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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Indiana

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Week In Review – Fort Wayne


  Fort Wayne, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

PLEAS

  • Michael R. Eberle, 29, of Fort Wayne, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of bank robbery with the use of a dangerous weapon. The magistrate judge is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Fort Wayne Police Department, and the Northeast Indiana FBI Bank Robbery Task Force.  Sentencing will be set by separate order by the district court.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris King.
  • Alvaro Rivera-Arvayo, 24, of Fort Wayne, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of knowingly possessing with the intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana. The magistrate judge is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Indiana State Police, Allen County Drug Task Force, Allen County Police Department, New Haven Police Department and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  Sentencing will be set by separate order by the district court.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.  
  • Sherri L. Miller, 48, of Howe, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of possession with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The magistrate judge is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Indiana State Police, Allen County Police Department and the Kendallville Police Department.  Sentencing will be set by separate order by the district court.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris King.
  • Orlando Paschall, 23, of Fort Wayne, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to commit robbery. The magistrate judge is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.  Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Fort Wayne Police Department, Allen County Police Department and the New Haven Police Department.  Sentencing will be set by separate order by the district court.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tina L. Nommay.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

DISPOSITIONS

  • Courtney Crusoe, 25, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to pay $86,338.26 in restitution after pleading guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to commit money laundering.  According to documents filed in this case, during the course of an investigation, Crusoe was identified as an employee of Wells Fargo Bank.  Bank records were obtained, bank representatives were interviewed and it was discovered that during his employment a secondary joint account was opened without the customer’s knowledge from which Crusoe had made unauthorized withdrawals. This case was the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lovita Morris King.
  • Bruce T. King, 36, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced to 70 months imprisonment with 2 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  According to documents filed in this case, on January 24, 2014, a FWPD officer was on patrol when King was driving and made a turn without signaling.  The officer conducted a traffic stop.  King ran from the vehicle and fell.  While falling to the ground, a handgun fell from King’s waist.  King had a prior felony conviction that precludes him from possessing firearms.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lesley J. Miller Lowery.
  • Brandon A. Peters, 26, of Fort Wayne, Indiana was sentenced on two federal felony convictions:  first, to 16 months of imprisonment for robbery and second, a consecutive 84 months sentence on a gun count.  The court also imposed a term of 2 years supervised release, $3,817 in restitution to the pharmacy.  Peters had pleaded guilty to the felony offense of robbery involving a controlled substance and brandishing and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.  According to documents filed in this case, on September 25, 2012, Peters robbed CVS Pharmacy of controlled substances at gunpoint.  Peters was identified driving a black Ford truck at a high rate of speed.  Officers gave chase and during the pursuit tire-deflation devices were utilized, and the truck eventually stopped, ending in the arrest of the sole occupant of the truck, Peters. This case was the result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Fort Wayne Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anthony W. Geller.
Updated April 30, 2015