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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Federal Grand Jury Indictments

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Greenville, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that a Federal Grand Jury in Greenville, South Carolina, returned Indictment(s) against the following:

Abbeville County Resident Indicted for Distribution of Child Pornography
Kenneth Mark Brooks, age 53, of Donalds, South Carolina, was charged in a 2-count Indictment with distributing child pornography.  The penalty Brooks could receive for each count is not less than five (5) years and not more than twenty (20) years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.00.  This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Foreign Nationals Charged with Illegal Re-entry
Celerino Santaana-Soriano and Andres Francisco were each charged in Indictments with illegal re-entry to the United States, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326.  The maximum penalty each could receive, depending on their prior criminal history, is two to twenty years imprisonment. These cases were investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and are assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Individual Indicted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender
Billy Owens Orsini was charged in a 1-count Indictment with failure to register as a sex offender, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2250.  The maximum penalty he could receive is ten years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the United States Marshals Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Greenville Resident Charged with Making Counterfeit Money
Lowman Leon Jamison, II, age 27, of Greenville, South Carolina, was charged in a 3-Count Indictment with making and selling counterfeit U.S. currency, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 471 and 473.  The maximum penalty he could receive is twenty years imprisonment.  The case was investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in these Indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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