News and Press Releases

December 2009 Press Releases

Dec. 29, 2009 - Vargas
FORMER LOCAL BANK OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR INDICTED FOR STEALING FROM BANK’S UTILITY FUND

(LAREDO, Texas) – The former Operations Supervisor of a local bank has been arrested following the return of a 29-count indictment charging her with defrauding the bank of more than $190,000 during the last two years of her employment (Read more)


Dec. 28, 2009 - Garcia
MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO SMUGGLE AMMUNITION AND A FIREARM INTO MEXICO

(McALLEN, Texas) - Roberto Carlos Salazar-Garcia, 23, a Mexican national illegally in the United States, has been sentenced to prison for attempting to export thousands of rounds of ammunition and a pistol to Mexico (Read more)


Dec. 23, 2009 - Melendez
RINGLEADER OF INTERNATIONAL TRUCK THEFT CONSPIRACY SENTENCED TO PRISON

(HOUSTON) -  A Houston man who recruited others to steal and transport millions of dollars of truck tractors, trailers and other heavy equipment to Central America has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


Dec. 21, 2009 - Alana
PHARR WOMAN PLEAS GUILTY TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD

(McALLEN, Texas) – A former employee of a foot care clinic in Pharr/San Juan, Texas, has pleaded guilty to health care fraud (Read more)


Dec. 21, 2009 - Jimenez
CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR POSSESSING AMMUNITION

(McALLEN, Texas) - Previously convicted felon Leonardo Jimenez, 39, of Pharr, Texas, has been sentenced to serve 27 months in federal prison for possessing a total of 22,480 rounds of ammunition (Read more)


Dec. 18, 2009 - Allen
FORMER WOODFOREST BANK TELLER PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - Kristalynn Allen, 23, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud Woodforest Bank of more than $20,000 (Read more)


Dec. 18, 2009 - Anthony
IDENTITY THIEF SENTENCED T0 PRISON

(HOUSTON) – David Henry Anthony has been sentenced to prison for access device fraud and aggravated identity theft (Read more)


Dec. 18, 2009 - Dennis
RAPPER “WILLIE D” PLEADS GUILTY IN WIRE FRAUD SCAM

(HOUSTON)  - William James Dennis, aka Willie D, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges stemming from his purported sales of Apple iphones through a company known as Texas One Wireless (Read more)


Dec. 18, 2009 - Ortiz
CONVICTED MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR STEALING IDENTITY OF U.S. CITIZEN

(LAREDO, Texas) – A Mexican national, who falsely claimed to be a United States citizen by stealing the identity of a real person, has been sentenced to prison for aggravated identity theft (Read more)


Dec. 17, 2009 - Brooks, Walton and Phillips
EL PASO MERCHANT ENERGY TRADERS SENTENCED TO PRISON

(HOUSTON) – James Brooks, the former managing director of North American natural gas sales for El Paso Merchant Energy, and El Paso natural gas traders Wesley C. Walton and James Patrick Phillips have been sentenced for conspiracy, false reporting and wire fraud (Read more)


Dec. 17, 2009 - Casarez
WESLACO MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH POSSESSION AND RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(MCALLEN, Texas) - Raul Casarez, 29, of Weslaco, Texas, was arrested this morning and charged with receipt and possession of child pornography (Read more)


Dec. 17, 2009 - Coronado and Zieger
BROWNSVILLE MAN AND WOMAN SENTENCED FOR ROLES IN SCHEME TO SMUGGLE ALIENS FOR PURPOSES OF PROSTITUTION

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - A Brownsville man and woman have been sentenced to prison for their roles in smuggling illegal aliens into the United States for purposes of prostitution (Read more)


Dec. 17, 2009 - Green
DICKINSON AREA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - Richard Carl Green, 45, a resident of Dickinson, Texas, pleaded guilty and was convicted of possessing child pornography (Read more)


Dec. 17, 2009 - Kim
HOUSTON PHYSICIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO AND SENTENCED FOR OPERATING AN ILLEGAL PILL MILL

(HOUSTON) - Dr. Michael D. Kim, 69, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison today for engaging in a conspiracy to illegally distribute more than 1.7 million tablets of hydrocodone to drug users and addicts and was also sentenced to prison for conspiring to defraud Medicare of more than $1.7 million in a separate case (Read more)


