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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Former Pratt School Secretary Indicted on Federal Firearms Charges

WICHITA, KAN. – A former Pratt school secretary was indicted Tuesday on federal firearms charges, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said.

Claudia Rodriguez-Oviedo, 33, a citizen of Mexico, was indicted on two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by an alien illegally in the United States. The indictment alleges that on Nov. 8, 2017, she possessed a Remington handgun and 35 rounds of ammunition.

Rodriguez-Oviedo currently is serving a 12-month sentence after she was convicted in Pratt County District Court on charges of placing a fake bomb threat to USD 382 in Pratt.

If convicted, she faces a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

 

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Jerry A. Anderson, Jr., 32, Hutchinson, Kan., is charged with one count of bank robbery. The indictment alleges that on March 8, 2018, he robbed the Meritrust Credit Union at 2900 S. Oliver in Wichita.

 If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting.

Javier Pichardo, 55, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of illegal re-entry after being deported (count one), one count of unlawful production of an identification document (count two), one count of misuse of a Social Security number (count three) and one count of aggravated identity theft (count four). The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2017 and 2018 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

Upon conviction, he faces up to two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on count one, up to 15 years and a fine up to $250,000 on count two, up to five years and a fine up to $250,000 on count three, and a mandatory two years (consecutive) on count four. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Lind is prosecuting.

Cindy Hernandez, 33, Moreno Valley, Calif., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 11, 2018, in Wabaunsee County, Kan.

If convicted, she faces a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Skip Jacobs is prosecuting.

 John Johnson, 41, Canal Winchester, Ohio, and Catherine Boyd, 36, Grove City, Ohio, are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crime is alleged to have occurred March 8, 2018, in Wabaunsee County Kan.

If convicted, they face a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Skip Jacobs is prosecuting.

Donya Swayden, 34, Medicine Lodge, Kan., is charged with three counts of embezzlement from the U.S. Postal Service and three counts of making false entries in postal records. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2017 in Pratt County, Kan.

The indictment alleges she issued three postal orders to customers who did not pay for them.

If convicted, she faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Postal Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

 

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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Updated March 27, 2018