DOJ Seal Department of Justice  
United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
WWW.USDOJ.GOV/USAO/txe             PHONE: (409) 839-2538 CELL: (409) 553-9881

 

FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

 

            PLANO, TX – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced that a federal grand jury returned indictments late yesterday charging multiple individuals in separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

            JONATHAN DAVID BELLO-ORTUNO, 23, of Mexico, has been indicted for illegal re-entry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on Feb. 6, 2009, the Lewisville Police Department noticed federal authorities that the defendant was in custody on a local warrant.  If convicted, Bello-Ortuno faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard J. Johnson.

            ANTONIO SORIA-BELTRAN, 28, of Mexico, has been indicted for illegal reentry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on Dec. 30, 2008, the Denton Police Department notified federal authorities that the defendant was in custody on a local warrant.  If convicted, he faces up 20 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard J. Johnson.

            RICKY DUANE GOLDSMITH, 26, of Sherman, has been indicted for possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance.  If convicted, Goldsmith could face up to 10 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard J. Johnson.

            PIERRE SOWELL, 37, of Dallas, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Plano for several counts of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme.  According to the indictment, Sowell and an unindicted, unnamed co-conspirator are alleged to have engaged in a scheme to make false statements to mortgage lenders to obtain mortgage loans for Sowell to enable him to purchase three residences.  The indictment alleges that Sowell and the unnamed co-conspirator caused several false statements to be made in each of the loan applications that were submitted to the mortgage lenders.  Two of the homes were located in Collin County and the other in Dallas County.  Sowell faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted.

            This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Andrew Williams.

            ALFORD BRIEN BARRON, SR., 65, ALFORD JAKE THOMAS BARRON, 33, JAMES THEODORE WATSON, 34, and QUINTEN WADE BOWEN, 34, all of Denison, TX, have been indicted and charged with conspiracy to commit the offense of sale or receipt of stolen vehicles.  If convicted, each individual could be sentenced to 5 years in federal prison.

            According to the indictment, the defendants are alleged to have stolen road-construction equipment, tractors, and other machinery using look-out vehicles, two-way radios, and a police scanner.  After the defendants stole the heavy equipment, they transported the equipment from Texas to Oklahoma in violation of federal law.  The thefts occurred since November 2005 and resulted in approximately $340,000 in loss.

            The defendants are also charged with seven additional counts of possession of stolen vehicles and goods.  If convicted, each individual could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin D. Collins.

            ROBERT T. REESE, 69, of Carmel, California, and GARY LYNN MCDUFF, 55, of Deer Park, Texas, have been indicted and charged with conspiring to defraud investors in the Eastern District of Texas.

            According to the Indictment, Reese and McDuff are alleged to have made false statements and representations to over 50 investors, inducing them to invest over $10 million in an entity called the "Lancorp Fund."  Reese is also charged with money laundering for laundering the proceeds of the fraud scheme in order to continue to promote the illegal activity.

            This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shamoil T. Shipchandler.

            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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