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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 28, 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.

RICE LAKE MAN CHARGED WITH ARMED BANK ROBBERIES

            Jesse Sweeter, 20, Rice Lake, Wis., is charged with two armed bank robberies.  The indictment charges him with the May 2, 2014 armed robbery of the Shell Lake State Bank in Stone Lake, Wis., and the July 16, 2014 armed robbery of the Sterling Bank in Rice Lake.  Sweeter is also charged with brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, the armed robbery of the Sterling Bank.

            If convicted, Sweeter faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison on each armed bank robbery count.  The brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence count carries a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years in federal prison, which would be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed in this matter.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Sawyer, Barron, Chippewa and Burnett County Sheriffs’ Departments; the Rice Lake and Eau Claire Police Departments; and the Eau Claire office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.

RICHLAND CENTER WOMAN CHARGED WITHTHEFT OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS

            Josephine Ann Dobbs, 67, Richland Center, Wis., is charged with stealing approximately $128,592 in government funds granted to the United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS) through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).  According to the indictment, Dobbs was employed by UMOS at their center in Richland Center as a case manager that administered WIA grant monies.  The indictment alleges that from June 2008 through May 2014, Dobbs endorsed checks to WIA program participants by forging participants’ signatures, then signed her own name under the forged signatures, and deposited the checks into her personal bank accounts.     

            If convicted, Dobbs faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charge against her is the result of an investigation by the Richland Center Police Department and U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Rumbelow.

EAU CLAIRE MAN CHARGED WITH GUN CRIME

            Chad Przepiora, 40, Eau Claire, Wis., is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The indictment alleges that on October 13, 2014, he possessed a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol with a 19-round capacity magazine. 

            If convicted, Przepiora faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department and Wauwatosa Police Department.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Graber.

MADISON MAN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTING CRACK COCAINE

            Quathico D. Love, 35, Madison, Wis., is charged with three counts of distributing crack cocaine.  The indictment alleges that he distributed crack cocaine on December 10, 11, and 16, 2014.

            If convicted, Love faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Duchemin.

Updated July 14, 2015