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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Federal Grand Jury A Indictments Announced- January 2023

United States Attorney Clint Johnson today announced the results of the January 2023 Federal Grand Jury A.

The following individuals have been charged with violations of United States law in indictments returned by the Grand Jury. The return of an indictment is a method of informing a defendant of alleged violations of federal law, which must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt to overcome a defendant’s presumption of innocence.

Legreasha Junice Alexander. Wire Fraud (Counts 1-4). From April 11, 2021, to the date of the indictment, Alexander, 40, of Tulsa, devised a scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration (SBA) when she submitted two fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications and two PPP loan forgiveness applications to an SBA approved lender in Laguna Hills, California. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Office of Inspector General and U.S. Department of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard M. Cella is prosecuting the case. 22-CR-6

Edson Vladimir Bellefleur. Wire Fraud (Counts 1-4). From April 2, 2021, through the date of the indictment, Bellefleur, 36, of Tulsa, devised a scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration (SBA) by submitting two fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications and two PPP loan forgiveness applications to an SBA approved lender in Laguna Hills, California. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Office of Inspector General and U.S. Department of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard M. Cella is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-5

Jose Cruz-PerezUnlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Cruz-Perez, 29, a Mexican national, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on Aug. 2, 2018, at or near San Luis, Arizona. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cheryl L. Baber is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-4

Luis Fuentes-Martinez. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Fuentes-Martinez, 36, a Mexican national, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on Jan. 4, 2018, at or near Laredo, Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney William Rubens is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-3

Tara Alvita-Gourd GutierrezPossession of Methamphetamine with Intent to Distribute (Count 1) Distribution of Methamphetamine (Counts 2-3) Use of a Communication Facility in Committing, Causing, and Facilitating the Commission of a Drug Trafficking Felony (Counts 4-9) (superseding). Gutierrez, 46, of Tulsa, is charged with possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on Nov. 26, 2022. In this superseding indictment, she is also charged with distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on Sept. 14, 2022, and on Oct. 4, 2022. She is also charged with coordinating the distribution of methamphetamine using a phone. The Drug Enforcement Administration and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Spencer Willson is prosecuting the case. 22-CR-407

Scotty Wayne Harjo. Second Degree Burglary in Indian Country (Counts 1-25). In the past year, Harjo, 38, of Tulsa, allegedly broke into and entered commercial buildings on 25 different occasions with the intent to steal property or cash. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and Tulsa Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam C. Bailey is prosecuting the case. 23-CR-2

Malcolm Andre Jones. Wire Fraud (Counts 1-6); Aggravated Identity Theft (Counts 7-10). Jones, 30, of Broken Arrow, allegedly devised a scheme to defraud the Small Business Administration (SBA) by submitting fraudulent Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications and fraudulent PPP loan forgiveness applications to SBA approved lenders in Lake Mary, Florida, and Bedford, Texas. Jones fraudulently submitted one loan and one forgiveness application in his name. He further fraudulently submitted two loans and two forgiveness applications using another individual’s identity. The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Office of Inspector General and U.S. Department of Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard M. Cella is prosecuting the case. 22-CR-7

Noe Nava-Mata. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Nava-Mata, 34, a Mexican national, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on Jan. 20, 2013, at or near Calexico, California. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cheryl L. Baber is prosecuting the case. 22-CR-8

Yovanny Padilla-Aguilar. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Padilla-Aguilar, 39, a Mexican National, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on June 24, 2019, at or near Hidalgo, Texas. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations is the investigative agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cheryl L. Baber is prosecuting the case. 22-CR-9

Desiree Rochelle Wofford. Child Neglect in Indian Country. From Aug. 15, 2022, to Sept. 30, 2022, Wofford, 26, of Tulsa, allegedly failed to get medical care for her child after he was injured. The delay in care resulted in further medical issues. Additionally, law enforcement executed a search warrant of the home and discovered that it was unfit to live in. The FBI and Muscogee Nation Lighthorse Tribal Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam C. Bailey is prosecuting the case. 22-CR-10

Renferio Yanez-Palacios. Unlawful Reentry of a Removed Alien. Yanez-Palacios, 51, a Mexican national, is charged with unlawfully reentering the United States after having been removed on Sept. 21, 2002, at or near Laredo, Texas. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert T. Raley is prosecuting the case. 22-CR-11

Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Drug Trafficking
Immigration
Financial Fraud
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Updated January 4, 2023