Week In Review – South Bend
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South Bend, Indiana -- The United States Attorney’s Office announced today that:
Omar Duran Lagunes, 35, Luis Omar Montes Merino, 34, Yalitz Exclusa Borrero, 31, Evelyn Riviera Borrero, 44, all of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Margarito Fuentes Reyes, 51, of Goshen, Indiana, were found guilty at trial on all counts of an Indictment charging them with immigration fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.The indictment, returned in June 2012, charged that the defendants presented false information, forged documents, and made false representations to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Secretary of State, including making false representations regarding the identity of the actual owners of motor vehicles, to obtain motor vehicle registrations, license plates, and titles.By committing these and other misdeeds, the defendants concealed, harbored, and shielded from detection aliens who are in the United States in violation of immigration laws and encouraged aliens to enter and remain in the United States in violation of immigration laws.The conspirators operated at locations in Indianapolis, Goshen and Elkhart, Indiana.
"These individuals abused legitimate government services and circumvented this nation’s immigration laws – all in the name of profit,” said Gary Hartwig, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Chicago. “Identity fraud affects all of us and has far-reaching implications. Today's verdict demonstrates ICE's resolve to work with our law enforcement partners to stop this type of criminal activity."
These charges were filed as the result of an investigation by ICE - Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service.Others assisting in the investigation include the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Elkhart Police Department, the Indiana State Police and investigators with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Secretary of State.Assistant United States Attorney’s for the Southern District of Indiana were also involved in the investigation and assisted.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth Hays.
Scott Reahard, 46, of Wabash, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher Nuechterlein to the felony offense of possession of child pornography.Magistrate Nuechterlein is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea.Parties have 10 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. Sentencing has been set for 5/13/13.These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by United States Marshal’s Service and the Indiana State Police.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.
Gigi Riley, 32, of South Bend, Indiana, pled guilty to in Information charging her with the felony offenses of conspiracy to defraud the US Department of Treasury and filing false tax returns.These charges were filed as a result of an investigation by Internal Revenue Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration.This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.
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.
Robert Troup, 54, of Mishawaka, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to 180 months imprisonment and 20 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce child pornography.According to documents filed in this case, Troup admitted that in December 2010 he worked as a custodian at Penn High School, which is located in Mishawaka Indiana. His area of responsibility included the swimming pool and the boys and girls swimming locker rooms and showers. Troup placed a small video camera in a locker in the boy’s locker room at the high school. He positioned the camera in such a location that it would capture the midsection of any boys who happened to stand in front of the locker, or pass close by the locker. He also positioned the camera so that it was aimed at the showers where boys would be showering before or after using the swimming pool.He intended to obtain nude photographs of the teenage boys who were using the locker room and understood that many of the boys were under the age of 18. This case resulted from an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.
Michael Hodowaniac, 22, of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Jon DeGuilio to 60 months imprisonment and 2 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of attempted arson of a vehicle.According to documents filed in this case, Hodowaniac admitted that he agreed with his father John Hodowaniac and another person to set fire to an automobile in exchange for a cash payment from this other person. He took substantial steps toward the execution of the plan to set fire to and maliciously destroy the automobile by placing gas in a plastic bottle, traveling to the area where the automobile was parked and accepting cash for the arson. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the South Bend Police Department.This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.