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September 13, 2012

Federal Grand Jury Returns Multiple Indictments in Tyler, Texas

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

                Mohammad Moosa Yahya, also known as Muhammad Moosa Yahya, 36, of Tyler, was charged with multiple counts of wire fraud in connection with an investment scheme.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, beginning in May 2011, Yahya is alleged to have devised a scheme related to investments made in EMN Global Trading, a Texas corporation that operated a used car dealership in Tyler, Texas, under the name Tyler Automax.  Yahya, serving as president of the company since about 2004, solicited individuals to invest in the business by representing that their funds would be used to purchase vehicles to be sold by the dealership.  Yahya further represented that investors would be paid profits from those vehicle sales.  Instead, Yahya is alleged to have misappropriated the wired investments funds for his own personal use and benefit.  This case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Coan.

                Jerry Meyer, 33, of Longview, Texas, was indicted on charges of possession of stolen mail, illegal transactions with an access device, possession of 15 or more unauthorized access devices, unlawful possession and use of a means of identification, and aggravated identity theft.   If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, Meyer is alleged to have possessed stolen mail and used the contents of the mail, which included credit cards and checks, for his own benefit.  The indictment also alleges that Meyer used the identifying information of others, which he also obtained from the stolen mail, to commit fraud.  This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld.

                Julia Ann Trusty, 50, and Hollin Nicole Tidwell, 20, both of Texarkana, Texas, have been charged with possession of stolen mail.  If convicted, they each face up to 5 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, on July 11, 2012, Trusty and Tidwell were found in possession of mail which they are alleged to have unlawfully taken from the United States mail in Bowie County, Texas. This case is being investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Allen Hurst.

           
Temetrius Manning, 18, of Texarkana, Texas, has been indicted on bank robbery charges.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, on Aug. 27, 2012, Manning is alleged to have entered the Wells Fargo Bank in Texarkana, Texas, and presented a threatening note to a bank teller demanding money.  Manning then fled the bank with the money before being apprehended shortly thereafter.  Manning admitted to the charges following his arrest.  This case is being investigated by the FBI and the Texarkana, Texas Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel C. Kummerfeld.

                Andrew Mark Harris, 48, of Grand Saline, Texas, has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, on Apr. 26, 2012, it is alleged that Harris was found in possession of a pistol and seven cartridges of ammunition.  Further investigation revealed Harris to be a convicted felon.  It is a violation of federal law for a convicted felon to own or possess firearms or ammunition.  This case is being investigated by the ATF and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.

 

                Juan Gallardo-Simental, 35, a Mexican national, was indicted for being present in the United States after having been previously deported.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison followed by deportation.  According to the indictment, on July 13, 2012, the defendant was arrested in Harrison County on charges of driving while intoxicated.  Further investigation revealed the defendant is alleged to have a criminal history dating back to 2005 and that he had been previously deported from the United States.  This case is being investigated by HSI-ICE 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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