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April 2009 Press Releases

April 30, 2009 - Vasquez
SPRING MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - Christopher Joe Vasquez, 33, a Spring resident, was sentenced today to 97 months in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release for receiving child pornography via the internet (Read more)


April 30, 2009 - Kenvin
FORMER EMPLOYEE OF HOUSTON FOOD DISTRIBUTOR CONVICTED OF FRAUD IN IRAQ FOOD CONTRACTS

(HOUSTON) - Frederick Howard Kenvin, 47, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States by misrepresenting the cost to deliver food to U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait (Read more)


April 30, 2009 - Gil III
LEADER OF LAREDO’S PISTOLERO PRISON/STREET GANG CONVICTED OF COCAINE TRAFFICKING AND LAUNDERING MILLIONS IN DRUG PROCEEDS

(HOUSTON) – Pedro Gil III, 37, aka Master P, aka PG, aka Carwash, the reputed leader of the Laredo faction of the La Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos (Brotherhood of the Latin Gunmen) (HPL) prison and street gang, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and to laundering millions of dollars in drug proceeds complicit with HPL members or associates (Read more)


April 29, 2009 - Garza
ROBSTOWN RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Ernest Garza, 23, of Robstown, has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography (Read more)


April 29, 2009 - Alvarez
NUEVO LAREDO MEN’S CLUB MANAGER SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTING TO SMUGGLE AMMUNITION INTO MEXICO

(LAREDO, Texas) – U.S. District Judge Michaela Alvarez has sentenced Raul Alvarez, the business manager of a men’s club in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, to 51 months in federal prison without parole for attempting to smuggle ammunition from the United States into Mexico (Read more)


April 28, 2009 - Guerra
JURY CONVICTS LOPENO,  TEXAS MAN OF MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING

 (LAREDO, TX) – A jury has convicted Jose Eli Guerra, 57, of Lopeño, Texas, of possession with intent to distribute marijuana approximately 18 kilograms of marijuana (Read more)


April 28, 2009 - Ruiz
UNITED STATES BORDER PATROL AGENT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR BRIBERY

(MCALLEN, Texas) – A United States Border Patrol (BP) agent has been sentenced to prison for accepting bribes in exchange for escorting narcotics loads (Read more)


April 28, 2009 - Villalpando
SECOND OF EIGHT LOCAL TAQUERIA ARANDAS RESTAURANT OWNERS CONVICTED OF FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS SENTENCED TO PRISON

(HOUSTON) – Pedro Villalpando of Houston, one of eight local Taqueria Arandas Restaurant owners convicted last year of filing false federal income tax returns, has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


April 27, 2009 - Mondragon
LAST DEFENDANT SENTENCED FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND ALIEN SMUGGLING CHARGES

(HOUSTON) –  Maximino Mondragon, 57, has been sentenced for his role in a scheme to smuggle Central American women and girls into the United States and hold them in a condition of forced labor in the Houston area (Read more)


April 24, 2009 - Rodriguez-Jasso, Fernandez-Narvaez, Perez-Contreras, et al
PORT RUNNERS SENTENCED TO LENGTHY PRISON TERMS

(LAREDO, Texas) – United States District Judge Joseph Hood sent a strong message today to anyone thinking of attempting to go through a Port of Entry into the United States by vehicle by breaking through barriers to avoid inspection thinking they won’t be pursued (Read more)


April 24, 2009 - Sanders
HOUSTON WOMAN SENTENCED IN WHEELCHAIR FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON) – The owner and operator of three durable medical equipment companies (DME) has been sentenced to prison for orchestrating a $2.3 million wheelchair fraud scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid (Read more)


April 24, 2009 - Smart Jr.
FORMER COSTAL BEND COLLEGE BUSINESS MANAGER SENT TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR EMBEZZLEMENT

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Costal Bend College’s former Business Manager, Aubrey Mervin Smart Jr., 61, has been sentenced to federal prison for embezzlement from an organization receiving federal funds (Read more)


April 24, 2009 - Smith
FORMER LOAN BROKER PLEADS GUILTY

(HOUSTON) - Melkeisha Smith, of Houston, has pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud before United States District Judge David Hittner (Read more)


April 23, 2009 - Raza Unida Street Gang
RAZA UNIDA PRISON GANG MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES INDICTED ON DRUG TRAFFICKING AND FIREARMS CHARGES

(HOUSTON) - Fifteen alleged members and associates of the Raza Unida (RU) prison and street gang have been indicted for trafficking in significant quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine and possessing firearms unlawfully and during the commission of drug trafficking offenses (Read more)


April 23, 2009 - Montana
FORMER LAKE JACKSON BUSINESSMAN SENTENCED FOR DEFRAUDING INVESTORS

(HOUSTON) - A former stock broker has been sentenced to prison today for defrauding investors (Read more)


