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Week in Review—South Bend

U.S. Attorney’s Office June 28, 2013
  • Northern District of Indiana (219) 937-5500

SOUTH BEND, IN—The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in federal court:

Plea:

  • Jonathan Parahams, Jr., 35, of South Bend, Indiana, pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Christopher A Nuechterlein to the felony offense of conspiracy to defraud the United States Department of the Treasury. Magistrate Nuechterlein is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea. Parties have 10 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. Sentencing set for October 3, 2013, before District Judge Jon E DeGuilio. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Schaffer.

If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Dispositions:

  • Jaleen McGee, 20, of South Bend, Indiana, a defendant of the case US. v Shaw, et al., was sentenced by Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. to 87 months’ imprisonment and four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of racketeering. According to documents filed, McGee was a member of the Cash Out Boyz, a gang in South Bend, Indiana. The gang was involved in a pattern of criminal activity including drug trafficking, use of firearms, robberies, and intimidation. McGee was arrested carrying marijuana for distribution and was involved in the shooting and robbery of a fellow Cash Out Boyz member. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and the South Bend Police Department. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.
  • Wilbur Crawford, 21, of South Bend, Indiana, a defendant in the case U.S. v Shaw, et al., was sentenced by District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr to 79 months’ imprisonment and four years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime/crime of violence. According to documents filed by the government in this case, Crawford was involved in a home invasion in which a man was shot and a pound of marijuana was stolen. This case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Donald Schmid.
  • Omar Lewis, 34, of Michigan City, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Jon E. DeGuilio to 151 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to the felony offense of knowingly and intentionally possessing with the intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine base (“crack”). According to documents filed by the government in this case, Lewis sold crack cocaine in the LaPorte area in 2011. This case was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William Grimmer.
  • Harry Kiste, 56, of Elkhart, Indiana, was sentenced by District Judge Jon E. DeGuilio to five years’ supervised probation, 10 months location monitoring on home detention, and a $500 fine after pleading guilty to the felony offense of failing to register as a sex offender. According to documents filed by the government in this case, Kiste was convicted for attempted criminal sexual conduct in 1996. This case was the result of an investigation by the United States Marshals Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John Maciejczyk.