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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments yesterday.  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 DEFRAUDING U.S., ACCESS DEVICE FRAUD & IDENTITY THEFT

Haroun B. Omar, 35, Madison, Wis., was charged in a 26-count superseding indictment with various charges including conspiracy to defraud the United States, access device fraud and aggregated identity theft.  

The indictment charges that Omar and others obtained individuals’ personal identification information, including names and social security numbers, and used the information to prepare false federal income tax returns, requesting tax refunds in the names of the individuals.  The indictment further alleges that the fraudulently obtained tax refunds were at times placed on prepaid debit cards, which were then used by the defendant and others to obtain cash, services and commodities.  The indictment alleges that the scheme caused a loss to the IRS of approximately $349,880.

If convicted of all charges, Omar faces a maximum prison sentence of 265 years in federal prison.  The charges against Omar are the result of an investigation conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation.  The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Grant C. Johnson.

MADISON MAN CHARGED WITH GUN CRIME

Algernon Caldwell, Jr., 20, Madison, Wis., is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The indictment alleges that on January 29, 2015, he possessed a .380 caliber pistol.

If convicted, Caldwell faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Madison Police Department.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.

LAC DU FLAMBEAU WOMAN CHARGED WITH DRUG CRIME

Ayla Sunn, 28, Lac du Flambeau, Wis., is charged with two counts of distributing Alprazolam, also known as Xanax.  The indictment alleges that she distributed the drug on June 6 and July 10, 2014.

If convicted, Sunn faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against her are the result of an investigation by the Lac du Flambeau Police Department and the Vilas County Sheriff's Department.   The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.

MAN CHARGED WITH ESCAPE FROM JANESVILLE FACILITY

Terryon Carter, 32, Chicago, is charged with escape.  The indictment alleges that on February 19, 2015, he escaped from the custody of Rock Valley Community Programs in Janesville, Wis., an institutional facility in which he was lawfully confined following conviction for a felony offense in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

If convicted, Carter 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 Julie Pfluger. 

Updated July 14, 2015