Indicted: Age Residence
Richard Alan Arledge 54 McKinney, TX
Warren Barconia 33 Carrollton, TX
Cecil Coleman 38 McKinney, TX
Marcus Dean 38 Dallas, TX
Patrick Dread 52 Dallas, TX
Steve Ham 46 Richardson, TX
Robert Louis Hawkins, Jr. 35 Desoto, TX
Jerome Helen 39 Richardson, TX
Stoney O'Neal Kidd 46 Dallas, TX
Charo Deuntray Knight 33 Dallas, TX
Tyrone McCray 46 Plano, TX
Jason Palmore 29 Mansfield, TX
Rustyn Thomas 33 Sanger, TX
Aqueelah Hayat Waters 31 Dallas, TX
Clarence Edoaur Williams 32 Dallas, TX
Kendra Quebec Williams 33 Dallas, TX
According to the indictment, Arledge served as the owner and operator of "Richard Arledge Suzuki," which sold new and used cars, and as the director and president of "Expressway Financial, Inc.," which provided vehicle financing and leasing arrangements. The purpose of the conspiracy was for individuals who derived their income from illegal activities, such as the distribution of controlled substances or promotion of prostitution, to use their illegal income to purchase luxury automobiles. It was also a purpose of the conspiracy, in certain instances, to arrange to title these transactions in the names of third parties with their knowledge and consent in order to conceal the source of payment and true ownership of the automobiles.
If convicted, defendants each face up to 20 years in federal prison.
This case is being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, the Desoto Police Department, the Lancaster Police Department, and the Midlothian Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shamoil T. Shipchandler.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.