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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

Madison, Wisconsin -- 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 DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Grant Rondorf, 34, Madison, Wis., is charged with eight counts of distributing child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography. The indictment alleges that he distributed computer image and video files of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct on eight occasions between June 2012 and January 2013, and that on January 29, 2013, he possessed a computer and a USB drive containing visual depictions of child pornography.

If convicted, Rondorf faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in federal prison and a maximum of 20 years on each of the eight distribution counts. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years on the possession counts. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie S. Pfluger.

MAZOMANIE MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CRIMES

Benjamin R. Minor, 37, Mazomanie, Wis., is charged with one count of distributing child pornography, one count of receiving child pornography, one count of attempting to transfer obscene matter to a minor, and one count of possessing an external hard drive containing pornography. The indictment alleges that he distributed and received computer image and video files of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct in December 2012, that he attempted to transfer obscene matter to an individual he knew was a minor in January 2013, and that he possessed the external hard drive containing child pornography in March 2013.

If convicted, Minor faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in federal prison and a maximum of 20 years on each of the distribution and receipt of child pornography counts, and a maximum of 10 years on the other counts. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie S. Pfluger.

This case, and the Rondorf case, were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

PLATTEVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH MAILING THREATS

Roger Dale Godwin, 36, Platteville, Wis., is charged with mailing threatening communications. The indictment alleges that in February 2011, he sent a written communication via the U.S. Postal Service which contained a threat to kill a U.S. District Court Judge, a U.S. Magistrate Judge, and a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service.

He is also charged with sending a written communication in February 2011 via the U.S. Postal Service which contained a threat to kill a U.S. District Court Judge, a U.S. Magistrate Judge, and a Deputy Marshal of the U.S. Marshals Service. The third count of the indictment charges him with sending a written communication in November 2012 via the U.S. Postal Service which contained a threat to kill an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

If convicted, Godwin faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Secret Service. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.

EXELAND MAN CHARGED WITH FILING FRAUDULENT TAX FORMS

Jason T. Procknow, 40, Exeland, Wis., is charged with 22 counts of filing fraudulent tax returns, five counts of theft of government funds, and five counts of identity theft. The indictment alleges that from October 2010 to August 2011, he filed 22 individual tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service, claiming refunds totaling $62,116 for various taxpayers that he knew were fraudulent. The indictment also charges him with stealing $20,739 in government funds, by submitting false tax returns and having tax refunds deposited in her personal bank account. Finally, the indictment charges him with using the name and social security number of another person without lawful authority, to steal $20,739 in government funds.

If convicted, Procknow faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on each of the false tax return counts, 10 years on each of the theft of government money counts, and two years on each of the identity theft counts. Pursuant to federal law, any sentence imposed on the identity theft counts would be served consecutively to any other sentence imposed. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by IRS Criminal Investigation. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.

THREE CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTING HEROIN

Anthony Carriola, 29, formerly of Lodi, Wis., Alexander Villafranco, 22, Madison, Wis., and Martin Corona-Valenzuela, 50, a citizen of Mexico, are charged with conspiring to possess heroin with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin. The indictment alleges that the conspiracy operated from January 12, 2013 to February 6, 2013. The indictment also charges the three men with possessing heroin with intent to distribute on February 6, 2013.

If convicted, Carriola, Villafranco and Corona-Valenzuela each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count. The charges against them are the result of an investigation by the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration, Madison Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.

Updated July 14, 2015