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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

 
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TUESDAY, December 4, 2007                          PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS

            TYLER, TX – A federal grand jury returned several indictments this week on cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
 
GERMAN LIRA-GARCIA, 29, of Mexico, was indicted on a charge of criminal alien found unlawfully present in the United States after deportation.  If convicted, he could each receive not more than 2 years imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $250,000, or both; and a term of supervised release of not more than one year.

            The indictment alleges that the Defendant has been deported to Mexico twice.  The Defendant illegally re-entered the United States and was found in Trinidad, Texas after being arrested for driving while intoxicated on August 13, 2007.

This case is being investigated by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Allen Hurst.

            JASON HARRIS, 32, of Texarkana, was indicted on a charge of wire fraud.  If convicted, he could each receive imprisonment of 20 years, a fine of not more than $250,000; or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than 3 years. 

            The indictment alleges that Defendant devised a scheme to sell ice machine parts from his employer over E-Bay; as part of the scheme, payment was transferred via wire using Pay-Pal.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alan Jackson.

MATTHEW BILLING SCHLATRE, 49, formerly of Queen City, Texas, was indicted on charges bank robbery.  If convicted, he could receive imprisonment of not more than 20 years, a fine of not more than $250,000, or both, and a term of supervised release of not more than 5 years.

The grand jury indicted Schlatre for bank robbery.  On October 6, 2007, Schlatre walked into a Century Bank in Texarkana, Texas, and presented a note to the teller stating that tthis was a robbery and he had a gun.  Schlatre then put his hand in his waistband so it appeared that he had a gun, and the teller complied.  Schlatre took the money and has been on the run since the robbery.  He turned himself in on November 26, 2007 after running out of money.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Denise Simpson is prosecuting the case.

JESSE RICHARD EVANS, 29, formerly of Malvern, Arkansas, was indicted on charges of bank robbery.  If convicted, he could receive a fine of not more than $250,000, imprisonment for not more than 20 years, and a term of supervised release of not more than 5 years.

The grand jury indicted Evans for bank robbery.  After going to several other banks, but not having the courage, Evans finally entered Century Bank on 7th Street in Texarkana, Texas, and robbed them at gun point.  Evans was apologetic, but left with nearly $4,000 which included bait money.  A customer followed Evans in her car, and advised the police of Evans' position as she followed him.  Evans was eventually arrested on I-30 heading towards Dallas.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise Simpson.

JAVIER ENRIQUE MELENDEZ-WISENTHAL, aka Roberto Dias Isaguierre, 31, of Honduras, was indicted on a charge of alien found unlawfully present in the United States.  If convicted, he could each receive imprisonment for not more than ten years, a fine not to exceed $250,000, or both; and a term of supervised release of not more than three years.

            Defendant, an illegal alien from Honduras, was found in Longview, Texas, after being arrested on October 1, 2007 on charges of criminal trespass of habitation, failure to identify and giving false/fictitious information.  The Defendant had been deported to Honduras on three previous occasions.

This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Allen Hurst.

            A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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