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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2012

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

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

Aggravated Felon Indicted in Charleston
Ignacio Gasca Cerritos, age 26, of Mexico, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with Illegal Re-entry of a Removed Alien, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326.  The maximum penalty that Gasca Cerritos could receive is 20 years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office for prosecution.

North Charleston Man Indicted for Child Pornography
Christopher Blackford, age 27, of North Charleston, 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 Christopher Blackford could receive is 10 years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the FBI and the North Charleston Police Department and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office for prosecution.

Kershaw Prisoner Indicted for Tax Fraud
Albarr Ali Abdullah, age 62, of Kershaw, was charged in a 10-count Indictment with Tax Refund Fraud and Identify Theft, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 287 and 1028.  The maximum penalty that Albarr Ali Abdullah could receive is 15 years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the Internal Revenue Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston office for prosecution. 
         
Walterboro Man Indicted for Counterfeiting
Jarvis Jamison, age 24, was charged in a 3-count Indictment with Making and Passing Counterfeit Currency, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 471 and 472.  The maximum penalty that Jarvis Jamison could receive is 20 years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service and the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart of the Charleston 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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