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

April 4, 2014

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:

 

PLEA (before Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein:)

 

Ø  Marcelino Ruiz-Robles, 37, of South Bend, Indiana, pled guilty to the felony offense of knowingly or intentionally distributing a mixture or substance containing cocaine. The magistrate 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 Drug Enforcement Agency.  Sentencing has been set for 7/3/2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

Ø  Patrick Condon, Jr., 41, of South Bend, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of theft of government property. The magistrate 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 Department of Labor.  Sentencing has been set for 7/10/2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Brook.

 

Ø  Tiffany J. Miller, 28, of Cromwell, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of theft of government property. The magistrate 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 Department of Labor.  Sentencing has been set for 7/10/2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Barbara Brook.

 

Ø  Devon Stewart, 40, of South Bend, Indiana, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offenses of possession of crack with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The magistrate 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 7/3/2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.

 

 

DISPOSITIONS (before District Judge Jon E. DeGuilio:)

 

Ø  Areryaunna Parahams, 21, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced to 3 years supervised probation, 8 months location monitoring on home detention and ordered to pay $32,629.16 in restitution after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to defraud the United States Department of the Treasury.  According to documents filed in this case, Parahams participated with others in a false tax return preparation and filing scheme in South Bend, Indiana.  At least two U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns, with false or inflated W-2 forms were submitted in Parahams’ name to obtain refunds. Within the scheme, over 1,000 tax returns were submitted for tax years 2008, 2009, and 2010 requesting improper tax refunds. Parahams opened and controlled bank accounts, where some of these false tax returns were deposited.  She also shared in the funds received from the fraudulent tax returns. This case was the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

 

Ø  Demonte Brantley, 19, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced to 37 months imprisonment with 3 years on supervised release, after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.  According to documents filed in this case, law enforcement officers became aware of Brantley, his possession of a firearm and his plan to commit a robbery. Law enforcement officers were able to identify this person as Brantley and steered him into a controlled operation.  While traveling to commit a robbery under the sting, Brantley was stopped by police officers directed by federal agents.  Brantley attempted to discard a loaded Intratec 9mm handgun, but the weapon was recovered by federal agents.  When Brantley initially took possession of the firearm, prior to the time of the planned robbery, the serial numbers of the firearm had been already been scratched off and Brantley was aware of the alteration to the serial number. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.