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March Grand Jury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2014

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 41 indictments charging 45 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.

*          Jorge Almazan-Garcia, age 44, of Gibbon, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about January 30, 2014, following deportation as an aggravated felon. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 20 years, 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.

*          Jose Avila-Ortiz, age 26, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 10, 2014, following deportation. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Keith D. Baker, age 40, of Omaha, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm on or about February 10, 2014. The maximum possible penalty is imprisonment of up to life, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Diana Castillo-Toscano, age 28, of Omaha, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Counts I and II of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about August 13, 2012. The maximum possible penalty for each count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count III charges that on or about August 13, 2012, the defendant misused a Social Security Card knowing that said document was not issued lawfully for her use. The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Rosa Cervantes-Santiago, age 42, of Omaha, is charged with misuse of a Social Security Number on or before September 17, 2013. The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Tyler L. Coddington, age 20, of Omaha, is charged with failure to register as a Sex Offender in the State of Nebraska on or about January 21, 2014. The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of $250,000, a term of supervised release for life, and a special assessment of $100.    

*          Jonathan Contreras, age 19, is charged with conspiring with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine on or about February 20, 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.

*          Jeffrey L. Eckert, age 54, of Pilger, Nebraska, was charged with fraudulently making a material false oath and account in his Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, on or about March 23, 2009. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Julio Enriquez-Salinas, age 30, is charged in a four-count indictment. Count I charges the defendant with distribution of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on or about January 30, 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. Count II charges the defendant with distribution of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on or about February 3, 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. Count III charges the defendant with distribution of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on or about February 6, 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. Count IV of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on or about February 12, 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.

*          Blanca Estela Factor-Villanueva, using the name L.P., age 38, of Omaha, 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 January 7, 2013. The maximum possible penalty for this count if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised, and a special assessment of $100. Count II of the Indictment charges on or about January 7, 2013, the defendant made a false statement and claimed to be a United States citizen with the intent to receive Federal and State benefits and to be employed in the United States. The maximum possible penalty for this count if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count III charges that on or about January 7, 2013, the defendant misused a Social Security Card knowing that said document was not issued lawfully for her use. The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Santiel Flores-Trejo, age 24, of Omaha is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about February 14, 2014, following deportation. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 2 years, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Alfonso Lopez Garcia, also known as Alfonso L. Garcia and also known as Alfonso Garcia, age 55, of Modesto, California, and Fredy Salvador Alcaraz Mendoza, also known as Fredy Mendiolaza-Untiveros, age 41, of Shawnee, Kansas, were charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine on or about March 2, 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.

*          Conrado Gastelo-Sanchez, age 45, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about August 12, 2013, 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.

*          Darwin Alexi Gonzalez-Rodriguez, age 34, of Jacksonville, Texas, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 11, 2014, 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.

*          Kurt Hansen, age 34, of Lincoln, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of actual methamphetamine on or about February 19, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 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.

*          William Hurst, age 30, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I alleges that beginning on or about September 1, 2013, and continuing to on or about January 16, 2014, the defendant conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. 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 alleges that on or about January 16, 2014, the defendant possessed with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. 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 the indictment, including but not limited to the United States currency seized from the defendant on January 16, 2014, should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Francisco Lara-Beltran, age 40, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about February 17, 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.

*          Roxana Maritza Lopez-Ramon, age 24, of Omaha, is charged with misuse of a Social Security Number on or before February 27, 2012. The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Ruben Machuca-Delgado, age 44, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 5, 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.

*          Pascual Mancinas, age 29, 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 and 5 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine beginning on or about May 1, 2012, and continuing to on or about May 30, 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. 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 the indictment, including but not limited to $195,905.00 in United States currency seized from the defendant on May 2, 2013, should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Susan Marr, age 38, of Walthill, Nebraska, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I alleges that from on or about July 30, 2007, and continuing to on or about October 19, 2012, the defendant stole and converted to her own use $38,171.00 in Social Security Supplemental Security Income payments made on behalf of her son, knowing her son was not entitled to those payments. The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count II alleges that on or about October 19, 2012, the defendant made a false statement and representation of a material fact for use in determining rights to Social Security Supplemental Security Income. The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count III alleges that beginning on or about July 2, 2009, and continuing without interruption until on or about October 19, 2012, the defendant concealed and failed to disclose to the Social Security Administration material facts knowing the facts would affect her son’s eligibility to continue to receive Social Security Supplemental Security Income. The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          William Giovanni Sandoval Martinez, using the name S.O.M., age 35, of Schuyler, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about June 3, 2013. The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count II charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about during and between April 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013. The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count III charges that on or about and between April 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013, the defendant misused a Social Security Card knowing that said document was not issued lawfully for his use. The maximum possible penalty for this count if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          McDonald, Aaron, age 28, 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 January 27, 2014, and continuing to on or about March 6, 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.

