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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that a Federal Grand Jury in Greenville, South Carolina, returned Indictment(s) against the following:

Foreign Nationals Charged with Illegal Re-entry
Agustin Cruz-Vicente, Manuel Victoriano-Froylan, Gaudencio Morales-Sanchez, and Pablo Rivera-Martinez were each charged in a one-count Indictment with illegal re-entry to the United States, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326. The maximum penalty each could receive, depending on his prior criminal history, is two to twenty years imprisonment. These cases were investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and are assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Laurens Residents Indicted on Drug and Gun Charges
Travors Fendell Austin, Darrell Anthony Cunningham , Xavier Oneal Henderson, and Ealwinne Luriase Richard, were each charged in a two-count Indictment with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, and for knowingly carrying and using firearms during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime, and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A). The maximum penalty each could receive, depending on their prior criminal history, is ten years to life imprisonment, plus 5 years for count two. The cases was investigated by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Boiling Springs Man Indicted for Knowingly Possessing Child Pornography
Michael Christopher Nicolai, age 30, of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, was charged in a single -count Indictment with knowingly possessing any matter that contained images of child pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B). The maximum penalty Michael Christopher Nicolai could receive is ten years imprisonment. The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr. of the Greenville office for prosecution. This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

A Greenville Man Indicted for Mail Fraud and Making False Statements
John Cooper Bolt, Jr., age 38, of Greenville, South Carolina, was charged in a four-count Indictment with mail fraud and making false statements, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1341 and 1014. The maximum penalty John Cooper Bolt, Jr., could receive is 30 years imprisonment for violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1014, and 20 years imprisonment for violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341. The case was investigated by agents of the United States Postal Inspection Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr. of the Greenville office for prosecution.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in these Indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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