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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Federal Grand Jury Indictments

United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that a Federal Grand Jury in Greenville, South Carolina, returned Indictments against the following:

Greenville County Resident Indicted for Assaulting a Federal Employee.  Kenneth David Sipple, age 58, of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, was charged in a one count indictment with assaulting a federal employee, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 111.  The maximum penalty Sipple could receive is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment of 20 years.  The case was investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service, and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney David C. Stephens of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Two Aliens Charged with Illegal Re-Entry into the United States.  Jorge Luis Silva-Aguiar, age 44, and Jose Pineda-Flores, age 47, were each charged in separate indictments with illegal re-entry to the United States, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326.  The maximum penalty each could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment up to 10 years depending on their record. The cases were investigated by agents of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville Office.

Individual Charged with False Claim to be a US Citizen.  Fermin Jimenez-Virelas, age 38, was charged in a two count indictment with false claim to be a United States citizen, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 911, and false use of a social security number, a violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 408(a)(7)(B).  The maximum penalty he could face is a fine of $250,000.00 and/or imprisonment of 5 years. The case was investigated by agents of ICE-Homeland Security Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville Office.

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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Lance Crick (864) 282-2105
Updated February 14, 2018