You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 9, 2016

Indictment: Former Guard Took $200,000 in Bribes For Smuggling Tobacco into Leavenworth Prison

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A former prison guard was indicted Wednesday on federal charges alleging he received more than $200,000 in bribes for smuggling tobacco to prisoners in Leavenworth Penitentiary, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

Marc Buckner, 46, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of accepting bribes. The indictment alleges that from 2005 to 2014 while he worked at the prison he accepted more than $200,000 in bribes. He received approximately $750 from inmates each time he smuggled tobacco into the prison.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of up to 15 years in federal prison and a fine up to three times the value of the contraband. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jabari Wamble is prosecuting.

         

OTHER GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

Latoya Trent, 34, Kansas City, Mo, is charged with one count of theft of public funds and one count of bank fraud. The crimes are alleged to have occurred from 2012 to 2014 in Johnson County, Kan.

The indictment alleges she was paid more than $43,000 in unemployment benefits that she was not qualified to receive.

If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the theft charge, and up to 30 years and a fine up to $1 million on the bank fraud count. The U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Inspector General investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.

**

Samfin Ondieki Ogega, 36, a citizen of Kenya, is charged with attempting to evade a lawful order for his removal from the United States. The crime is alleged to have occurred May 26, 2016, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of up to four years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

**

Anthony Barajas, 24, is charged with escaping from custody at the Grossman Residential Reentry Center in Leavenworth, Kan., on May 6, 2016.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Zabel is prosecuting.

**

Ronald Hudson, 58, Mulberry, Kan., is charged with one count of theft of public funds and 11 counts of wire fraud. The crimes are alleged to have occurred from 2008 to 2014 in Crawford County, Kan.

The indictment alleges he received Supplemental Security Income payments to which he was not entitled.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the theft charge, and up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each wire fraud count. The Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Tomasic is prosecuting.

**

Azar Reed, 56, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of theft of public funds, one count of making a false statement to the Social Security Administration, and 14 counts of mail fraud. The indictment alleges he received benefits to which he was not entitled. The crimes are alleged to have occurred from 2010 to 2013 in Wyandotte County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the theft charge, up to five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the false statement charge, and up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count of mail fraud. The Social Security Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Tomasic is prosecuting.

**

Kevin Wayne Clark, 51, Parsons, Kan., is charged with one count of theft of public funds, three counts of mail fraud and three counts of wire fraud. The indictment alleges he received benefits to which he was not entitled. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2014 in Labette County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the theft charge, up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each mail fraud count, and up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each wire fraud count. The Social Security Administration investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Tomasic is prosecuting.

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

Topic(s): 
Public Corruption
Component(s): 
Updated June 9, 2016