Illinois Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Passing Counterfeit United States Currency and Attempted Passing Counterfeit United States Currency
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a man and a woman from Mexico convicted of Bank Larceny were sentenced on May 29, 2013 by U.S. District Judge Roberto A. Lange.
Ismael Espinoza Ortiz, a/k/a Misael Sereseres Ortega, age 38, was sentenced to 84 months of imprisonment and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.
Alejandra Corral Madrid, age 26, was sentenced to time served and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. They were also ordered to pay $2,070 in restitution to BankWest, as well as restitution to several other victims in other pending criminal matters as part of the plea agreement.
Ortiz and Madrid were indicted by a federal grand jury on November 15, 2012. The charge stems from an incident on November 5, 2012 wherein Ortiz and Madrid entered the BankWest branch office in Pierre, and Ortiz handed the bank teller small bills and requested the teller change the bills into larger ones. Madrid stood next to Ortiz at the teller window and witnessed the interaction. While the teller walked several feet from her station to use a bill counting machine, Ortiz reached his left hand under the glass and stole property and money belonging BankWest in the amount of $2,070. After taking the property and money belonging to BankWest, Ortiz and Madrid exited the bank and fled Pierre. They were arrested later that day in Campbell County, South Dakota.
Ortiz was also sentenced to 84 months of imprisonment and $100 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for his conviction of Illegal Reentry after Deportation. That sentence is to be served concurrently with his above sentence.
That charge stems from incidents wherein Ortiz had previously been ordered to deport from the United States on two prior occasions. At no time since his initial deportation in 1996, has Ortiz requested or been granted permission to reenter the United States.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan N. Dilges prosecuted the case.
Ortiz and Madrid were immediately turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.