Minneapolis, June 22 (IBNS) A federal indictment unsealed recently charges eight individuals in connection with a string of burglaries during which money was stolen from ATMs and prescription drugs were stolen from pharmacies.
The indictment, which was filed under seal on June 10, 2013, was unsealed on June 18, 2013, following the defendants' initial appearances in federal court, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday.
It charges Derek Edward Benedict, age 41, of Hugo; Lyle Robert Carpenter, age 40, of Hastings; Julia Jean Julien, age 35, of St. Cloud; Timothy Michael Kielb, age 45, of Fridley; Cherilyn Ann Mayotte, age 35, currently incarcerated in Superior, Wisconsin; Jason Michael Mussehl, age 42, currently incarcerated at the Stanley Correctional Institution in Stanley, Wisconsin; Jennifer Suzann Stanley, age 37, no known address; and Jonathan Roger Quast, age 28, of Lexington, Minnesota, with one count of conspiracy to commit bank burglary, bank larceny, and interstate transportation of stolen money.
In addition, Benedict, Carpenter, Julien, Kielb, Mayotte, Mussehl, and Quast were charged with one count of conspiracy to steal controlled substances. Carpenter, Kielb, Mussehl, and Stanley were also charged with one count of bank burglary and two counts of bank larceny.
Benedict, Carpenter, Julien, Kielb, Mayotte, and Mussehl were also charged with one count of burglary involving controlled substances.
Carpenter, Kielb, Mussehl, and Quast were also charged with one count of credit union burglary, one count of bank burglary, and one count of burglary involving controlled substances. Benedict, Carpenter, Julien, and Mussehl were also charged with one count of interstate transportation of stolen property.
More specifically, the indictment alleges that between October 2009 and February 2013, the defendants conspired with each other and others to enter and attempt to enter buildings that operated in whole or in part as banks or credit unions, because they housed ATMs.
In addition, it alleges that the defendants conspired to transport stolen merchandise and cash between the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and Iowa and Minnesota. The indictment also alleges that Benedict, Carpenter, Julien, Kielb, Mayotte, Mussehl, and Quast conspired with each other and others to steal controlled substances from pharmacies.
In addition to those conspiracy charges, the indictment alleges that Benedict, Carpenter, Mussehl, and Stanley stole money from a Bank of America ATM located inside a Robbinsdale Walgreens store on October 24, 2009, and from a Bank of America ATM located inside a Golden Valley Walgreens on November 29, 2009.
The indictment further alleges that on July 15, 2012, Benedict, Carpenter, Julien, Kielb, Mayotte, and Mussehl stole various drugs from the Bloomington Drug Store.
In addition, Carpenter, Kielb, Mussehl, and Quast allegedly stole money from a credit union ATM located inside the Dakota Convenience store in Prior Lake on August 19, 2012, and money from a U.S. Bank ATM located inside a Circle Pines Walgreens on August 23, 2012.
Carpenter, Kielb, Mussehl, and Quast also stole drugs from the Circle Pines Walgreens pharmacy. On September 9, 2012, Benedict, Carpenter, Julien, and Mussehl allegedly drove from Iowa to Minnesota carrying money stolen from a safe and ATM located inside a Walgreens store in Des Moines, Iowa.
If convicted, the potential maximum penalties are 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit burglary involving controlled substances, bank burglary, credit union burglary, and burglary involving controlled substances; 10 years for bank larceny and the interstate transportation of stolen property; and five years for conspiracy to commit bank burglary, bank larceny, and interstate transportation of stolen property. If convicted, the defendants' sentences will be determined by a federal district court judge.
This case is the result of an multi-agency investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the U.S. Secret Service, the Centennial Lakes Police Department, and the Prior Lake Police Department, with cooperation from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Minnesota Financial Crimes Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Surya Saxena.
An indictment is a determination by a grand jury that there is probable cause to believe that offenses have been committed by a defendant. A defendant, of course, is presumed innocent until he or she pleads guilty or is proven guilty at trial.