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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 19, 2014

Week In Review – Hammond


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

DISPOSITIONS

  • Creekside at Meadowbrook, LLC and Creekside at Meadowbrook West, LLC, two Indiana corporations with properties located in Lowell, Indiana, were ordered to authorize the release of assets totaling $189,953.24 dollars to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as restitution, as well as pay a special assessment of $800,  after pleading guilty to submitting false statements to HUD.  According to documents filed in this case, between March 2009 and continuing through March 2010, the defendants submitted materially false and fraudulent statements to HUD in that the submissions inflated  their financial status in order to obtain a HUD mortgage.  This case was the result of an investigation the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-Office of Inspector General.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi Denise Houston.
  • Tambra Ducker, 26, of Indianapolis, Indiana was sentenced to three (3) years probation after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession with intent to distribute heroin.  According to documents filed in this case, Ducker was one of the passengers in a vehicle stopped by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department on February 25, 2013. Ducker consented to a search of her purse and officers found 150 grams of heroin which she admitted belonged to her. This case was the result of an investigation by the DEA.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang.
  • Jamol Hardin, 41, of Columbus, Ohio was sentenced to probation for 3 years after pleading guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to documents filed in this case, on April 9, 2009, Harding, having been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year, knowingly possessed, in and affecting commerce, a firearm.   This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.
  • Jeremy Lamar Lloyd, 23, of Gary, Indiana was sentenced to 46 months imprisonment with 3 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm.  According to documents filed in this case, on July 21, 2011, Lloyd knowingly possessed, in and affecting commerce, a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol after previously having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment exceeding one year.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Nicholas Padilla.
  • John Lytle, 37, of Gary, IN was sentenced to 100 months imprisonment with 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of being a felon in possession of a firearm and distribution of cocaine base.  According to documents filed in the cases, in May of 2013, an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives revealed that Lytle was selling both cocaine base and firearms within Gary, Indiana.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas McGrath.   
  • Carey Ray, 31, of Chicago, Illinois was sentenced to 320 months’ imprisonment followed by 15 years of supervised release after being found guilty at trial of the felony offense of transporting a minor child across state lines with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.  According to documents filed in the case, on October 8, 2012, Carey Ray picked up a child he knew to be 14 years old and transported her from Hammond, Indiana to a hotel in Lansing, Illinois.  Once there, Carey Ray provided the minor child with alcohol and marijuana.  Thereafter, Carey Ray made a sexual advance and, when rebuffed, forcibly committed a sex act on the child.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lansing Police Department.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jill Koster and Joshua Kolar.
  • David Alan Resnick, 35, of Port St. Lucie, Florida was sentenced, following his convictions at trial of the federal felony offenses of transporting a minor under age 12 across state lines with intent to engage in a sexual (Count 1) of the indictment, transporting child pornography across state lines (Count 2), brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence ( that violent crime being the act alleged in Count 1 of the indictment) (Count 3) and possessing a firearm despite a prior felony conviction (Count 4).  Resnick was sentenced to life in prison on Count 1, twenty (20) years of incarceration on Count 2, seven (7) years of incarceration on Count 3 and ten  (10) years of incarceration on Count 4, with the sentences on Counts 1, 2 and 4 to run concurrently and the sentence on Count 3 to run consecutively, for a combined total prison sentence of life plus seven years.  If released from prison, Resnick will also have to serve a 15 year term of supervised release, during which time he will be required to register as a sex offender. According to documents filed in this case, in the summer of 2008, Resnick, who was employed as a commercial truck driver, took the 9 year-old victim from Indiana to various states on a two-week road trip.  During the trip, Resnick showed the victim child pornography featuring other prepubescent children and forced the minor to engage in sexual acts.  At one point when Defendant, a previously convicted felon, was pulled over by police for failing to stop at a truck weigh station, he brandished a firearm and pointed it at the child victim’s head, threatening to kill the child if he disclosed the sexual abuse.  The child did not speak to police and the trip continued.  A second child victim testified at trial that he was later invited to attend an overnight pool party with Resnick at a local Indiana hotel and he awoke to find Resnick fondling his genitals.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jill R. Koster and Thomas M. McGrath.
  • Percy Spurlock, 60, of Gary, Indiana was sentenced to 151 months imprisonment with 3 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.  According to documents filed in this case, a federal search warrant was executed at Spurlock’s residence located at in the 1900 block of Central Drive, Gary, Indiana on October 4, 2012. Agents recovered five (5) firearms, crack cocaine, and drug paraphernalia from the residence.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation GRIT task force.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Chang.


Updated April 30, 2015