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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2012

Federal Grand Jury Returns Multiple Indictments in Tyler, Texas

TYLER, Texas –A federal grand jury returned multiple indictments on July 11, 2012 charging individuals with separate federal crimes in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales. 

                Robin Marion Allen, 52, was indicted on charges of bank robbery.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, on June 25, 2012, Allen is alleged to have robbed the wells Fargo Bank in Atlanta, Texas by giving a bank teller a note demanding a bag be filled with money.  This case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

                Steven R. Lipps, 34, of Hope, AR, was indicted on charges of simple possession of a controlled substance.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, on Apr. 23, 2012, Lipps was found to be in possession of methamphetamine while in the jurisdiction of the United States at the Red River Army Depot.  This case is being investigated by the Red River Army Depot and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise O. Simpson.

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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