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Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2013

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 36 indictments charging 31 defendants. Indictments are charging documents that contain one or more individual counts that are merely accusations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

*          Isael Ambrosio-Gonon, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 7, 2013, after deportation or removal.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Jonathan W. Arrington, age 44, Michael B. Kratville, age 52, and Michael J. Welke, age 38, all of Omaha are charged in a 14-count indictment.  Arrington, Kratville, and Welke are charged in Count I with conspiracy in that beginning on or about July, 2005, and continuing to on or about December 31, 2008, the defendants devised a scheme to defraud prospective investors in the Elite Aggressive Growth Group and Elite Index Investment Group (Elite) and NIC Investment Programs causing approximately $4 million in losses.  The defendants utilized the United States mail and wire communications for the purpose of executing said scheme.  The maximum penalty for each defendant for this count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.   Counts II through VII allege that on various dates beginning on or about December 6, 2006, and continuing through on or about May 20, 2007, respectively, Arrington, Kratville, and Welke utilized the United States Postal Service to send mail for the purposes of executing the scheme to defraud the prospective investors.  The maximum penalty for each defendant for each count includes imprisonment of 20 years, a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Counts VIII through XIV charge that on various dates beginning on or about November 2, 2005, and continuing through on or about December 29, 2008, respectively, Arrington, Kratville, and Welke transmitted via wire and radio communications electronic bank wires and e-mails for the purpose of executing the scheme to defraud the prospective investors.  The maximum penalty for each defendant for each count includes imprisonment of 20 years, a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Arnoldo Barrios-Ramirez, age 34, of Kansas City, Kansas, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 28, 2013, following deportation as a felon.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Danny Junior Bravo, age 33, and Leticia Angela Desman, age 27, both of Stockton, California, are charged in a two count indictment. Count I alleges that beginning on or about October, 2010, and continuing to on or about April 2, 2013, the defendants conspired together and with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of not less than 10 years and up to life, a $10 million fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count II alleges that on or about April 2, 2013, the defendants possessed with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to 40 years, a $5 million fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Larry D. Carter, age 34, of Omaha, who was previously convicted of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a felony, is charged with being in possession of a firearm, to wit: an S&W Sigma 9mm, on or about November 10, 2012. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

*          Juan Trejo Castillo, age 40, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 10, 2013, after deportation or removal.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Newton G. Dale, age 26, of Walthill, Nebraska, is charged with statutory rape in Indian Country on or about dates unknown between June 1, 2011, and August 31, 2011.  The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 15 years, a fine of $250,000, a term of supervised release for life, and a $100 special assessment.  

*          Alejandro Flores-Ramirez, age 37, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 13, 2013, following deportation as a felon.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Richard A. Franco, age 25, of Lincoln, is charged in a one-count indictment.  Franco, an employee of the United States Postal Service, is charged with theft of mail which came into his possession and was intended to be delivered by the United States mail from on or about November 24, 2012, and continuing through on or about January 8, 2013.  The maximum penalty includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Francisco Gaytan-Leal, age 31, of Omaha is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges Gaytan-Leal with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 11, 2013, after deportation or removal.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II alleges Gaytan-Leal falsely claimed United States Citizenship on or about April 11, 2013.  If convicted the maximum possible penalty includes 3 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Francisco Genchi-Osuna, age 28, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 7, 2013, after deportation or removal.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Francisco Gonzalez-Dominguez, age 34, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 10, 2013, after deportation or removal.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          MacAnthony Gordon, age 27, of Omaha, who was previously convicted of possession of a defaced firearm, a felony, is charged with being in possession of a firearm, to wit: a Bersa Thunder .380 semi-automatic pistol, on or about January 25, 2013. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

*          James B. Haugh, age 56, of Grand Island, Nebraska, is charged in the first count of an indictment with receipt and distribution of child pornography from at least on or about January 3, 2009, and continuing to on or about December 28, 2012.  If convicted, the maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of not less than 5 years or more than 20 years, a fine of $250,000, supervised release for life, and a $100 special assessment.  Haugh is charged in Count II with possession of child pornography on or about December 28, 2012.  The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for life, and a $100 special assessment.  The indictment also alleges property used or intended to be used as part of this violation should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Rogelio Hernandez-Yepez, age 34, of Gibbon, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 6, 2013, after deportation or removal.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Ward L. Hunnel, age 44, of York, Nebraska is charged in a five-count indictment.  Count 1 charges that on or about November 14, 2011, Hunnel transported an adult mule deer from Nebraska to Kansas without having a valid license to hunt in Nebraska.  The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Counts 2 and 3 allege that on or about November 14, 2011, and on or about November 21, 2011, respectively, Hunnel transported adult mule deer and adult white tail deer from Nebraska to Kansas without having a valid license to hunt in Nebraska.  The maximum possible penalty for each of these counts include imprisonment of 1 year, a $100,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Counts 4 and 5 charge that between on or about November 12, 2011, through on or about November 20, 2011, and on or about November 15, 2012, respectively, Hunnel was a felon in possession of firearms.  The maximum possible penalty for each of these counts include imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  

*          Michael C. Huyek, age 35, of Lincoln, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm on or about April 9, 2013.  The maximum penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of $250,000, followed by a term of supervised release of 3 years, and a special assessment of $100. 

