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ONE CHARGED FOR CRIME IN DUNN COUNTY
MADISON WIS.—A federal grand jury for the Western District of Wisconsin, sitting in Madison, returned indictments against eight people on June 26.
Included in the indictments is one that was investigated by the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office. Here William Huff, 54 of South St. Paul, Minnesota is charged with possessing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute from an incident on April 20, 2019.
The charge against Huff is the result of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office. If convicted, Huff faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison.
CHARGED WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF MISBRANDED DRUGS AND INTERSTATE COMMERCE
A 41, year old New York City woman is charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and causing the introduction of misbranded drugs into interstate commerce.
The indictment alleges that Ursula Wing illegally smuggled into the United States misbranded prescription drugs from India. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not approve the drugs she sold, for distribution in the United States, and that she sold these misbranded prescription drugs to customers in the United States and around the world.
The indictment alleges that Wing did not possess a valid wholesale drug distribution license, a valid pharmacy license, or a license to prescribe prescription drugs.
The indictment further alleges that Wing attempted to disguise the nature of her sale of prescription drugs by creating a fake company called “Fatima’s Bead Basket,” which she listed as the shipper on the envelope going to customers, also by inserting a necklace or other items of jewelry in the shipping envelope to serve as the cover piece of merchandise being mailed. It is alleged that by packaging the misbranded drugs in a smaller packet that was in a hidden panel and taped to the inside of the shipping envelope.
Wing also disguising the nature of the item being purchased by listing on the invoice alternate jewelry product names, each of which had a code to indicate the actual items being ordered, by mailing these misbranded drugs from the United States to customers around the world, and falsely charactering the export on U.S. Custom forms as jewelry; and she created a fake online jewelry business for use as a cover for selling the misbranded drugs, allowing her clients to pay for the misbranded drugs using their credit cards, with the sales showing up on the merchant account as jewelry.
The indictment alleges that from June 2016 through June 2018, Wing conspired to defraud the United States by impeding lawful functions of federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies, and that from January 2018 through February 2018, Wing caused the introduction of unapproved, misbranded prescription drugs mifepristone and misoprostol into interstate commerce by sending the drugs from the state of New York to Wisconsin.
SEX TRAFFICKING OF A MINOR
Corey Hereford, 47, Janesville, Wisconsin, is charged with recruiting an individual who was a minor and would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act. The indictment also charges Hereford with committing this felony offense involving a minor while being required to register as a sex offender.
If convicted, Hereford faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in federal prison on the sex trafficking of a minor charge, and a mandatory consecutive 10 year sentence on the charge of committing this felony offense involving a minor while being required to register as a sex offender.
PRODUCING CHILD PORNAGRAPHY
Nicholas Kvatek, 40, Stevens Point, Wisconsin is charged with two counts of using a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct. The indictment alleges that Kvatek produced the child pornography in January 2019.
The indictment further charges Kvatek with possessing child pornography. The indictment alleges that on April 2, 2019, he possessed a cell phone containing child pornography, and that at least one of the depictions involved a minor who had not attained 12 years of age.
He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison, if convicted.
MORE DRUG CHARGES
Cortez Jackson, 39, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and Van Williamson, 42, Madison, Wisconsin, are charged with conspiring to distribute a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, and cocaine. The indictment alleges that the amount of the mixture of heroin and fentanyl involved in the conspiracy that was attributable to the defendant’s conduct is 40 grams or more, and that the conspiracy operated from February 2019 to June 6, 2019.
The indictment also charges Jackson with eight counts of distributing a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, with three of the counts also alleging the distribution of cocaine. The indictment alleges that one of the counts involved the distribution of 40 grams of heroin and fentanyl. The indictment charges Williamson with one count of distributing heroin and fentanyl. Each of the distribution charges carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.
James A. Conner III, 43, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, is charged with two counts of distributing methamphetamine, and one count of possessing of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, with the intent to distribute. The indictment alleges that he distributed methamphetamine in December 2018 and January 2019, and that he possessed the methamphetamine on April 4, 2019.
If convicted, Conner faces a mandatory penalty of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison on the count alleging the possession of 50 grams or more of meth, and 20 years on each distribution charge.
Andrew R. Henke, 35, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, is charged with distributing methamphetamine, and possessing 500 grams or more of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute. The indictment alleges that he distributed and possessed methamphetamine on March 26, 2019.
If convicted, Henke faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum of life in federal prison on the charge alleging 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, and 20 years on the distribution charge.