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Three Individuals, Including Madison Business Owner, Plead Guilty to Participating in Stolen Property Ring

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that three individuals pled guilty this morning in Federal Court in Southern Illinois to charges arising from their participation in a large stolen property ring.

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Granite City Woman Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that on February 9, 2016, Jessica A.

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Moro Man Sentenced for Role in Staged Bank Robbery

Eugene Babcock, 58, of Moro, IL, was sentenced yesterday in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to 28 months in federal prison, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay remaining restitution in the amount of $165,862 (Babcock had returned $115,000 prior to his plea of guilty), on charges stemming from a staged bank robbery at Liberty Bank in Bethalto, Illinois, that occurred on December 13, 2014.

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Glen Carbon Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery

The Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L.

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Collinsville Resident Suzanne Phegley Recognized as Recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for 2015

Sean M. Cox, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Springfield Division, announced that Suzanne Phegley of Collinsville, Illinois, has been selected as the recipient of the FBI Director s Community Leadership Award for 2015.

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Centreville Man Indicted for Commercial Sex Trafficking of a Minor

The United States Grand Jury has returned a two-count indictment against Demerous E.

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Former EMI Owners Sentenced for Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

Springfield, Ill. Brothers Joel and Eric Andrews, former principal owners of Environmental Management of Illinois, Inc. (EMI), Springfield, Ill.

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Three Missouri Individuals Plead Guilty to Participating in Stolen Property Fraud Ring

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that three individuals pled guilty this morning in Federal Court in Southern Illinois to charges arising from their participation in a large stolen property ring.

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Monroe County Resident Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 17, 2016, Nicholas J.

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East St. Louis Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on March 15, 2016, Montinez Wright, 27, of East St.

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Glen Carbon Man Indicted for Armed Robbery

The Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L.

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Highland Resident Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Offenses

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 25, 2015, Richard Hogg, 55, Highland, IL, pled guilty to a five-count Indictment charging him, in Count 1, with Distribution of Child Pornography, in Counts 2 and 3, with Receipt of Child Pornography, in Count 4, with Access with Intent to View Child Pornography, and, in Count 5, with Possession of Prepubescent Child Pornography.

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St. Louis Woman Sentenced for Structuring Financial Transactions

A St. Louis woman, who pled guilty to Structuring Financial Transactions, was sentenced to probation for a period of two years and fined $20,000 on March 4, 2016, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L.

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O’Fallon Woman Sentenced for Health Care Fraud

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that Ann Marie Sheppard, 55, of O Fallon, Illinois, was sentenced on February 10, 2016, in the U.

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East Carondelet Man Charged with Possession, Distribution, and Receipt of Child Pornography

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 12, 2016, Richard Lee Doerr, III, 28, East Carondelet, IL, was arraigned on a five-count Indictment charging him, in Count 1, with Distribution of Child Pornography, in Counts 2-4, with Receipt of Child Pornography, and, in Count 5, with Possession of Prepubescent Child Pornography.

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Decatur Man Enters Guilty Pleas to Hobbs Act Robbery, Gun Crimes

Urbana, Ill. A Decatur, Ill. , man, Kelton Snyder, 23, appeared today in federal court in Urbana and entered open pleas of guilty to three of the four charges against him.

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Cottage Hills Woman Sentenced on Health Care Fraud Charge

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that on January 29, 2016, Lisa Jorden, 50, of Cottage Hills, Illinois, pled guilty and was sentenced in the U.

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Ohio Man Convicted for Engaging in Child Exploitation Enterprise

A federal jury found a Hamilton, Ohio, man guilty of one count of engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, one count of conspiracy to advertise child pornography and one count of conspiracy to distribute child pornography.

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Livingston County Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

Peoria, Ill. Daniel W. Craver, 56, of Chatsworth, Ill. , was sentenced yesterday to eight years (96 months) in prison for distributing child pornography.

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Alleged Child Pornographer Deemed Danger to the Community and Ordered into Custody

HOUSTON A 42-year-old man residing in Navasota has been detained on charges of production, transportation and possession of child pornography, announced U.

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Centralia Woman Sentenced for Meth Conspiracy

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Rachel L. Reeve, 24, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced today to 46 months in federal prison, 5 years supervised release to follow imprisonment, a $400 fine and a $200 special assessment.

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Jury Convicts Decatur Man for Murder Conspiracy

Urbana, Ill. A jury deliberated for approximately four hours before returning a verdict of guilty this afternoon against Kelton Snyder, 23, of Decatur, Ill.

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Two Men Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charges

Rock Island, Ill. Two men were sentenced today to federal prison in separate cases for being felons in possession of firearms, as announced by U.

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Marion Prison Inmate Sentenced to an Additional 6-and-a-Half Years for Seriously Assaulting Another Inmate with Two Weapons

William Fuller III, 40, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary at Marion, Illinois, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Benton to an additional term of 77 months in prison for possessing two weapons in that facility and using them to assault another inmate, announced James L.

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Belleville Woman Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that Kiara Hopkins, 24, of Belleville, Illinois, pled guilty in federal court to charges that she engaged in a scheme to steal from a health care program.

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Centralia Man Sentenced for Meth Conspiracy

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Joseph Lee Smith, 35, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced today to 36 months in federal prison, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release, a $500 fine and a $200 special assessment.

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Former Bookkeeper for the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

Tammy L. Kellerman, 53, of Pinckneyville, Illinois, the former bookkeeper for the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District (PRFPD), pled guilty today in United States District Court in Benton to a four-count information charging her with defrauding that municipal entity, announced James L.

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FBI Warns Citizens Being Targeted in Phone Scam

The FBI is warning citizens to be on alert for a phone scam that is targeting individuals while displaying the FBIs caller ID.

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Clinton County Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Offenses

Miguel Angel Vasquez Torres, 34, from Beckemeyer, Illinois, plead guilty on March 1, 2016, in the United States District Court to a three-count indictment charging him with Production of Child Pornography, Distribution of Child Pornography and Receipt of Child Pornography, Acting United States Attorney James L.

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Vermilion County Man Indicted on Gun, Drug Charges

Urbana, Ill. A grand jury has returned an indictment that charges Jesse Harper, 28, of Potomac, Ill. , with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of pseudoephedrine.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Wallace B. Carson, 48, of East St.

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Alton Man Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Bank Fraud

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that this morning, United States District Judge David R.

