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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2008                 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS
 IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

Federal Charges Include Counterfeiting and Social Security

 

            TYLER, TX – A federal grand jury returned several indictments this week on cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.
 
BENJAMIN CLIFFORD MILLICAN, 52, of Wills Point, was indicted on a charge of conspiracy to utter counterfeited securities.  If convicted, he could each receive not more than 5 years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $250,000.00.

            The indictment alleges that the Defendant printed counterfeit cashier's checks and gave them to others to purchase merchandise, which the Defendant then resold.

This case is being investigated by the U. S. Secret Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alan Jackson.

KENNETH KERN, 45, of Jacksonville, was indicted on charges of theft of government property, concealment to secure benefits and false statement.  If convicted, he could receive imprisonment of not more than 10 years and a fine of not more than $250,000.00.

The grand jury indicted Kern for Theft of Government Property, Concealment of an Event to Secure Disability Benefits and False Statement.  The indictment alleges that from January 1, 2002 through March 1, 2007, in Cherokee County, Texas, Kern stole approximately $32,500.00 in Social Security Disability Benefit payments to which he knew he was not entitled.  The indictment also alleges that he concealed his employment with Nicky Tarrant and that he made false statements to federal agents investigating the case.

This case is being investigated by the Social Security Administration, OIG and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jim Noble.

            REYNA VILLERREAL, aka REYNA ALEMAN, 33 of Mount Pleasant, was indicted on charges of false statement and mail fraud.  If convicted, she could receive a fine of not more than $250,000.00 and imprisonment for not more than five years for the false statement charge.  She could also receive a fine of not more than $250,000.00 and imprisonment for not more than 20 years on the mail fraud charge.

            The indictment alleges that the Defendant completed an application for naturalization and misrepresented that she had never committed an offense for which she had not been arrested when she had filed an Employment Verification form on which she provided a false social security number.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alan Jackson.

            DANIEL TOTOSAUS-RODRIGUEZ, aka ALBERTO MORALES aka CHILANGO, 39, GERMAN YEPEZ-GUZMAN, aka IVAN DAMASO aka FETCH, 33, JOSE LUIS GARCIA-VASQUEZ, 42, and MARCO ANTONIO GARCIA-MENDOZA, aka MARCOS ANTONIO GARCIA-MENDOZA, 26, all of Mount Pleasant, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with identification documents, fraud in connection with identification documents, illegal alien found in United States, alien in possession of firearm, and false use of Social Security Account Number.  If convicted, each could receive imprisonment for not more than 5 years and a fine of not more than $250,000.00 on the conspiracy count.  The fraud count carries a term of imprisonment of 15 years and a fine of not more than $250,000.00.  If convicted on the illegal alien in U.S. count, each could receive two years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.00.  On the possession of a firearm charge, each could receive imprisonment of ten years and a fine of $250,000.00.  The false use of a Social Security number carries a term of imprisonment of 5 years and a fine of $250,000.00.

            The indictment alleges that Defendants were part of a ring obtaining and selling false identification documents to illegal aliens so that they could obtain employment.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alan Jackson.

            Nineteen individual indictments were returned on the below listed Defendants.  Each Defendant was charged with false use of Social Security Account Number in a separate indictment.  If convicted, each could each receive imprisonment of not more than 5 years and a fine of not more than $250,000.00. 

            Jose Martinez-Ramirez, aka Benjamin Jimenez, 32, of Mount Pleasant; Jose De Jesus Ramos-Castillo, aka Jesse Leary, 23, of Mount Pleasant; Victor Martinez-Quinonez, aka Rene Rodriguez, 58, of Mount Pleasant; Gamaniel Basaldua-Reyes, aka Manuel Blanquet, 19, of Mount Pleasant; Germahin Anguino, aka Oscar Barillas, Jr., 21, of Mount Pleasant;  Cecilia Perez-Lazaro, aka Norma Chavez, 27, of Pittsburg; Maria Dominguez, aka Araceli Aldape, 27, of Mount Pleasant; Emilio Mejia-Angulo, aka Arturo Ramirez, 21, of Mount Pleasant; Rigoberto Carmona-Ramirez, aka Ronnie Alcon, 34, of Mount Pleasant; Jose Eduardo Arellano-Vasquez, aka Guillermo Espinoza, 34, of Mount Pleasant; Rosauro Moran-Rodriguez, aka Mercedes Ramos, 39, of Mount Pleasant; Maria Angela Vega-Cruz, aka Igxila Melendez, 27, of Mount Pleasant; Damacio Tovar Tomas-Quirino aka Juan Heredia, 48, of Mount Pleasant; Jose Castillo Ramirez, aka Carlos Escalante, 46, of Mount Pleasant; Victor Perez-Sepulveda, aka Julio Perez, 30, of Mount Pleasant; Norma Mendoza-Baldobinos, aka Emerita Alvarenga, 40, of Pittsburg; Sergio Alejandro Claudio-Hernandez, aka John Lopez, 22, of Mount Pleasant; Rigoberto Canada-Lopez, aka Yoserin Bedolla, 28, of Mount Pleasant; and Silvestre Castro-Rodriguez, aka Lazaro Aguilar, 36, of Cookville.

            The indictments allege that each Defendant, an illegal alien, obtained and used false Social Security Account Numbers of others to obtain employment.

This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alan Jackson.
           
            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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