*          Patrick John Keenan, age 32, of Omaha, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of actual methamphetamine on or about August 17, 2012. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to 40 years, a $5 million fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. The indictment also alleges that any and all property constituting or derived from any proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the violation alleged in the indictment, including but not limited to $846.00 in United States currency seized from the defendant’s wallet on August 17, 2012, should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Saul Leal-Armenta, age 44, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 22, 2013, after deportation or removal.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Dennis Lewis, age 42, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is charged in a two-count indictment.  Count I charges Lewis with the sexual exploitation of a juvenile between approximately March 25, 2013, and April 10, 2013.  The maximum possible penalty on this count is not less than 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, a term of supervised release for life, and a $100 special assessment.   Count II charges Lewis with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity beginning on or about April 10, 2013.  The maximum possible penalty on this count is not less than 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of $250,000, a term of supervised release for life, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Antonio Lucero-Reyes, age 49, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 13, 2013, following deportation as a felon.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Maurilio Maravilla-Manzo, age 38, of Bellevue, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 8, 2013, following deportation as a felon.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Andres Mateo-Francisco, age 35, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about January 13, 2013, following deportation as a felon.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Antonio Mejia-Cruz, age 26, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 7, 2013, following deportation as a felon.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Israel Dewayne Mileage, age 21, of Lincoln, is charged in a two count indictment. Count I alleges that on or about April 10, 2013, the defendant possessed with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to 40 years, a $5 million fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Count II alleges that on or about April 10, 2013, the defendant possessed a Hi-Point Model JMP, .45 caliber pistol during, in relation to, and in furtherance of the drug trafficking offense alleged in Count I. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to life to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, a $250,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. The indictment also alleges any and all property constituting or derived from any proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the violation alleged in Count I of the indictment, including but not limited to $209.00 in United States currency should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Michael L. Nguyen, age 26, of Lincoln, is charged in the first count of an indictment with receipt and distribution of child pornography from at least on or about January 17, 2013, and continuing to on or about March 22, 2013.  If convicted, the maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of not less than 5 years or more than 20 years, a fine of $250,000, supervised release for life, and a $100 special assessment.  Nguyen is charged in Count II with possession of child pornography on or about March 22, 2013.  The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for life, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Carlos Felipe Niz-Rodriguez, age 23, and Estanislado Diaz-Vargas, also known as Tanilo Diaz-Vargas, age 34, both of Omaha, are charged in a six-count indictment.  Count I charges Diaz-Vargas with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 26, 2013, after deportation or removal.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  In Count II, Niz-Rodriguez is charged with possession of over five false identification documents, beginning on or about December 12, 2012, and up to and including March 26, 2013.  The maximum penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 15 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Counts III and IV allege that on or about December 12, 2012, and on or about February 20, 2013, respectively, Niz-Rodriguez and Diaz-Vargas produced false a Social Security Card and a false Permanent Resident Card.  The maximum penalty for each of these counts include imprisonment of 15 years, a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count V charges that on or about February 20, 2013, Niz-Rodriguez and Diaz-Vargas were in possession of stolen a Social Security Card and a Permanent Resident Card.  The maximum penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 15 years, a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count VI of the Indictment charges that on or about February 20, 2013, Niz-Rodriguez and Diaz-Vargas possessed a false Permanent Resident Card.  The maximum penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Daniel T. Ray, age 20, of Omaha, is charged in a two count indictment. Count I alleges that on or about April 6, 2013, the defendant possessed with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to 40 years, a $5 million fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Count II alleges that on or about April 6, 2013, the defendant possessed a Forjas Taurus Falcon .38 caliber revolver during, in relation to, and in furtherance of the drug trafficking offense alleged in Count I. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to life to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, a $250,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. The indictment also alleges any and all property constituting or derived from any proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the violations alleged in the indictment, including but not limited to $690.85 in United States currency seized from the defendant on April 6, 2013, should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Agustin Reyes, age 21, of West Point, Nebraska, who was previously convicted of theft by receiving stolen property, a felony, is charged with being in possession of a firearm, to wit: a Jennings firearm, Model J22, .22 caliber pistol on or about February 18, 2013. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

*          Reyes Rivas-Giron, age 40, of Lexington, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 17, 2013, after deportation or removal.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          April L. Rolenc, age 35, is charged in a four count indictment. Counts I, II, and III allege that on or about February 23 and 27, 2012, the defendant distributed a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. The maximum possible penalty for each count includes imprisonment of up to 20 years, a $1 million fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Count IV alleges that on or about April 8, 2013, the defendant possessed with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to 40 years, a $5 million fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. The indictment also alleges any and all property constituting or derived from any proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the violations alleged in Counts I, II, and III, including but not limited to $15,707.00 in United States currency seized from the defendant on April 8, 2013, should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Armando De Jesus Romero-Lopez, age 36, of Grand Island, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 6, 2013, after deportation or removal.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Samuel Sanchez-Mendoza, also known as, Charles Reyna-Rosas, also known as Javier Reyes-Campos, age 36, is charged in a two count indictment. Count I alleges that on or about March 19, 2013, the defendant was in possession of a firearm, to wit: a SAIGA-12 semiautomatic shotgun, knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the firearm was stolen. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Count II alleges that on or about March 19, 2013, the defendant, an alien illegally and unlawfully in the United States, was in possession of a firearm, to wit: a Huldra Mark IV rifle. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

*          Carlos Solorio-Enriquez, age 34, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 22, 2013, following deportation as a felon.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Joseph Townsend, age 20, and Zachary Overman, age 21, both of Bellevue, are charged in Count I with being in possession of a firearm, to wit: a Beretta Model A-302 12-gauge shotgun on or about March 28, 2013, after having each been convicted of a felony. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Count II alleges that on or about April 8, 2013, the defendants were in possession of a second firearm, to wit: a Mossberg 500A 12-gauge shotgun, after having each been convicted of a felony. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

*          Sidney G. Weaver, Jr., age 53, of Omaha, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of actual methamphetamine on or about January 28, 2013. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to 40 years, a $5 million fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

 

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