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Ross Elliot Hoelscher Indicted for Use of a Communication Facility

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

TOPEKA, KAN. – Ross E. Hoelscher, 38, of Topeka, Kansas, has been indicted and arrested on federal charges of violation of two counts of 21 U.S.C. 843(b), Use of a Communication Facility.

“During this investigation, federal, state and local law enforcement partners worked extremely well together to make certain these alleged criminal acts do not go unpunished,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:


21 U.S.C. 843(b) Use of a Communication Facility

  • Punishable by a term of imprisonment not to exceed eight (8) years.
  • A fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized in accordance with 18 U.S.C. 3571(b)(3) or $250,000.00.
  • Or both, and


  • A term of supervised release not to exceed three (3) years.
  • A mandatory special assessment of $100.00


An initial appearance for Mr. Hoelscher is scheduled for March 8, 2021, at 2:30, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Angel D. Mitchell.  

This case is a joint investigation being conducted by the Topeka Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting the case.

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


Updated March 8, 2021