring homeowners in Gary, Indiana and taxpayers generally.  Individuals who were recruited to buy most of the houses sold in the scheme were first-time home buyers with little practical experience in the field of real estate and with limited to no familiarity with the Gary, Indiana real estate market. Nearly everything said to induce buyers to buy these houses was a lie. They were told the houses were good investments when in fact they were in disrepair. They were told the houses would be rehabilitated when in fact few, if any, of the necessary repairs were actually completed.  Little effort was made to keep the promises after the first month or two of mortgage payments had been made. Youngheim and Loveless, and/or a trust held for the benefit of their joint business, Property Liquidators, Inc., owned five of the 25 properties sold in the scheme. 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   Carlos Canales, 34, of Lafayette, Indiana, was sentenced by Chief Judge Philip Simon to 12 months and 1 day imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of distribution of cocaine.  According to documents filed in this case, Canales conducted several drug related transactions with several individuals over a one year period.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT Task Force.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.