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.

Barron County Man Charged with Embezzlement from Casino

Leva Oustigoff, Jr., 58, Cumberland, Wisconsin, is charged with eight counts of embezzling money from the Turtle Lake Casino operated by the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, while an employee of the casino. The dates and amounts of the alleged embezzlements are:

  1. December 18, 2015 – approximately $9,500;
  2. April 4, 2016 – approximately $7,500;
  3. April 29, 2016 – approximately $1,799;
  4. September 13, 2017 – approximately $8,599;
  5. October 19, 2017 – approximately $8,599;
  6. October 25, 2017 – approximately $20,000;
  7. November 27, 2017 – approximately $8,000; and 8. January 18, 2018 – approximately $8,637.

If convicted, Oustigoff faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each count. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and IRS Criminal Investigation, with the cooperation of the St. Croix Tribe. Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Schlipper is handling the investigation.

Employee of U.S. Postal Service Charged with Misappropriating Funds and False Entries in Official Records

Cammy J. Gillett, 44, Cameron, Wisconsin, is charged with misappropriating postal funds from March 2019 through July 2020. The indictment alleges that while an employee of the U.S. Postal Service, she converted to her own use more than $1,000 in U.S. Postal money orders. The indictment also charges her with making false entries in the record of Postal money order sales.

If convicted, Gillett faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on each count. The charges against her are the result of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Service, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Anderson is handling the prosecution.

Madison Man Charged with Drug Crimes Involving Methamphetamine

Melvin P. Potts, 33, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with six counts of distributing methamphetamine in July through September 2020. The indictment alleges that one of the distributions involved 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. The indictment also charges that on September 15, 2020, Potts possessed 50 grams or more of methamphetamine for distribution.

If convicted, Potts faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on the two counts alleging distribution or possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and a maximum penalty of 20 years on each of the other five counts. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Dane County Narcotics Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Corey is handling the prosecution.

Madison Man Charged with Distributing Methamphetamine & Possessing Methamphetamine for Distribution

Timothy Savannah, 28, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with distributing methamphetamine on September 1, 2020, and with possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute on September 10, 2020.

Savannah faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison on the distribution charge, and a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years on the charge of possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine for distribution. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the Sauk County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner is handling the prosecution.

Two Charged with Arson of Commercial Buildings in Madison

Anessa Renee Fierro, 27, and Willie Tremaine Johnson, 45, both of Madison, Wisconsin, are charged in a two-count indictment with attempting to damage and destroy by fire two commercial buildings in Madison on August 25, 2020. Fierro and Johnson were charged with these offenses in criminal complaints filed in U.S. District Court in Madison on September 22. Federal law requires that criminal charges filed by complaint be presented to a grand jury for indictment.

If convicted, Fierro and Johnson face a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison on each count. The charges against them are the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Madison Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chadwick Elgersma is handling the prosecution.

Madison Man Charged with City-County Building Arson

Marquon Clark, 26, Madison, Wisconsin, is charged with attempting to damage and destroy by fire the City-County Building in Madison on June 24, 2020. Clark was charged with this offense in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Madison on October 5. Federal law requires that a criminal charge filed by complaint be presented to a grand jury for indictment.

If convicted, Clark faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison. The charge against him is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Dane County Sheriff’s Office; Madison Police Department; and Madison Fire Investigation Team. Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Wegner is handling the prosecution.

Mexican Citizen Charged with Illegally Reentering U.S. & Failing to Register as Sex Offender

Jose David Saldana-Ramirez, 37, a citizen of Mexico found in Columbia County, Wisconsin, is charged in a superseding indictment with illegally reentering the United States after previously being deported, and failing to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act. Saldana-Ramirez was charged previously in an indictment returned by the grand jury on August 19, 2020, with the immigration offense only. The superseding indictment alleges that he was found in the United States on July 26, 2020, and that he failed to register as a sex offender from July 2017 to November 2019.

If convicted, Saldana-Ramirez faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on the illegal reentry charge, and 10 years in federal prison on the failure to register as a sex offender charge. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger is handling the prosecution.


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