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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Grand Jury

United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 22 indictments charging 23 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.

*          Clement U. Akara, age 60, of Omaha, is charged in a twenty-four-count Indictment with health care fraud.  Counts I thru XXIV of the Indictment charge the defendant with submitting false and fraudulent claim information to Nebraska Medicaid from on or about November of 2004 through August of 2010. 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 for each count.

*          Alfredo Avila-Nava, age 28, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about November 6, 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.

*          Jeffery Belmont, age 50, of Ralston, is charged in a four-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges Belmont with unlawful manufacturing of explosive materials without a license on or about June 23, 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 the defendant with aiding and abetting the unlawful manufacturing of explosive materials without a license from on or about May 1, 2013 through on or about June 15, 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 III of the Indictment charges Belmont with being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of explosives on or about June 24, 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 IV of the Indictment charges the defendant with being an unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of firearms and ammunition on or about June 24, 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. The indictment also alleges property used or intended to be used as part of this violation should be forfeited to the United States.

 *         Jonathon Ibarra Bojorquez, age 21, and Tye Root, age 32, are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a mixture of methamphetamine from an unknown date but at least as early as September 1, 2014, and continuing to on or about October 25, 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.

*          Brandon Byrd, age 30, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about September 23, 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.

*          Roberto Campos-Guerrero, age 36, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about October 29, 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.

*          Alejandro Cruz-Hernandez, age 23, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment alleges that on or about August 8, 2007, the defendant used a Nebraska ID Card and a Social Security 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 charges that on or about August 8, 2007 through on or about November 12, 2014, Cruz-Hernandez 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.             

*          James F. Delgado, age 62, of Grand Island, Nebraska, is charged in a four-count Indictment.  Counts I, II, and III of the Indictment charge the defendant with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about September, 4, 2013, on or about February 25, 2014, and on or about March 6, 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 for each count.  Count IV of the Indictment charges Delgado with distribution of methamphetamine on or about March 27, 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.

*          Francisco R. Delrio, age 38, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about October 8,  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.

*          Jose Ubaldo Fajardo-Guillen, age 29, of Memphis, Tennessee, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about October 24, 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.

*          Ryan Franks, of Bellevue, Nebraska, is charged in a four-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with distribution of methamphetamine on or about October 23, 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 Franks with distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about October 29, 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 III of the Indictment charges the defendant with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams of more of methamphetamine on or about November 6, 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 IV of the Indictment charges Franks 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. 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 Counts I, II and III of the indictment should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Chancellor T. Jackson, age 23, of Omaha, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about September 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.

*          Faustino Maradiaga-Arias, age 40, of Omaha, is charged with illegal alien in possession of a firearm on or about May 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.

*          Erik Pereyra-Esteban, age 32, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about November 13, 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.

*          Melissa Prentice-Erickson, age 47, of Henderson, Nebraska, is charged in a twenty-seven-count Indictment with health care fraud.  Counts I thru XXVII of the Indictment charge the defendant with submitting false and fraudulent claim information to Nebraska Medicaid from on or about November of 2009 through on or about July of 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 for each count.

*          Pascual Rodriguez Antonino, age 34, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about October 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.

*          Oscar Arturo Romero-Saenz, age 35, of Omaha, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I of the Indictment charges the defendant with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about August 1, 2014, and continuing to on or about September 18, 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 Romero-Saenz with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about September 18, 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 III of the Indictment charges the defendant with using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to, 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.

*          Omar Santana, age 34, is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture of methamphetamine beginning on or about April 1, 2014, and continuing to on or about October 23, 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.

*          Irving Oswaldo Suastegui-Mejia, of Omaha, is charged in a three-count Indictment.  Count I charges that on or about November 1, 2012, Suastegui-Mejia 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 November 1, 2012,  the defendant 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 November 1, 2012, the defendant misused visas, permits and other documents 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.     

*          Cirino Tule Bernal, age 36, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about October 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.

*          Veronica Valverde-Galindo, age 34, of Omaha, is charged with possession with intent to distribute a mixture containing methamphetamine.    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. 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 Count I of the indictment should be forfeited to the United States.

*          Cristian Vides-Carranza, age 29, of Schuyler, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry into the United States on or about October 2, 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.

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