Dec. 17, 2009 - Vasquez and Salazar
MOTHER AND SON SENTENCED FOR HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIEN AND FORFEIT HOUSE 

(HOUSTON) - Gregoria Vasquez-Salgado and her son, David Salazar, have been sentenced to prison for harboring an illegal alien and ordered to forfeit the residence in which the minor was held (Read more)


Dec. 16, 2009 - Rodriguez and Garcia
HUSBAND, WIFE SMUGGLERS AND NUMEROUS CO-CONSPIRATORS CONVICTED OF ALIEN SMUGGLING AND MONEY LAUNDERING SENTENCED TO PRISON

(McALLEN, TEXAS) – A husband, his common-law wife and their co-conspirators will be serving prison terms for their involvement in smuggling illegal aliens and laundering smuggling fees (Read more)


Dec. 15, 2009 - Jones
FORMER GUARD SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR SEXUAL ABUSE OF A PERSON IN OFFICIAL DETENTION

(HOUSTON) – Former contract guard at the Leidel Comprehensive Sanction Center Nathan Jones, 30, of Houston, has been sentenced to prison for sexual abuse of a person in official detention (Read more)


Dec. 15, 2009 - Vigil
FORMER LONE STAR NATIONAL BANK VICE PRESIDENT CONVICTED OF BANK FRAUD

(McALLEN, Texas) -  A former vice president and senior loan officer of Lone Star National Bank has been convicted of bank fraud (Read more)


Dec. 14, 2009 - Medina-Obregon
MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR CARRYING MARIJUANA BUNDLES INTO U.S.

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Javier Medina-Obregon aka Jose Torres-Garcia, 55, has been sentenced to  63 months in federal prison (Read more)


Dec. 14, 2009 - Pena
TWIN BROTHERS SENT TO PRISON FOR OBTAINING FRAUDULENT VISAS FOR 80+ CITIZENS OF INDIA

(HOUSTON) - Twin brothers  Alberto and Bernardo Pena, 40, of Brownsville, Texas, have been sent to prison for their role in a conspiracy to obtain fraudulent work visas for numerous Indian nationals in exchange for at least $20,000 per visa (Read more)


Dec. 11, 2009 - Williams and Adebisi
FORMER OWNERS OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT COMPANY SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING MEDICARE IN WHEELCHAIR SCAM

(HOUSTON) - The former owners of several Houston area durable medical equipment (DME) companies have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a scheme to defraud Medicare in connection with motorized wheelchairs (Read more)


Dec. 10, 2009 - Castillo et al
25 ALLEGED NARCOTICS MAILERS ARRESTED

(McALLEN, Texas) –  The United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) together with the Hidalgo County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the United States Border Patrol have arrested 25 individuals in the past two weeks on federal charges for mailing parcels containing controlled substances through the mail (Read more)


Dec. 10, 2009 - Pickens
LOCAL TAX RETURN PREPARER SENTENCED FOR FALSIFYING TAX RETURNS

(HOUSTON) – A local tax return preparer has been sentenced to prison for preparing false income tax returns (Read more)


Dec. 9, 2009 - Gentry
BAYTOWN MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(HOUSTON) - Dustin Shane Gentry, 29, a Baytown resident, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography (Read more)


Dec. 9, 2009 - Martinez
LOCAL MAN SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF MACHINE GUN

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A Corpus Christi man will be serving more than three years in federal prison without parole for unlawfully possessing a machine gun (Read more)


Dec. 9, 2009 - Ortiz et al
SIX CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF JEWELER

(HOUSTON) - A federal complaint charging six people with the attempted robbery of a jewelry salesman and his guard on Sept. 11, 2009, has been unsealed (Read more)


Dec. 9, 2009 - Samuel-Harris
FORMER NRG ENERGY INC. EMPLOYEE INDICTED ON CHARGES OF WIRE FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - Dorothy J. Samuel-Harris, aka Dorothy J. Samuel and Dorothy J. Harris, of Sugar Land, Texas, has been indicted for wire fraud (Read more)