April 23, 2009 - Coleman
DENTAL ASSISTANT PLEADS GUILTY TO MAIL FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT CHARGES

(HOUSTON) – Tara Monique Coleman, 40, a dental assistant, has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft (Read more)


April 22, 2009 - Fleming, Ebhamen and Arthur
HOUSTON BUSINESS OWNERS CONVICTED OF DEFRAUDING MEDICARE & MEDICAID OF $36 MILLION

(HOUSTON) – A Houston jury has convicted three Houston area residents of multiple counts of defrauding Medicare in a false billing scheme (Read more)


April 22, 2009 - Bui, Achord, Burke, et al
FOUR CHARGED IN ILLEGAL GAMBLING AND MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION

(HOUSTON) - Thanh V. (Tommy) Bui, 33, Russell Wayne Achord Jr., 40, James Arthur Burke Jr., 30, and Gustavo Alfonzo Alvarez, 41, all from the Clear Lake area, have been indicted for money laundering, structuring financial transactions and conspiracy to operate an illegal gambling business (Read more)


April 17, 2009 - Hernandez
HOUSTONIAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR LYING TO BUY GUNS

Weapons later found at crime scenes in Mexico

(HOUSTON) – John Phillip Hernandez, 25, of Houston, has been sentenced to prison for making false material statements to a federal firearms licensee in connection with the purchase of firearms which were eventually found at crime scenes in Mexico and Guatemala (Read more)


April 16, 2009 - Nelius
BANK TELLER INDICTED FOR STEALING BANK FUNDS

(HOUSTON) - A Montgomery, Texas, woman has been indicted for allegedly defrauding the bank where she worked of more than $25,000 (Read more)


April 16, 2009 - Reyes-Cedillo, Turrubiates-Garza, Hernandez-Vera, et al
JURY CONVICTS FOUR OF MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A  jury has returned it verdicts convicting four Mexican nationals for conspiring to and possessing with intent to distribution almost 120 kilograms of marijuana (Read more)


April 15, 2009 - Pickens and Bellamy
INDICTMENTS RETURNED CHARGING TAX RETURN PREPARERS WITH THE PREPARATION OF FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS

(HOUSTON)  – Indictment charging tax-return preparers Nathalene Rice Pickens and Veronica Bellamy with aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns for the years 2002 through 2005 have been returned by a federal grand jury in Houston (Read more)


April 14, 2009 - Hernandez
CBP INSPECTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG TRAFFICKING, ALIEN SMUGGLING AND BRIBERY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector has been convicted of drug trafficking, alien smuggling and bribery (Read more)


April 13, 2009 - Stanley
MORTGAGE FRAUD CONVICTION

(HOUSTON) - Robert Wilfred Stanley, 35, of Katy, has been convicted of conspiring to commit mail fraud and wire fraud as part of a scheme to defraud residential mortgage lenders and money laundering conspiracy (Read more)


April 13, 2009 - Martinez-Gonzalez
ATTEMPT TO SMUGGLE MORE THAN A MILION DOLLARS INTO MEXICO FOILED

(LAREDO, Texas) – A 26-year-old Mexican national has been arrested and charged with attempting to smuggle more than a million dollars from the United States into Mexico (Read more)


April 13, 2009 - Day
HOUSTON BUSINESSMAN CONVICTED OF FRAUD IN IRAQ FOOD CONTRACTS

(HOUSTON) - Stephen Patrick Day, 35, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States by misrepresenting the cost to deliver food to U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait (Read more)


April 9, 2009 - Ervin
FORMER RURAL CARRIER ASSOCIATE IMPRISONED FOR STEALING IDENTITIES FROM THE MAIL

(HOUSTON) - Former rural carrier associate Rodney Ervin has been sentenced to prison for mail theft, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft (Read more)


April 9, 2009 - Douglas
LOAN OFFICER CONVICTED OF MORTGAGE FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – Nehemiah Jamal Douglas, 28, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering charges (Read more)


April 9, 2009 - Constante
MISSION MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR BANK FRAUD

(McALLEN, Texas) – A Mission, Texas, man was sentenced to prison today for bank fraud and theft by bank employee (Read more)


April 8, 2009 - Garcia
FIRST OF EIGHT LOCAL TAQUERIA ARANDAS RESTAURANT OWNERS CONVICTED
OF FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN SENTENCED TO PRISON
 

(HOUSTON) – The first of eight local Taqueria Arandas restaurant owners convicted for filing false tax returns has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


