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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 23, 2015

January Grand Jury

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 29 indictments charging 33 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.

* Emmanuel Alvarado, age 26, of Omaha, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment alleges that on or about February 25, 2014, the defendant falsely represented a Social Security account number as belonging to him for the purpose of obtaining a benefit to which he was not entitled. 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 alleges on or about February 25, 2014, Alvarado made a false claim to be a United States citizen with the intent to receive Federal and State benefits and to be employed in the United States. 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 of the Indictment alleges that on or about February 25, 2014, the defendant used a Social Security card knowing said document was not issued lawfully for his use. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

* Charles Baker, age 33, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture of methamphetamine between on or about August 14, 2013 and November 20, 2014. 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. Count II of the Indictment charges Baker with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams of more of methamphetamine on or about November 20, 2014. 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.

* Howard Bassett, III, age 34, of Winnebago, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with assault with a dangerous weapon on or about August 3, 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. Count II of the Indictment charges Bassett with assault resulting in serious bodily injury on or about August 3, 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.

* Juan F. Castano, age 57, of Bridgeport, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession of a stolen firearm on or about December 6, 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. Count II of the Indictment charges Castano with being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of a firearm on or about December 6, 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.

* Guadalupe Chairez-De La Rosa, a/k/a Rosa Villagomez, a/k/a Guadalupe Chairez, age 36, of Lincoln, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment alleges that on or about February 14, 2014, the defendant falsely represented a Social Security account number as belonging to her for the purpose of obtaining a benefit to which she was not entitled. 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 alleges on or about February 11, 2014, Alvarado made a false claim to be a United States citizen with the intent to receive Federal and State benefits and to be employed in the United States. 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.

* Adalid Cruz-Funes, age 30, of St. Paul, Minnesota, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about December 16, 2014, 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.

* Robert M. Davis, age 62, of Omaha, is charged with bank robbery of approximately $965.00 from the American National Bank, 9009 Maple Street, Omaha, Nebraska, on or about October 17, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 25 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

* Marcos De La Torre-Cases, age 57, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with distribution of methamphetamine on or about December 19, 2014. 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 De La Torre-Casas with illegal reentry into the United States on or about December 20, 2014, 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.

* Herman A. Fessehai, age 30, of Bellevue, Washington, and Emanuel Haile, age 24, of Lynnwood, Washington, are charged with possession of unauthorized access devices on or about August 22, 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.

* Ismael Godin-Sanchez, age 24, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about December 15, 2014, following deportation after conviction for an aggravated felony. 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.

* Daniel Gonzalez-Gutierrez, age 35, of Blair, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about January 8, 2015, 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.

* Kenneth E. Hart, age 42, of Wahoo, Nebraska, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about December 11, 2014. 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. 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 should be forfeited to the United States.

* Crispin Herra-Herra, age 28; Ines Rivadeneyra-Herrera, age 24; Jesus Munguia-Aguilar, age 32, all of Omaha; and Jose Consospo-Perez, age 26, are charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine from an unknown date but at least as early as December 8, 2014, and continuing to on or about December 9, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 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 should be forfeited to the United States.

* Albert H. Hines, age 49, of Lincoln, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with production of child pornography between on or about August 31, 2005 to on or about September 22, 2006. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for Life, and a $100 special assessment. Count II of the Indictment charges Hines with receipt and distribution of child pornography from on or about July 31, 2011, and continuing to on or about May 14, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 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 or about May 14, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for Life, and a $100 special assessment. The indictment also alleges property used or intended to be used as part of this violation should be forfeited to the United States.

* David Johnson, age 47, of Lincoln, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with tax evasion during the years 2008, 2009, and 2010. 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 Johnson with making a false statement on or about March 14, 2012. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 3 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

* Rolando Lorenzo-Nicolas, age 35, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about November 14, 2014, 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.

* Jose Luis Martinez, a/k/a Victor Manuel Godinez Milian, a/k/a Victor Manuel Milian Godinez, a/k/a Omar Alexis Barguez, a/k/a Omar Vargas Perez, a/k/a Omar Alexisbar Perez, a/k/a Omar Perez, a/k/a Luis Soto Martinez, age 30, of Bellflower, California, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams of more of a mixture of methamphetamine on or about November 14, 2014. 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.

* Leonides Pena-Ramirez, age 43, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment alleges that on or about March 6, 2014, the defendant falsely represented a Social Security account number as belonging to him for the purpose of obtaining a benefit to which he was not entitled. 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 Pena-Ramirez with illegal reentry into the United States on or about March 6, 2014, following deportation after conviction for an aggravated felony. 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.

* Jebert Pena-Soto, age 35, of Bellevue, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment alleges that on or about August 25, 2014, the defendant used a Social Security card and Lawful Permanent Resident Card knowing said documents were not issued lawfully for his use. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count II of the Indictment alleges that on or about August 25, 2014, Pena-Soto falsely represented a Social Security account number as belonging to him for the purpose of obtaining a benefit to which he was not entitled. 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 of the Indictment charges the defendant with illegal reentry into the United States on or about December 8, 2014, 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.

* Leonel Perez-Cordova, age 28, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about December 9, 2014, 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.

* Rafael Rangel-Villalon, age 35, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about January 8, 2015, following deportation after conviction for a felony offense. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

* Jorge Robles-Aguirre, age 33, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about October 30, 2014, following deportation as a felon. 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.

* Angel Sauzo-Martinez, age 38, of Omaha, is charged with receipt and distribution of child pornography from at least on or about February 12, 2014, and continuing to on or about October 30, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for Life, and a $100 special assessment.

* Lawrence A. Smith, age 20, of Walthill, Nebraska, is charged with failure to register as a sex offender from on or about November 6, 2014, and continuing until November 18, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, supervised release for Life, and a $100 special assessment.

* Artemio Sotelo-Zagal, age 39, of Madison, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about October 1, 2014, 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.

* Raymond A. Vanvalkenburg, age 30, of Bellevue, Nebraska, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about November 10, 2014. 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. Count II of the Indictment charges Vanvalkenburg with carrying a firearm during and in relation to, or possessing a firearm in furtherance of, a drug trafficking offense. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is imprisonment of not less than 5 years and up to Life to be served consecutive to any other sentence imposed, a $250,000 fine, a 5 year term of supervised release and a $100 special assessment. Count III of the Indictment charges the defendant with felon in possession of a firearm on or about November 10, 2014. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year team of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

* Bernardo Vidal Osorio, age 24, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about September 7, 2014, 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.

* Joe L. Welch, age 39, of Omaha, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about December 18, 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.

* Gary Wilson, age 64, of North Platte, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession of unregistered firearms, specifically destructive devices, on or about December 17, 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. Count II of the Indictment charges Wilson with possession of firearms by a prohibited person on or about December 17, 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.

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Updated February 10, 2015