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December 8, 2015

Man Arrested in Florida Indicted in Wichita Bank Robbery

WICHITA, KS—A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted a man who police arrested in Florida on charges of robbing a Wichita bank, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom.

Antonio Adam Smiley, 30, Zephyrhills, Fla., is charged with one count of bank robbery. In court records, it is alleged that on Nov. 28, 2015, Smiley robbed the Emprise Bank branch at 2323 S. Hydraulic. Investigators allege he entered the bank about 4:45 p.m. wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. He used a cellular telephone to try to hide his face from surveillance cameras during the robbery and fled the bank with cash. After releasing surveillance photos from the bank, police received information leading them to Smiley.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Wichita Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

OTHER GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

Roy E. Walls-Guiden, 28, Wichita, Kan., and Demon L. Anderson, 26, Wichita, Kan., are charged with two counts of robbery, one count of brandishing a firearm during a robbery and one count of carrying a firearm during a robbery.

The indictment alleges the two men were carrying guns on Dec. 4, 2015, when they robbed the Valero station at 248 S. Hillside and then the Petro America station at 2838 W. Central, both in Wichita. According to court records, a Wichita police officer saw the second robbery, leading to the arrest of the defendants.

If convicted, the crimes carry the following penalties:

Robbery (Counts 1 and 2): A maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

Brandishing a firearm in a robbery (Count 3): Not less than seven years, consecutive to the robbery count, and a fine up to $250,000.

Carrying a firearm during a robbery (Count 4): Not less than five years, consecutive to the robbery count, and a fine up to $250,000.

The Wichita Police Department and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

Cynthia K. Griffith, 57, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of wire fraud. The indictment alleges that while she worked as a secretary for Griffith Steel Erection, Inc., she embezzled approximately $247,000 from the company. She wrote company checks for her personal expenses.

If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith is prosecuting. The Wichita Police Department investigated.

Jon Dean Pickerill, 54, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of concealing assets from a bankruptcy court and one count of fraudulently transferring funds that belonged to a bankruptcy case. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in 2011 and 2012 in Wichita, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee and the FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Eric A. Crawley, 51, Wichita, Kan., is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crime is alleged to have occurred Oct. 16, 2015, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000. The Wichita Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Secret Service investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch is prosecuting.

Adrian G. Lawton, 32, Wichita, Kan., and Erica E. Johnson, 23, Wichita, Kan., are charged with one count of possession of counterfeit $10 bills. In addition, Lawton is charged with one count Lawton is charged with one count of making counterfeit $10 bills. The crimes are alleged to have occurred June 5, 2015, in Wichita, Kan.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

James L. Scaia, 36, Wichita, Kan., and Deborah S. Fantastic, 43, Wichita, Kan., are charged with one count of making counterfeit $20 bills and one count of passing a counterfeit $20 bill. In addition Fantastic is charged with one count credit card fraud. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in August 2015 in Wichita, Kan.

If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on each count. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alan Metzger is prosecuting.

Jamie Santiago-Interiano, 25, Wichita, Kan., Jose Anibal Jacome-Leon, 23, Wichita, Kan., andIvan Rodriguez-Cordova, 40, Wichita, Kan., are charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The crimes are alleged to have occurred Nov. 24, 2015, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, the defendants face a penalty of not less than 10 years and a fine up to $4 million on each count. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Jacobs is prosecuting.

Christian D. Avila-Ramirez, 33, a citizen of Mexico, is charged with unlawfully re-entering the United States after being deported. He was found Nov. 24, 2015, in Sedgwick County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Enforcement Removal Operations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

Verlarina Ruth Collins, 48, Winfield, Kan., is charged with one count of theft of Social Security funds, three counts of aggravated identity theft, one count of making a false statement to the government and nine counts of wire fraud. The crimes are alleged to have occurred from 2006 to 2013.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:

Theft of Social Security funds: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.

Aggravated identity theft: A mandatory two years to run consecutively on each count.

Making a false statement to the government: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.

Wire fraud: A maximum penalty of 20 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.

The Social Security Administration investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

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