April 8, 2009 - De La Rosa
JURY CONVICTS HOUSTON MAN FOR SMUGGLING ILLEGAL ALIENS

(McALLEN, Texas) - Juan de la Rosa, 27, of Houston, has been convicted for conspiring to transport illegal aliens and alien smuggling (Read more)


April 8, 2009 - Amador
AREA METH DEALER SENTECED TO 30 YEARS IN FEDERAL PEN WITHOUT PAROLE

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A Corpus Christi area methamphetamine dealer will be serving 30 years in federal prison without parole (Read more)


April 7, 2009 - Miller and Hawkins
SISTERS WHO OPERATED FRAUDULENT MEDICARE AND MEDICAID COMPANIES SENTENCED TO PRISON

(VICTORIA, Texas) - Two sisters convicted of conspiring to defraud Medicare and Medicaid have been sentenced to prison by U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey (Read more)


April 3, 2009 - Scott and Miller
LEADER OF DALLAS MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTION RING SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT

Co-defendant sentenced to 20 years

(LAREDO, Texas) - Ferrell Damon Scott, of Dallas, was sentenced to life behind bars for his role as a leader/organizer of a marijuana distribution ring which operated between Laredo and Dallas, Texas (Read more)


April 3, 2009 - Pena and Pena
TWIN BROTHERS CONVICTED IN CONSPIRACY TO OBTAIN FRAUDULENT VISAS FOR OVER EIGHTY CITIZENS OF INDIA

(HOUSTON) – A federal jury has found twin brothers, Alberto and Bernardo Pena, 39, of Brownsville, Texas, guilty of conspiring with each other and others to obtain fraudulent work visas for nearly 90 Indian nationals in exchange for at least $20,000 per visa (Read more)


April 3, 2009 - Guzman, Pena and Zamarripa
TRIO INVOLVED IN SEAPORT COPPER THEFT RING SENTENCED

(HOUSTON) - Lorenzo Guzman, 45, Saul G. Pena, 37, and Omar D. Zamarripa, 35, all of Houston, have been sentenced for their role in a copper theft ring involving the theft of bundles and sheets of commercial grade copper from ships at the Seaport and resold at a local scrap yard in Houston (Read more)


April 3, 2009 - Fontenot Jr.
LOUISIANA MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CONVICTION

(HOUSTON) - Raymond Charles Fontenot, Jr., 25, from Denham Springs, Louisiana, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein, Jr., to 84 imprisonment for his possession of child pornography conviction (Read more)


April 2, 2009 - Montano Jr. and Izaguirre-Leal
CBP OFFICER INDICTED FOR BRIBERY, DRUG TRAFFICKING AND ALIEN SMUGGLING

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer has been arrested following the filing of a criminal complaint accusing him of bribery, alien smuggling and drug charges (Read more)


April 2, 2009 - Handy-Espronceda, Espronceda, Landa de Hernandez
COUNTY COMMISSIONER AND THREE OTHERS CHARGED WITH HARBORING ALIENS FOR PERSONAL FINANCIAL GAIN AT COUNTY’S EXPENSE

(McALLEN, Texas) – A six-count indictment charging Hidalgo County Precinct One Commissioner Sylvia Sue Handy-Espronceda, 52; her spouse, Juan Gabriel Espronceda, 35; Maria De Los Angeles Landa de Hernandez, 27; and Eloisa Andrade Uriegas, 58, with harboring aliens for financial gain was unsealed today (Read more)


April 1, 2009 - Pleasant
FORMER FIREARMS LICENSEE ORDERED TO PRISON

(VICTORIA, Texas) - Eddy V. Pleasant, 52, of Sheridan, Texas, a former firearms dealer, has been ordered to surrender to a federal correctional institute to begin serving a prison sentence for making false statements during the purchase of firearms (Read more)


April 1, 2009 - Morales
FORMER BORDER PATROL AGENT CONVICTED OF BRIBERY SENTENCED

(LAREDO, Texas) – Former Border Patrol agent Leonel Morales, 30, of Zapata County, has been sentenced to prison for bribery (Read more)


April 1, 2009 - Grabar
CIVILIAN DEFENSE CONTRACTOR ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BOND PENDING TRIAL ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(HOUSTON) - A Seabrook resident has been ordered held in federal custody without bond pending his trial on charges of possessing child pornography (Read more)


April 1, 2009 - Crenshaw
LOAN OFFICER CONVICTED FOR ROLE IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME

(HOUSTON) – A former loan officer for Motown Mortgage Group and Central Capital Financial Group has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire and mail fraud and laundering the proceeds of the fraud through a financial institution for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme (Read more)


April 1, 2009 - Garcia
PORT LAVACA MAN INDICTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(VICTORIA, Texas) – Roselio Garcia, 54, of Port Lavaca, Texas, has been indicted on 10 counts of child pornography (Read more)


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