News and Press Releases

July 2009 Press Releases

July 31, 2009 - Sullivan
CORPUS CHRISTI AREA MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH TRANSPORTING A MINOR ACROSS STATE LINES TO ENGAGE IN SEX

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Shaun P. Sullivan, 28, of Corpus Christi, Texas was arrested today and charged by criminal complaint with transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and traveling across state lines with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct (Read more)


July 29, 2009 - Bell
CLEAR LAKE MORTGAGE BROKER/REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER SENTENCED TO 10 YEAR PRISON TERM

(HOUSTON, Texas) - Richard Bell, 50, president and CEO of Harborside Mortgage Corporation, was sentenced to 121 months in prison late yesterday by U.S. District Judge Gray Miller for bank fraud and money laundering (Read more)


July 29, 2009 - Showers
23-YEAR OLD PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - Sean Connery Showers, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography (Read more)


July 28, 2009 - Bietendorf
INGLESIDE RESIDENT CHARGED WITH RECEIVING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ARRESTED

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Terry Lee Bietendorf, 50, of Ingleside, Texas, has been arrested following the return of a seven-count indictment accusing him of receiving and distributing child pornography (Read more)


July 28, 2009 - Brunsma
CORPUS CHRISTI RESIDENT GUILTY OF RECEVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Steven Thomas Brunsma, 61, has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography via the internet (Read more)


July 28, 2009 - West
HOUSTON WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR WHEELCHAIR FRAUD

To forfeit $2.3 million in ill-gotten gains to the U.S.

(HOUSTON) – The owner of Odyssey Medical and Counseling Center has been sentenced to prison for her role in a $2.3 million wheelchair fraud (Read more)


July 27, 2009 - Zamora-Cantu
LAREDO AREA DRUG TRAFFICKER WHO ATTEMPTED TO RUN OVER TROOPER THEN FLED TO MEXICO SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON

(LAREDO, Texas) – Lino Zamora-Cantu, 30, of Rio Bravo, Texas, was sentenced to a total of more than 24 years in federal prison today for drug trafficking (Read more)


July 24, 2009 - Estes
TAX RETURN PREPARER SENTENCED FOR FILING FALSE RETURNS AND FOR DUPING CLIENT

(HOUSTON) - Tax return preparer Dennis Lane Estes has been sentenced to 30 months for evading the income taxes of one of the clients (Read more)


July 24, 2009 - Imo
PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINIC OWNER CHARGED IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON) - The owner of City Nursing Services of Texas Inc., an alleged Houston physical therapy clinic, has been indicted for conspiring to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, mail fraud and money laundering arising from an alleged multi-million dollar health care fraud scheme (Read more)


July 24, 2009 - Vasquez-Salgado and Salazar
MOTHER AND SON CONVICTED OF HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIEN AND LOSE HOUSE 

(HOUSTON) - Gregoria Vasquez-Salgado and her son, David Salazar, have entered pleas of guilty to harboring an illegal alien (Read more)


July 23, 2009 - Ivory
TRUCK DRIVER CONVICTED OF SMUGGLING 1,252 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA

(LAREDO) – A federal jury convicted a Dallas area truck driver of smuggling more than 1000 pounds of marijuana from Laredo to the Dallas area (Read more)


July 23, 2009 - Escobedo
LOCAL DRUG DEALER SENTENCED TO 188 MONTHS

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A Corpus Christi area crack cocaine dealer with be serving more than 15 years in federal prison without parole (Read more)


July 22, 2009 - Alvarez et al
FOUR RIO GRANDE VALLEY MEN CONVICTED OF COCAINE TRAFFICKING AND LAUNDERING MILLIONS

(HOUSTON) - A federal jury has convicted four Rio Grande Valley men of distributing more than 200 kilograms of cocaine and laundering millions in drug proceeds (Read more)


July 21, 2009 - Curtis
LEADER OF RING THAT USED CHILDREN’S SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS IN MORTGAGE FRAUD SCHEME SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON

(HOUSTON) – Craig Curtis, 37, has been sentenced to 144 months in prison for his role in organizing a mortgage fraud scheme in the Montrose area that used the stolen identities of minors to obtain fraudulent loans (Read more)


