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Indictment: Airman At McConnell
Claimed She Was Commuting From Arizona

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April 24, 2013

WICHITA, KAN. – A former Kansas Air National Guard senior airman who was assigned to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita is charged with fraudulently collecting more than $50,000 in travel reimbursements by claiming she lived in Arizona while she was working at McConnell, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Eledria J. Bradley, 28, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of wire fraud. An indictment alleges that Bradley was a member of the Kansas Air National Guard and she lived in Wichita in February 2009 when she received orders to prepare for deployment with the U.S. Air Force effective April 11, 2009.

The indictment alleges Bradley accessed her file via virtual MPF, an online personnel system in which military members can access and change their personal information, and changed her residential address from Wichita to Chandler, Ariz. The change of address placed her outside the commuting distance for McConnell Air Force Base. As a result she received lodging and per diem benefits to which she was not entitled from April 11, 2009, to April 23, 2011, totaling $54,992.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Air Force - OSI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

 

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Oluwafunminiyi A. Adetunji, Wichita, Kan., is charged with four counts of mail fraud, four counts of wire fraud, five counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of credit card fraud. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2010 and 2011 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

The indictment alleges Adetunji fraudulently used names and credit card numbers belonging to other people to purchase a big screen television, a laptop computer and gold coins.

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.
Wire fraud: A maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Aggravated identity theft: Two years consecutive to the underlying sentence on each count.
Credit card fraud: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

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

Michael M. Smith, 24, Wichita, Kan., is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction, one count of unlawful possession of a sawed-off shotgun, one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in March 2013 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Unlawful possession of a firearm: A maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.
Unlawful possession of ammunition: 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 with intent to distribute marijuana: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: A penalty of not less than five years and not more than life and a fine up to $250,000.

The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.

Edward Garcia, Jr., 31, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm and one count of unlawful possession of ammunition after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred March 13, 2013, in Finney 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 Garden City Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.

Justin L. Wolke, 30, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Jan. 9, 2013, in Hutchinson, 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 Hutchinson Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Tori Scieneaux, 43, Montclair, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute approximately 2.5 kilograms of heroin. The crime is alleged to have occurred April 15, 2013, in Trego County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $4 million. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is investigating.

Shawn Steele, 53, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2011 and 2012 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million on the crack cocaine charge, and a maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $1 million on the cocaine charge. The Wichita Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.

Ryan O’Malley, 26, Pittsburg, Kan., and Alexandria Pierce, 23, Pittsburg, Kan., are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute approximately 53.5 pounds of marijuana, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Oct. 31, 2011, in Crawford County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the marijuana charge, and a penalty of not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearms charge. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.

Darrin Walker, 48, Wichita, Kan., and Angela Johnson, 50, Wichita, Kan., are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone. In addition, Walker is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Feb. 15, 2013, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
Possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine: Not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $2 million.
Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime: Not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000.
Unlawful possession of a firearm after a felony conviction: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
Possession with intent to distribute hydrocodone: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $500,000.

The Wichita Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.

Fidel Guerra-Monjaraz, 42, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found April 15, 2013, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations 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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