Week In Review – South Bend
South Bend, Indiana — The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:
- Antonio King, 35, of Elkhart, IN pled guilty to the felony offense of being a felon in possession of a firearm. 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 Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Sentencing has been set for March 4, 2014. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.
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.
- Jeffrey Miller, 46, of Osceola, IN was sentenced to 135 months imprisonment, 2 years supervised release and ordered to pay $1, 086,222.90 in restitution after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of interstate transportation of stolen goods and money laundering. According to documents filed in this case, from approximately June 2012 through January 2014, the defendant stole copper wire from his former employer, an RV manufacturer located in Elkhart, Indiana. Miller then sold the copper to scrapyards after transporting the copper wire across the state line from Indiana to Michigan locations. The defendant used these illegal funds to gamble at various casinos. The defendant deposited cash into his bank account when he won at the casino because then he was able to justify to the bank where the cash came from. The defendant intentionally avoided putting money from his sells of stolen copper wire directly into his bank accounts because he did not want to justify the source of the cash. The defendant intentionally made bank deposits of cash below $10,000 because he was told the bank would require persons to file a form with the government and he thought people would start to ask questions. This case was the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.