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McPherson County Man Charged
With Producing Child Pornography

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July 26, 2012

TOPEKA, KAN. – A McPherson County man has been charged with using a 9-year-old girl to produce child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Philip Andra Grigsby, 50, Marquette, Kan., is charged with two counts of enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in April and July 2012 in McPherson County, Kan.

If convicted, Grigsby faces a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the counts of producing child pornography; not less than 5 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the possession count; and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the gun charge. The FBI, the Australian Federal Police, the Marquette Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.


OTHER INDICTMENTS

Lupe Adela Mains, 45, Pretty Prairie, Kan., is charged with one count of health care fraud and one count of mail fraud. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2007, 2008 and 2009 in Reno County, Kan.

The indictment alleges Mains engaged in a scheme to defraud the Kansas Medicaid Program by causing Medicaid to pay her for supportive homecare services to her sister that she in fact did not provide. It also alleges Mains submitted false claims to the federal Railroad Retirement Board in order to receive survivor disability benefits on behalf of her sister.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the Medicaid count and a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the wire fraud count. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division investigated. Kansas Assistant Attorney General Stefani Hepford and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Treadway are prosecuting.

Brian Douglas Pokrandt, 44, Salina, Kan., and Rodrigo Ruiz-Macias, 30, Abilene, Kan., each are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred April 6, 2012, in Saline County, Kan.

If convicted, Pokrandt faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million. If convicted, Ruiz-Macias faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million. The Salina Drug Task Force investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Jairo Ivan Ramos-Urbina, 23, Topeka, Kan., is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found June 1, 2012, in Shawnee County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Randy Hendershot is prosecuting.

Ty M. Harmer, 22, Topeka, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Sept. 3, 2011, in Shawnee County, Kan.

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

Augustine Fernandez, Jr.,Wichita, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred July 17, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Wichita Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind 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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