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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

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

Conway Man Indicted on Fraud and Money Laundering Charges
Marlon Davis Weaver, age 55, of Conway, SC, was charged in a 7-count Indictment with mail fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and conspiracy to structure financial transactions, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341, 1957, and 371.  The maximum penalty Weaver could receive is 75 years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the Internal Revenue Service and United States Secret Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office for prosecution.

Inmate Charged with Escape
Noah Hilton Metze, age 45, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with escape, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 751(a).  The maximum penalty Metze could receive is 5 years imprisonment added to his current term of incarceration.  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.

Dillon Woman Charged with Theft of Government Funds
Emma Bowens, age 62, of Dillon, South Carolina, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with theft of government funds, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.  The maximum penalty Bowen could receive is 10 years.  The case was investigated by agents of the Social Security Administration and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office for prosecution.

Failure to Register as Sex Offnder
Whitney Joel Daniel, age 48, 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 Daniel could receive is 10 years.  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.

Florence Man Charged with Mail Fraud Based on Filings with Department of Employment and Workforce
Anthony L. Harkless, of Florence, South Carolina, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with mail fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341.  The maximum penalty Harkless could receive is 30 years.  The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Labor OIG and South Caroline Department of Employment and Workforce and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office for prosecution.

Conway Man Charged with Mail Fraud Based on Filings with Department of Employment and Workforce. 
Avis Davis, of Conway, South Carolina, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with mail fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341.  The maximum penalty Davis could receive is 30 years.  The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Labor  OIG and South Caroline Department of Employment and Workforce and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office for prosecution.

North Myrtle Beach Man Charged with Mail Fraud  Based on Filings with Department of Employment and Workforce
Willie J. Ray, of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with mail fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341.  The maximum penalty Ray could receive is 30 years.  The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Labor  OIG and South Caroline Department of Employment and Workforce and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office for prosecution.

Florence Man Charged with Mail Fraud Based on Filings with Department of Employment and Workforce
Kevin A. Williams, of Florence, South Carolina, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with mail fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1341.  The maximum penalty Williams could receive is 30 years.  The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Labor  OIG and South Caroline Department of Employment and Workforce and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence office for prosecution.

Houston Residents and Mexican National Charged with Immigration Violations

Alvaro Amando Nino, age 53, and Daniel Nino, age 23, both of Houston, Texas, and Bernardino Gonzalez-Gonzalez, age 41, of Mexico, were charged in a 3-count Indictment.  Alvaro Amando Nino and Daniel Nino were charged with conspiracy to induce or encourage an alien to reside in the United States illegally and unlawful employment of an illegal alien, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Sections 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)and 1324a(a)(1)(A).  Bernardino Gonzalez-Gonzalez was charged will illegal reentry, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326(a)(2).  The maximum penalty Nino and Nino could receive is 5 years, and Gonzalez-Gonzalez 2 years.  The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William E. Day, II of the Florence 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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