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Wichitans Charged with Mail Fraud, ID Theft
in Scheme to Buy Gold Coins

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Oct. 13, 2011

WICHITA, KAN. – Hakeem O. Makanjuola, 29, Wichita, Kan., and Josie B. Richardson, 20, Wichita, Kan., are charged with mail fraud and aggravated identity theft in a scheme to purchase gold coins using fraudulently obtained credit card information. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in March 2011 in Wichita, Kan.

The indictment alleges that Makanjuola and Richardson used other people’s credit card information to order gold coins from Texas Gold Coins in Fairfax Station, Va.; American Precious Metal Exchange in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Fort Knox Metals in Wallington, N.J.; United States Mint in Plainfield, Ind.; and Rare Coin Collector in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Some of the coins were delivered to a house at 320 N. Erie in Wichita, where Richardson picked them up. In another instance, the coins were delivered to the Days Inn Motel at 7321 E. Kellogg, where Makanjuola arranged to pick them up.

Victims whose credit card information was used to make the purchases are identified in the indictment at Steve H., Matthew R. and Kurt F.

Makanjuola is charged with five counts of mail fraud, four counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of wire fraud, one count of access device fraud and one count of possessing fraudulent access devices. Richardson is charged with one count of mail fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of perjury.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties.
Mail fraud: A maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Aggravated identity theft: A mandatory two years on each count, consecutive to the underlying sentence.
Wire fraud: A maximum penalty of twenty years and a fine up to $250,000.
Perjury: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Access device fraud: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Possession of a fraudulent access device: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.

The U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

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

Brent A. Drees, 43, Wichita, Kan., is charged in a superseding indictment with four counts of bank robbery

Drees initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed last month, alleging that on Sept. 22, 2011, he robbed Emprise Bank 3900 W. Central in Wichita.

The superseding indictment adds three more bank robbery counts:

Sept. 7, 2011, Fidelity Bank, 3535 E. Harry in Wichita.
Sept. 1, 2011, Conway Bank, 121 E. Kellogg, in Wichita.
Aug. 13, 2011, Commerce Bank, 1701 S. Broadway in Wichita.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

Derrick D. McDonald, 38, Tulsa, Okla., is charged in a superseding indictment with bank robbery.

McDonald and co-defendant Roland D. Ross, 23, Tulsa, Okla., initially were indicted in August with one count of armed bank robbery. That indictment alleged that on July 21, 2011, they robbed DBW Bank at 1089 E. Main in Weir, Kan.

The superseding indictment adds two more counts against McDonald: A second armed bank robbery charge and a charge of carrying a firearm in a crime of violence. The indictment alleges that on June 27, 2011, McDonald was carrying a firearm when he robbed the Community National Bank at 4097 Parkview Drive in Frontenac, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Armed bank robbery: A maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence: Not less than five years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000.

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

Eric R. Voorhis, 35, Phoenix, Ariz., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and one count of traveling in interstate commerce in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Sept 13, 2011, in Hays, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and not more than life and a fine up to $10 million on the methamphetamine charge, and a maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of traveling in interstate commerce in furtherance of drug trafficking. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Jason M. Casanova, 34, Hutchinson, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 1, 2011, in Hutchinson, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Fernando Orona-Lugo, 49, 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 Oct. 6, 2011, in Wichita, 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 Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Raylene Jean Maloun, 68, Walton, Kan., is charged with one count of Social Security fraud and one count of theft of government funds. The crimes are alleged to have occurred from November 2004 to March 2011 in Harvey County, Kan.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on the Social Security fraud, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the theft charge. The Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson 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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