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Press Release

Grand Jury - September 2023

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

Acting United States Attorney Susan Lehr announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 9 unsealed Indictments charging 9 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.

*          Daniel Butt, age 38, of St. Paul, Nebraska, is charged in a four-count Indictment.  Count I charges Butt with false statement on loan and credit application on or about December 28, 2015, and continuing to on or about February 16, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges Butt with false statement on loan and credit application on or about November 27, 2017, and continuing to on or about January 3, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years’ imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, a five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges Butt with larceny-conversion of property on or about October 1, 2018, and continuing to on or about October 25, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years’ imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count IV charges Butt with bankruptcy fraud on or about August 9, 2021.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Kene D. Coleman, age 42, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl on or about August 11, 2023.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is not less than 15 years’ and up to life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, not less than 10 years and up to a life term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Brandon L. Hutchinson, age 38, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges Hutchinson with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine with detectable amount of fentanyl on or about July 16, 2023.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is not less than 10 years’ and up to life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, not less than five years and up to a life term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges Hutchinson with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime from on or about July 16, 2023.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is not less than 5 years’ and up to life imprisonment consecutive to Count I, a $250,000 fine, a five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  There is also an allegation to forfeit $2,033 in United States currency seized on or about July 16, 2023.

*          Lazaro Onasi Lopez Campos, age 47, of Lincoln, Nebraska, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about March 8, 2023.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is not less than 15 years’ and up to life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, not less than 10 years and up to a life term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Edwin Okoronkwo, age 35, of Omaha, Nebraska, is charged with producing, using, or trafficking in a counterfeit access device on or about August 26, 2023.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Gerardo Pedro Rafael-Antonio is charged with illegal reentry of a removed alien after a felony conviction on or about February 5, 2023.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a three-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Jonathan Dean Schelling, age 35, of Kearney, Nebraska, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about March 28, 2023.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is not less than 10 years’ and up to life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, not less than five years and up to a life term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Robert L. Thomas, age 43, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about April 25, 2023.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is not less than 10 years’ and up to life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, not less than five years and up to a life term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  There is also an allegation to forfeit $17,801.41 in United States currency seized on or about April 25, 2023.

*          Kristin M. Uhing, age 53, of Dodge, Nebraska, is charged in a four-count Indictment.  Counts I through IV charge Uhing with bank fraud from on or about October 10, 2018, and continuing to on or about July 15, 2021.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a five-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment for each Count. 

Updated September 21, 2023