U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Indiana
(219) 937-5500
August 15, 2014

Week in Review—Hammond

HAMMOND, IN—The United States Attorney’s Office announced the following activity in Federal Court:

PLEAS:

  • Armando Gomez, 64, of East Chicago, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of making a false statement under oath on a tax return. The magistrate judge is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea. Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service. Sentencing has been set for 11/20/2014. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Philip Benson.
  • Julie A Schroeder, 51, of Valparaiso, Indiana pled guilty to the felony offense of theft from a program receiving federal funds. The magistrate is recommending that the district court accept the tendered guilty plea. Parties have 14 days in which to object to the magistrate judge’s recommendation. This charge was filed as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sentencing has been set for 11/20/2014. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Philip Benson.

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:

  • Carlos Rodriguez, 37, of Hobart, Indiana was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to the felony offense of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. According to documents filed in this case, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives made four controlled purchases of cocaine from Carlos Rodriguez and then executed a Federal search warrant at his residence, seizing cocaine, marijuana, and a firearm. 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 Jennifer Chang-Adiga.
  • Timothy Williams, 35, of Chicago, Illinois was re-sentenced to 80 months in prison after pleading guilty to the felony offenses of misuse of a social security number, making a false statement to the Internal Revenue Service and multiple counts of identity theft. According to documents filed in this case, in 2011, Judge Philip Simon sentenced Williams to 80 months prison after Williams pled guilty. In 2013, the Seventh Circuit reversed the sentence due to a technicality with the sentencing guidelines manual. This week, Judge Simon ruled that nothing had changed with the facts of the case or Williams himself, and imposed the same 80 month incarceration term. This case was the result of an investigation by the United States Secret Service. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Gary Bell.
This content has been reproduced from its original source.