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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Indictment: Veteran Falsified Records of Travel for Treatment

WICHITA, KAN. – Edward Parks, 60, Liberal, Kan., is charged with one count of submitting false claims for travel reimbursement to the Department of Veterans Affairs and one count of making a false statement to investigators from the Department of Veterans Affairs – Office of Inspector General. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2019 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

The indictment alleges he falsely claimed he travelled to Wichita, Kan., from Liberal, Kan., for medical appointments, in order to be reimbursed under the Beneficiary Travel Program.

If convicted, he could face up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The Department of Veterans Affairs – Office of Inspector General investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett is prosecuting.

 

OTHER INDICTMENTS

 

Loren Olson, 68, Marquette, Kan., is charged with four counts of producing child pornography and one count of the sex trafficking of a minor. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in May, June and July 2020 in McPherson County, Kan.

Olson initially was charged by criminal complaint Dec. 9, 2020.

If convicted, Olson could face a penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years in federal prison on each production count, and not less than 10 years on the other count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

 

Alejandro Valerio Pineda, 45, Wichita, Kan., is charged with two counts of distributing methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred during November and December 2020 in Wichita, Kan.

If convicted, he could face a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 40 years and a fine up to $5 million on each count. The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mona Furst is prosecuting.

Troy Bong, 51, Wichita, is charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (counts 1, 4, 7), three counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking (counts 2, 5, 8) and three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon (counts 3, 6, 9). The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2020 in Sedgwick County, Kan.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:

          Count one: Up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million.

          Counts 4, 7: Not more than 40 years and not less than five years and a fine up to $5 million.

          Counts 2, 5 and 8: Not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000.

          Counts 3, 6 and 9: Up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

 

The Drug Enforcement Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matt Treaster is prosecuting.

 

Treylis Presley, 31, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, one count of possession of cocaine and one count of possession of marijuana. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Sept. 4, 2020, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he could face a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the firearm charge, and up to a year and a fine up to $1,000 on each of the other two counts. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Molly Gordon is prosecuting.

Luis Contreras-Mata, 35, is charged with one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Dec. 10, 2020, in Rawlins County, Kan.

If convicted, he could face a penalty of up to two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Enforcement and Removal Operations investigate. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch 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 December 22, 2020