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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Nebraska

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 22, 2016

April Grand Jury

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 19 indictments charging 23 defendants. Indictments are charging documents that contain one or more individual counts that are merely accusations, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

*          Raul Arce-Flores,  age 34, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 26, 2016, following deportation. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Estevan Armstrong, of Omaha, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about March 14, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Joel Beltran is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I charges Beltran with false representation of a social security number on or about March 15, 2016.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.   Count II charges the defendant with false representation of U.S. Citizenship on or about March 15, 2016.    The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges that on or about March 15, 2016, Beltran used a State of Nebraska Identification Card and Social Security card knowing said documents were not issued lawfully for the use of the defendant.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Baltazar Cabrera-Reyes, age 33, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 8, 2016, following deportation. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Carlos Alonso Carrazco-Peralta, age 27, Jose Martinez-Pena, age 39, of York, Nebraska, and Naysa Bermudez-Ulloa,  age 22  are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine between on or about March 1, 2016, and continuing to in or about April 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Carrie Case, age 41, of Omaha, is charged with obtaining in an unauthorized manner,  individually identifiable health information under false pretenses on or about February 11, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Demetrio Cortez-Jacinto, a/k/a Demetrio Cortes, age 42, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges Cortez-Jacinto with false representation of a social security number on or about December 18, 2012.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.   Count II charges the defendant with false representation of U.S. Citizenship on or about December 18, 2012.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Mark Hannan , age 19, of South Sioux City, Nebraska is charged with theft by an officer or employee of a gaming establishment owned and operated by the Winnebago Indian Tribe of Nebraska beginning on or about November 1, 2015, and continuing to on or about February 15, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Kathy Hansen,  age 35, of Ralston, is charged with theft of government funds on or about, during and between February 12, 2014 an March 26, 2014.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Maria Luisa Jiminez-Beza, age 48, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 16, 2016,  following deportation after a felony conviction. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Amanda M. Karstens, age 32, of Avoca, Nebraska, Stanley D. Adkins, age 38 of Nehawaka, Nebraska, and Paul A. Hraben, age 33, of Avoca, are charged in a four-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture containing methamphetamine between on or about December, 2013, and continuing to in or about April, 2016. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.   Count II of the Indictment charges Karstens with distribution of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about May 23, 2015.

            The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment charges Hraben with distribution of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about January 8, 2015.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count IV of the Indictment charges Adkins with distribution of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about May 3, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Fidel Martinez,  a/k/a Hector Vaga, age 38, of Greeley, Colorado is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture of methamphetamine on or about March 11, 2016.    The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, a 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Ruben Mendoza,  age 44, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine beginning on or about April 27, 2015, and continuing to on or about February, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, a 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Arcadio Olivar-Rodriguez, age 34, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the Olivar-Rodriguez with false representation of a social security number on or about July 12, 2013.    The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.   Count II charges the defendant with false representation of U.S. Citizenship to unlawfully obtain employment in the United States on or about July 12, 2013.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Carey Dean Phillips, Jr., age 22, of Sioux City, Iowa, is charged with failure to register as a sex offender from on or about March 10, 2016, and continuing to on or about March 27, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, 5 years to life supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          William H. Rich , age 46, of Stromsburg, Nebraska is charged in a four-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with use of a facility and means of interstate commerce to attempt to persuade, induce, and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity between on or about October 8, 2015 up to and including December 4, 2015.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life  imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for Life, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II of the Indictment charges Rich with production of child pornography between on or about October 8, 2015 up to and including December 4, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is no less than 15 years   imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for Life, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession of child pornography on and between August 2015, and December 4, 2015.   The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for Life, and a $100 special assessment.  Count IV of the Indictment charges Rich with production of child pornography between on or about October 8, 2015 up to and including December 4, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for Life, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Julio L.Rivera,  age 33, of Lincoln, is charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture of methamphetamine between on or about July 3, 2014 and on or about November 11, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Leonardo Rodriguez Palomino,  age 60, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about April 14, 2016, following deportation after a felony conviction. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Brian Wyatt, age 40, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Counts I and II of the Indictment charge the defendant with distribution of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about March 30, 2016 and April 5, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count.   Count III of the Indictment charges Wyatt with felon in possession of a firearm on or about April 13, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

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Updated April 22, 2016