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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 20, 2015

Indictment: Kansas City, Kan., Woman Prepared False Tax Returns

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Kansas City, Kan., woman has been indicted on charges of preparing false federal income tax returns, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Prayshana Washington, 27, Kansas City, Kan., was indicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., on 21 counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation of federal income tax returns containing false information.

The indictment cites tax returns filed for 15 individuals for tax years 2011 and 2012 containing false information on wages, dependents, and education credits and American Opportunity Credits that help pay college expenses. The Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask and Matthew Kluge, Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, are prosecuting.

 

OTHER INDICTMENTS

Charles Leonhardt Haupt, 31, La Cygne, Kan., was indicted Thursday on one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in February and March 2015 in Linn County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $10 million on the methamphetamine charge, not less than five years (consecutive to other sentences) and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the other two counts. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.

Jonathan Luis Martin, 30, of Franklin County, Kan., and Charles Bradley Grissom, 26, of Franklin County, Kan., are charged in a superseding indictment with one count of unlawful possession of a pipe bomb. In addition, Martin is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a sawed off shotgun and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. In addition, Grissom is charged with one additional count of unlawfully making a pipe bomb and one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device (pipe bomb) after a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in August and December 2014 in Franklin County, Kan.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.

In a separate superseding indictment, Charles Bradley Grissom, 26, of Franklin County, Kan., is charged with one count of distributing methamphetamine, one count of unlawfully possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, one count of unlawfully possessing a firearm while he was a user on methamphetamine, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in May and August 2014 in Franklin County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on the methamphetamine charge, not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the charge of unlawful possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each of the other counts. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.

Petsami Phommaseng, 34, Lawrence, Kan., is charged in a superseding indictment with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of methamphetamine. Co-defendant Susan Khampannha, Lawrence, Kan., is charged with unlawfully allowing a residence in the 2500 block of Ousdahl Road in Lawrence to be used for distributing methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2014 and 2015 in Lawrence.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:

          Unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking: Not less than five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.

          Unlawful possession of a firearm by a user of methamphetamine: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

          Maintaining a residence in furtherance of drug trafficking: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.

 

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sheri McCracken is prosecuting.

Adam Davis, 39, Parsons, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred July 24, 2014, in Parsons, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The U.S. Marshals Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Rask 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 20, 2015