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Federal Grand Jury Indictment

September 11, 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:

Illegal Alien from Mexico Indicted for Unlawful Reentry of an Aggravated Felon after Removal
Samuel Mendez-Ramirez, a/k/a Joel Ramirez, a/k/a Samuel Mendez-Puga, a/k/a Puga Mendez, a/k/a Samuel Mendez, a/k/a Samuel Puga Mendez, a/k/a Samuel Puga, age 40, of Mexico, was charged in a 1-count indictment with Unlawful Reentry of an Aggravated Felon after Removal, in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Sections 1326(a) and 1326(b)(2). The maximum sentence Mendez-Ramirez could receive is a fine of $250,000 and/or imprisonment for twenty 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.

Man Indicted for Union Embezzlement
Derrick Alexander, age 55, of Charleston was indicted in federal court on one count each of Embezzlement of Labor Union Assets, Falsification of Required Labor Union Records, and Falsification of Labor Union Annual Financial Reports.  The Embezzlement charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and the Falsification charges each carry a maximum of up to one year in prison. 

The indictment alleges that between September, 2008, and March, 2010, Alexander was a Secretary-Treasurer with the Longshoremans’ Association AFL-CIO.  During that time, the indictment states, Alexander converted to his own use approximately $54,500.00 of the labor organization’s funds.  The Indictment further alleges that Alexander made false representations on required Union reports and filings. 

The indictment is the result of an investigation conducted by the Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards.  Assistant United States Attorney Nathan Williams of the Charleston office is prosecuting the case. 

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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