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Belleville Man Sentenced for Robbery of Imo’s Driver

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that on Friday, January 29, 2016, Gregory Morgan, 20, of Belleville, Illinois, was sentenced in federal District Court for obstructing commerce by robbery and for carrying a firearm during a robbery.

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Bank Manager Sentenced for Staging Bank Robbery and Falsifying Bank Documents

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Matthew S. Liebheit, 40, Moro, IL, was sentenced in federal court to 41 months in federal prison, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release on two counts of Theft, Embezzlement, or Misapplication by a Bank Officer or Employee and one count False Bank Entries.

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Chicago Man Sentenced for Mailing Bomb Threats and Threats of Violence Against Southern Illinois University

The Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L.

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Rock Island Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Two Armed Bank Robberies

ROCK ISLAND, ILDeangelo Dixon, 28, of Rock Island, Ill.

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Creal Springs Man Sentenced on Federal Firearms Charges

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Marion Prison Inmate Charged with Assaulting a Correctional Officer

Erick Roman, 38, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary at Marion, Illinois, appeared today for arraignment in United States District Court in Benton on an indictment charging him with assaulting a correctional officer at that facility, Stephen R.

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Chicago Man Indicted for Making Bomb and Violence Threats Against Southern Illinois University

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Jersey County Man Sentenced for $1.2 Million Tax Evasion and Unlawful Firearms Possession

A Jersey County resident was sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion and possession of a firearm by a user of controlled substances on December 19, 2014, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Owner of Former Danville Business Charged with Defrauding U.S. Energy Grant

SPRINGFIELD, ILA federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging Joseph Samuel Kozicki, owner of AA Solar, Inc.

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Kankakee-Area Father, Son Sentenced in $1.7 Million Bank Fraud Scheme

URBANA, ILA Bourbonnais, Illinois businessman Gregory Yates, 54, and his son, Terrance Yates, 33, were sentenced this morning for defrauding a federal business loan program of $1.

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East St. Louis Man Gets Tough Sentence in UPS Truck Robbery

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Anthony T. Moore has been sentenced to 235 months in federal prison for the armed robbery of a UPS truck on December 17, 2012.

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Former Washington State Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for String of Bank Robberies

A former resident of Spokane, Washington, Carl Kieffer, 49, was sentenced in federal district court on July 25, 2014, for a total of seven bank robberies, three of which were charged by Information or Indictment, and four of which were considered relevant conduct, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Former Army Private and South Carolina Resident Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on July 11, 2014, Denzell D.

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Eldorado Couple Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud

Earlier today, a couple from Eldorado, Illinois pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Sesser Man Sentenced for Conveying False Allegations of a Terrorist Plot to Disrupt Election Day 2012

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Former East St. Louis Police Officer’s Prison Sentence Upheld

A former East St. Louis police officer lost his bid to have his 30-month federal prison sentence overturned, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Belleville Man Pleads Guilty to Multiple Offenses

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on June 4, 2014, Daris A.

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Shiloh Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Pipe Bombs

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Justin A. Vangilder, 21, of Shiloh, Illinois, pled guilty today in federal district court in East St.

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Washington State Resident Pleads Guilty to String of Bank Robberies

Carl F. Kieffer, 49, a resident of Spokane, Washington, pled guilty to three bank robberies on May 8, 2014, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Belleville Man Charged in Circle K Robbery

A Belleville man was charged today in federal court in East St.

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Three Charged in Alleged Kidnapping Hoax

URBANA, ILTwo men and a woman, arrested this morning, have been charged by criminal complaint with concealing material fact related to an alleged kidnapping hoax last month, as announced by Jim Lewis, U.

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Former Employee of Local FKG Oil Sentenced for Wire Fraud in a Scheme to Defraud Employer

Kevin D. Dowell, 37, of St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced to 366 days in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release as a result of his conviction for wire fraud in a scheme to defraud and embezzle from the FKG Oil Company, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Jerseyville Woman Indicted for Threatening to Destroy Calhoun County High School

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Two Individuals Indicted for Mortgage Fraud

Earlier today, two individuals from New York were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, for mortgage fraud, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Jerseyville Woman Charged with Threatening to Destroy Calhoun County High School

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Former Fairfield Community High School Cross Country Team Coach Pleads Guilty to Sex Offenses Involving Minors

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on September 17, 2014, Timothy C.

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Jerseyville Woman Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Destroy Calhoun County High School

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Former Lincoln Bank Employee Pleads Guilty to Embezzling from Bank

SPRINGFIELD, ILThe former head teller at a Lincoln, Ill.

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Former Acting Pembroke Township Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Township Accounts

URBANA, ILA former acting Pembroke Township Supervisor, Leon Eddie Mondy, pled guilty today to defrauding township accounts of more than $60,000 from August 2012 to May 2013.

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Man Charged with Inserting Needles into Packaged Meats

Ronald G. Avers, 68, of Belleville, Illinois, was charged by criminal complaint on July 30, 2014, with seven violations of the Product Packaging Protection Act of 2002, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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168 Juveniles Recovered in Nationwide Operation Targeting Commercial Child Sex Trafficking

During the past week, the FBI; its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) conducted Operation Cross Country VIII, a week-long enforcement action to address commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States.

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Brothers Plead Guilty to $6.1 Million Tax Fraud

PEORIA, ILTwo brothers, who formerly owned and operated a Fast Stop service station in Peoria, Ill.

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Michigan Man Sentenced to Prison for the Valentine’s Day Robbery of Bradford National Bank in Highland

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Ramsey Z. Fakhouri, 22, of Troy, Michigan, was sentenced today in federal district court in East St.

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James Nathaniel Watts Charged with Killing Two Employees and Critically Injuring One During Attempted Armed Robbery of First National Bank in Cairo

A federal grand jury sitting in Benton returned an indictment today charging James Nathaniel Watts, 29, of Cairo, Illinois, with attempted armed bank robbery resulting in death, announced Stephen R.

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Davenport Man Faces Fraud, Money Laundering Charges

ROCK ISLAND, IL Jim Lewis, U. S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, announced that Dominic Scodeller, 47, of the 2000 block of Meadowbrook Drive, Davenport, Iowa, made his initial appearance in federal court today on charges of fraud and money laundering.