July 21, 2009 - Trammell
FATHER, DAUGHTER, WIFE INDICTED IN MORTGAGE FRAUD CONSPIRACY

(HOUSTON) - An 11-count sealed indictment charging conspiracy and wire fraud has been unsealed following the arrests of Claymon “Butch” Trammell, Michelle Trammell and Jeannettea Williams (Read more)


July 21, 2009 - Rangel-Hidalgo
MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED IN COUNTERFEIT DOCUMENT SCHEME

(HOUSTON) – Mexican national Cornelio Rangel-Hidalgo, 27, aka El Chino, has been sentenced to prison for possessing counterfeit immigration documents and aiding and abetting the commission of that offense by his co-defendant, Cesar Gutierrez-Mendiola (Read more)


July 21, 2009 - Quintinsky
NEARLY $800,000 IN UNPAID TAXES LEADS TO FEDERAL INDICTMENT

(HOUSTON) - A sealed indictment charging Gary C. Quintinsky with failing to account for and pay over federal income taxes and other withholdings from employee wages totaling more than $798,000 has been unsealed today following his arrest (Read more)


July 21, 2009 - Itani
HOUSTON FOOD DISTRIBUTOR CONVICTED OF FRAUD IN IRAQ FOOD CONTRACTS

(HOUSTON) - Samir Mahmoud Itani, 49, the owner and operator of American Grocers Inc., 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)


July 21, 2009 - Duran et al
FIVE CHARGED IN AREA ”SMASH AND GRAB” GUN SHOP BURGLARY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Five Corpus Christi men have been indicted for various federal weapons charges arising from recent “smash and grab” burglary of a local gun store (Read more)


July 17, 2009 - Rodriguez
CORPUS CHRISTI MAN SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Abraham Salomon Rodriguez, aka Paco, has been sentenced to serve 240 months in federal prison for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 kilograms of cocaine (Read more)


July 17, 2009 - Sharma and Sharma
TWO HOUSTON AREA DOCTORS CHARGED IN CONSPIRACY TO ILLEGALLY DISTRIBUTE NARCOTICS AND MEDICARE/MEDICAID FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - Dr. Arun Sharma and his wife, Dr. Kiran Sharma, M.D., both 54, have been charged in a 29-count indictment alleging conspiracy to unlawfully dispense and distribute controlled substances outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose (Read more)

July 16, 2009 - Operation Blood Loss
FREEPORT DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION AND ASSOCIATES INDICTED ON DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES

(HOUSTON) – Several alleged members and associates of a drug trafficking organization operating in and around the Freeport/Lake Jackson, Texas, area have been indicted for trafficking in significant quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine (Read more)



July 16, 2009 - Hill
LOCAL PSYCHOLOGIST SENTENCED FOR FRAUD

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) - A Corpus Christi area psychologist has been sentenced to five years of probation and six months house arrest for defrauding Medicaid (Read more)


July 16, 2009 - Garcia
PASADENA ALIEN SMUGGLER SENTENCED TO LENGTHY PRISON TERM IN ALIEN DEATH CASE

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Frank Garcia, 30, of Pasadena, Texas, has been sentenced to a total of 234 months in federal prison for his involvement in a November 2008 alien smuggling conspiracy that resulted in the deaths of three individuals (Read more)


July 15, 2009 - Duann
HOUSTON COMPUTER ADMINISTRATOR SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR HACKING FORMER EMPLOYER’S COMPUTER NETWORK

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)– The former director of information technology for a non-profit organ and tissue donation center was sentenced today to two years in prison for hacking into her former employer’s computer network (Read more)


July 15, 2009 - Bacon
SEPTUAGENARIAN CONVICTED OF POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Welles D. Bacon, 72, of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been convicted of possessing child pornography following his guilty plea to the charge this morning (Read more)


July 15, 2009 - Gonzalez-Mendoza
MEN PLEAD GUILTY IN ALIEN SMUGGLING CONSPIRACY

(HOUSTON) – Anselmo Gonzalez-Mendoza, 32, Epifanio Gonzalez-Mendoza, 26, and Leonel Gonzalez-Mendoza, 20, all of Mexico, entered pleas of guilty before United States District Court Judge David Hitttner today for conspiring to harbor and transport illegal aliens within the United States for financial gain (Read more)


July 15, 2009 - Mora
FEDERAL PROBATION OFFICER CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING AND BRIBERY

(McALLEN, Texas) – A United States Probation Officer has been arrested and charged with drug trafficking and bribery (Read more)


