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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008                                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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MULTIPLE DEFENDANTS CHARGED BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY

            TYLER, TX – United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory announced today multiple indictments have been returned charging individuals with separate criminal violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 
              
ALFONSO HERNANDEZ-TAPIA, 44, of Mexico, was indicted on charges of being in the United States illegally after being previously arrested and deported.  If convicted, he could receive imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000. 

The indictment alleges that on April 3, 2008, an alien who had been previously arrested and deported from the United States, was knowingly and unlawfully found present in Gregg County, Texas.

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

            BILL THOMPSON, 51, and CINDY THOMPSON, 45, of Texarkana, Texas were indicted on charges of conspiracy to provide false statements or fraud to obtain Federal Employees Compensation.  If convicted of the conspiracy to provide false statements or fraud to obtain Federal Employees Compensation, they could receive imprisonment of up to 5 years and a fine not to exceed $250,000.  If convicted of the mail fraud charges, they could receive up to 20 years in federal prison.

            The indictment charges Bill Thompson with four counts of providing a false statement to obtain Federal Employees compensation and nine counts of Mail Fraud.  Cindy Thompson is charged with five counts of mail fraud.  According to the indictment, Bill Thompson is a former crane operator who was employed by Red River Army Depot.  In 2000 he was injured and started collecting disability benefits from the Office of Workers Compensation.  Since 2002, Bill and Cindy Thompson conspired and caused OWCP to issue approximately $134,554.62 in disability benefits that Bill Thompson was not entitled to receive.  Both defendants also filed a false claim with Combined Insurance and defrauded the insurance company of approximately $64,301.75. 

This case is being investigated by the Department of Labor and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise Simpson.

              FLORIBERTA BELTRAN-MUNOZ and JESUS PEREZ-ARROYO, of Winfield, Texas, were indicted on charges of using social security numbers not assigned to them. 

            The indictment alleges that both defendants were using social security numbers not assigned to them for the purpose of maintaining employment at Pilgrim's Pride. 

             If convicted, they could receive imprisonment of up to 5 years and a fine of up to $250,000. 

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

            ROBERT G. BRITTON, 46, was indicted on charges of escaping from a community facility in Smith County while serving a federal sentence.  

            If convicted, he could receive imprisonment of up to 5 years and a fine of up to $250,000. 

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

            OFELIO CARVAJAL-RAMIREZ, 26, was indicted and charged with illegally possessing a firearm. 

            According to the indictment, o n April 30, 2008, Carvajal-Ramirez, an alien who was illegally and unlawfully in the United States, was knowingly and unlawfully found to be in possession of a Chinese made semi-automatic rifle in Marshall, Harrison County, Texas.  If convicted, he could receive imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000. 

            This case is being investigated by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

           
            LELAND WAYNE RANDOLPH, 23, of Palestine, Texas, is charged with possession of an unregistered firearm.

            The indictment alleges the defendant was in possession of a sawed-off shotgun on February 11, 2007 in Anderson County, Texas.   If convicted, he could receive imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000. 

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Middleton.

            DAVSI YOLANDA MEDRANO, FRANCISCO JOEL MELENDEZ, JOSE GUILLERMO PORTILLO, all from Arkansas, were indicted by a superseding indictment on charges of carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, possession of controlled substance with intent to distribute.   If convicted, they each face up to 40 years in federal prison, to run consecutive to any other sentence, and a fine of up to $2 million.

            According to the indictment, on July 10, 2007, Nacogdoches Police Department performed a traffic stop in Nacogdoches County on a vehicle in which all three defendants were occupants.  A subsequent search revealed methamphetamine, cocaine and a firearm.

            The case is being investigated by Nacogdoches Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Flournoy.
           
            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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