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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2007                                                              PHONE: (409) 839-2538
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe                                                                CELL: (409) 553-9881

FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS
 IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

Federal Charges Include Gun Violations, Bank Robbery and Immigration Violations

SHERMAN, TX—United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced that a federal grand jury has returned indictments this week charging seven individuals in separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

JAVIER CORTEZ, 31, of McKinney, Texas has been indicted in an eight-count indictment charging him with three counts of Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance, 2 counts of Making a False Statement to a Licensed Firearms Dealer, one count of Making a False Statement Pertaining to Information Kept by a Federal Firearms Licensee, one count of Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of a Stolen Firearm, and one count of Receipt of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number. 

If convicted, Cortez could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.00 on each respective count.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

            REGINALD RAMOND ELLIS, 34, and CAMELLIA ROCHELLE LIPSCOMB, 29, both of Paris, Texas, have been indicted and each charged with Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Firearm which is not registered in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. 

If convicted, Ellis and Lipscomb face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00 on each respective count.            

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Errin Martin.

NICK JOSEPH ELINA, III, 26, of Crookston, Minnesota, has been indicted for bank robbery.  According to court documents, on June 22, 2006, Elina allegedly robbed the Chase Bank located on West Parker Road in Plano, Texas.

  If convicted, Elina faces up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.00.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney M. Andrew Stover.
                                                                            
         REBECCA LYN BASSETT, 28, of Lavon, Texas, has been indicted for bank robbery. According to court documents, on December 15, 2006, Bassett allegedly robbed the Texans Credit Union located on Preston Road in Plano, Texas. 

If convicted, Bassett faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.00.

            This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

            RAMIRO ALCANTAR-GARCIA, 29, of Collin County, has been indicted for being an illegal alien who has unlawfully reentered the United States.

            If convicted of being an aggravated felon, Alcantar-Garcia faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  If he is found to be a felon, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison, deportation and a fine of up to $250,000. 

This case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michele A. Ratcliffe.

JOSE LUIS ALEMAN-RAMIREZ, a.k.a. Joel Carisales-Salazar, 45, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.

            According to court documents, on July 20, 2007, Grayson County law enforcement officials notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had Aleman-Ramirez, a possible deported felon, in custody on a local warrant.

            If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.00.

            This case is being investigated by the United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Randall Blake.          

            It is important to note that an indictment should not be considered as evidence of guilt and that all persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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