A federal grand jury in Wichita returned indictments against a half dozen individuals from southwest Kansas on Tuesday.
The indictments included:
Luis Arturo Melendez-Vargas, 36, a citizen of Mexico, who is charged with two counts of making a false claim of U.S. citizenship, two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of misusing a Social Security number.
The crimes are alleged to have occurred in May and June in Ford and Sedgwick counties.
If convicted, Melendez-Vargas faces a minimum of five years in prison.
Mario Ailon-Ailon, 33, a citizen of Guatemala, who is charged in a superseding indictment with one count of unlawful re-entry after deportation, one count of misusing a Social Security number, one count of making a false written statement on a W-4 withholding form and one count of aggravated identity theft.
Prosecutors allege the crimes occurred in 2015 and 2017 in Ford County.
Conviction carries prison sentences of up to 10 years on the illegal entry and up to five years on the other two counts.
Jose Antonio Sandoval-Nava, 38, who is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a person who is not legally in the U.S.
The crime is alleged to have occurred July 14 in Ford County.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Enforcement Removal Operations investigated the first three cases.
Blanca Maria Torres, 31, Garden City, is charged with three counts of passing counterfeit checks, two counts of theft of tax refunds obtained by fraud, two counts of misusing a Social Security number and two counts of aggravated identity theft.
The crimes are alleged to have occurred in July and August 2016 in Finney County. Conviction carries up to a combined 37 years. The U.S. Secret Service investigated.
Regina Marie Razo, 42, and Ramon Rascon-Mendoza, 59, both of Garden City, are charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
In addition, Razo is charged with four counts of distributing methamphetamine and Rascon-Mendoza is charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a person not legally in the United States. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in May, June and July in Finney County.
The Garden City Police Department investigated.