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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2013

Contact Person: Winston Holliday (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles announced today that a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Charleston, South Carolina, has returned the following indictments:

Illegal Alien from Mexico Indicted for Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition
Luis Flores Dominguez, a/k/a Luis Flores, a/k/a Luis Ruiz, a/k/a Daniel Hernandez, a/k/a Daniel H. Tello, a/k/a Hernandez Tello, age 40, of Lake City, was charged in a 2-count indictment with Improper Entry by an Alien, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1325(a)(1), and Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by an Illegal Alien, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(5)(A). The maximum sentence Dominguez could receive is a fine of $255,000 and/or imprisonment of 10 ½ years. The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dean H. Secor of the Charleston Office.

Illegal Alien from Honduras Indicted for Unlawful Reentry after Removal
Edwin Hernandez-Hernandez, a/k/a Eduin Alonso Cruz Castro, a/k/a Eduin Cruz Castro, a/k/a Edwin Alonso Cruz, a/k/a Edwin Castro Castro, age 25, of Goose Creek, was charged in a 1-count indictment with Reentry of an Illegal Alien after Removal, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a). The maximum sentence Hernandez-Hernandez could receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for two years. The case was investigated by deportation officers for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean H. Secor of the Charleston Office.

Former Insurance Agent Indicted for Investment Fraud Scheme and Tax Crimes
Timothy David Mays, age 48, of Summerville, was charged in an indictment with 28-counts of Wire Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343, 4-counts of Mail Fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341, 1-count of Willfully Filing a False Income Tax Return, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1), and 3-counts of Willfully Failing to File an Income Tax Return, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Section 7203. The maximum sentence for each count of wire fraud and mail fraud is 20 years and/or $250,000, the maximum sentence for the count of willfully filing a false income tax return is 3 years and/or $250,000 plus the costs of prosecution, and the maximum sentence for each count of willfully failing to file an income tax return is 1 year and/or $100,000 plus the costs of prosecution. The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dean H. Secor of the Charleston Office.

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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