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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Betsy C. Jividen
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


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

 

August 4, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nine Defendants Indicted on Federal Charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA — Nine individuals were named in named in separate Indictments returned this week by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Wheeling, West Virginia.

United States Attorney Betsy C. Jividen announced that:

YAN HAO PAN, age 28, of New York, New York, was named in a two-count Indictment. Count One of the Indictment alleges that PAN conspired with other persons to commit fraud with counterfeit credit cards beginning on August 9, 2009, in Wheeling. The Indictment alleges that as part of the conspiracy, PAN and three co-conspirators rode in a vehicle containing in excess of 40 counterfeit credit cards from New York to a casino on Wheeling Island. Count Two of the Indictment alleges that PAN used a counterfeit credit card to obtain a slip at an ATM which he then presented to a teller at the casino in order to obtain a $3,000 cash advance. If convicted, PAN faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 on each count of the Indictment. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert H. McWilliams, Jr. The case was investigated by the United States Secret Service and the West Virginia State Police.

JUAN AVILEZ-RAMOS, also known as RICHIE ALGARIN VASQUEZ, age 33; DIEGO CASTRO-CASTRO, also known as JASON PEREZ, age 25; and TOMAS ALONSO-JIMON, also known as HECTOR ROSADO, age 24, all formerly of Guatemala, were each named in separate Indictments charging them with unlawfully entering the United States after having been previously deported without obtaining the express consent of the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States. The defendants were found on July 10, 2010, in Chester, West Virginia. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri. The cases were investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

JOAQUIN GASPAR-JOSE, also known as JOAQUIN RASPER-JOSE, also known as EDUARDO ALMARAZ, also known as JOSE CASPER, also known as JOAQUIN GASPAR JOSE, age 37, and JAVIER DE JESUS PEREZ-SANCHEZ, also known as LEOPOLDO MORALES-GONZALEZ, also known as REINALDO PEREZ-ABREGO, age 53, both formerly of Mexico, were each named in separate Indictments charging them with unlawfully entering the United States after having been previously deported without obtaining the express consent of the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States. The defendants were found on July 6, 2010, in Ohio County, West Virginia. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The cases will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John C. Parr. The cases were investigated by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

KATHLEEN BROOKS, also known as KATHLEEN MOORE, of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, was named in one-count Indictment. The Indictment alleges that BROOKS made a false statement on July 13, 2010, in Jefferson County by telling a Deputy U. S. Marshal searching for a fugitive that she did not know the fugitive’s location, when in fact BROOKS had taken the fugitive to a location in Jefferson County. If convicted, BROOKS faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti. The case was investigated by the United States Marshal Service.

CHRISTOPHER COGLE, of Harpers Ferry, was named in a one-count Indictment. The Indictment alleges that COGLE made a false statement on July 13, 2010, in Jefferson County by telling a Deputy U. S. Marshal searching for a fugitive that he did not know the fugitive’s location, when in fact COGLE had transported the fugitive. If convicted, COGLE faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul T. Camilletti. The case was investigated by the United States Marshal Service.

ESVIN ROEL DUBON-VALDEZ, also known as ESVIN DUBON-VALDEZ REINA, formerly from Guatemala, was named in a one-count Indictment. The Indictment alleges that DUBON-VALDEZ, an alien who was previously removed from the United States, unlawfully entered the United States and was found in Jefferson County, West Virginia, on July 10, 2010, without obtaining the express consent of the Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security to reapply for admission to the United States. If convicted, DUBON-VALDEZ faces a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin K. Reisenweber. The case was investigated by the 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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