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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Central District of Illinois

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Kankakee Man to Serve Five Years in Prison for Marijuana Growing Operation, Filing False Tax Returns and Making False Statement to Bank

Springfield, Ill. – A Kankakee, Ill., man, has been ordered to serve five years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough sentenced David Aaron Neblock 38, on Friday, July 24, 2015.  Following his release from prison, Neblock was ordered to remain on federal supervised release for four years.

Neblock has been in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service since he pled guilty on Jan. 29, 2015, to possession with intent to distribute more than 100 marijuana plants, three counts of filing false income tax returns for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 tax years, and making false statements to a financial institution.

According to court documents, in July 2012, members of the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) seized more than 750 hydroponic marijuana plants from a warehouse in Bradley, Ill., used by Neblock to grow marijuana. The plants, at various stages of growth, were grown under multiple artificial light ballasts, with electric timers that regulated fans, lights and irrigation systems that supplied water and growth enhancement nutrients to the plant.

Neblock was also ordered to pay $52,128 of additional tax due and owing to the Internal Revenue Service that resulted from his omission of other income earned, including income from the sale of narcotics, for tax years 2010, 2011, and 2012,

Further, Neblock agreed to forfeit property, his former residence on River Road in Kankakee, that was used to facilitate or was paid for by proceeds of illegal activity. Neblock admitted that in March 2009, he submitted a false loan application to the bank to purchase the home. In the application, Neblock falsely claimed that he was employed at various businesses and had received an inheritance.

The case was prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronda H. Coleman.   The charges are the result of investigation by the Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group, “KAMEG;” Illinois State Police; Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General, with assistance from the Kankakee State’s Attorney’s Office.

Updated July 27, 2015