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United States Attorney John M. Bales
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2009                                                  PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/txe                               DIRECT: (409) 981-7902  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 on July 8, 2009, charging multiple individuals in separate cases of federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

TRAVIS HUNTER BLANK, 32, of Plano, Texas, has been charged transporting child pornography using the internet and possession of child pornography.  If convicted, Blank faces up to 20 years in federal prison. 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

            This case is being investigated by the Plano Police Department, the Collin County Sheriff's Office, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mandy Griffith.

            ANMOL KUMAR NAGPAL, 20, and ANUPAM KUMAR NAGPAL, 34, both of India, have been charged with conspiring to unlawfully transfer identification documents.  If convicted, they each face up to 15 years in federal prison.

            According to the indictment, the Nagpal brothers conspired and attempted to transfer false identification documents, specifically Texas Driver's Licenses, knowing that these documents were illegally produced.
           
            This case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard J. Johnson.

JAMES ELBY ROGERS, 47, of Howe, Texas, has been charged with two counts of firearms violations relating to his possession and making of a pipe bomb.  If convicted, Rogers could face up to 10 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, in March 2009, a destructive device, commonly referred to as a pipe bomb, was discovered at the residence where Rogers had been staying.  The Denton County Bomb Squad safely removed and detonated the device without incident. 

            This case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives and the Grayson County Sheriff's Office and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles E. Roy.

            KEITHA KAY CARSON, 28, of Denton, Texas, and KENT RUSSELL GIPSON, 35, of Gainsville, Texas, have been charged with counterfeiting and forging obligations of the United States and aiding and abetting.  If convicted, they each face up to 20 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

CHRISTOPHER PAUL RUNGE, 37, of Denton, Texas, has been charged with possession of counterfeit obligations of the United States.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

MICHAEL CHARLES PURCELL, 40, of the Colony, Texas, has been charged with using an unauthorized access device.  According to the indictment, from Mar. 3 to Mar. 24, 2008, Purcell used an unauthorized MasterCard debit card to obtain goods or merchandise in excess of $1,000.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

            This case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney M. Andrew Stover.

FEDERICO DIAZ-MONDRAGON, 36, of Mexico, has been indicted for illegal re-entry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on Oct. 16, 2008, Denton County officials noticed federal authorities that the defendant was in custody on a local warrant.  If convicted, Diaz-Mondragon 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 Kevin D. Collins.
            JAVIER COLLAZO-MEDRANO, 40, of Mexico, has been indicted for illegal reentry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on June 2, 2009, the Cooke County Sheriff's Office 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.
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ-VEGA, 47, of Mexico, has been indicted for illegal reentry of a deported alien.  According to the indictment, on June 22, 2009, the Denton County Sheriff's Office 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.

           
            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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