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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2012

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

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

Two Felons Face Gun Charges

Darren Evander Shields, age 25, of Little River, South Carolina, was charged in a one-count Indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Shields is prohibited under federal law from possession of firearms and ammunition based upon prior state convictions, including assault and battery, breaking and entering an automobile, and several drug charges.

Herbert Leonard Galloway, Jr., age 39, of Florence, South Carolina, was charged in a one-count Indictment with being a felon in possession of ammunition and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Galloway is prohibited under federal law from possession of firearms and ammunition based upon prior state convictions, including assault on a law enforcement officer, failure to stop for blue light, and several drug possession charges.

The maximum penalty Shields and Galloway could receive is life imprisonment. The cases were investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and are being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases, and are assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Jean M. Popowski of the Florence office for prosecution.

Illegal Alien Indicted
Raymuno Loeza Rivero, age 29, of Mexico, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with illegal reentry, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a)(2). The maximum penalty Raymuno Loeza Rivero could receive is 2 years imprisonment. The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) agents and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office for prosecution.

Unregistered Sex Offender Indicted

Robert Lavone McCray, age 34, of Lake City, South Carolina, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with failure to register as a sex offender, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2250(a). The maximum penalty Robert Lavone McCray could receive is 10 years imprisonment. The case was investigated by agents of the United States Marshals Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office for prosecution.

Two indicted for theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft
Nina Monique Allen, age 31, and Wendy Marie Johnson, age 37, both of Dillon, South Carolina, were charged in a 5-count Indictment. Both were charged with theft of government funds, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641. Johnson was also charged with aggravated identity theft, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1). The maximum penalty Allen and Johnson could receive is 10 years imprisonment. Johnson could receive 2 years imprisonment to run consecutive to any other sentence for conviction of the aggravated identity theft charges. The case was investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office for prosecution.


Four indicted for manufacturing, possession, and passing counterfeit funds

Asia Shaniece Currie, age 28, and Cedric Willie Bellamy, age 25, both of Longs, South Carolina, and Kamesha Daniele Dolly, age 38, and Danika Shante Swann, age 38, both of Conway, South Carolina, were charged in a 1-count Indictment with conspiracy to manufacture, possess, and pass counterfeit federal reserve notes, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371. The maximum penalty they could face is 5 years imprisonment. The case was investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office for prosecution.

The charges in these Indictments are merely accusations and that the defendants charged are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.    

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