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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 25, 2017

August Grand Jury

Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 21 indictments charging 24 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.

 

* Lorenzo Antonio-Martinez, age 27, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 14, 2017. 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.

 

* Donald R. Bauermeister, Jr., age 44, of Omaha, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute approximately 13 pounds of marijuana beginning on or about November, 2016, and continuing to on or about January 9, 2017. 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.

 

* Jesse Bustos, age 26, of Bridgeport, Nebraska, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a mixture containing heroin beginning on or about May, 2017, and continuing to on or about July 19, 2017. 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.
 

* Brandon Carr, age 31, and Tiera Rowsey-Harris, age 24, are charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendants with transportation with intent to promote prostitution between on or about June 13, 2017 to on or about June 15, 2017. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $5,000 special assessment. Count II of the Indictment charges Carr and Rowsey-Harris with inducement to travel for prostitution between on or about June 13, 2017 to on or about June 16, 2017. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $5,000 special assessment. The indictment also alleges any and all property constituting or derived from any proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the violation alleged in the indictment and any property used to commit the offense should be forfeited to the United States.

 

* Leonardo Cervantes-Yepez, age 47, of Kearney, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following an aggravated felony conviction on or about July 29, 2017. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

 

* Jeffrey Stephen Conrad, age 52, of Elkhorn, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Both counts of the Indictment charge Conrad under the Assimilative Crimes Act with writing bad checks at the Offutt Air Force Base Exchange on or about December 16, 2016 and on or about December 19, 2016. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each count.
 

* Oscar Contreras-Parada, age 34, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 9, 2017. 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.

 

* Hermogenes Orellana Del Cid, age 41, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about July 19, 2017. 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.
 

* Luis Elias, age 25, of Bellevue, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession with intent to deliver a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about June 28, 2017. 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 Elias with felon in possession of a firearm on or about June 28, 2017. 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.
 

* Steven Rodney Esch and Manuela Fernandez Villegas, a/k/a Nancy Roxas Fernandez and a/k/a Nancy Fernandez Esch , are charged in a four-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendants with false statement in an Immigration Matter beginning on or about a date unknown to the grand jury and continuing through August 23, 2017. 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. Count II of the Indictment charges Villegas with False Statement Under Oath in a Matter Relating to Naturalization or Citizenship on or about January 11, 2017. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100

assessment. Count III of the Indictment charges Esch with False Statement Under Oath in a Matter Relating to Naturalization or Citizenship on or about January 11, 2011. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 assessment. Count IV of the Indictment charges Esch with Unlawful Procurement of Citizenship or Naturalization on or about January 11, 2017. 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.
 

* Felipe Gonzalez-Vasquez, age 31, of Schuyler, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about August 8, 2017. 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.

 

* Lester Moore, age 33, of Omaha, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about May 30, 2017. 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.

 

* Curtina Morris, age 48, of Macy, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with assault with a dangerous weapon on or about March 14, 2017. 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. Count II of the Indictment charges Morris with assault resulting in serious bodily injury on or about March 14, 2017. 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.


* Eric T. Morris, age 34, of Macy, is charged with failure to register as a sex offender on or about August 2, 2017. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a life imprisonment, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

 

* Martha Elisa Pablo Garcia, a/k/a Yesenia Santiago Velez, a/k/a Hermelinda Lopez-Jimenez, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with false representation of a Social Security Number on or about February 29, 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. Count II of the Indictment charges Garcia with fraud and misuse of a California Identification Card and a social security card that was not issued lawfully for her use. 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.

 

* Jose Fulgencio Ramirez Narvaez, age 45, of Ames, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following an aggravated felony conviction on or about July 19, 2017. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

 

* Jose Rodriguez-Tirado, age 28, of Grand Island, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about August 1, 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.

* Paul D. Sellon, age 61, and Sue Ann Sellon, age 54, are charged in a thirteen-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges Paul Sellon with receipt of a Bribe by an Agent of an Organization Receiving Federal Funds between on or about October 2010 and June 2014. The maximum possible if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count II of the Indictment charges the defendants with theft of government money between on or about 2010 and 2014. The maximum possible if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each defendant. Counts III through XII charges the defendants with wire fraud between on or about September 17, 2012 through October 18, 2013. The maximum possible if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or a combination of imprisonment and fines, and a $100 special assessment for each defendant for each count. Count XIII of the Indictment charges Paul and Sue Ann Sellon with making a False Statement to a Department or Agency of the United States on or about May 18, 2015. The maximum possible if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment for each defendant.

 


* Luis Varela, age 31, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with misuse of a social security number on or about April 29, 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. Count II of the Indictment charges Varela with falsely representing himself to be a citizen of the United States. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 3 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count III of the Indictment charges the defendant with use of a Social Security Number that was not lawfully issued for his use. 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.

 

* Victor Ventura-Granados, age 27, of Bakersfield, California, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture containing methamphetamine on or about August 9, 2017. 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.
 

* Joaquin Zarazua, age 46, of Omaha, is charged with False Representation of a Social Security Number on or about April 25, 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.

 

 

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Updated September 1, 2017