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June 03, 2011

Federal Grand Jury Returns Multiple Indictments in Tyler, Texas

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 Thursday afternoon.

                Stephen Wayne Perritte, 66, of Henderson, Texas, was indicted on charges of enticement of a minor.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, from May 23, 2011 to May 25, 2011, Peritte allegedly used a computer to communicate with a minor in an attempt to engage in sexual activity.  This case is being investigated by the Longview Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

                Charles Abner Richey, Jr., 62, of Christianburg, Virginia, was indicted on charges of enticement of a minor.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, from Apr. 19, 2011 to May 5, 2011, Richey allegedly used a computer to communicate with a minor in an attempt to engage in sexual activity.  This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

                Concepcion Baldelamar, 49, of Mexico, was indicted for failing to register as a sex offender and illegally being present in the United States after having been previously deported.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison for the first charge and up to 20 years for the immigration violation.  According to the indictment, in March 2009, Baldelamar allegedly returned to Texas after having been deported to Mexico.  Baldelamar is also alleged to have failed to register as a sex offender as required by the Sex Offender Notification Act.  This case is being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher T. Tortorice.

                Lisa Godfrey, 50, of Tyler, Texas, was indicted on charges of theft of government property, making a false statement and social security benefits fraud.  If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, from February 2007 and March 2011, Godfrey is alleged to have made false statements claiming that a minor lived with her resulting in the payment of approximately $29,490.00 of Child Insurance Benefits of which she was not entitled.  During that same time, Godfrey failed to report that the child left the residence and was no longer living with her.  This case is being investigated by the Office of the Inspector General and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

                Charles Kevin Clayton, 36, of Texarkana, Texas, was indicted on charges of counterfeiting.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison. According to the indictment, on May 21, 2011, Clayton is alleged to have attempted to pass a counterfeit $50 bill at a Dairy Queen.  Further investigation revealed Clayton possessed approximately 7 counterfeit $50 bills and 12 counterfeit $20 bills.  This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Simpson.

                Dustin James Poole, 31, of Mabank, Texas, was indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, on May 12, 2011, Poole is alleged to have been found in possession of two firearms and ammunition.  Further investigation revealed Poole was previously convicted of possession of a stolen firearm in federal court in 2003 and theft in Henderson County in 2004.  It is a violation of federal law for a convicted felon to possess or own firearms or ammunition.  This case is being investigated by the ATF and the Henderson County Sheriff's Office 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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