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Life in Prison for Illinois Man for Crack Cocaine and Marijuana Distribution Conspiracy

PEORIA, IL U. S. District Judge Michael M. Mihm today sentenced Richard George Martin, 35, of Normal, Ill. , to serve the remainder of his life in prison with no possibility for parole to be served concurrently with his sentence in a McLean county drug case.

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Highland Resident Sentenced for Transportation and Possession of Visual Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct

A Highland, Illinois, resident was sentenced on September 4, 2014, to a two-count Indictment, charging him, in Count 1, with Transportation of Visual Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct; and, in Count 2, with Possession of Visual Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct; the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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East St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery, Gun Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Phillip W. Smith, 33, of East St.

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Belleville Man Sentenced for Child Pornography and Drug-Related Offenses

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that on November 7, 2014, Daris A.

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Collinsville Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Medicaid Funds

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on October 15, 2014, Lawrence Thigpen, 53, of Collinsville, Illinois, pledguilty to submitting false and fraudulent bills in relation to personal assistant services in the Home Services Program, a Medicaid Waiver Program designed to allow individuals to stay in their homes instead of entering a nursing home.

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Eldorado Couple Sentenced for Bankruptcy Fraud

Yesterday, a couple from Eldorado, Illinois, was sentenced on their convictions for bankruptcy fraud, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Former Army Private Sentenced for Hobbs Act Armed Robbery

Denzell D. Grant, 20, a former resident of South Carolina, who was an Army Private stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, at the time he committed the offenses, was sentenced on October 24, 2014, for Interference with Commerce by Robbery (Hobbs Act Robbery) and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Crime of Violence, Stephen R.

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Man Sentenced to Just Over 15 Years for Armed Bank Robbery and Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence in Madison County

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Phillip D. Webb, 33, was sentenced today in United States District Court.

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United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton Announces Election Day Anti-Fraud Efforts

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, reminded everyone today of the efforts of his office in connection with the Justice Department s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 4, 2014, general elections.

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Missouri Couple Pleads Guilty to Bank Robbery

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on August 28, 2014, Darren E.

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Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Old National Bank in Harrisburg

Casey Allen Heflin, 28, of Boaz, Kentucky, pled guilty yesterday in United States District Court in East St.

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Waterloo Man Sentenced on Methamphetamine Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that a Waterloo, Illinois, man, convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Distribution of Methamphetamine, was sentenced to 70 months in federal prison on December 11, 2014.

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Husband and Wife Indicted for Robbery of Scott Credit Union in O’Fallon

A United States Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment against Steve M.

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Cahokia Man Sentenced to 308 Months for Kidnapping and a Firearm Offense

Antwon D. Jenkins, a 27 year old Cahokia resident, was sentenced Friday by United States Chief District Court Judge David R.

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Getaway Driver Pleads Guilty to Armed Robbery of Belleville Liquor Store

Charmonequette Reynolds, 22, plead guilty in United States District Court to a three-count indictment charging her with Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Robbery, Interference with Commerce by Robbery, and Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, Stephen R.

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Indictment Charges Brothers, Former Operators of Peoria Service Station, with $6.1 Million Tax Fraud

PEORIA, ILA federal grand jury today charged two brothers who formerly owned and operated a Fast Stop service station in Peoria, Ill.

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Former Columbia Resident Sentenced for Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

A former Columbia, Illinois, resident was sentenced on June 20, 2014, on a two-count Indictment, charging him, in Count 1, with Receipt of Visual Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, and, in Count 2, with Possession of Visual Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Harrisburg Man Sentenced for Robbing Old National Bank

Shawn Thomas Gregory, 39, of Harrisburg, Illinois, was sentenced on December 8, 2014, in United States District Court in East St.

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Chicago Man Charged and Arrested for Making Bomb and Violence Threats Against Southern Illinois University

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Centralia Man Sentenced for Defrauding Taxpayers

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on Friday, November 14, 2014, Jody Ray Wooters, 46, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St.

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Paxton Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Operating Extensive Cocaine Trafficking Network in Central Illinois

</ URBANA, ILA Paxton, Illinois man, Eddi Ramirez, 32, who led an extensive network of cocaine and heroin suppliers, couriers, and distributors has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, as announced by Jim Lewis, U.

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FBI is Seeking Information Regarding Bank Robbery at Illini Bank Branch in Auburn

At approximately 2:00 p. m. on Thursday April 24, 2014, the Illini Bank branch at 1311 West Jefferson, Auburn, Illinois, was robbed at gunpoint.

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East St. Louis Resident Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on December 2, 2014, Steven W.

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Former Fairfield Community High School Coach Charged with Attempted Sexual Exploitation of Minors and Possession of Visual Depictions of Minors Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on July 28, 2014, Timothy C.

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Sean M. Cox Named Special Agent in Charge of Springfield Division

Director James B. Comey has named Sean M. Cox special agent in charge of the FBI s Springfield Division. Mr.

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Former Acting Pembroke Township Supervisor Charged with Defrauding Township Accounts for Personal Use

SPRINGFIELD, ILA federal grand jury today returned an indictment that charges Leon Eddie Mondy, former acting Pembroke Township Supervisor, with defrauding township accounts of more than $60,000 from August 2012 to May 2013.

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Murphysboro Woman Indicted on Bank Embezzlement Charges

Buffy A. Bastien, 41, of Murphysboro, Illinois, was indicted on April 8, 2014, on bank embezzlement charges in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, Stephen R.

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East St. Louis Man Convicted in UPS Truck Robbery

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that a jury has found Anthony T.

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Man Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Belleville Liquor Store

Roderick Taylor, 23, was sentenced to just over nine years in prison today on a three-count indictment charging him with Conspiracy to Commit Interference with Commerce by Robbery, Interference with Commerce by Robbery, and Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, Stephen R.

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Felon in Possession Charges Filed Against James Nathaniel Watts Following Arrest in Cairo

James Nathaniel Watts, age 30, of Cairo, Illinois, was charged by criminal complaint with felon in possession of a firearm, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Former Business Official and Treasurer of the Carterville School District Sentenced to a Year and a Day in Prison for Embezzling Funds from the Carterville School District

Todd Ryan Frazier, 32, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was sentenced to twelve months and one day in federal prison as a result of his conviction for Embezzlement and Theft from the Carterville School District, a unit of local government that received federal funds, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Springfield Man Sentenced for Bankruptcy Fraud

SPRINGFIELD, IL A Springfield, Ill. , man, Michael A. Carr, 51, of St. James Court, has been ordered to serve 10 months in federal prison for concealing assets and making false statements related to bankruptcy proceedings, as announced by Jim Lewis, U.

