Settlement With Purdue University For False Claims in Research Grant Applications to Federal Agencies
SOUTH BEND – United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Andre Allan Forbes, 32, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced yesterday, for crack cocaine trafficking, possession of a firearm by convicted felon and witness tampering.
Forbes was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment and 6 years of supervised release.
According to documents in the case, Forbes was previously convicted in 2010 in federal court of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a federal drug trafficking crime. In the Fall of 2013, while he was a convicted felon and while he was engaged in crack cocaine and powder cocaine distribution, Forbes illegally possessed a Kel-Tec pistol in South Bend, Indiana.
Additionally, after Forbes was indicted by a federal Grand Jury and while awaiting his trial in the case, Forbes asked his cousin to lie for him. This became the subject of an additional federal charge that was lodged against Forbes.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the South Bend Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald J. Schmid.