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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2007                PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS
 IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

Federal Charges Include Mail Theft, Firearms and Immigration Violations

SHERMAN, TX—United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced that a federal grand jury has returned indictments this week charging multiple individuals in separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 
 
            BOBBY LEON BROWN, JR., 50, of McKinney, Texas, has been indicted for theft of mail matter by a Postal Service employee.  According to the indictment, on or about September 12, 2007, Brown stole United States mail and the contents of United States mail.

            If convicted, Brown faces up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $250,000.00.

            This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

CHRISTOPHER SHAWN LATHAM, 33, of Little Elm, Texas, has been indicted for possession of stolen mail and bank fraud.  According the indictment, Latham stole personal checks from the mail and either forged or counterfeited the checks and then cashed them at various banks.

If convicted, Latham faces up to 30 years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $1 million.

This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

            FRANKLIN GALLEGO-GARCIA, 24, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.  According the indictment, on December 6, 2007, Denton County notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody on a local warrant.

            If convicted, Gallego-Garcia faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.00.
            This case is being investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Blake.

            JUAN ANTONIO CANALES-ROMAN, 36, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.  According to the indictment, on December 6, 2007, Collin County notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody on a local warrant.

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

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

            ENRIQUE HERNANDEZ-BENAVIDES, 34, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.  According to the indictment, on December 6, 2007, Collin County notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody on a local warrant.

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

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

            JOSE MANUEL MATIAS-SAMANIEGO, 35, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.  According to the indictment, on November 28, 2007, Denton County notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody on a local warrant.

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

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

            LEOPOLDO PADILLA-LANDIN, 37, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.  According to the indictment, on November 15, 2007, Collin County notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody on a local warrant.

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

            This case is being investigated by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement  and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randall Blake.
            ESTEBAN LEYVA-DAVILA, 37, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.  According to the indictment, on November 12, 2007, Collin County notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody on a local warrant.

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

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

            JOSE FISCAL-GONZALEZ, 30, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.  According to the indictment, on November 21, 2007, Collin County notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody on a local warrant.

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

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

            JOSE MEDINA-MORENO, 36, of Mexico, has been indicted for Illegal Reentry of Removed or Deported Alien.  According to the indictment, on November 21, 2007, Denton County notified Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they had a possible deported felon in custody on a local warrant.

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

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

            JAVIER CORTEZ, 31, of McKinney, Texas has been indicted and charged with two counts of Possession of a Firearm by an Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance and one count each of Making a False Statement to a Licensed Firearms Dealer and Receipt of a Firearm with an Altered, Removed, or Obliterated Serial Number.  

            If convicted, Cortez faces 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.

            CYRUS DANIEL MASTER, III, 46, of Pottsboro, Texas has been indicted for knowingly and unlawfully possessing a firearm which had been shipped or transported in interstate commerce, after having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.  If convicted, Master could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine not to exceed $250,000.00.  If it is shown that Master has 3 previous convictions by any court for a violent felony or a serious drug offense, or both, committed on different occasions from one another Master could face imprisonment of 15 years to life.

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

            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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