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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Federal Grand Jury Indictments

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

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

Piedmont Resident Indicted for Conspiring to Steal Mail
Emily D. Keller, age 34, of Piedmont, South Carolina, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with conspiracy to steal mail and possess stolen mail; a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 371.  The maximum penalty Keller could receive is five (5) years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.00.  The case was investigated by agents of the United States Postal Inspection Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Spartanburg Woman Charged with Embezzlement
Michelle P. Posey, age 43, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, was charged in a 1-count Indictment with embezzlement by a bank employee, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 656.  The maximum penalty Posey could receive is thirty (30) years imprisonment and a fine of $1,000,000.  The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr., of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Individual Indicted for Transporting Illegal Aliens
Adrian Flores was charged in a 4-count Indictment with transportation of illegal aliens, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1324.  The maximum penalty he could receive is ten years imprisonment.  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 Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Foreign Nationals Charged with Illegal Re-entry
Erlis Antonio Pineda, Magnolio Diaz-Lopez, and Roberto Montiel-Vasquez 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) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and are assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Anderson Resident Charged with Possession of Counterfeit Money
Ivan Stanislavovich Nechitaylo, age 27, of Anderson, South Carolina, was charged in an Indictment with possession of counterfeit U.S. currency, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 472.  The maximum penalty he could receive is twenty years imprisonment.  This 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.

Individual Indicted for Social Security Fraud
Juana Padron-Padron was charged in an Indictment with social security fraud, a violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408.  The maximum penalty he could receive is five years imprisonment.  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 Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Florida Men Charged with Aggravated Identity Theft
Steve Bryan Rojas, age 25, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, and Steven Rives, age 30, of Miami, Florida, were charged in a 2-count Indictment with conspiracy to use an unauthorized access device, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(b)(2); and aggravated identity theft, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1).  The maximum penalty each could receive is five years imprisonment for the conspiracy charge and two years consecutive imprisonment for the identity theft charge.  This case was investigated by agents of 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.

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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Updated February 12, 2015