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Federal Grand Jury Indictment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 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
Ernesto Sanchez-Lainez, Jose Luis Robelledo-Orozco, Gregorio Antonio-Vasquez, and Olman Orlando Mejia-Reyes, are each charged in Indictments with illegal re-entry to the United States, a violation of 8 U.S.C. § 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.

Greenville Resident Indicted for Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography
Bobby Lee Gaillard, age 55, of Greenville, South Carolina, was charged in a 2-count indictment.  Bobby Lee Gaillard was charged with possession of child pornography, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B), and distribution of child pornography, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(2).  The maximum penalty Gaillard could receive is 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 for the possession charge, and not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 for the distribution charge.  The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office for prosecution.  This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Easley Resident Indicted for Theft of Government Funds
Anthony Lee Holcomb, age 60, of Easley, South Carolina, was charged in a 1-count indictment.  Anthony Lee Holcomb was charged with theft of government funds, a violation of 18 U. S. C. § 641.  The maximum penalty Holcomb could receive is 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.  The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office for prosecution

Starr Resident Indicted for Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography
Harry James Webb, age 20, of Starr, South Carolina, was charged in a 2-count indictment.  Harry James Webb was charged with possession of child pornography, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252A(a)(5)(B), and distribution of child pornography, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(2).  The maximum penalty Webb could receive is 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 for the possession charge, and not less than 5 years and not more than 20 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000 for the distribution charge.  The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office for prosecution.  This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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