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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 29, 2014

Week In Review – Hammond


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

PLEAS

  • Ola Mohammad, 33, of Bridgeview, Illinois pled guilty to the felony offense of knowingly and willfully conspiring to defraud the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) benefit program and defrauding the USDA benefit program through wire fraud. These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Sentencing has been set for 11/20/2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Diane Berkowitz.
  • Piljo Piljagic, 31, of Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty to the felony offense of illegal entry to United States. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by Homeland Security.  Sentencing has been set for 11/12/2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Randy Stewart.
  • Tomika Yates, 40, of  Grand Prairie, Texas, pled guilty to the felony offense of

conspiracy to defraud the United States and aiding & abetting. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the United States Postal Service.  Sentencing has been set for 11/14/2014.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Toi 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.

DISPOSITION

  • Alanden O. Johnson, 44 years old, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced to a 41 month term of imprisonment, followed by a three years term of supervised release, on her guilty plea to the felony offense of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.  According to documents filed in this case, between 2006 and 2008 in and around Gary, Indiana, Johnson was part of a drug distribution network.  This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Internal Revenue Service.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jacqueline Jacobs.
Updated April 30, 2015