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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2013

Federal Grand Jury Returns Indictments in Tyler, Texas

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

                Cloyd Ray Knight, III, 57, of Arlington, Texas, was charged with making and passing counterfeit $100 bills.  If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.  According to the indictment, in December 2012, Knight is alleged to have forged $100 bills which he used at various retail stores across East Texas.  This case is being investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg Marchessault.

                Pastor Sanchez-Ortuno, 38, 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.  This case is being investigated by HSI-ICE and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg Marchessault.

                Pedro Gallegos-Perez, 31, 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.  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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