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Federal Grand Jury Indictment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2012

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:

Two Men Indicted for Conspiring to Defraud Financial Institutions and Making False Statements. 
William F. Binnicker, Jr., age 47, of Lakeland, Florida, and Rufus G. Revis, age78, of Anderson, South Carolina, were charged in a three-count Indictment with conspiring to defraud financial institutions and making false statements, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1349,1344, 1014, 1001(a), and 2.  The maximum penalty William Franklin Binnicker, Jr., and Rufus Garland Revis could receive for violating Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1349, 1344, and 1014 is 30 years imprisonment for each violation and the maximum penalty for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a) is 5 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.

Kansas Man Indicted for Failure to Appear for Service of Sentence Pursuant to a Court Order. 
Braulio Velazquez, age 34, of Liberal, Kansas, was charged in a single-count Indictment with failure to appear for service of sentence pursuant to a court order, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 3146(a)(2) and 3146(b)(1)(A)(i).  The maximum penalty Braulio Velazquez could receive is ten years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the United States Marshals Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Foreign Nationals Charged with Illegal Re-entry. 
Hernan Estrada, Juan Antonio Leon-Garcia, Juan Manuel Oliva-Ruiz, Jose Manuel Ferman-Aguilar, Avel Martinez-Garcia, Alvin Joel Maldonado, Gerson David Ordonez-Irias, And Juan Bartolome-Gonzalez, were each charged in one-count Indictments 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.

Man Indicted on False Use of Social Security Number and Falsely Claiming to be a U.S. Citizen
Francisco Javier Mendoza-Hernandez was charged in a two-count Indictment with false use of a Social Security account number, a violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408, and falsely claiming to be citizen of the United States, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 911.  The maximum penalty he could receive, depending on his prior criminal history, is five years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Foreign National Charged with Illegal Entry.
Israel Miguel Esquivel-Mandiola was charged in a one-count Indictment with illegal entry to the United States, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1325.  The maximum penalty he could receive, depending on his prior criminal history, is six months imprisonment.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen 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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