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Fourteen Indicted in Connection with Operation Home Alone 3

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, and Gerald Roy, Special Agent in Charge, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations for Region 7 (Kansas City office), announced today indictments arising out of Operation Home Alone 3.

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Jackson County Woman Sentenced on Bank Embezzlement Charges

A Jackson County woman was sentenced today to federal prison on bank embezzlement charges, Stephen R.

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Jerseyville Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Former Employer of More Than $440,000

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on July 31, 2014, Stacy Jo Kanallakan, 35, of Jerseyville, Illinois, was sentenced in United States District Court in East St.

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Fifteen Face Federal Charges in Central Illinois for Allegedly Defrauding Medicaid Home Services Program

SPRINGFIELD, IL Jim Lewis, U. S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, today announced that 15 individuals have been charged by federal criminal complaint or information for allegedly submitting false timesheets for work not performed as personal assistants through the Home Services Program, a state Medicaid waiver program.

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Michigan Man Sentenced to 57 Months’ Imprisonment for Valentine’s Day Robbery of Highland Bank

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Alexander P. Gerth, 18, of Troy, Michigan, was sentenced on August 8, 2014, in federal district court in East St.

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Man Convicted of Armed Robbery of East St. Louis Pawn Shop and Armed Robbery of Belleville Liquor Store

United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton announced today that Timothy R. Collier, 48, of Centreville, Illinois was convicted in the United States District Court on November 12, 2014, of all five charges for the armed robbery and shooting of an East St.

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California Man Sentenced to Prison for Making False Statement to Bank

URBANA, ILA California man, Michael Allen Cox, 39, was taken into law enforcement custody when his sentencing hearing ended on May 22, 2014.

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Former Financial Manager of Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative and Church Treasurer Receives 18 Months in Prison

Bruce L. Johnson, 50, of Wayne City, Illinois, the former Manager of Finance and Office Services for Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative and Treasurer of the Wayne City First Christian Church, was sentenced today in United States District Court in Benton to 18 months in prison for defrauding both organizations, announced Stephen R.

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Centralia Woman Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Sara Rose Davis, 34, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced on November 13, 2015, to four years in federal prison, four years supervised release, a $200 fine, and a $100 special assessment following her guilty plea in May to Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine in violation of federal law.

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Grand Jury Indicts Decatur Man on Charges of Murder and Hobbs Act Robbery

SPRINGFIELD, ILA federal grand jury today returned a five-count indictment that charges Kelton Snyder, of Decatur, Ill.

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Doctor from Effingham, Illinois Convicted of Illegal Dispensation of Controlled Substances

NAEEM MAHMOOD KOHLI, 60, of Effingham, Illinois, was convicted of seven counts of illegal dispensation of a Schedule II Controlled Substance following a 17-day jury trial held in federal district court, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Missouri Man Pleads Guilty to Aiding and Abetting Bank Robberies

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on November 6, 2015, Marc G.

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Centerville Man Sentenced to Prison for Firearm Offense

Demetrius Booker, 28, of Centerville, Illinois, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Previously Convicted Felon, Stephen R.

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St. Louis Man Charged with Armed Robberies of Auto Parts Stores in Collinsville and Belleville

Michael D. Dean, 24, of St. Louis, MO was arraigned Friday on a four count Indictment charging him with two counts of Interference with Commerce by Robbery, violations of the Hobbs Act, and two counts of Carrying and Using a Firearm during a Crime of Violence.

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Clinton County Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

Miguel Angel Vasquez Torres, 34, from Beckemeyer, Illinois, was charged in federal court by a two-count criminal complaint with distribution and receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney Stephen R.

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Man Charged with Armed Robbery of Shop ‘n Save Pleads Guilty

Devante J. Hodges, 22, of Cahokia, IL, plead guilty in the United States District Court to a three-count indictment charging him with Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Robbery, Interference with Commerce by Robbery, and Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, Stephen R.

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New York Man Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Mortgage Fraud Relating to Marshall Reed Apartments in Carbondale

Earlier today, Maximus A. Yaney, 38, of New York, New York, pled guilty to mortgage fraud and was sentenced, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Centralia Woman Sentenced on Drug Case

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Jennifer Ann Keller, 34, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced on September 1, 2015, to 70 months in federal prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release, a $300 fine and a $300 special assessment.

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Indictment Charges Hopedale Woman with Embezzling $190,000 from Dental Practice

PEORIA, ILA federal grand jury today charged a Tazewell county woman with embezzling approximately $190,000 from a dental practice where she had worked for nearly 16 years.

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Illinois Couple Indicted for Kidnapping and Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Sexual Activity

WASHINGTONA federal grand jury indicted an Illinois couple on charges of kidnapping and transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity with a minor, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.

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Chicago Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Dominque A. Burwell, 21, of Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty today to Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin from September 2012 through October 2014 in Marion County (Count 1); and Distribution of Heroin on July 29, 2014, in Marion County (Count 7).

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Caseyville Woman Indicted for Armed Robbery of Convenience Store

On October 20, 2015, a federal grand jury sitting in East St.

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Two Southern Illinois Residents Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that two southern Illinois residents were charged and appeared in Court today on child pornography offenses which are alleged to have occurred in Jackson and Richland Counties.

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Salem Man Sentenced for Role in Methamphetamine Case

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Walter James Henson, 38, of Salem, Illinois, was sentenced today to 151 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years supervised release, a $500 fine and a $200 special assessment.

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Chicago Twins’ Cooperation Against Sinaloa Cartel Yields 14-Year Prison Terms; New Charges Target Cartel Top Echelon

WASHINGTONs most significant drug traffickers who rose from street level dealers to the highest echelons of the Mexico-based Sinaloa Cartel and a rival cartel before they began providing unparalleled cooperation to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), were each sentenced today to 14 years in federal prison.

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Effingham, Illinois Doctor Sentenced for Illegal Dispensation of Controlled Substances

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Naeem Mahmood Kohli, 61, a medical doctor from Effingham, Illinois, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $10,500 in fines as well as $700 in special assessments, to be followed by three years of supervised release after incarceration.

