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GRAND JURY RETURNS MULTIPLE INDICTMENTS
IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 07, 2011

TYLER, Texas –A federal grand jury returned multiple indictments charging individuals with separate federal crimes in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.  The indictments were returned late Wednesday afternoon.

            Timothy J. Patton, 61, and Dawn G. Patton, both of Big Sandy, Texas, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to avoid taxes and attempting to evade and defeat taxes.  According to the indictment, the Patton's are charged with attempting to avoid assessment of federal income tax by failing to have withholdings taken from their paychecks; by failing to file federal income tax returns; by creating a shell non-profit corporation and having their paychecks issued in the name of the corporation; and by claiming that they were exempt from withholdings.  If convicted, they each face up to 5 years in federal prison.  This case is being investigated by the IRS and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Jackson.

            Ronald David Hilton, 41, of DeKalb, Texas, was indicted on charges of driving while intoxicated, repeat offender.  According to the indictment, on Mar. 12, 2010, Hilton was operating a motor vehicle on the Red River Army Depot while intoxicated.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  This case is being investigated by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Red River Army Depot and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

            Tommy Wayne Anderson, 45, of DeKalb, Texas, was indicted on charges of possession of stolen mail and forgery.  According to the indictment, up until Mar. 9, 2011, Anderson is alleged to have possessed mail which he knew to be stolen.  He is charged with 7 counts of possessing stolen mail and 3 counts of forgery.  If convicted, Anderson 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 Denise O. Simpson.

            Charles C. Allen, 49, of Atlanta, Texas, was indicted on charges of simple possession of a controlled substance.  According to the indictment, on Dec. 1, 2009, Allen was found in possession of Alprazolam, a Schedule II controlled substance, while on the Red River Army Depot.  If convicted, Allen faces up to one year in federal prison.  This case is being investigated by the Red River Army Depot Criminal Investigations Division and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

            Edwin Tadeo Cruz-Manzanarez, also known as Franklin Lope, 24, a Honduran national, was indicted for being an alien unlawfully present in the United States after having been deported.  According to the indictment, on Mar. 1, 2011, Cruz-Manzanarez was located at the Gregg County Jail.  An investigation revealed he had been deported to Honduras on several occasions.  If convicted, he faces up to 2 years in federal prison and deportation.  This case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

            Juan Antonio Lara-Lopez, 31, a Mexican national, was indicted for being an alien unlawfully present in the United States after having been deported.  According to the indictment, on Mar. 3, 2011, Lara-Lopez was located at the Anderson County Jail.  An investigation revealed he had been deported to Mexico on several occasions.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and deportation.  This case is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt.  All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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