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United States Attorney Rebecca A. Gregory
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2009                                              PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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FEDERAL GRAND JURY RETURNS INDICTMENTS
 IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

 

            TYLER, 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. 
 
            VICTORINO BETANCOURT-QUIROZ, 48, of Tyler, was indicted on charges of being a criminal alien unlawfully in the United States after previously being indicted.  If convicted, he could receive up to 20 years in federal prison.

            According to the indictment, on Feb.. 4, 2009, Betancourt-Quiroz was arrested by officers with the Tyler, Texas police department for driving without a license.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement was contacted by state authorities and determined that Betancourt was illegally present in the U.S.  The investigation also revealed that Betancourt is a Mexican national, that he was deported to Mexico back in 1999 after an aggravated felony conviction for Transporting Illegal Aliens in the Southern District of Texas, and that Betancourt reentered the United States in 2004 without inspection or permission of U.S. Immigration Authorities.

            This case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Securities Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst is prosecuting the case.

            ANTONIO FLORES-FLORES, 36, was indicted on charges of being a criminal alien unlawfully in the United States after previously being indicted.  If convicted, he could receive up to 20 years in federal prison.

            According to the indictment, on Dec. 24, 2008, Flores-Flores was arrested in Van, Texas on state drug charges.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement was contacted by the state authorities and determined that Flores was illegally present in the United States.  The investigation also revealed that the defendant is a Mexican national, that he was deported to Mexico back in 2001 after an aggravated felony conviction for Transporting Illegal Aliens in the Western District of Texas, and that Flores re-entered the United States in 2006 without inspection or permission of the U.S. Immigration authorities. 

            This case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Securities Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst is prosecuting the case.
DERRICK LAMONT WALKER, 30, of Longview, was indicted on charges of distribution of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors and possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of minors.  If convicted, he 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 United States Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

            MARCUS ONDRE MUMPHREY, 39, of Tyler, KEVIN WADE BROWN, 37, of Gilmer, Texas, JASON MICHAEL PRYOR, 34, of Longview, TERAH ELIZABETH HARRIS, 21, of Gilmer, CHRISTINA NICHOLE COURVILLE, 23, of Longview, ERIC FERNANDO REYES, 31, of Gilmer, and JOSE LUIS ABARCA, 24, of Tyler, were indicted and charged with two counts of conspiracy to possess, and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.  If convicted of the drug charges, the defendants could each receive up to Life in federal prison.  If convicted of the firearms charge, the defendants could receive an additional 5 years which must be served consecutively to any other term of imprisonment. 

            The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.
             
            GRANSON EARL ALLISON, 29, of Elysian Fields, Texas and ROBERT EARL JOHNSON, 44, of Shreveport, Louisiana were indicted in a 5 count indictment charging:    

Count 1 – Conspiracy to possess, conceal, sell and dispose of stolen firearms, Counts 2 and 3 – Possession, concealment, selling or disposing of stolen firearms which had been shipped or transported in interstate commerce, Count 4 – Felon in possession of a firearm (Defendant Granson Earl Allison) and Count 5 – Felon in possession of a firearm (Defendant Robert Earl Johnson).

            If convicted of Count 1, defendants could receive up to 5 years in federal prison.  If convicted of Counts 2, 3, 4, or 5 defendants could receive up to 10 years in federal prison. 
According to the indictment, Allison and Johnson are alleged to have been involved in two separate residential burglaries in December 2007, in the Deberry, Texas area in Panola County.      

            The case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Panola County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.  

            WENDY RENE McDONALD, 35, of Hooks, Texas, was indicted on charges of Credit Union Theft, Embezzlement, or Misapplication.   If convicted, the defendant could receive up to 30 years in federal prison.

            According to the indictment, McDonald was an employee of Texas Federal Credit Union, based in Texarkana, Texas, and is alleged to have stole more than $1,000 of the Credit Union's money during the time period of September 1, 2007 through October 24, 2008. 

            The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Simpson. 

          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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