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Ohio Man Sentenced for Part in Cocaine Conspiracy

An Ohio man, convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, was sentenced to 262 months in federal prison on November 20, 2015, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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St. Louis Man Sentenced for Part in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

A St. Louis man, convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine, was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison on March 6, 2015, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Granite City Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on March 27, 2015, Steven W.

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Collinsville Housewife Indicted for Triple Bank Burglary

A United States Grand Jury sitting in Benton returned an indictment against Easter Jimison, 37, of Collinsville, Illinois, charging her with three counts of Bank Burglary, Stephen R.

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Fenton Man Sentenced for Smithton Bank Robbery

Jonathon M. Ford, 38, of Fenton, Missouri, was sentenced today in federal district court, in East St. Louis, Illinois, for Bank Robbery, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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East Saint Louis Man Indicted for Firearm Offense

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Chicago Man Pleads Guilty to Heroin Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Darnell Roy Baker, a. k.

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Man Charged with Armed Robbery of Shop 'n Save Sentenced to More Than Nine Years in Prison

Devante J. Hodges, 22, was sentenced to 9 years in prison on a three-count indictment charging him with Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Robbery, Interference with Commerce by Robbery, and Use of a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, Stephen R.

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White County Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Federal Prison on Child Pornography Charges

A White County man was sentenced on February 10, 2015, to federal prison on child pornography charges, Stephen R.

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Columbia Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 20, 2015, Dan Stephen Daniels, 49, Columbia, IL, was arraigned on a two-count Indictment charging him, in Count 1, with Receipt of Child Pornography, and, in Count 2, Possession of Prepubescent Child Pornography.

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California Man Sentenced for His Part in Methamphetamine Conspiracy and Firearm Charges

A California man, previously convicted by a jury in the Southern District of Illinois of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, and Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, was sentenced to 420 months in federal prison on March 27, 2015, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Member of Centralia Meth Conspiracy Sentenced

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that David Leroy Altom, 41 of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced today to six and supervised release, a $200 fine and a $300 special assessment for his role in a Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine in Clinton and Marion Counties.

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Brighton Woman Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud Offense

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Jessica A. Teets, 27, of Brighton, Illinois, pled guilty in the U.

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Marion Man Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that Terry L. Stinnett, 68, of Marion, Illinois, pled guilty in federal court on December 8, 2015, to charges that he engaged in a scheme to steal from a health care program.

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East Saint Louis Woman Sentenced on Health Care Fraud-Related Charge

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that Alfreda E. Perkins, 54, of East Saint Louis, Illinois, pled guilty in federal court to charges that she engaged in a scheme to steal from a health care program.

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Alorton Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Centralia Woman Sentenced on Drug Conspiracy Charge

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Katelyn Woolever, a. k. a.

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Another Member of Centralia Meth Conspiracy Sentenced

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Michael A. Flanagan, 43, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced today for his role in a Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine in Clinton and Marion Counties.

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Centralia Woman Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Jayme Lee Barnes, 36, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release, a $200 fine and a $200 special assessment.

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Pike County, Illinois Man Charged with Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity

SPRINGFIELD, ILA federal grand jury today returned an indictment that charges Ralph David Hathaway, 46, of New Canton, Ill.

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Altamont Man Sentenced in Methamphetamine Conspiracy

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Travis Cole Maxfield, 28, of Altamont, Illinois, was sentenced today to 188 months in federal prison, to be followed by four years of supervised release, a $500 fine and a $500 special assessment.

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East St. Louis Man Indicted for Child Sex Trafficking

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Fifteen Individuals Indicted in Stolen Property Fraud Ring

On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, a federal grand jury in East St.

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Indictment Filed in Husband and Wife Sex Trafficking Case

Marcus Dewayne Thompson, 28, and his wife, Robin Thompson, 24, from Park Hills, Missouri, were indicted today by a federal Grand Jury in Benton, Illinois, for one count of sex trafficking of a minor by force, fraud, or coercion, and one count of conspiracy to do the same, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Madison County Man Pleads Guilty to Robbing Pontoon Beach Gas Station

Shawn Bequette, 23, a resident of Madison County, Illinois, pled guilty on May 7, 2015, to Hobbs Act Robbery, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Construction Worker Sentenced to Federal Prison for Cocaine Delivery

A St. Charles, Missouri, resident was sentenced to federal prison for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance on February 6, 2015, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Springfield Woman Pleads Guilty to All Charges Related to Embezzlement from Former Employer

SPRINGFIELD, IL A Springfield, Ill. , woman, Alice M. Foss, 53, entered pleas of guilty today to all the charges against her related to her embezzlement of more than $400,000 from her former employer, a Springfield consulting and lobbying firm.

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Ex-SIUE Employee Pleads Guilty to Lying to Federal Agents

Kwa Mister, 38, from Fairview Heights, Illinois, pled guilty to an Indictment that charged Making A False Statement to the United States Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, and to the U.

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Collinsville Man Sentenced to Prison for Two Bank Robberies

Steve M. Dodson, 45, of Collinsville, was sentenced today in the U. S. District Court to 78 months in prison on two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery and two counts of Bank Robbery in connection with the robbery of Fairmount Village Credit Union in September 2012 and the robbery of Scott Credit Union in May 2013, Stephen R.

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Belleville Man Charged for Armed Robbery of Domino’s

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Ex-Employee of Southern Illinois University Charged with Lying

Kwa Mister, 38, Fairview Heights, Illinois, was charged by Indictment with two counts of Making A False Statement to the United States Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General and the U.

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Missouri Man Indicted for Robbery of Smithton Bank

On April 7, 2015, a federal grand jury sitting in Benton, Illinois, indicted Jonathon M.

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Five Men Charged with Armed Robbery of Shop ‘N’ Save in Cahokia

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Byron Holton, 26, from Cahokia, LaMarcus D.

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Centralia Woman Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Dusty Jo Gambill, 40, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced today for her role in a Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine which operated from February 28, 2014, through October 1, 2014, in Clinton and Marion Counties, and for Possession of a Listed Chemical (Pseudoephedrine) Knowing It Would Be Used to Manufacture Methamphetamine.

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Getaway Driver Sentenced to 68 Months in Prison for Armed Robbery of Belleville Liquor Store

Charmonequette Reynolds, 22, was sentenced on February 13, 2015, in the U.

