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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today.  You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

MADISON MAN CHARGED WITH CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

Christopher K. Fane, 31, Madison, Wis., is charged with robbing the UW Credit Union on Commercial Avenue in Madison.  The indictment alleges that he committed the robbery on April 14, 2015.

If convicted, Fane faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Przybylinski Finn.

MINNESOTA MAN CHARGED WITH WIRE FRAUD

Martin Cervantes, 45, St. Charles, Minn., is charged with seven counts of wire fraud.  Cervantes operated Montecito Mini Market in Sparta, Wis., which was an agent for a money transmitter, InterCambio Express, a company that specializes in wire transfers between the United States and Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.  Martin Cervantes was required to deposit customer money and fees into an InterCambio Express bank account and then provide proof of the deposit by faxing a receipt to InterCambio headquarters in Elkhart, Indiana.

The indictment alleges that in September and October 2012, Martin Cervantes kept more than $80,000 owed to InterCambio and faxed bogus deposit receipts falsely purporting to show that he had deposited owed money into the InterCambio account.

If convicted, Cervantes faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against him are the result on an investigation by the Sparta Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Burke.

WEBSTER MAN CHARGED WITH METHAMPHETAMINE CONSPIRACY

Adam Evans, 26, Webster, Wis., is charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine and to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.  The indictment alleges that the conspiracy operated from November 2014 to March 30, 2015.

If convicted, Evans faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Polk, Burnett, and Washburn County Sheriffs’ Departments, and the St. Croix Tribal Police Department.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Associate United States Attorney Jeffrey Anderson.

TOMAH MAN CHARGED WITH THREATENING PRESIDENT

Brian Dutcher, 55, Tomah, Wis., is charged with two counts of threatening the life of the president of the United States.  The indictment alleges that he made two separate threats to take the life of the president, who was scheduled to make a speech in La Crosse, Wis. on July 2.  The first count of the indictment alleges that while at the La Crosse Public Library on July 1, Dutcher told a security officer that he was in La Crosse to shoot the president.  The second count alleges that while at Gunderson Health System in La Crosse on July 1, Dutcher stated that he felt it was his duty to kill the president and he would die trying to kill him, and that he intended to kill the president in La Crosse.

Dutcher was originally charged with threatening the life of the president in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court on July 2, 2015.  After appearing in federal court last week, he was ordered held in custody.  His arraignment on these charges will take place on Monday, July 20, at 9:00 a.m., in U.S. District Court in Madison.

If convicted, Dutcher faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against Dutcher are the result of an investigation by the La Crosse Police Department and U.S. Secret Service.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.

MILWAUKEE MAN CHARGED WITH ESCAPE

Edward Beard, 54, Milwaukee, Wis., is charged with escape.  The indictment alleges that he failed to return to the Rock Valley Community Program, Janesville, Wis., on June 3, 2015.

If convicted, Beard faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy O’Shea.

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Updated July 20, 2015