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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

 

February 5, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Inwood Couple Named in Federal Indictments

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — An Inwood, West Virginia, couple was named in separate Indictments returned on February 3, 2009, by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that:

HENRY FLORES-CASTILLO, age 31, was named in a one-count Indictment charging him with perjury. The Indictment alleges that FLORES-CASTILLO, while under oath during a deposition related to the case of United States vs. Valenzuela, made a false statement. If convicted, FLORES-CASTILLO faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

MARIA NORMA GUEVARA DE FLORES, age 26, was named in a three-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that FLORES possessed a Social Security card issued in the name of another person; a State of North Carolina identification card issued in the name of the other person; and a Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Birth Certificate issued in the name of the other person, with the intent that such documents would be used to defraud the United States on January 13, 2009, in Berkeley County. Count Two of the Indictment alleges that FLORES possessed a Social Security card issued in the name of another person which appeared to be stolen or produced without lawful authority on January 13, 2009, in Berkeley County. Count Three of the Indictment alleges that FLORES, while under oath during a deposition related to the case of United States vs. Valenzuela, made a false statement. If convicted, FLORES faces a maximum penalty of one year imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 each on Counts One and Two of the Indictment; and a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on Count Three of the Indictment.

The cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber. The cases were investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictments are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

 

 

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