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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Grand Jury Returns Indictments Charging Gun, Drug, Fraud & Environmental Crimes

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.

Two Madison Men Charged with Armed Robbery

Johnell L. Britt, 20, and Lamontay D. Rivera, 20, both of Madison, Wisconsin, are charged with the armed robbery of a Madison business, and with brandishing firearms during this crime of violence.  The indictment alleges that Britt and Rivera robbed the Subway restaurant on Cottage Grove Road on August 20, 2018, and that they brandished firearms while committing the robbery. 

If convicted, Britt and Rivera face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the robbery charge, and a mandatory minimum penalty of seven years on the charge of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.  Federal law requires that any penalty imposed for this charge be served consecutive to any sentence imposed on the robbery charge. 

The charges against Britt and Rivera are the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department and Dane County Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.

Baraboo Man Charged with Illegally Possessing Firearms & Ammunition

Matthew J. Soban, 27, Baraboo, Wisconsin, is charged with being a felon in possession of two firearms and ammunition.  The indictment alleges that on July 30, 2018, he possessed a .40 caliber pistol, a .32 caliber handgun, and six rounds of .40 caliber ammunition.     

If convicted, Soban faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Baraboo Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Corey Stephan.

The charges against Britt, Rivera, and Soban have been brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the U.S. Justice Department’s program to reduce violent crime.  The PSN approach emphasizes coordination between state and federal prosecutors and all levels of law enforcement to address gun crime, especially felons illegally possessing firearms and ammunition and violent and drug crimes that involve the use of firearms. 

Sawyer County Woman Charged with Distributing Methamphetamine

Tabatha Case, 32, Stone Lake, Wisconsin, is charged with five counts of distributing methamphetamine and one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.  The indictment alleges that she distributed methamphetamine on three occasions in August and September 2016 and on two occasions in April 2018.  The indictment alleges that she possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute on April 27, 2018. 

If convicted, Case 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 Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and the Sawyer and Washburn County Sheriffs’ Offices.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Darren Halverson. 

New Richmond Man Charged with Wire Fraud, Environmental Crimes & Obstruction of Justice

Lloyd Robl, also known as Lloyd Schmotter, 48, New Richmond, Wisconsin, is charged in a 17-count indictment with wire fraud, environmental crimes, and obstruction of justice.  The indictment alleges that Robl, who operated an asbestos abatement business under the name AAS Incorporated (AAS) in New Richmond, devised a scheme to defraud AAS customers beginning in 2011 and continuing until 2016.  The indictment alleges that Robl falsely advertised that he was licensed to do asbestos abatement in Minnesota and Wisconsin, provided falsified insurance documents and asbestos abatement licenses to AAS clients, and failed to follow proper procedures for safely removing and disposing of asbestos. 

The indictment charges Robl with 14 counts of wire fraud in relation to this alleged scheme.  The indictment also charges that from 2013 to 2016, Robl knowingly released into the air a hazardous air pollutant by burning asbestos-containing material at his home in New Richmond, in violation of the Clean Air Act.  The indictment also charges Robl with removing insulation containing asbestos from a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, without possessing proper certification from the State of Minnesota to do so, in violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act, and transporting the asbestos-containing material to his home in New Richmond where he burned it.  Finally, the indictment charges him with concealing AAS business records during a federal grand jury investigation. 

If convicted, Robl faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each of the 14 wire fraud charges, 15 years on the Clean Air Act violation, one year on the Toxic Substances Control Act violation, and 20 years on the obstruction of justice charge.

The charges against Robl are the result of an investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office; and New Richmond Police Department.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Graber.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Environment
Financial Fraud
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Updated October 10, 2018