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St. Louis Woman Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Federal Prison for Role in Two Bank Robberies

Annalise McGhee, 28, of St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced today in the U. S. District Court to 70 months in prison on one count of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery and two counts of Bank Robbery in connection with the robbery of Laclede Community Credit Union in Alton, IL, on February 11, 2013, and the robbery of People s Bank and Trust in Altamont, IL, on February 26, 2013, Stephen R.

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Centralia Woman Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that RACHEL L. REEVE, 24, of Centralia, Illinois, pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine, and Possession of Pseudoephedrine with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine, charges returned against her by a federal grand jury sitting in East St.

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Pontoon Beach Gas Station Robber Sentenced to More Than Seven Years in Prison

Shawn M. Bequette, 23, of Pontoon Beach, Illinois, was sentenced on September 24, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, to a term of 92 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for the October 6, 2014 robbery of a Conoco Phillips gas station in Pontoon Beach, Illinois, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Two from Centralia Plead Guilty to Drug Conspiracy

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Daniel L. Gazdik, 51, and Sara Rose Davis, 34, of Centralia, Illinois, pled guilty in federal district court yesterday to Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine as charged against them in an indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury in December 2014.

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Former Scott Credit Union Loan Officer Indicted for Fraud

Theodore J. Longust, 50, formerly from Columbia, Illinois, was indicted on November 18, 2015, by a federal grand jury in East St.

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St. Louis Man Sentenced for Drug and Money Laundering Conspiracies

A St. Louis man, convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering, was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison on February 20, 2015, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Husband and Wife Charged with Sex Trafficking of Minor

Marcus Dewayne Thompson, 28, and his wife Robin Thompson, 24, from Park Hills, Missouri, were charged by a criminal complaint, unsealed on August 24, 2015, in federal court in East St.

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Sandoval Woman Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Conspiracy

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Kathy Sue Tomes, 62, of Sandoval, Illinois, pled guilty on October 7, 2015, to an indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury in December 2014 against her and others.

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Godfrey Man Sentenced for Three Robberies in Eight Days

Joseph E. Schwank, 24, of Godfrey, Illinois, was sentenced in federal district court, in East St. Louis today, for his recent conviction on one count of Bank Robbery and two counts of Interference with Commerce by Robbery, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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East Saint Louis Man Sentenced for Firearm Offense

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Centralia Man Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Offenses

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that James Perry Horton, 48, of Centralia, Illinois, pled guilty today to an 11-count indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury in December 2014.

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Domestic Violence Offender in Washington Park Sentenced for Firearm Offense

Mario B. Taylor, 42, of Washington Park, Illinois, was sentenced in federal district court on November 19, 2015, to 117 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, a $750 fine, and a $100 special assessment, for unlawful possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Collinsville Housewife Pleads Guilty to Three Bank Thefts

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on March 6, 2015, Easter Jimison, 37, of Collinsville, Illinois, pled guilty to three counts of Bank Burglary.

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Florida Man Sentenced for Extortion of Carbondale Businessman

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that James W. Russell, 36, of Lake Worth, FL, was sentenced in the United States District Court in Benton, Illinois on one count of extortion.

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Conspirators in Mall Kidnapping Hoax Sentenced

URBANA, ILThe woman at the center of a hoax kidnapping from a Champaign, Ill.

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East St. Louis Resident Resentenced to 135 Months for Role in Kidnapping

Jevon M. Jenkins, from East St. Louis, Illinois, was resentenced today by United States District Court Judge David R. Herndon to 135 months in federal prison for Aiding and Abetting Kidnaping, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Hoyleton Ministries Recognized as Recipient of FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for 2014

Sean M. Cox, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Springfield Division, announced that Hoyleton Ministries of Hoyleton, Illinois, has been selected as the recipient of the FBI Director s Community Leadership Award for 2014.

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Altamont Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Travis Cole Maxfield, 28, of Altamont, Illinois, pled guilty today to all charges against him in an indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury in November 2014.

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Springfield Man to Serve 25 Years in Federal Prison After 18-Year State Sentence

SPRINGFIELD, IL U. S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough has ordered Charles Raymond Schrode, (SHROH-dee) 33, of Springfield, Ill. , to serve 25 years in federal prison for sexual exploitation of a minor and receiving and possessing child pornography.

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Belleville Man Sentenced to 15 Plus Years in Prison for Convenience Store Robbery

Patrick S. McGuire, 49, of Belleville, Illinois was sentenced on May 11, 2015, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to 188 months in prison and three years of supervised release for charges stemming from a robbery at Circle K Gas Station, located at 421 South Belt East, Belleville, IL, on July 25, 2014, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Brighton Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Offense

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Decatur Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

SPRINGFIELD, IL Jim Lewis, U. S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, announced today that a federal grand jury in Springfield has returned an indictment charging Niles C.

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Woman Sentenced to Federal Prison for O’Fallon Bank Robbery

Denise K. Dodson, 45, of Troy, Illinois, was sentenced in the U. S. District Court to 70 months in prison for Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery and Bank Robbery in connection with the robbery of the May 2013 robbery of Scott Credit Union in O Fallon, Illinois, Stephen R.

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United States Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton Announces Operation Home Alone IV and Nationwide Takedown of Health Care Scams

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, and Gerald Roy, Special Agent in Charge, United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations for Region 7 (Kansas City office) today announced indictments and arrests arising out of Operation Home Alone IV.

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Moro Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Staged Bank Robbery

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Eugene Babcock, 58, of Moro, IL, pled guilty today in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois to charges stemming from a staged bank robbery at Liberty Bank in Bethalto, Illinois, that occurred on December 13, 2014.

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EMI Owner Sentenced to Five Years in Prison in Multi-Million-Dollar Fraud Scheme

SPRINGFIELD, IL U. S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough today sentenced Michael R. Keebler, owner of Environmental Management of Illinois, Inc.

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Bank Manager Charged with Theft of Bank Funds

Matthew S. Liebheit, 39, of Moro, IL, was charged Friday with a three count Complaint charging him with two counts of Theft, Embezzlement, or Misapplication by a Bank Officer or Employee, and one count of False Bank Entries.

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Illinois Woman Convicted for Kidnapping and Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Sexual Activity

WASHINGTONA federal jury in Peoria, Illinois, found Nicole Eason guilty on two counts of kidnapping and one count of transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity with a minor, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R.

