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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, September 30, 2018

September Grand Jury

            United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced the federal Grand Jury for the District of Nebraska has returned 29 indictments charging 30 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 Argueta-Espinoza, age 23, of O’Neill, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with misuse of a social security number as his own on or about July 24, 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 visas & other documents on or about July 24, 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.

*          Joel Avila-Sanchez, a/k/a Joel Avila, a/k/a Luis Alvarado, age 53, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment. Count I charges the defendant with identity theft on or about August 7, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 15 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count II charges the defendant with falsely representing a Social Security number on or about August 12, 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. 

*          Santos A. Cortez-Sanchez, age 52, of O’Neill, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with misuse of a social security number on or about May 18, 2014.  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 visas and other documents on or about May 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.

*          Misael Cruz-Escobar, age 33, of Sioux City, Iowa, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about July 12, 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 Angel De Anda-Urenda, age 23, of Emerson, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 29, 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.

*          Devron Franklin, age 30, of Omaha, is charged with felon in possession of a firearm on or about July 2, 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.

*          Israel Gaytan-Cruz, age 37, of Omaha, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about September 14, 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 resisting or impeding certain officers or employees of Homeland Security on or about September 14, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 1 year imprisonment, a $100,000 fine, a 1 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Curtis R. Gills, age 61, and Cardella L. Gills, age 61, of Omaha, are charged in a six-Count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. beginning on or about April 1, 1991 and continuing until November, 2016.  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 each.  Count II charges the Curtis with theft of Government Property on or about January 1, 1994 and continuing until November 1, 2016.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 years term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.  Count III charges the Curtis with false statements to a Government Agency on or about August 24, 2016.  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 IV charges the defendants with false statements to a Government Agency on or about August 24, 2016.  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 each.  Count V charges the defendants with conspiracy to defraud the U.S. beginning on or about April 11, 1995 and continuing until June, 2016.  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 each.  Count VI charges the Curtis with theft of Government Property on or about August 28, 2013 and continuing until May, 2017.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 10 years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a 3 years term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

*          Flor De Maria Gonzalez-De Paz, age 39, of O’Neill, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 8, 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.

*          Melvin Hilario Gregorio-Mendez, age 26, of Lexington, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 28, 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.

*          Ashley R. Jimenez, age 32, of Sterling, Colorado is charged in a two-count Indictment with distribution of 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) on or about March 4, 2018 and on or about March 20, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment for each count, $5,000,000 fine for each count, 4 year term of supervised release for each count, and a $100 special assessment for each count. 

*          Marilyn K. Johnson, age 66, of Omaha, is charged with wrongfully obtaining individually identifiable health information on or about November 15, 2016.  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.

*          Brad Lee Martin, a/k/a Casey Lee Kagy, age 44, of Omaha, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual) from on or about March 8, 2018 to on or about March 18, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is 40 years imprisonment, $5,000,000 fine, 4 year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

*          Christian Molina, age 25, of El Paso, Texas, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin on or about July 2, 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. 

*          Diego Morales Xorxe, age 43, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation following a felony conviction on or about August 22, 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.

*          Johana Morales-Ruano, age 23, of O’Neill, is charged with falsely representing a Social Security number as his own on or about December 2, 2016.  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. 

*          Connie Estrella Moreno, age 61, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin on or about September 13, 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. 

*          Dwight Morris, Jr., age 36, of Macy, Nebraska is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with domestic assault on or about August 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.  Count II charges the defendant with being a domestic habitual offender on or about August 15, 2018.  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.

*          Javon Murry, age 26, of Omaha, is charged with the attempted bank robbery of Mutual 1st Federal Credit Union on or about August 30, 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. 

*          Maurice J. Paola, age 23, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with interference with flight crew members and attendants on or about September 3, 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.  Count II charges the defendant with assault on board an aircraft on or about September 3, 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.

*          Francisco Perez Ramos, age 22, of O’Neill, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 8, 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.

*          Lino Margarito Quintana-Morales, age 32, of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about May 25, 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.

*          Juan Isabel-Quishan, age 41, of Grand Island, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 8, 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.

*          Carlos Ely Ramos Gonzalez, age 49, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 30, 2018 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.

*          Jose Angel Romero-Hernandez, age 43, of O’Neill, Nebraska, is charged with fraud and misuse of a social security number on or about June 12, 2014.  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.

*          Roman Saquiche-Sifuentes, age 67, of O’Neill, Nebraska, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 8, 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.

*          Domingo Velasquez, age 34, of Omaha, is charged with illegal reentry after deportation on or about August 24, 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.

*          Roberto Vergara Gonzalez, age 50, of O’Neill, Nebraska, is charged in a two-count Indictment.  Count I charges the defendant with false representation of a social security number on or about April 14, 2014.  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 visas and other documents on or about March 21, 2016.  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.

*          Chasstady Rose Walker, age 34, is charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine on or about August 27, 2018.  The maximum possible penalty if convicted is not less than 40 years imprisonment, a $5,000,000 fine, not less than a four year term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. 

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Updated October 9, 2018