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Moundridge Woman Indicted on Bank Robbery Charges

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June 22, 2011

WICHITA, KAN. – A Moundridge, Kan., woman has been indicted on federal charges of robbing or attempting to rob financial institutions in Newton, McPherson, South Hutchinson and Wichita.

Vicki L. Arce, 51, Moundridge, Kan., is charged with four counts of bank robbery and one count of attempted bank robbery. The indictment alleges that:
– On June 9, 2011, Arce robbed the White Eagle Credit Union, 300 West Broadway, Newton, Kan.
– On June 9, 2011, Arce attempted to rob the Home State Bank, 201 South Centennial, McPherson, Kan.
– On Jan. 27, 2011, Arce robbed the Peoples Bank and Trust, 601 East 30th Street, Hutchinson, Kan.
– On Dec. 30, 2010, Arce robbed the Bank of Kansas, 524 N. Main Street, South Hutchinson, Kan.
– On April 30, 2009, Arce robbed the Telephone Employee’s Credit Union, 270 North Broadway, Wichita, Kan.

Arce was taken into custody earlier this month and charged in state district court in Harvey County, Kan.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

A grand jury meeting in Wichita, Kan., also returned the following indictments:

James L. Simmons, Jr., 53, is charged with nine robbery counts.

The indictment alleges Simmons committed the following robberies:
– Nov. 10, 2010, Quick Trip, 3216 E. Lincoln, Wichita, Kan.
– Nov. 10, 2010, Harry Street Liquor, 3120 E. Harry, Wichita, Kan.
– Nov. 16, 2010, Tocs Coffeehouse, 1519 George Washington Boulevard, Wichita, Kan.
– May 14, 2011, Quik Trip, 1610 E. Lincoln, Wichita, Kan.
– May 15, 2011, Quik Trip, 3216 E. Harry, Wichita, Kan.
– May 15, 2011, Dollar General, 2727 E. Boulevard Plaza, Wichita, Kan.
– May 24, 2011, Valero 731 N. Ridge, Wichita, Kan.
– May 28, 2011, Quik Trip, 1610 E. Lincoln, Wichita, Kan.
– May 28, 2011, Quik Trip, 3216 E. Harry, Wichita, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Wichita Police Department investigated. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting.

Michael L. Currie, 33, is charged with one count of armed robbery, one count of brandishing a firearm during the robbery, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of attempted robbery.

The indictment alleges that on Dec. 14, 2010, Currie robbed the Pic Quick, 1000 West 30th Street, Hutchinson, Kan. On Dec. 27, 2010, he attempted to rob the Kwik Shop, 1701 N. Monroe, Hutchinson, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the robbery counts, a penalty of not less than seven years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of brandishing a firearm in a crime of violence and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Lanny D. Pauley, 67, Garden City, Kan., is charged with 23 counts of embezzling funds from the Letter Carriers Union, Branch 1412 in Garden City, Kan., and one count of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Labor. The thefts are alleged to have occurred in 2006 and 2007 in Finney County, Kan., while Pauley was an employee of the United States Postal Service and secretary/treasurer of the Letter Carriers Union.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The U.S. Department of Labor investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Bruce A. Mabry, 28, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction, two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of controlled substances, one count of unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun, and one count of possession of marijuana. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 17, 2011, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Felon in possession of a firearm: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Felon in possession of ammunition: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Unlawful user of controlled substances in possession of a firearm: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $10,000.
Possession of marijuana: A maximum penalty of one year in prison and a fine up to $1,000.

The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Francisco Moreno Jr., 21, Garden City, Kan., is charged with one count of distributing marijuana and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in June 2011 in Finney County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the marijuana charge and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine u to $250,000 on the firearm charge. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Jerrod L. Peterson, 29, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred from February 2011 to June 2011 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $4 million on the methamphetamine count, and a penalty of not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearms charge. The Wichita Police Department investigated. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting.

Jorge Rodriguez-Lopez, 25, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. He was found May 27, 2011, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Disney is prosecuting.

Jose Manuel Estrada-Estrada, 27, a citizen of Honduras, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. He was found June 15, 2011, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Disney is prosecuting.

Ezequiel Josel Hernandez-Valzquez, 26, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. He was found June 9, 2011, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Disney is prosecuting.

Audi Cruz-Castaneda, 32, a citizen of Guatamela, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. He was found June 18, 2011, in Ellis County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Disney is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

 

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