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Indictment: Employee Stole $119,000
From Hamilton County Bank

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 1, 2012

WICHITA, KAN. – Toni J. Bennett, 54, Syracuse, Kan., is charged with one count of embezzlement by a bank employee. The indictment alleges that while Bennett was an employee of Valley State Bank in Syracuse, Kan., she embezzled $119,451 from the bank. The crime is alleged to have occurred from May 2005 to February 2011 in Hamilton County, Kan.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

OTHER INDICTMENTS

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

Vince M. Williams, 39, Salt Lake City, Utah, is charged with possession with intent to distributed more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. The crime is alleged to have occurred Aug. 17, 2011, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years in federal prison and a fine up to $2 million. The Wichita Police Department investigated. The U.S. Attorney’s office is prosecuting.

Quanett Tashene Johnson-Marin, 34, Wichita, is charged with two counts of mail fraud and three counts of money laundering. The indictment alleges she used her power of attorney to steal money from a settlement that was supposed to be paid to three minor children whose father was killed in a work-related accident on Dec. 31, 2004.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count of mail fraud and a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $500,000 on each count of money laundering. The FBI investigated. The U.S. Attorney’s office is prosecuting.

Mindy L. Abbey, 44, Derby, Kan., and Wade D. Abbey, 46, Derby, Kan., both of whom were optometrists employed by Visions Doctors of Optometry, are charged with five counts of wire fraud and one count of theft in connection with health care. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2010 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

The indictment alleges the husband and wife, who worked for Visions Doctors of Optometry, were paid an hourly wage and an additional fee for each full eye exam they conducted. They inflated the number of eye exams they performed and provided false information to an accountant who paid them based on the false information.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000on each count of wire fraud, and maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the theft charge. The FBI investigated. The U.S. Attorney’s office is prosecuting.

Yoghan Morales-Villanueva and Angel Dandoval-Liconaare charged with one count of producing counterfeit Social Security and Permanent Resident cards and one count of possessing false identification documents. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Jan. 31, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of producing false identification documents, and a mandatory two years consecutive to other imprisonment and a fine up to $250,000 on the identity theft charge. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Manuel Rodriguez-Merida, 26, a citizen of Mexico; and Guadalupe Calvelo-Patricio, 37, a citizen of Mexico; Augustino Gomez-Gomez, 19, a citizen of Mexico; Juan Carlos Dominguez-Munoz, 20, a citizen of Mexico; Javier Cruz-Ortiz, 22, a citizen of Mexico; Carmelo Gonzalez-Martinez, 31, a citizen of Mexico; Abel Mejia-Cazarez, 35, a citizen of Mexico; and Sabina Reyes-Cruz, 18, a citizen of Mexico, are charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. They were found Feb. 15, 2012, in Pratt County, Kan.

In addition, Rodriguez-Merida is charged with knowingly transporting 15 illegal aliens within the United States. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 15, 2012, in Pratt County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawful re-entry. Rodriguez-Merida faces a maximum penalty five years without parole and a fine up to $250,000 on the transportation charge. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Eni Oyegoke-Eniola, 33, a citizen of Nigeria who has been residing in Kechi, Kan., is charged with one count of making a false statement to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of mail fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft. The crimes are alleged to have been committed in February and March 2011.

The indictment alleges Eniola unlawfully withheld information about his prior felony convictions in Great Britain. He also alleges he used another person’s identity to order and pay for gold coins.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the false statement charge, and a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the mail fraud and wire fraud counts, and a mandatory two years consecutive to other sentences and a fine up to $250,000 on the aggravated identity theft charge. The U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

Serafin Perez-Garcia, 24, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with knowingly transporting nine illegal aliens within the United States. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 23, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan. In addition, Jesus Gonzalez-Ramirez, 30, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Feb. 23, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

Upon conviction, the transportation count carries a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000. The re-entry charge carries a maximum penalty of two 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.

Nabor Alberto Lucero-Soto, 44, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with knowingly transporting 11 illegal aliens within the United States. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 20, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

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

Gabriel Montes-Huizar, 31, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of a felony and deported. He was found Feb. 20, 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. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Leeola B. Tucker, 39, Is charged with stealing $1,646 from the United States Postal Service while she was a postal service employee. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 3 through Nov. 25, 2011, in El Dorado, Kan.

If convicted she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Postal Service - Office of Inspector General investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Victor Manuel Chavez-Cervantes, 34, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Feb. 7, 2012, in Finney 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’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

Pablo Coca-Rodriguez, 24, 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 Feb. 13, 2012, in Ford 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 Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

Robert J. Jones, 26, Pratt, Kan., and Julie A. Wahrman, 42, Pratt, Kan., are charged with one count of making counterfeit $50 bills, one count of passing counterfeit $50 bills and one count of distributing methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in August 2011 in Pratt, Kan.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the counterfeiting charges, and a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on the drug charge. The U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

Willie J. Scuderi, 32, Hutchinson, Kan., is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Jan. 3, 2010, in Reno County, Kan.

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

Antonio Garcia-Gonzalez, 34, a citizen of Mexico who has been residing in Wichita, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of a felony and deported. He was found Feb. 13, 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. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

Acension Lopez-Recio, 49, a citizen of Mexico who has been residing in Emporia, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Feb. 8, 2012, in Sedgwick County.

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

Israel Simon-Vincente, 31, a citizen of Guatemala, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Jan. 24, 2012, in Winfield, 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’s Enforcement and Removal Operations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

Jose Soto-Lopez, 31, a citizen of Mexico who was residing in Hugoton, Kan., is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of an aggravated felony and deported. He was found Feb. 21, 2012, 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 Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

Victorio Rodela-Jaquez, 35, a citizen of Mexico who has been residing in Wichita, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of a felony and deported. He was found Feb. 13, 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. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

Javier Corado-Samallo, 28, a citizen of Mexico who has been residing in Wichita, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of a felony and deported. He was found Feb. 22, 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. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Blair Watson is prosecuting.

Mark Martinez, 53, Wichita, Kan., is charged with assaulting a federal police officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 6, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Bureau of Veterans Affairs investigated. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is prosecuting..

Shrone W. Landrum, 30, Wichita, Kan., is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Sept. 6, 2011, 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

Vance Bradshaw, 35, Wichita, Kan., is charged with assaulting a Deputy United States Marshal. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 15, 2012, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart 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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