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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2012

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:

Spartanburg Resident Charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  Austin Howard Goss, age 59, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was charged in a 1-count indictment with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The maximum penalty Goss could receive is imprisonment of fifteen years to life.  The case was investigated by agents of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and it is assigned to Assistance U.S. Attorney Carrie Fisher Sherard of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Greenville Woman Charged with Mail Theft and Access Device Fraud.  TISHIKA NICOLE GATSON, age 31, of Greenville, South Carolina, was charged in a two count indictment for unauthorized use of an access device in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1029(a)(5), and tampering with the mails in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1702.  The maximum penalty Gaston faces for access device fraud is 15 years imprisonment.  The maximum penalty for mail tampering is five years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the United States Postal Inspection Service and is assigned to Assistance U.S. Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Residents of Four States Indicted for Conspiring to Commit Wire Fraud.  Paul Michael Gibson, a/k/a Joe Gibson, age 56, of Spartanburg, South Carolina; Billy John Mills, Jr., age 44, of Huntersville, North Carolina; Lewis Jones Harward, Jr., age 40, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Richard James Harward, age 38, of Belton, South Carolina; Joshua Manuel Maldonado, age 24, of Anderson, South Carolina; Lennie Wylie Sanders, age 31, of Danville, Virginia; Wanda Suzette Smith, age 58, of Fountain Inn, South Carolina; Kathy Valentine Stewart, age 59, of Easley, South Carolina; Brian J. Sullivan, age 55, of Lawrenceville, Georgia; and Jillian Ventrello, age 38, of Huntersville, North Carolina; were all charged in a 3-count Indictment with conspiring to commit wire fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349.  The maximum penalty the defendants could receive is twenty years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the United States Postal Inspection Service along with the United States Secret Service, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney David C. Stephens 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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