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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Grand Jury Returns Indictments - Madison Man Charged with Attempting to Support ISIL

 

MADISON, WIS. -- A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments today, with the exception of the Jason Nichols indictment, which was returned 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 ATTEMPTING TO PROVIDE MATERIAL SUPPORT TO ISIL

Joshua Van Haften, 34, Madison, Wis., has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources, namely himself as personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization.  The indictment alleges that from August 26, 2014 to October 27, 2014, Van Haften attempted to provide support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), knowing that the organization was a designated terrorist organization engaging in terrorist activity and terrorism.

Van Haften was charged previously in a complaint that was unsealed on April 9.  Federal law requires that an individual be charged by a grand jury indictment within 30 days following an arrest.  Van Haften was arrested at O’Hare Airport in Chicago on April 8.

Van Haften will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Madison tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

If convicted, Van Haften faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the members of which include the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation; Dane County Sheriff’s Office; and University of Wisconsin Police Department.  Assistance was also provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

The case is being prosecuted by United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Anderson, and Trial Attorney Lolita Lukose of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH FRAUD SCHEME

            Sally Iriri, 32, a Nigerian national who was living in Chicago, is charged in a three-count indictment with wire fraud.  The indictment alleges that from October 2013 to March 2015, she and others not named in the indictment devised a fraud scheme in which they targeted victims by creating fake profiles on internet dating services.

Iriri and others allegedly defrauded the victims in a variety of ways, including getting victims to pay so called “inheritance taxes” on non-existent inheritances, and getting victims to send money in exchange for checks which were fraudulent.

The indictment alleges that at the direction of Iriri and others, the victims wire-transferred money into a bank account in Iriri’s name.  The three wire fraud counts in today’s indictment allege interstate wire communications between a bank account in Park Falls, Wis. and a bank account in New York City, in the amounts of $8,300 (count 1), $10,875 (count 2), and $4,240 (count 3).

If convicted, Iriri faces a maximum penalty of 20 years on each count.  The charges against her are the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the Price County Sheriff’s Office.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Duchemin.

REWEY MAN CHARGED WITH GUN CRIME

            Jason L. Nichols, 31, Rewey, Wis., is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.  The indictment alleges that on January 7, 2015, he possessed a .380 semi-automatic handgun, .22 caliber long rifle ammunition, .380 caliber ammunition, and .40 caliber ammunition.

The indictment further alleges that Nichols on January 23, 2015, he possessed 30.06 ammunition, 12 gauge shotgun shells, 9mm ammunition, 271 ammunition, and 12 gauge ammunition.

            If convicted, Nichols 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 Iowa County Sheriff’s Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Reinhard.

TOMAH MAN CHARGED WITH GUN CRIME

            Daniel Good, 49, Tomah, Wis., is charged with possessing firearms after previously being convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.  The indictment alleges that on February 5, 2015, he possessed six firearms, including a .45 caliber pistol, two 20 gauge shotguns, a .22 caliber rifle, a 7.62 mm rifle, and a 16 gauge firearm.

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

MEXICAN CITIZEN CHARGED WITH ILLEGALLY REENTERING U.S.

            Carlos Valencia-Zepeda, 34, a citizen of Mexico found in Madison, 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 April 12, 2015.

            If convicted, Valencia-Zepeda faces a maximum penalty of 20 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 Meredith Duchemin.

Updated July 16, 2015