Week In Review – South Bend
South Bend, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:
- Courtney Pickett, 20, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced to 121 months imprisonment with 4 years supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of intentionally distributing a mixture or substance containing cocaine base over 28 grams. According to documents filed in this case, on March 25, 2014, Pickett knowingly and intentionally sold crack to a confidential informant working with law enforcement. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.
- Crystal Riggs, 48, of Goshen, Indiana was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to pay restitution of $15,354 at a minimum rate of $100 monthly after pleading guilty to the felony offense of unemployment compensation fraud. According to documents filed in this case, in or around September 2009 through in or around December 2010, in the Northern District of Indiana, Riggs knowingly stole money belonging to the United States in excess of $1,000. In particular, she applied for and received in excess of $6,000 in federal unemployment benefits that she was not entitled to receive. This case was the result of an investigation by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the United States Postal Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jesse Barrett.