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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May Grand Jury

United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 22 indictments charging 25 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.

*          Nelson Jeovanny Chavez, age 33, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following an aggravated felony conviction on or about May 10, 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.

*          William Daugherty, age 26, Lonnie Arthaloney, age 53, Ramon Ceballo Gaspar, and Omar Rodriguez Lopez,  age 30 are charged in a four-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendants with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams, or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine beginning on or about December 1, 2017, and continuing to on or about April 26, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges Ceballo Gaspar with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine on or about April 24, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges Daugherty and Arthaloney with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine on or about April 24, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count IV charges Rodriguez Lopez with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine on or about April 26, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. There is also an allegation to forfeit United States currency seized on or about April 26, 2018.

 *          Hernan Equiarte Salcido, age 55, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following an aggravated felony conviction on or about May 6, 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.

*          Robert S. Goldman, age 60, of Palm Desert, California is charged in a five-Count Indictment with Wire Fraud on or about January, 2016, and continuing through at least on or about August, 2017.  The Indictment alleges Goldman defrauded financial institutions causing losses of $221,414.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment for each count, a $250,000 fine for each count, a 5 year term of supervised release for each count, and a $100 special assessment for each count.

*          Julio Cesar Gonzalez-Hernandez,  age 42, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about May 7, 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.

*          Jose Guzman-Ramirez, age 26, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine beginning on or about April 1, 2018, and continuing to on or about April 26, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine on or about April 26, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  There is also an allegation to forfeit United States currency seized on or about April 26, 2018.

*          Brenda K. Harmon, age 35 is charged in a twelve-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine beginning on or about January 27, 2018, and continuing to on or about April 27, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with distribution of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine on or about January 12, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, NLT 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges the defendant with distribution of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine on or about January 23, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, NLT 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.   Count IV charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine on or about February 1, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, NLT 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count V charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about February 8, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, NLT 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count VI charges the defendant with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about February 16, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, NLT 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count VII charges the defendant with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about March 2, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, NLT 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count VIII charges the defendant with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about March 13, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, NLT 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count IX charges the defendant with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about March 23, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, NLT 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count X charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about April 6, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life imprisonment, a $10,000,000 fine, NLT 5 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count XI charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing methamphetamine on or about April 27, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, NLT 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count XII of the Indictment charges the defendant with using, carrying, or possessing a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime on or about April 27, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is Life consecutive imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, up to a 5 year term of supervised release and $100 special assessment. 

*          Salvador Herrera-Vargas,  age 40, of Lincoln is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about May 7, 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.

*          Robert Eugene Huff, age 69, of Chico, California, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with using any facility in interstate commerce to promote or to distribute the proceeds of a business enterprise involving the distribution of controlled substances beginning on or about January 1, 2016, and continuing to on or about December 19, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 5 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, NLT 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute 50 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing marijuana beginning on or about January 1, 2016, and continuing to on or about December 19, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 20 years imprisonment, a $1,000,000 fine, NLT 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  There is also an allegation to forfeit United States currency and a Ford F-350 truck seized on or about December 19, 2017.

*          Kenneth S. Jones, age 37, is charged with Hobbs Act robbery taking jewelry by force from Pretty in Patina on or about February 17, 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.

*          Luis Angel Lepes Chavez,  age 28, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about April 19, 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.

*          Oscar Martinez Diaz,  age 49, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about May 8, 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.

*          Ernesto Morales-Martinez,  age 40, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about April 19, 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.

*          Jose Manuel Ortega-Hernandez,  age 26, of Lincoln is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about May 9, 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.

*          Victor Palos Ortiz,  age 37, of Lincoln is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about May 7, 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.

*          Ismael Pena Velazquez,  age 40, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about May 15, 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.

*          Ronald Pryor, age 53, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about March 29, 2018. The maximum possible penalty if convicted is NMT 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a NMT 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Felipe Samuel-Gomez,  age 31, of Grand Island, Nebraska is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about April 9, 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.

*          Jose Manuel Uribe-Espino,  age 26, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about April 19, 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.

*          Albino Velasquez Domingo,  age 46, of Omaha is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about May 9, 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.

*          Sebastian Velasquez-Ramos, age 43, is charged in a six-count Indictment. Count I charges the defendant with falsely representing a Social Security number on or about May 18, 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.  Count II charges the defendant with fraud and misuse of a Social Security number on or about May 18, 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.  Count III charges the defendant with falsely claiming to be a United States citizen on or about May 18, 2017.  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.  Count IV charges the defendant with aggravated identity theft on or about May 18, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count V charges the defendant with falsely claiming to be a United States citizen on or about November 17, 2017.  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.  Count VI charges the defendant with aggravated identity theft on or about November 17, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 2 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Samuel Villalba, age 33, is charged in a three-count Indictment. Count I charges the defendant with falsely representing a Social Security number on or about February 2, 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.  Count II charges the defendant with fraud and misuse of a Social Security number on or about February 2, 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.  Count III charges the defendant with falsely claiming to be a United States citizen on or about February 2, 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. 

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Updated May 25, 2018