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St. Louis Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Two Bank Robberies

Altonio G. Graves, 39, of St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced today in the U. S. District Court to 10 years in prison on two counts of Conspiracy to Commit Bank Robbery, two counts of Bank Robbery, and one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm in connection with the robbery of Laclede Community Credit Union in Alton, IL, on February 11, 2013, and the robbery of People s Bank and Trust in Altamont, IL, on February 26, 2013, Stephen R.

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Former Financial Manager and Church Treasurer Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud

Bruce L. Johnson, 50, of Wayne City, Illinois, the former Manager of Finance and Office Services for Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative and Treasurer of the Wayne City First Christian Church, pled guilty today in United States District Court in Benton to a four-count information charging him with defrauding both organizations, announced Stephen R.

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Man Sentenced to More Than 20 Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Farmers & Merchants Bank in Hoyleton, Illinois

Donald Ridley, 33, was sentenced to 246 months in prison on February 13, 2015, on a six-count indictment charging him with Bank Robbery, Carrying Using, and Brandishing a Firearm in Relation to a Crime of Violence, Making a False Statement to a Federal Law Enforcement Officer, and Obstruction of Justice, Stephen R.

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O’Fallon Woman Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud Charge

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that on October 14, 2015, Ann Marie Sheppard, 54, of O Fallon, Illinois, pled guilty in federal court to charges that she engaged in a scheme to steal from a health care program and committed mail fraud.

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Fairview Heights Man Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison for Robbery of Regions Bank in Granite City

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that George E. Haberhehl, Jr. , 51, of Fairview Heights, Illinois, was sentenced in federal district court in East St.

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East St. Louis Woman Sentenced for Distribution of Crack and Felon in Possession Charges

An East St. Louis woman, convicted of Distribution of Cocaine Base (Crack), Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base (Crack), and Felon in Possession of a Firearm, was sentenced to federal prison today, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L.

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Centralia Couple Plead Guilty to Drug Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Franklin J. Johnson, 32, and his wife, Deanna A.

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Centralia Husband and Wife Each Sentenced on Drug Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Franklin J. Johnson, 33, and his wife, Deanna A.

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Godfrey Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Receipt of Child Pornography

Adam B. Hill, 35, of Godfrey, Illinois, was sentenced Tuesday, September 15, 2015, in federal court to 10 years in prison for Receipt of Child Pornography, Stephen R.

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Chicago Man Admits Heroin Distributions in Marion County

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Marquise E. Ross, 24, of Chicago, Illinois, pled guilty today to charges returned against him in an indictment by a Federal Grand Jury in November 2014.

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Woman Faces Charge of International Parental Kidnapping for Taking Child from Urbana to Canada

PEORIA, ILA federal grand jury has indicted a Canadian woman, Sarah M.

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Las Vegas Man Sentenced for Part in Cocaine Conspiracy

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Multiple Arrests Announced in Large Drug Ring

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that 16 people were arrested for offenses relating to the production and distribution of methamphetamine in Marion and Clinton Counties on January 6, 2015, following their indictment by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in the Southern District of Illinois.

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Belleville Resident Guilty of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on September 2, 2015, Jared L.

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Centralia Man Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Felonies

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Walter James Henson, 38, of Centralia, Illinois, pled guilty on March 9, 2015, to charges filed against him in an indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury in November 2014.

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Former Belleville Doctor’s Office Manager Indicted for Fraud

Jerry L. Akin, 60, formerly from Belleville, Illinois, was indicted by a federal grand jury in East St. Louis, Illinois, on November 19, 2015, for two counts of wire fraud involving a scheme to embezzle funds from the doctor s office, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R.

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Belleville Man Charged with Possession of Child Pornography

Michael M. Anderson, 25, of Belleville, IL, was arraigned today on a one count Indictment charging him with Possession of Prepubescent Child Pornography.

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Marion Prison Inmate Sentenced to an Additional Two Years for Possessing Weapons

Juan Luevanos-Montiel, 33, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary at Marion, Illinois, was sentenced on August 26, 2015, in United States District Court in Benton to a term of imprisonment of 24 months for possessing two weapons within that facility, announced Stephen R.

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Coles County Man Indicted on Drug and Gun Charges

URBANA, IL A Charleston, Ill. , man, Arnett Deshaun Brown, 42, made his initial appearance in federal court today in Urbana.

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Centralia Man Sentenced on Gun, Drug Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Craig Allen Heitkamp, 51, Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced on Friday, September 4, 2015, on Possession of Pseudoephedrine with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine and Unlawful User of a Controlled Substance in Possession of Firearms charges to 87 months in federal prison, to be followed by 12 months of supervised release, a $500 fine and a $200 special assessment.

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Former Fairfield Community High School Cross Country Team Coach Sentenced to 20 Years in Federal Prison

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on February 2, 2015, Timothy C.

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Centralia Man Pleads Guilty to Methamphetamine Charges

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Destry Wood, 50, of Centralia, Illinois, pled guilty on May 19, 2015, to Conspiracy to Manufacture and Distribute Methamphetamine and Possession of Pseudoephedrine with the Intent to Manufacture Methamphetamine as charged against him in an indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury in November 2014.

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Centralia Man Sentenced to 84 Months for Conspiracy to Manufacture Methamphetamine

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that BRIAN LEE FEAR, 40, of Centralia, Illinois, was sentenced on September 18, 2015, to 84 months supervised release, a $500 fine and a $300 special assessment.

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Sullivan Man Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

PEORIA, IL Jim Lewis, U. S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, announced today that a federal grand jury in Peoria has returned an indictment charging Justen W.

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Centralia Meth Dealers Enter Guilty Pleas

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that Michael A. Flanagan, 43, and Dusty Jo Gambill, 40, both of Centralia, Illinois, pled guilty Friday, July 31, 2015, to an 11-count indictment returned by a Federal Grand Jury against them and others.

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Robbery of U.S. Bank Branch in Belleville

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Highland Resident Sentenced for Child Pornography Offenses

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on April 29, 2016, Richard Hogg, 56, Highland, IL, was sentenced on an Indictment charging him, in Count 1, with Distribution of Child Pornography; in Counts 2 and 3, with Receipt of Child Pornography; in Count 4, with Access with Intent to View Child Pornography; and, in Count 5, with Possession of Prepubescent Child Pornography.

