A grand jury handed up eight indictments this week in a variety of crimes ranging from embezzlement to possession of drugs with intent to distribute them near a school.
The grand jury indicted Patty L. Burdess, an Internal Revenue Services employee, saying she embezzled two money orders totaling $581 from a taxpayer on Sept. 16, 1990. Burdess was arraigned in federal court Thursday.The grand jury indicted Juan G. Casarez, on a charge of possessing an improvised explosive device on Dec. 26, 1990. Illegal alien Rigoberto Varela-Gonzales was indicted on a charge of re-entering the United States after being deported once following the commission of a felony. Varela-Gonazales was found in the United States Jan. 7.
The jury handed up an indictment against convicted felon Benny Roy Martinez on a charge of possessing a sawed-off Westpoint 20-gauge shotgun on Dec. 26. Martinez was also charged with possessing a weapon that had not been registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.
Wilson F. Collins, a member of the Navajo Indian tribe, was indicted on three counts of committing sexual acts with a child under 12 years of age between June 1 and Oct. 1, 1990.
The jury indicted Francisco Rodriguez-Garcia on a charge of attempting to sell more than 500 grams of cocaine on Jan. 2 at 1005 W. 600 South, within 1,000 feet of a school. He was also charged with attempting to sell marijuana on the same day and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
Anthony Ben Poowegup, an Indian living on the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation, was indicted on a charge of stabbing two men at a New Year's Eve. He pleaded not guilty to both counts in federal court Thursday.
Alvaro Gutierrez was indicted on a charge of using a telephone while attempting to sell cocaine on Aug. 13, 1990.