Dec. 8, 2009 - Texis, Aguila and Tecuapacho
TWO CONVICTED AND SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR SMUGGLING A MINOR FOR PURPOSES OF PROSTITUTION AND ANOTHER CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR HARBORING THE MINOR

(HOUSTON) - Three Mexican nationals illegally in the United States have been convicted and sentenced on felony charges relating to the smuggling of a minor female into the United States for the purpose of prostitution and harboring the minor (Read more)


Dec. 4, 2009 - EOUSA Director's Awards Ceremony
SEVEN SDTX  EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED AT ANNUAL U.S. ATTORNEY AWARDS CEREMONY

(HOUSTON) - The Department of Justice held its 26th annual Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) Director’s Awards Ceremony today, during which 146 award recipients from more than 30 districts were recognized for their dedication to carrying out the Department of Justice’s mission (Read more)


Dec. 4, 2009 - Hernandez
DONNA ISD TRUSTEE PLEADS GUILTY TO LYING TO FEDERAL AGENTS

(McALLEN, Texas) – Long-time Donna Independent School District (DISD) trustee George Hernandez has pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to a federal agent (Read more)


Dec. 3, 2009 - Alvarez et al
FOUR AREA RESIDENTS SENTENCED TO LENGTHY PRISON TERMS FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

Two sentenced to life terms

(McALLEN, Texas) – Four convicted drug traffickers have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute more than 200 kilograms of cocaine (Read more)


Dec. 3, 2009 - Aynilian and Lukach
BUSINESSMEN FROM NEW JERSEY AND CALIFORNIA PLEAD GUILTY IN ILLEGAL EXPORT SCHEME

Proceeds of illegal export scheme to be forfeited to the United States

(LAREDO, Texas) – A New Jersey and a California businessman have each been convicted for their role in an illegal export scheme (Read more)


Dec. 3, 2009 - Castillo-Bautista
BROWNSVILLE RESIDENT SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 20 YEARS FOR ROLE IN DRUG TRAFFICKING RING

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Armando Castillo-Bautista, 33, of Brownsville, has been sentenced to 292 months - more than 24 years - imprisonment for his role in a drug trafficking ring (Read more)


Dec. 3, 2009 - Garza Jr and Garza
FALCON DAM EMPLOYEES ARRESTED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT

(McALLEN, Texas) – A federal grand jury has indicted Silverio Garza Jr., former Falcon Dam and Power Plant Area Operations Manager, and Joel Garza, Falcon Dam Power Plant Superintendent, on charges of embezzlement (Read more)


Dec. 3, 2009 - Hogan
CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER GOES TO PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - Thomas David Hogan, 47, of  Houston, has been sentenced today to 12 years in prison without parole to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for possessing child pornography (Read more)


Dec. 3, 2009 - Lanni
HOUSTON BUSINESS OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO INTERNET HOT TUB SCAM

(HOUSTON) – The former owner of a Houston area company that sold hot tubs on Ebay has pleaded guilty to defrauding 46 customers of $191,000 (Read more)


Dec. 3, 2009 - Rebollar Jr, Valdez and Martinez
THREE IN CUSTODY AFTER VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN JIM WELLS COUNTY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Three United States citizens are in federal custody charged with transporting undocumented aliens after an accident that injured 17 undocumented aliens and the alleged driver of the vehicle (Read more)


Dec. 2, 2009 - Guerra, Gutierrez and Canales
THREE ARRESTED ON FEDERAL DRUG AND MONEY LAUNDERING CHARGES

(HOUSTON) - Abelardo Guerra, 37, Jose Luis Gutierrez, 51, and Roberto Canales, 45, have been arrested following the return of an indictment charging conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and money laundering (Read more)


Dec. 2, 2009 - Mora
FEDERAL PROBATION OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG TRAFFICKING AND BRIBERY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A United States probation officer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and bribery of a public official (Read more)


Dec. 1, 2009 - Yzaguirre, Leyva, Amador et al
CORPUS CHRISTI GROUP ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED CONSPIRACY TO TRAFFIC METHAPHETAMINE

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Eleven people accused of trafficking methamphetamine were arrested today as a result of the efforts of a multi-agency investigation (Read more)


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