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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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.

Portage County Woman Charged with Conspiring to Distribute Stimulants

Margaret “Meg” C. Knowles, 51, Amherst, Wis., is charged with four counts of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute D-amphetamine Salt Combo, a controlled substance.  D-amphetamine Salt Combo is commonly known as Adderall; it is used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.  The indictment also charges Knowles with attempting to obtain the drug by fraud. At the time of these alleged offenses, Knowles was a physician practicing in Stevens Point.

The indictment alleges that Knowles conspired with four individuals, who are not identified in the indictment, at various times from 2011 to 2014, to possess the drug, and possess the drug with the intent to distribute, outside the course of professional practice and without a legitimate medical purpose.  

The indictment further alleges that in May 2013, Knowles accessed a computer to create prescription orders for Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine Mixed Salts, a controlled substance also known as Adderall, from other clinicians without their authorization. 

If convicted, Knowles faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each conspiracy count, and four years for the attempt to acquire a controlled substance by fraud count.  The charges against her are the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jarosz.   

Vilas County Man Charged with Producing and Possessing Child Pornography

Benjamin J. McHugh, 35, St. Germain, Wis., is charged with one count of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.  The indictment alleges that in July 2015, McHugh used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.  The indictment alleges that McHugh used a cellular phone to take a picture of the minor. 

The indictment also alleges that in September 2016, McHugh possessed a USB drive containing visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and that the depictions involved a minor who had not attained 12 years of age.

If convicted, McHugh faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum penalty of 40 years in federal prison on the production charge, and 20 years on the possession charge.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force and the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department.  The Child Exploitation Task Force includes the Sheboygan and Milwaukee County Sheriffs’ Departments and the West Allis and Milwaukee Police Departments.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

Mexican Citizen Charged with Illegally Reentering U.S.

Jose Sanchez, also known as Edgar Christobal Mata Soto, 41, a citizen of Mexico found in Chippewa Falls, Wis., is charged with illegally reentering the United States after previously being deported.  The indictment alleges that he was found in the United States on September 11, 2016.

If convicted, Sanchez faces a maximum penalty of two 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 Robert Anderson.

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Updated October 5, 2016