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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 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:

Easley Man Indicted for Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography
Wallace M. Bryant, Jr., age 26, of Easley, South Carolina, was charged in a three-count Indictment with possessing and distributing child pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(5)(B) and 2252(a)(2).  The maximum penalty Wallace M. Bryant, Jr., could receive is 10 years imprisonment for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B) and 20 years imprisonment for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2).  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 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 Attorney’s 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.
           
Seneca Man Indicted for Possessing Child Pornography
Hollis F. Gray, Jr., age 41, of Seneca, South Carolina, was charged in a single-count Indictment with possessing child pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B).  The maximum penalty Hollis F. Gray, Jr. could receive is 10 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 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 Attorney’s 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.

Simpsonville Man Indicted for Possessing and Distributing Child Pornography
Lorenzo W. Briones, age 37, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, was charged in a two-count Indictment with possessing and distributing child pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(5)(B) and 2252(a)(2).  The maximum penalty Lorenzo W. Briones could receive is 10 years imprisonment for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B) and 20 years imprisonment for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2).  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 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 Attorney’s 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.

Greenville Man Indicted for Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Jamal Shame Brown, age 24, of Greenville, SC, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 922(g)(1).  The maximum penalty Jamal Shame Brown could receive is 10 years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Greenville Police Department and is being prosecuted as part of the joint federal, state and local Project CeaseFire initiative, which aggressively prosecutes firearm cases and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Jeanne Howard of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Illegal Re-Entry Charges/False Claims/Illegal Use of Social Security Number Charges Against Foreign Nationals
David Humberto Morales-Monroy, and Jesus Alberto Mendez-Robles, are 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 their prior criminal history, is two to twenty years imprisonment.

Jose Manrique Zuniga-Fernandez, was charged in a two-count Indictment with false use of a social security number, a violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408, and false claim to be a 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.

Sivianny Julian Arce Campos was charged in a multi-count Indictment with false use of a social security number, a violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408; false claim to be a citizen of the United States, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 911; aggravated identity theft, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A; making false statements when registering to vote,  a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1015; and providing false information, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001. The maximum penalty he could receive, depending on his prior criminal history, is five years imprisonment, plus two years consecutive.

These cases made against foreign nationals 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.

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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