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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Two Men in Kansas Indicted on Charges Of Lying to Become Naturalized Citizens

WICHITA, KAN. – Two men who been living in Kansas were indicted today in separate cases on charges of lying in order to become naturalized citizens, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

 

Victor David Garcia Bebek, 45, a native of Peru who has been living in Wichita, was charged with one count of unlawfully obtaining naturalized U.S. citizenship. The indictment alleges Bebek failed to disclose on his application for naturalization that he committed crimes while in the United States, including voter fraud.

 

In April, Bebek pleaded guilty in Sedgwick County District Court to three counts of voting without being qualified. He voted in a 2012 special election, the 2012 general election, and the 2014 general election, according to Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach said his office learned of the voting fraud after Bebek became a naturalized citizen in February 2017.

 

Terry Kang, 48, a native of India who has been living in Overland Park, is charged with one count of unlawfully obtaining naturalized U.S. citizenship. The indictment alleges he failed to disclose on his application for naturalization that the government previously had initiated proceedings to remove him from the United States. In addition, the indictment alleges he made false statements to the government.

 

If convicted Bebek and Kang face up to 10 years in federal prison, a fine up to $250,000 and revocation of their naturalized citizenship. The Fraud Detection & National Security section of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS) investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

 

 

OTHER INDICTMENTS

 

Phyllis Lanning, 60, Coffeyville, Kan., is charged with one count of mail fraud. The crime is alleged to have occurred from 2003 to 2017 in Montgomery County, Kan.

 

The indictment alleges that while she worked for Condon National Bank in Coffeyville, Kan., she created and mailed falsified documents in order to conceal the fact she stole $150,000 from an account.

 

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

 

Staci Jo Campbell, 37, Wichita, Kan., and Chet Andell Loudermilk, 46, Wichita, Kan., are charged with one count of possession of stolen mail. The crime is alleged to have occurred in June 2016, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

 

If convicted, they face up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

 

Joshua D. Catlin, 23, Florence, Kan., is charged with one count of theft of mail. The indictment alleges that while driving as a contract mail delivery person, he stole cash and gift cards and destroyed mail. The crime is alleged to have occurred in March 2017.

 

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

 

Luis Antonio Mendez-Perez, 40, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, and one count of unlawfully re-entering the United States after being convicted of a felony and deported. He was found in 2017 in Sedgwick County.

 

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

 

Ricardo Daniel Ruiz, 19, El Paso, Texas, is charged with one count of possession of more than 14 pounds of cocaine. The crime is alleged to have occurred Nov. 23, 2017, in Elkhart County, Kan.

 

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $4 million. The Drug Enforcement Administration 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 December 7, 2017