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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2009                                                 PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS
 IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

 

            PLANO, TX—U.S. Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory 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.

            MICHAEL EUGENE DANNELLY, 50, of Denton, was indicted on 5 counts of mail fraud and 5 counts of money laundering.  According to the indictment, from November 2004 to May 2007, Dannelly obtained over $16 million based on fraudulent representations related to the sale of oil and gas securities.  If convicted, Dannelly could face up to 20 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and the United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shamoil T. Shipchandler.

            JOSHUA NICHOLAS ALEXANDER, 23, of Lubbock, Texas, was indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number.  If convicted, Alexander could face up to 10 years in federal prison.

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

            SHERA AQUANETTE ALBERT, 23, of Dallas, was indicted and charged with 4 counts of Passing Counterfeit Obligations.  According to information from prosecutors, on March 8, 2009, Albert passed a total of $1200 in counterfeit currency at JC Penney, Sears, and Nordstrom.  She was found with another $400 in her possession.  If convicted, Albert could receive up to 20 years in federal prison for each of the counterfeit obligation charges.

             The case is being investigated by the United States Secret Service, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Camelia Lopez.

            JAMES EARL RUYLE, 41 of Ladonia, Texas, was indicted and charged with 2 counts of Interstate Transportation of Stolen Motor Vehicle.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Blake.

            PEDRO IBARRA-LOERA, 47, of Denison, Texas, was indicted for Possession with the Intent to Distribute or Dispense Methamphetamine, and Use, Carrying or Possession of a Firearm During, in Relation to and in furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime.  If convicted, Ibarra-Loera could face up to Life in federal prison. 

            This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen Smith.

            EDUARDO FRANCISCO ALVARADO, 21, of McKinney, Texas, has been indicted for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.  If convicted, Alvarado 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.

            MICHAEL VEGA, 19, of McKinney, Texas, has been indicted for Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance in Possession of a Firearm.  If convicted, Vega could face up to 10 years in federal prison.

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

            FATUEL BANUELOS-SANDOVAL, 34, a citizen of Mexico, has been indicted for re-entry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on Feb. 6, 2009, Banuelos-Sandoval was found unlawfully in the United States after having been previously deported on Mar. 14, 2007.  If convicted, Banuelos-Sandoval faces up to 2 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

            AMBROSIO CRUZ-LOPEZ, 23, a citizen of Mexico, has been indicted for re-entry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on Dec. 17, 2008, Cruz-Lopez was found unlawfully in the United States after having been previously deported on Apr. 11, 2008.  If convicted, he faces up to 2 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

            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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