Grand Jury Returns Indictments

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

The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes.  If convicted, the sentencing of a defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

Stevens Point Man Charged with Gun & Drug Crimes

Brian Louis, 55, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and with attempting to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute.  The indictment alleges that he attempted to possess methamphetamine on April 3, 2018, and that he possessed a .22 magnum rifle and a 12 gauge shotgun between March 31 and April 3, 2018.

If convicted, Louis faces a maximum penalty of 10 years on the gun charge and 20 years in federal prison on the drug charge.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Stevens Point Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Rumbelow.

Chicago Man Charged with Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm

DeAndre Thomas, 25, Chicago, Illinois, is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The indictment alleges that on January 29, 2018, he possessed a 9mm pistol.

If convicted, Thomas faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rita Rumbelow. 

La Crosse Man Charged with Drug & Gun Crimes

Eddy Arca, 30, La Crosse, Wisconsin, is charged with possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.  The second count of the indictment charges Arca with being a felon in possession of ammunition.  The indictment alleges that he possessed the methamphetamine and ammunition on March 30, 2018.

If convicted, Arca faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on the drug charge.  The felon in possession of ammunition has a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.  The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the La Crosse Police Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Darren Halverson.

The indictments charging Brian Louis, DeAndre Thomas, and Eddy Arca were brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been historically successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has made turning the tide of rising violent crime in America a top priority.  In October 2017, as part of a series of actions to address this crime trend, Attorney General Sessions announced the reinvigoration of PSN and directed all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to develop a district crime reduction strategy that incorporates the lessons learned since PSN launched in 2001.

Mexican National Charged with Illegally Reentering U.S.

Diego Ostria-Hernandez, 29, a citizen of Mexico found in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, is charged with illegally reentering the United States after previously being deported.  The indictment alleges that he was found in the U.S. on April 26, 2018.

If convicted, Ostria-Hernandez faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Darren Halverson.

Beloit Man Charged with Defrauding Social Security Administration

Gregory Whitt, 62, Beloit, Wisconsin, is charged with failing to disclose an event that affected his right to Social Security disability payments.  The indictment alleges that from September 2011 to June 2017, Whitt failed to disclose an improvement of his medical condition. 

If convicted, Whitt faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.  The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Social Security Administration and Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.  The prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner. 



Robert graduated from Brandman University, where he got his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Born in Massachusetts, Robert’s family moved to Kentucky in 2005 where he spent his college life and worked as an insurance agent for four years. Now is the founder and team leader of the website.


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