Week In Review – Hammond
Hammond, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:
- Chavonne Jackson, 28, of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Hammond, Indiana, pled guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to commit identity theft and bank fraud before U.S. District Court Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen. The defendant’s sentencing is scheduled for February 20, 2015. The case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi Denise Houston.
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.
- Yousef Muhamad, 44, of Chicago, IL was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment (followed by 2 years of supervised release) and ordered to pay $213,999.12 in restitution after pleading guilty to the felony offense of knowingly and intentionally executing a scheme to defraud the Indiana SNAP benefit program, in violation of Title 18, United States Code 1343. The fraud scheme involved the fraudulent redemption of SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program) benefits at multiple Gary, Indiana convenience stores. Defendant, and his co-conspirators, purchased SNAP benefits for cash and allowed SNAP beneficiaries to use their benefits to purchase prohibited items like cigarettes and cell phones. This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diane Berkowitz.