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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

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

Ladysmith Man Charged with Possessing Child Pornography

Michael A. Krauter, 49, Ladysmith, Wis., is charged with possessing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  The indictment alleges that he possessed the child pornography on December 13, 2015, and that one of the depictions involved a prepubescent minor or a minor who had not attained 12 years of age.

If convicted, Krauter faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Marshfield Police Department; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; and Rusk County Sheriff’s Department.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

Nekoosa Man Charged with Using Minor to Produce Child Pornography

Adrian Jaimes, 21, Nekoosa, Wis., is charged with using and persuading a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct.  The indictment alleges that on August 10, 2015, Jaimes persuaded a minor to transmit via the internet visual depictions of the minor’s genital area to Jaimes.  The indictment also charges Jaimes with receiving on September 8, 2015 a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Jaimes was originally charged in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court on June 10.  Jaimes made his initial appearance in federal court that day and a detention hearing was held on June 14, after which the court ordered that Jaimes be detained in custody. 

If convicted, Jaimes faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in federal prison on the first count, and a mandatory minimum penalty of five years on the second count.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Wood County Sheriff’s Office, and Plainfield (Ill.) Police Department.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

Mexican Citizen Charged with Illegally Reentering U.S.

Jesus Sanchez-Lopez, 47, a citizen of Mexico found in Madison, Wis., is charged with reentering the United States after previously being deported.  The indictment alleges that he was found in the U.S. on June 15, 2016.

If convicted, Sanchez-Lopez faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman. 

Two Charged with Fraud Scheme

Fallon Witherspoon, 27, and Julian Harris, 33, both from Chicago, are charged with conspiring to defraud using counterfeit access devices.  The indictment alleges that from October 5, 2013 to December 21, 2013, Witherspoon and Harris used counterfeit Visa or MasterCard gift cards to purchase legitimate gift cards at Walmart stores in Monroe, La Crosse, and St. Croix Counties.

In addition to the conspiracy charge, Witherspoon and Harris are charged with three counts of using a counterfeit access device, and possessing at least 15 counterfeit access devices.

The five-count indictment was returned by the grand jury on January 20, 2016.  Witherspoon appeared in U.S. District Court in Madison on June 7.  Harris will make his initial appearance in federal court on July 14.

If convicted, Witherspoon and Harris each face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on the conspiracy count, and 10 years on each of the other counts.  The charges against them are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Tomah, Sparta, and Onalaska Police Departments, with the cooperation of Walmart Asset Protection.   The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie S. Pfluger.

Beloit Man Charged with Distributing Crack Cocaine & Heroin

A four-count indictment returned by the grand jury on May 12, 2016, was unsealed today.  Darnell Isabell, 31, Beloit, Wis., is charged with three counts of distributing crack cocaine and one count of distributing heroin.  The indictment alleges that he distributed crack cocaine on March 16, 24, and 30, 2016, and that he distributed heroin on March 24, 2016. 

Isabell made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Madison today, and was detained in custody.

If convicted, Isabell faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by G-ROC, a task force formed through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Violent Crime Initiative, to address gang and drug-related violence in Rock County through the coordination of investigations among local and federal law enforcement agencies.  Its members include the FBI; Rock County Sheriff’s Office; Rock County District Attorney’s Office; Beloit Police Department; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie S. Pfluger.

Topic: 
Drug Trafficking
Financial Fraud
Immigration
Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 22, 2016