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Granite City Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today, that Bridget Brasfield, 45, of Edwardsville, Illinois, pled guilty to a two-count information charging Health Care Fraud and Money Laundering.

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Missouri Woman Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

On May 12, 2016, Robin Thompson, a twenty-five year old Park Hills, Missouri, woman pled guilty in federal district court, in East St.

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Missouri Man Guilty of Sex Trafficking a Minor and Conspiracy

On May 13, 2016, Marcus Dewayne Thompson, a twenty-eight year old Park Hills, Missouri, man pled guilty in federal district court, in East St.

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Jury Convicts Festus Man of Assaulting Deputy Marshal

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Wednesday afternoon, May 11, 2016, a federal jury in East St.

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Former Scott Credit Union Loan Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Theodore J. Longust, 50, formerly from Columbia, Illinois, entered pleas of guilty today to a nine-count Indictment charging, Count 1, Financial Institution Fraud; Counts 2-5, Misapplication of Funds; Counts 6-8, Money Laundering; and Count 9, Making a False Record to Scott Credit Union With The Intent to Deceive, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L.

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Former Bookkeeper for the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District Sentenced to Prison for Fraud

Tammy L. Kellerman, 53, of Pinckneyville, Illinois, the former bookkeeper for the Pinckneyville Rural Fire Protection District (PRFPD), was sentenced today in United States District Court in Benton to 33 months in prison for defrauding the tax-payer funded municipal entity of over $444,000.

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Former Belleville Doctor’s Office Manager Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Jerry L. Akin, 60, formerly from Belleville, Illinois, entered pleas of guilty to two counts of wire fraud involving a scheme to embezzle funds from a local doctor's office on May 26, 2016, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L.

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Former Danville Business Owner Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding U.S. Energy Grant

Springfield, Ill. Former Danville, Ill. , business owner Joseph Samuel Kozicki has been ordered to serve 15 months in federal prison for defrauding a U.

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Former Waterloo Resident Sentenced to Federal Prison

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on June 3, 2016, Nicholas J.

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East St. Louis Man Sentenced for Bank Robbery

An East St. Louis man, Deondre Jones, 45, convicted of bank robbery, was sentenced to 56 months in federal prison on June 7, 2016, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, James L.

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Sesser Man Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016, Scott L.

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Cahokia Man Sentenced to Over 44 Years in Prison for Armed Robberies

LaMarcus D. Jackson, 29, of Cahokia, Illinois was sentenced to 44 Save that occurred in Cahokia on January 11, 2015, James L.

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Madison Business Owner and His Brother Sentenced to Prison for Participating in Stolen Property Fraud Ring

James L. Porter, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that yesterday, James D. Litchfield, 59, owner of Big Jim s Autorama in Madison, IL, and his brother, Ryan P.

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Carterville Woman Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud

Jenny L. Parks-Smith, 42, of Carterville, IL, pleaded guilty to a bankruptcy fraud charge pending against her in federal court in Benton.

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Glen Carbon Man Sentenced for Armed Robbery

Jonathan Michael Malone, 53, of Glen Carbon, Illinois, was sentenced in the United States District Court in East Saint Louis, Illinois for armed robbery.

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Kentucky Man Charged with Robbing Shawneetown Bank

Marcus Howard Householder, 32, of Reed, Kentucky, has been charged in United States District Court in Benton with robbing the Grand Rivers Community Bank in Shawneetown, Illinois.

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Ohio Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Engaging in Child Exploitation Enterprise

Jason Gmoser, of Hamilton, Ohio, was sentenced to life sentence in prison for conspiring to advertise and conspiring to distribute child pornography.

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Judge Finds Co-Owner of Chicago Medical Transport Company Guilty of Multi-Million-Dollar Fraudulent Billing Scheme

Gregory D. Toran was found guilty of fraudulently overbilling an estimated $4.7 million to Illinois’ Medicaid program for non-emergency medical transport.

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Centreville Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

Demerous E. Foxworth, of Centreville, Illinois, was sentenced to 135 months in prison for sex trafficking of a minor.

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East St. Louis Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Sex Trafficking Children by Force, Fraud, and Coercion

Michael Johnson, a former resident of East St. Louis, Illinois, was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking children.

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Clinton County Man to Serve 45 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offenses

Miguel Angel Vasquez Torres, Beckemeyer, Illinois, was sentenced to 45 years for downloading and distributing video files containing child pornography.

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Springfield Man Sentenced for Advertising Scam

Andrew Miles Ross, of Springfield, Illinois, was sentenced to serve 42 months in federal prison and to pay $14,389 in restitution for operating a telemarketing advertising scam.

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Co-Owner of Chicago Medical Transport Company Sentenced for Fraudulent Billing Scheme

Tina Kimbrough,, who previously pled guilty to her role in a scheme to overbill Illinois’ Medicaid program, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison.

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St. Louis Man Sentenced for East St. Louis Bank Robbery

Gregory Forest, 55, of St. Louis, Missouri, was sentenced to 188 months in prison on charges stemming from a bank robbery.

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Former Belleville Resident Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Prepubescent Child Pornography

Eric M. Swancutt pled guilty to receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography.

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Louisiana Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Engaging in Child Exploitation Enterprise and Production of Child Pornography

A Greenwell Springs, Louisiana man was sentenced to 240 months in prison for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise and production of child pornography.

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Former Executive Director of Kankakee Valley Park District Charged with Fraud Scheme

Roy Collins, former executive director of the Kankakee Valley Park District, was charged with with defrauding the park district.

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Charleston Man Charged with Embezzling from Former Employer

A Charleston, Illinois man, James Michael Hill, has been charged with embezzling from his former employer, a Mattoon restaurant.

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Insurance Agent Charged with Defrauding Clients, Money Laundering

James P. Smith, 60, with a fraud scheme that allegedly exposed clients to a potential loss of more than $250,000.

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East Carondelet Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution and Receipt of Child Pornography and Possession of Prepubescent Child Pornography

Richard Lee Doerr, III pled guilty to a five-count indictment charging him with distribution of child pornography.

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Missouri Woman Sentenced for Sex Trafficking Conspiracy

Robin Thompson, 25, of Park Hills, Missouri, was sentenced for her role in the sex trafficking of a minor last year.

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