July 13, 2009 - Bishop
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER CONVICTED OF MAKING FALSE STATEMENT ON TAX RETURNS

(HOUSTON) - Gladys Nell Bishop, President of Quality Trucking Inc., has been convicted  by a jury of three counts of making false statements on tax returns filed for the company for tax years 2000, 2001 and 2002 (Read more)


July 13, 2009 - Lozano
TEACHER INDICTED FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Ramiro C. Lozano, 46, has been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children and two counts of possession of child pornography (Read more)


July 13, 2009 - Garza
ROBSTOWN RESIDENT SENTENCED FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Ernest Garza, 23, of Robstown, has been sentenced to 87 months in prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release and lifetime registration as a sex offender (Read more)


July 13, 2009 - Davis
AREA MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH SEX TRAFFICKING

(HOUSTON) - Barry Lernard Davis, aka Sir Lewis, has been arrested following the return of a indictment charging him with sex trafficking of a minor, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and coercion and enticement of yet another female to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution (Read more)


July 10, 2009 - Breda Jr.
PEARLAND MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH ABUSIVE SEXUAL CONTACT

(HOUSTON) – A civilian defense contractor has been arrested following the return of a federal indictment charging him with abusive sexual contact (Read more)


July 10, 2009 - Horton
MONTGOMERY CO. MAN CHARGED WITH FAILURE TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

(HOUSTON) - Jeffery Sharr Horton, 37, of Magnolia, Texas, has been charged with failing to register as a sex offender (Read more)


July 10, 2009 - Rodriguez
HOUSTON MAN FOUND GUILTY OF SMUGGLING MARIJUANA

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Julian Rodriguez, 35, a U.S. citizen residing in Houston, has been convicted following a federal jury trial of conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute 82.32 kilograms of marijuana (Read more)


July 8, 2009 - James
BLOOMINGTON MAN CONVICTED OF POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(VICTORIA, Texas) – Joey James, 26, of Bloomington, Texas, has been convicted of possessing child pornography (Read more)


July 7, 2009 - Charleston
WALLER COUNTY JUSTICE OF THE PEACE INDICTED FOR BRIBERY

(HOUSTON) – A sealed indictment charging Waller County Justice of the Peace Dewayne Charleston with violations of federal law arising from a bribery scheme has been unsealed following his arrest today by FBI agents (Read more)


July 7, 2009 - Ramirez
U.S. POSTAL CARRIER PLEADS GUILTY FOR THEFT OF MAIL

(MCALLEN, Texas) – Uvaldo Ramirez Jr., 45, of Mission, Texas, has been convicted of stealing from U.S. Mail while employed as a U.S. Postal Service carrier (Read more)


July 7, 2009 - Mooneyham
VICTORIA RESIDENT SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND FIREARMS CHARGES

(VICTORIA, Texas) – Turner Cornell Mooneyham, 58, of Victoria, has been sentenced for violations of various federal firearms statutes as well as possession and receipt of child pornography (Read more)


July 6, 2009 - Camarena and Garaza
MORE LOCAL TAQUERIA ARANDAS RESTAURANT OWNERS SENTENCED ON FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN CHARGES

(HOUSTON) – Francisco Javier Camarena and Pablo Garza, both of Houston, have been sentenced to federal prison for filing false income tax returns relating to their Taqueria Arandas restaurants (Read more)


July 2, 2009 - Gonzalez
TEACHER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(HOUSTON) – A  teacher has been convicted of possessing child pornography after pleading guilty to the federal offense (Read more)


July 1, 2009 - Al-Zehairi
SAUDI ARABIAN NATIONAL CHARGED WITH FRAUD IN OBTAINING VISA FOR DOMESTIC EMPLOYEE

(HOUSTON) – Mohammed Abdulazz Al-Zehairi, a 42-year-old Saudi Arabian national residing in Houston, was arrested today by members of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA) for providing a false statement to secure a United States Visa for a domestic employee (Read more)


July 1, 2009 - Davis
HOUSTON WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING EMPLOYER BANK OF $30,000

(HOUSTON, TX) – Chantranell K. Davis, of Houston, has plead guilty to one count of bank fraud for her role in a scheme to defraud Bank of America (Read more)


July 1, 2009 - Sancheznoriega
CORPUS CHRISTI MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR RECEIVING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A Corpus Christi resident has been sentenced to prison for receiving and distributing child pornography (Read more)


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