*          Trevor P. McLaurine, age 24, of Elkhorn, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges McLaurine with receipt of child pornography from on or about February 1, 2012, to on or about August 28, 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. McLaurine is charged in Count II with possession and distribution of child pornography on or about August 28, 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. 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 the indictment and any and all property used or intended to be used in any manner or part to commit and to promote the commission of the violation should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Luis Mellan-Rivera, age 28, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about February 27, 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.

*          Martha Molina, age 44, and Osman Meza-Romero, age 24, both of Omaha, are charged with conspiring together and with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine beginning on or about November 1, 2013, and continuing to on or about January 17, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of 20 years, a $1 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 the indictment, including but not limited to: United States currency seized on January 17, 2014, from 311 William Street, Omaha, Nebraska, should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Ricardo Muro and Juan Aguilar-Arredondo are charged with conspiring together and with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine beginning on or about January 1, 2014, and continuing to on or about March 10, 2014. 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. 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: $28,000.00 in United States currency seized from Juan Aguilar-Arrendondo on March 10, 2014, and $5,200.00 in United States currency seized from the residence of Ricardo Muro on March 10, 2014, should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Adam Mwanza, age 42, of Omaha, is charged in a 15-count indictment. Counts I through XV allege that for calendar years 2007 and 2008, the defendant aided, assisted, advised, and prepared individual income tax returns for taxpayers knowing the income tax returns were false and the taxpayers were not entitled to claim the various deductions, credits, and refunds the defendant claimed on their tax returns. The maximum possible penalty for each count includes imprisonment of 3 years, a $250,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Juana Bautista Palma Nunez, using the name A.L.P., age 31, of Schuyler, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about June 3, 2013. The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count II charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about during and between April 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013. The maximum possible penalty if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count III charges that on or about and between April 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013, the defendant misused a Social Security Card knowing that said document was not issued lawfully for her use. The maximum possible penalty for this count if convicted includes imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Dannes Aracely Padilla-Villatoro, age 29, of Omaha, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Counts I and II of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about December 21, 2012. The maximum possible penalty for each count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count III alleges that on or about December 21, 2012, the defendant misused a Social Security Card knowing that said document was not issued lawfully for her use. The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Olga Padilla-Villatoro, using the names O.P.M. and P.M., age 31, of Omaha, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Counts I and II of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about during and between April 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013. The maximum possible penalty for each count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count III alleges that on or about during and between April 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013, the defendant misused a Social Security Card knowing that said document was not issued lawfully for her use. The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Guillermo Pena-Perez, age 46, of Fremont, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about February 24, 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.

*          Everardo Perez-Gutierrez, age 28, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about June 23, 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.

*          Diana Rincon-Martinez, age 27, of Omaha, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 12, 2014. 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.

*          Jesus Romero-Cante, age 28, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I charges the defendant with misuse of a Social Security Number on or about March 3, 2010. The maximum possible penalty includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count II charges that on or about March 3, 2010, the defendant misused a Social Security Card knowing that said document was not issued lawfully for his use. The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Matthew Sears, age 26, of Gretna, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I alleges that beginning on or about December 1, 2013, and continuing to on or about January 10, 2014, the defendant conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. 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 alleges that on or about January 10, 2014, the defendant possessed with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine. 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.

*          Enrique Simeon-Franco, age 28, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about February 27, 2014, 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.

*          Brian Spotts, age 46, of North Platte, Nebraska, is charged with conspiring with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine beginning on or about February, 2013, and continuing to on or about February 12, 2014. 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. 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 the indictment, including but not limited to the United States currency seized from the defendant on February 12, 2014, should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Jose Joel Vargas-Castro, age 32, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 4, 2014, 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.

*          Louis A. Venditte, age 66, Ruby A. Venditte, age 65, and John W. Wagstaffe, age 64, all of Omaha, are charged in a four-count Indictment. Count I alleges that the defendants conspired together and with others to transport an individual in interstate commerce with the intent to promote prostitution from at least 2003 through on or about October, 2013. The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100. Count II alleges that on or between January, 2013, and August, 2013, the defendants transported an individual in interstate commerce with the intent to promote prostitution. The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of $250,000, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100. Count III alleges that on or between January, 2013, and August, 2013, the defendants persuaded and attempted to persuade, induce, entice and coerce an individual to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution. The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 20 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a special assessment of $100. Count IV alleges that on or about March 20, 2012, Louis A. Venditte used a facility in interstate commerce with the intent to promote, manage, establish, carry on and facilitate the promotion of prostitution. Ruby A. Venditte and John W. Wagstaffe were members of the conspiracy at the time Count IV occurred. The maximum possible penalty for this count includes imprisonment of 5 years, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. 

 

 

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