|Updated: 8/07/2009 9:45 pm
||Published: 8/07/2009 1:00 pm
ATF agents arrested the wife of a Russellville doctor for obstructing the investigation into his alleged illegal weapons possession Friday morning.
A federal grand jury handed down seven additional charges against Russellville doctor Randeep Mann, 51, and his wife Sangeeta, 48, alleging that they conspired to obstruct a federal investigation into illegal weapons possession.
According to a seven page superseding indictment unsealed Friday, both Randeep and Sangeeta Mann face two counts of impeding an official proceeding, and attempting to conceal documents.
Sangeeta Mann faces an additional count of knowingly making a false statement while under oath before the Grand Jury of the United States in the Eastern District of Arkansas.
According to prosecutors, during questioning under oath Mann stated she removed pre-signed blank checks from their doctor's office because she felt they were not safe to keep there. Prosecutors allege that she removed the checks because she had "been instructed by Randeep Mann to remove the items," the indictment reads. Prosecutors allege Mann used the checking account to purchase illegal weapons.
Sangeeta Mann made her first court appearance Friday morning in Little Rock and entered a not guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray. The government considers Mann a flight risk and she was ordered held in the Pulaski County jail until a detention hearing Monday before Judge Beth Deere.
Mrs. Mann faces a punishment of up to five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine if she is convicted of making a false statement before the grand jury.
Mann's attorney Drake Mann, (no relation), told FOX16 News Friday he would be "out of pocket the rest of the day" and wouldn't be able to comment.
The first four counts in the indictment deal with Mann's weapons possession, including 98 grenades, an unregistered 12-gauge shotgun, and two unregistered machineguns.
Dr. Randeep Mann was arrested March 4 for possession of illegal hand grenades and over 100 automatic machine guns. According to federal prosecutors, a work crew with the city of London found a plastic wrapped canister containing the grenades buried approximately 875 feet from Mann's residence. Mann previously faced only a charge accusing him of illegally owning the grenades.
Randeep Mann is set for plea and arraignment before Judge Deere on August 18.
The possession of unregistered firearms carry a possible punishment of up to ten years in federal prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The machine gun charge carries a possible punishment of up to ten years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
David Goins will have more on this story on FOX16 News at 5 & 9.