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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 24, 2019

January Grand Jury

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 28 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.

*          Aaron Arrellano-Abarca, age 40, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation from on or about January 4, 2019.  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.

*          Ramon Barcenas-Diaz, age 30, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation from on or about January 4, 2019.  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.

*          Ian Beals, age 25, of Omaha, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about April 26, 2018. 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.

*          Daniel Robert Berge, age 35, of Lincoln, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine beginning on or about December 13, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, not more than $10,000,000 fine, not less than an 8-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II of the Indictment charges the defendant with felon in possession of a firearm on or about December 13, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment, $250,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, and $100 special assessment.

*          Erica L. File, age 33, and Marcus D. File, age 35, are charged with theft of US currency from her employer, First Nebraska Bank, in the amount of $12,143.00 on or about August 10, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years’ imprisonment for each, a $1,000,000 fine for each, a 3-year term of supervised release for each, and a $100 special assessment for each. 

*          Omar Garcia-Sanchez, age 35, of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Lanae Biggs, age 28, of Las Vegas, Nevada, are charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine and marijuana on or about October 28, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, not more than $10,000,000 fine, not less than a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  

*          Damingo Burks, age 30, of Omaha, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about November 18, 2018. 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.

*          David E. Doll, age 59, of Bennington, Nebraska, is charged in a five-count Indictment.  Counts I-V charge the defendant with failure to pay over withholding and FICA taxes from on or about September 30, 2012, and continuing through at least on or about June 30, 2013.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years’ imprisonment for each count, a $250,000 fine for each count, a 3-year term of supervised release for each count, and a $100 special assessment for each count.

*          Nicholas Gragg, age 27, of Omaha, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about December 11, 2018. 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.

*          Carlos Hernandez-Degante, age 24, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation from on or about December 23, 2018.  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.

*          Miguel Angel Lopez Alvarado, age 24, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation from on or about December 31, 2018.  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.

*          Timothy Lukowski, age 45, of Omaha, is charged with Bank Fraud on or about September 5, 2018, and continuing on or about September 21, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Javier Marino-Ortiz, age 47 of Columbus, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about January 14, 2019, following an aggravated felony conviction.  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. 

*          Ronald L. Miner, age 38, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine between on or about January 1, 2015, continuing on or about October 30, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Carlos M. Molina, Jr., age 41, of Omaha, and Whitney G. Volenec, age 34, of Omaha, are charged in a four-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendants with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) between on or about October, 2018 continuing on or about November, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendants with distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about October 18, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, not more than $10,000,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges Volenec with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about October 1, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years’ imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, a 4-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count IV charges Volenec with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about October 10, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years’ imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, a 4-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  

*          Thomas Newland, age 34, of Omaha, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with distribution of methamphetamine resulting in death on or about May 22, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, not more than $10,000,000 fine, not less than a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl on or about May 22, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, not more than $1,000,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine on or about May 22, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment, not more than $1,000,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.   

*          Jaime Carlos Ortiz Vidales, age 34 of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about January 8, 2019, following an aggravated felony conviction.  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. 

*          Manuel Palma-Peralta, age 30, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation from on or about January 14, 2019.  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.

*          Tawhyne M. Patterson, age 25, Damon D. Williams, age 27, and Dante D. Williams, age 25, are charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendants with murder with a firearm during a crime of violence on or about July 31, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendants with robbery of personal property, U.S. currency in the amount of $85,000 on or about July 30, 2018, and continuing through July 31, 2018.  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. 

*          Logan P. Reifschneider, age 23, of Mitchell, Nebraska, is charged in an eight-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with false statements to a financial institution on or about November 8, 2011.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with unauthorized use of Access Devises from on or about July 18, 2015 to on or about September 28, 2015.  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 III charges the defendant with aggravated identity theft on or about February 9, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment consecutive, a $250,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count IV charges the defendant with false statements to a financial institution on or about September 28, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 30 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Count V charges the defendant with unauthorized use of Access Devises from on or about May 10, 2015, to on or about January 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.  Count VI charges the defendant with aggravated identity theft on or about May 30, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment consecutive, a $250,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count VII charges the defendant with aggravated identity theft on or about September 15, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment consecutive, a $250,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count VIII charges the defendant with aggravated identity theft on or about December 22, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years’ imprisonment consecutive, a $250,000 fine, a 3-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Alfonso Us-Juarez, age 20, of Omaha, and Maria Reyes-Taperia De Us, age 22, of Omaha, are charged with destroying two GPS units belonging to the United State on or about January 4, 2019.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine for each, a 3-year term of supervised release for each, and a $100 special assessment for each.

*          Juan Carlos Ruiz Palacios, age 40, of Omaha, is charged in a five-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about May 15, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years’ imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, NLT 4-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Counts II through IV charges the defendant with distribution of methamphetamine on or about May 27, 2015, June 19, 2015 and July 2, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years’ imprisonment each count, not more than $1,000,000 fine each count, a 3-year term of supervised release each count, and a $100 special assessment each count.  Count V charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about July 9, 2015.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, $10,000,000 fine, a 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Frank Sadecki, age 34, of Omaha, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about November 15, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years’ imprisonment, not more than $5,000,000 fine, not less than a 4-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Edilberto Sandoval-Ortiz, age 41, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation from on or about December 20, 2018.  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.

*          Rowland Sudbeck, age 61, of Hartington, Nebraska, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about November 15, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, not more than $10,000,000 fine, 5-year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Ramon Verjan-Velazquez, age 47, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about January 17, 2019.  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.

*          Aron Villareal Moreno, age 40, of Grand Island, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about August 16, 2018.  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.

*          Jordan Wolfe, age 20, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm on or about December 2, 2018.  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 charges the defendant with assault resulting in serious bodily harm on or about December 2, 2018.  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 January 25, 2019