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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Western District of Wisconsin

www.justice.gov/usao/wiw

For Immediate Release

June 27, 2013

John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney

CONTACT: Rita M. Rumbelow
PHONE: (608) 264-5158
TTY: (608) 264-5006

Grand Jury Returns Indictments

MADISON, WIS. — A federal grand jury in the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned the following indictments yesterday. You are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

MARSHFIELD MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY & FAILING TO UPDATE REGISTRATION AS SEX OFFENDER

James E. Pearson, 53, Marshfield, Wis., is charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and with failing to update his registration as a sex offender. The indictment alleges that on April 25, 2013, he possessed a computer containing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and that he possessed a cellular telephone also containing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The indictment also charges that between July and December 2011, Pearson traveled from South Carolina to Wisconsin and failed to update his registration as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

If convicted, Pearson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each possession of child pornography charge, as a repeat offender. He also faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison for failing to update his sex offender registration. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service and Marshfield Police Department. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.

WISCONSIN DELLS MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CRIMES

Jodi Adamski, 45, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., is charged with distributing child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography.

If convicted, Adamski faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison on the distribution count and each of the two receiving counts. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on the possession count. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger.

MADISON MAN CHARGED WITH PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPY

Brian C. Stowe, 28, Madison, Wis., is charged with using a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of the conduct. The indictment alleges that he produced the child pornography on October 13, 2012.

Stowe was charged with this offense in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court on June 12. He was arrested on that date and has been in federal custody since his arrest.

If convicted, Stowe faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years and a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.

This case, and the James Pearson and Jodi Adamski cases, were brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

TWO MADISON MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT AND INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

Christopher Davis, 45, and Leotis Lewis, 30, both of Madison, Wis., are charged with theft of a trailer of merchandise from a Walgreen's Distribution Center in DeForest, Wis., on June 18, 2012. The indictment also charges the two with transporting more than $220,000 worth of merchandise stolen from the Walgreen’s Distribution Center from Wisconsin to Illinois on June 19, 2012.

If convicted, Davis and Lewis face a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each of the two charges. The charges against them are the result of an investigation by the DeForest Police Department, Town of Madison Police Department, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita M. Rumbelow.

RHINELANDER MAN CHARGED WITH INSURANCE FRAUD

John E. Henricks III, 42, Rhinelander, Wis., is charged with three counts of mail fraud and one count of identity theft. Henricks, the owner of Custom Collision, a body repair shop, and three car towing businesses – Rick's Towing, Tom’s Towing and Hodag Towing –is alleged to have devised a scheme to defraud car insurance companies.

The indictment alleges that Henricks filed a false insurance claim to an insurance company, and did so using the identity of another person. The indictment also alleges that Henricks used one incident of vehicle damage to make multiple claims with different car insurance companies. The indictment alleges that Henricks received a total of $19,875 from three different insurance agencies from his fraudulent claims.

If convicted, Henricks faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each mail fraud count, and a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison on the identity theft count, to be served consecutively to any sentence imposed on the mail fraud count which involved the identity theft. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Oneida County Sheriff's Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy M. O’Shea.

WAUSAU WOMAN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTING METHAMPHETAMINE

Sandra Timm, 43, Wausau, Wis., is charged with two counts of distributing methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that she distributed methamphetamine twice on March 13, 2013.

If convicted, Timm faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count. The charges against her are the result of an investigation by the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Reinhard.

MARSHALL MAN CHARGED WITH DRUG & GUN CRIMES

DeAngelo Lorenzo Gray, 32, Marshall, Wis., is charged with possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. The indictment alleges that he possessed the marijuana on June 11, 2013.

Gray is also charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The indictment alleges that he possessed a 9mm pistol and ammunition on June 11, 2013.

Gray was charged with these offenses in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court on June 13. He has been in federal custody since that day.

If convicted, Gray faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on the possession of marijuana count; five years to life in federal prison on the possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, to be served consecutively to any other prison term imposed; and 10 years in federal prison on the felon in possession count. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin F. Burke.

TWO CHICAGO MEN CHARGED WITH COUNTERFEIT CHECKS SCHEME

Gerald Ogburn, 38, and Johnny Carter, 36, of Chicago, are charged with conspiracy to make counterfeit securities, and 14 counts of making and possessing counterfeit securities.

The indictment alleges that Ogburn and Carter recruited people to participate in purported telephone surveys regarding real estate, in exchange for payment by check. The indictment alleges that a condition of recruitment was that the individuals were required to provide a portion of the payment back to Ogburn and Carter.

The indictment further alleges that Ogburn and Carter would provide the recruits with counterfeit checks the defendants had created, and would instruct the recruits to cash the checks at local Walmart stores and provide a portion of the cash back to the defendants. The indictment alleges that the defendants made 14 counterfeit checks, which were cashed for a total of $13,260.

If convicted, Ogburn and Carter face a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on the conspiracy count, and 10 years in federal prison on each charge of making and possessing counterfeit securities. The charges against them are the result of an investigation by the Madison Police Department. The prosecution of this case has been assigned to Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin F. Burke.

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