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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 Greenville, South Carolina, returned Indictment(s) against the following:

Foreign Nationals Charged with Illegal Re-entry
JORGE JAMAICA-HERNANDEZ, JESUS ROBERTO FLORES-MERIDA, ALEJANDRO CASTILLO-GONZALES, MARTIN LARA-VELARDE, and MANUEL MATEO-AGUSTIN, are each charged in 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 their 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.

Arizona Men Indicted for Conspiracy, Wire Fraud, Attempt and Conspiracy and Intent to Defraud
Gordon L. Hall, age 59, of Mesa, Arizona, and Benton T. Hall, age 21, of Mesa, Arizona, were charged in an eight-count Superseding Indictment with conspiracy, wire fraud, attempt and conspiracy and intent to defraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349 and a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 514(a)(2).  The maximum penalty Gordon L. Hall and Benton T. Hall could receive for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 371 is 5 years imprisonment; for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343 is 20 years imprisonment; for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349 is 20 years imprisonment; and for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 514(a)(2) is 25 years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr. 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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