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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 9, 2013

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina -----United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that a Federal Grand Jury in Charleston, South Carolina, returned Indictment(s) against the following:

Andrews Woman Indicted for Health Care Fraud
Queen Edwards Nesmith, age 53, of Andrews, South Carolina, was charged in a two count Indictment with Health Care Fraud in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1347, and Aggravated Identity Theft in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A.  The maximum penalty for the Health Care Fraud is 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000, and the Aggravated Identity Theft carries a mandatory two-year prison term.  The Indictment alleges that Nesmith formerly operated Highmarket Primary Care, a medical clinic in Georgetown, South Carolina, and sold the facility to another health care provider in 2007.  It further alleges that she continued to bill Medicare after she sold the clinic, receiving more than $400,000 for non-existent services supposedly rendered by a medical doctor who no longer worked at the clinic.  The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Eric Klumb.

North Carolina Woman Indicted for Theft of Government Property
Debra Songer, age 60, of Winston Salem, North Carolina, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with Theft of Government Property, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.  The maximum penalty that Songer could receive is 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Veteran Affairs and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office for prosecution.

North Charleston Man Indicted for Theft of Government Property
Julius Mitchell, age 57, of North Charleston, S.C., was charged in a 1-count Indictment with Theft of Government Property, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 641.  The maximum penalty that Mitchell could receive is 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  The case was investigated by agents of the Social Security Administration and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office for prosecution.

Hardeeville Man Indicted for Possession of Child Pornography.
Michael Boone, age 39, of Hardeeville, S.C., was charged in a 1-count Indictment with Possession of Child Pornography, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A.  The maximum penalty that Boone could receive is 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.  The case was investigated by agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office for prosecution.

Illegal Alien from Honduras Indicted for Unlawful Reentry of a Felon after Removal
Marvin Antonio Matute-Bayuada, a/k/a Marvin Pagoda, a/k/a Henri Huetta, a/k/a Marvin Paguada Matute, age 40, of Honduras, was charged in a 1-count indictment with Unlawful Reentry of a Felon after Removal, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Sections 1326(a) and 1326(b)(1). The maximum sentence Matute-Bayuada could receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for ten 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.

The United States Attorney further stated that all charges in the Indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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