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February Grand Jury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 20, 2014

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 24 indictments charging 28 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.

*          Tempest Amerson, age 23, of Lincoln, Nebraska; Yolanda Clemons, age 46, of Kansas City, Kansas; Isys Jordan, age 23, of Marietta, Georgia; Rosland Starks, age 44, of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Thomas Whitlow, age 52, of Kansas City, Kansas are charged in a twelve-count Indictment.  Beginning at least on or about May 31, 2011, and continuing through on or about November 1, 2013, the defendants allegedly devised a scheme to solicit money from elderly individuals under false pretenses.  The defendants called elderly individuals and claimed to be family relatives or persons acting on their behalf.  The caller claimed that the family member needed money immediately due to exigent circumstances.  The elderly individual would then wire money immediately to the defendants.  In all, these elderly individuals wired approximately $20,000.     If convicted each of the twelve counts is punishable by 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Richard D. Avila, Jr., age 50, of Omaha, is charged with conspiring with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine beginning on or about May 1, 2013 and continuing to on or about November 21, 2013. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 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.

*          Lamar Bertucci, age 45, of Walthill, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count indictment.  Count I of the indictment alleges Bertucci shot and killed a bald eagle on or about February 10, 2014.  The maximum possible penalty, if convicted, is 2 years imprisonment , a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II of the indictment alleges Bertucci shot and killed a rough-legged hawk on or about February 20, 2014.  The maximum possible penalty, if convicted, is 6 months imprisonment, a $5,000 fine and a $10 special assessment. 

*          Carlos Francisco-Hernandez, age 22, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about February 9, 2014.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000,  3 years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100.  Count II of the Indictment alleges on or about February 9, 2014, Francisco-Hernandez made a false statement claiming to be a United States citizen with the intent to receive Federal and State benefits or to otherwise obtain employment  in the United States.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment alleges that on or about February 9, 2014, Francisco-Hernandez  misused a Social Security Card and a State of Missouri Identification Card knowing that said documents were not issued lawfully for his use.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Jose Fuentes-Urbina, age 31, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about September 24, 2013, following deportation as an aggravated felon.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 20 years, a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Jazmin Gallardo-Luna, age 27, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about December 10, 2009.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000,  3 years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100.  Count II of the Indictment alleges on or about December 10, 2009,  Gallardo-Luna made a false statement claiming to be a United States citizen with the intent to receive Federal and State benefits or to otherwise obtain employment  in the United States.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment alleges that on or about December 10, 2009, Gallardo-Luna misused a Social Security Card and a State of Illinois Identification Card knowing that said documents were not issued lawfully for his use.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Alfa Juarez-Miranda, age 45, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about August 28, 2009.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000,  3 years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100.  Count II of the Indictment alleges on or about August 28, 2009, Juarez-Miranda made a false statement claiming to be a United States citizen with the intent to receive Federal and State benefits or to otherwise obtain employment in the United States.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment alleges that on or about August 28, 2009, Juarez-Miranda misused a Social Security Card and a State of Minnesota Identification Card knowing that said documents were not issued lawfully for his use.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Jose Antonio Lopez-Salas, age 26, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about January 17, 2014, following deportation as a felon.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Christo Lorenzo-Ortiz, age 30, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about March 12, 2009.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000,  3 years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100.  Count II of the Indictment alleges on or about March 12, 2009, Lorenzo-Ortiz made a false statement claiming to be a United States citizen with the intent to receive Federal and State benefits or to otherwise obtain employment in the United States.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment alleges that on or about March 12, 2009,  Lorenzo-Ortiz misused a Social Security Card and a State of Missouri driver’s license  knowing that said documents were not issued lawfully for his use.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Deysi Magana-Flores, age 23, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about July 27, 2011.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, 3 years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100.  Count II of the Indictment alleges on or about July 11, 2011, Magana-Flores made a false statement claiming to be a United States citizen with the intent to receive Federal and State benefits or to otherwise obtain employment in the United States.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment alleges that on or about July 11, 2011, Magana-Flores misused a Social Security Card and a State of Missouri Identification Card knowing that said documents were not issued lawfully for his use.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Francisco C. Marin, age 24, of Offutt AFB, Nebraska, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine on or about January 31, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 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.   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: United States currency seized on January 31, 2014, should be forfeited to the United States.

