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February 2009 Press Releases

Feb. 27, 2009 - Galvan-De Luna
LAREDO WOMAN SENTENCED FOR LEADING ORGANIZATION RESPONSIBLE FOR SMUGGLING MORE THAN 100 UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS

(LAREDO, Texas) - Josefa Esther Galvan-De Luna, 55, of Laredo, Texas, has been sentenced to 63 months in prison for leading an extensive human smuggling organization responsible for smuggling more than 100 undocumented aliens from Laredo to other destinations in the U.S. (Read more)


Feb. 26, 2009 - Wilson and Kincade
CITY OF HEMPSTEAD OFFICIALS PLEAD GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY

(HOUSTON, Texas) – Former City of Hempstead Mayor Pro-Tem Larry Wilson and City Alderman Paris Kincade have both pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for their vote and support resulting in the awarding of city contracts (Read more)


Feb. 26, 2009 - Nunez
OPERATION URBAN COWBOY CONCLUDES WITH SENTENCING OF LAST DEFENDANT – THE DEALER’S WIFE

(HOUSTON) – Cynthia Ann Nunez, 30, the wife of Jose Miguel Nunez, 39, a major importer and distributor of cocaine throughout Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina, has been sentenced for her role in structuring a financial transaction to conceal the nature and source of her husband’s drug proceeds (Read more)


Feb. 25, 2009 - Holloway
30-MONTH SENTENCE IN BANK FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON, Texas) – Melvin Van Holloway, 41, has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for his part in a bank fraud scheme in connection with loans he made at Capital One Bank (Read more)


Feb. 23, 2009 - Adkins
HOUSTON MAN PLEAD GUILTY TO SEXUALLY EXPLOITING A CHILD ONLINE

(HOUSTON, Texas) – Perry Adkins, of Houston, has pleaded guilty in a Houston federal court to online sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography (Read more)


Feb. 20, 2009 - Hernandez
CBP INSPECTOR INDICTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING, ALIEN SMUGGLING AND BRIBERY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Sergio Lopez Hernandez, 40, a Brownsville Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday Feb. 18, 2009, according to a sealed 11-count indictment that was partially unsealed yesterday by U.S. Magistrate John R. Froeschner (Read more)


Feb. 20, 2009 - Salazar-Cortes
MAN SENTENCED IN ALIEN SMUGGLING CONSPIRACY

(HOUSTON) - Cristino Salazar-Cortes, an illegal alien from Mexico, has been sentenced by United States District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. to 51 months imprisonment for conspiring to harbor and transport illegal aliens within the United States for financial gain (Read more)


Feb. 19, 2009 - Escamilla & Villalon-Zarate
TWO FORMER BANK EMPLOYEES SENTENCE FOR FRAUD AND EMBEZZLING MORE THAN $100 THOUSAND

(McALLEN, Texas) - Two former employees of Inter National Bank of McAllen have been sentenced for embezzling approximately $120,000 from their former employer (Read more)


Feb. 13, 2009 - Hogan
OWNER OF DME COMPANY INDICTED IN ADULT DIAPER FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON, Texas) –  A 10-count indictment has been unsealed charging Ene Etim Hogan, the owner of a Houston area durable medical equipment company (DME), with health care fraud in an adult diaper fraud case (Read more)


Feb. 13, 2009 - Ortiz
DRIVER FOUND GUILTY FOR TRANSPORTING COCAINE INTO U.S.

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A federal jury has convicted Ismael Ortiz, 43, a United States citizen residing in Matamoros, Mexico, of possession with intent to distribute more than 16 kilograms of cocaine (Read more)


Feb. 12, 2009 - Villagomez Jr.
LYING TO BUY FIREARMS LANDS ALAMO MAN IN FEDERAL PRISON

Gun found at Mexican crime scene traced back to defendant

(McALLEN, Texas) - Armando Villagomez Jr., 33, of Alamo, Texas has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for lying on federal firearms forms to purchase weapons that were smuggled into Mexico (Read more)


Feb. 12, 2009 - Lyons and Lyons
TWO CORPUS CHRISTI BUSINESSMEN SENTENCED TO PRISON IN PAYROLL TAX FRAUD CONSPIRACY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Two Corpus Christi businessmen have been sentenced to federal prison for Conspiring to Defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (Read more)


Feb. 11, 2009 - Johnson
NEW ORLEANS WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO OBTAIN FEMA FUNDS FOR HURRICANE KATRINA

(HOUSTON) - Linda L. Johnson, 27, of New Orleans, La., has pleaded guilty to making false statements to obtain FEMA disaster assistance benefits following Hurricane Katrina (Read more)


Feb. 11, 2009 - Segovia
AUSTIN MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF COCAINE

(LAREDO, Texas) – An Austin man convicted by his plea of guilty for possessing with intent to distribute cocaine has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


Feb. 10, 2009 - Stevens
CONROE RESIDENT INDICTED FOR DISTRIBUTING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - A federal grand jury has indicted Josiah Samuel Stevens, of Conroe, for distributing and possessing child pornography (Read more)


Feb. 9, 2009 - Feugate
SEX OFFENDER SENT TO PRISON

(HOUSTON) - Shawn Michael Feugate, 27, of Matagorda County, has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for failing to register as a sex offender (Read more)


Feb. 6, 2009 - Alvarez
NUEVO LAREDO MEN’S CLUB MANAGER CONVICTED OF ATTEMPTING TO SMUGGLE AMMUNITION INTO MEXICO

(LAREDO) – Raul Alvarez, 29, a U.S. citizen and the business manager of a men’s club in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, has pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle ammunition from the United States into Mexico (Read more)


Feb. 6, 2009 - Lang and Davis
HOUSTON DUO INDICTED FOR FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - A Houston grand jury returned an indictment against Leslie Lang (also known as Leslie Lang-Reynolds) and Donya Davis, both of Houston, for conspiracy and wire fraud (Read more)


Feb. 5, 2009 - Symmank
COURT ISSUES NO BOND ORDER FOR HOUSTON AREA MAN INDICTED FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) – United States Magistrate Judge Calvin Botley has ordered Keith Nathan Symmank, 46, of Houston, to remain in federal custody without bond pending his trial for possessing thousands of images of child pornography downloaded via the internet (Read more)


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