*          James F. Parks, age 65, of Alliance, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges Parks with receipt and distribution of child pornography from at least on or about June 9, 2013 and continuing to on or about June 10, 2013.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 20 years, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for Life, and a $100 special assessment.  Parks is charged in Count II of the Indictment with possession of child pornography on or about August 8, 2013. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for life, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Ryan William Perich, age 29, of Woodbridge, California, is charged with traveling in interstate commerce from on or between about March 1, 2013 through about January 24, 2014, to distribute the proceeds and to promote the carrying on of an illegal activity.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

*          Lewis E. Phoenix, age 21, of Arlington, Texas, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 28  grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base on or about October 30, 2013.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to 40 years, a $5 million fine, a 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.   

*          Rudy Alexander Reyes, age 32, of Fremont, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with illegal reentry into the United States on or about January 17, 2014, following deportation as an aggravated felon.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 20 years, a $250,000 fine, 5 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II of the indictment charges Reyes with failure to register as a sex offender from on and before January 17, 2014.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, 5 years up to Life supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Wesley A. Roberts, age 62, of Bridgeport, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges Roberts with receipt and distribution of child pornography from at least on or about September 17, 2013, and continuing to on or about January 7, 2014.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 20 years, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for Life, and a $100 special assessment.  Roberts is charged in Count II of the Indictment with possession of child pornography on or about January 7, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 10 years, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for life, 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, including but not limited to: One Samsung Tracphone, should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Adrian Salgado-Sandoval, age 42, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about September 11, 2013, following deportation.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Inocencio Segura Jimenez, also known as Inocencio Segura, age 32, of Lincoln, Nebraska, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about September 5, 2013. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 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.   

*          Amen Sheridan, age 53, and Julie L. Whiteskunk, age 53, both of Walthill, Nebraska, are charged in a two-count Indictment.  Counts I and II of the Indictment charge Sheridan and Whiteskunk with theft of funds from the Omaha Tribal Housing Authority for their own personal use on or about November 24, 2009 and on and before August 5, 2009.  The maximum possible penalty for both Counts if convicted is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

*          Anthony Slizoski, a 31, of Columbus, Nebraska is charged in a two-count indictment.  Count I charges Slizoski with conspiring with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine beginning on or about July 17, 2013 and continuing to on or about January 17, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 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 of the Indictment charges the defendant with distribution of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on or about January 17, 2014.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 20 years, a $1 million fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Camilo Solorzano-Ramirez, also known as Victor Solorzano-Ramirez, age 43, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about January 13, 2014, following deportation as an aggravated felon.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 20 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Maria Solis_Lorenzo, age 24, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about March 10, 2009.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, 3 years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100.  Count II of the Indictment alleges on or about March 10, 2009, Solis-Lorenzo made a false statement claiming to be a United States citizen with the intent to receive Federal and State benefits or to otherwise obtain employment in the United States.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment alleges that on or about March 10, 2009, Solis-Lorenzo misused a Social Security Card and a State of Missouri Identification Card knowing that said documents were not issued lawfully for his use.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Pablo Vasquez Alvarado, also known as Juan Pablo Abrajan-Marino, age 38, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about March 20, 2013.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, 3 years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100.  Count II of the Indictment alleges on or about March 20, 2013, Alvarado made a false statement claiming to be a United States citizen with the intent to receive Federal and State benefits or to otherwise obtain employment in the United States.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Israel Vicente-Ordonez, 25, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about December 14, 2010. The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, 3 years supervised release, and a special assessment of $100.  Count II of the Indictment alleges on or about December 14, 2010,  Vicente-Ordonez made a false statement claiming to be a United States citizen with the intent to receive Federal and State benefits or to otherwise obtain employment in the United States.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment alleges that on or about December 14, 2010, Vicente-Ordonez misused a Social Security Card and a State of Missouri Identification Card knowing that said documents were not issued lawfully for his use.  The maximum possible penalty for this count is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

 

 

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