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June 2009 Press Releases

 

June 30, 2009 - Brown and Oregon
TWO HOUSTON WOMEN CHARGED IN BANK FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON) – Brittany M. Brown, 21, and Cecilia Oregon, 24, of Houston, have both been indicted with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of bank fraud (Read more)


June 29, 2009 - Renaud
THIRD LOCAL TAQUERIA ARANDAS RESTAURANT OWNER SENTENCED ON FALSE INCOME TAX RETURN CHARGE

(HOUSTON) – Chris Anthony Renaud, of Houston, has been sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison without parole for filing a false income tax returns (Read more)


June 29, 2009 - Imo
PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINIC OWNER CHARGED IN HEALTH CARE FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON) - The owner of a Houston physical therapy clinic charged in connection with an alleged multi-million dollar health care fraud was arrested on Friday, June 26, 2009, and remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing this afternoon (Read more)


June 26, 2009 - Espinosa, Espinosa, Flores, et al
DRUG TRAFFICKING, MONEY LAUNDERING AND LOAN FRAUD RESULTS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR EIGHT LOCAL RESIDENTS

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Nine people from Corpus Christi have been sentenced on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, money laundering and loan fraud (Read more)


June 26, 2009 - Gowing
SPRING MAN CONVICTED OF FAILURE TO FILE INCOME TAX RETURN

(HOUSTON) - Brendan F. Gowing, of Spring, Texas, has pleaded guilty to failing to file an income tax return on gross income of more than $1.7 million (Read more)


June 26, 2009 - Alaniz
MANAGER OF ADULT DAY CARE CENTER PLEAS GUILTY TO RECEIVING KICKBACKS

(McALLEN, Texas) – The manager of the la Familia Adult Day Care Center in Harlingen, Texas, has been convicted of receiving kickbacks and illegally referring Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to Fabian Aurignac, M.D. (Read more)


June 25, 2009 - Perez
UNDOCUMENTED ALIEN SENTENCED FOR SMUGGLING OTHER ALIENS AND HOLDING ONE AGAINST HIS WILL

(LAREDO, Texas) – Gerardo Rafael Perez, 30, a Mexican undocumented alien, was sentenced late yesterday to a total of 102 months for his role in the smuggling of an undocumented alien that resulted in the alien’s forced detention (Read more)


June 24, 2009 - Sharma and Sharma
HUSBAND AND WIFE DOCTORS CHARGED WITH OPERATING A PILL MILL

(HOUSTON) - Two Houston area doctors have been charged by criminal complaint for operating their pain management clinic as a pill mill (Read more)


June 23, 2009 - Carter and Swetnam
TWO INSURANCE AGENTS CHARGED WITH MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR INSURANCE FRAUD SCHEME

(HOUSTON) - A 10-count indictment has been unsealed, charging Brent A. Carter and Michael N. Swetnam Jr., with conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud (Read more)


June 22, 2009 - Huynh
ECSTASY TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

(HOUSTON) – A Canadian citizen responsible for distributing more than 200,000 Ecstasy pills in the Houston area has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison (Read more)


June 22, 2009 - Argandona
MEXICAN BUSINESSMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ILLEGAL EXPORT SCHEME

(LAREDO, Texas) – Jesus Argandona, a Mexican businessman, has been sentenced to prison for illegally attempting to export goods to Mexico (Read more)


June 22, 2009 - Brunsma
LOCAL RESIDENT INDICTED ON VARIOUS CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(VICTORIA, Texas) – Steven Thomas Brunsma, 60, of Corpus Christi, has been charged with possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography (Read more)


June 22, 2009- Cho and Park
HOUSTON MODELING STUDIO OWNERS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR BRIBERY AND VISA FRAUD

(Houston) - Man Hui Cho, 55, and his wife, Ki Sun Park, 54, both of Houston, have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a bribery, visa fraud and an alien importation for prostitution purposes conspiracy (Read more)


June 22, 2009 - Noble
HOUSTON MAN INDICTED FOR DISTRIBUTING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - A federal grand jury has indicted Roger Lynn Noble, of Houston, for distributing and possessing child pornography (Read more)


June 22, 2009 - Showers
LOUISIANA NATIVE INDICTED FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BOND

(HOUSTON) - Sean Connery Showers has been ordered held without bond on possession of child pornography charges (Read more)


June 19, 2009 - Stanford, et al
STANFORD FINANCIAL GROUP EXECUTIVES AND FORMER CHAIRMAN OF ANTIGUAN BANK REGULATOR INDICTED FOR FRAUD AND OBSTRUCTION

Charges Related to $7 Billion Dollar Scheme to Defraud Investors

(WASHINGTON) – Robert Allen Stanford, 59, chairman of the Houston-based Stanford Financial Group (SFG), three SFG executives and the former chief executive officer of the Antiguan bank regulatory agency have been indicted on fraud and obstruction charges related to a $7 billion scheme to defraud investors (Read more)


June 18, 2009 - Saenz-Alejandro
FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS MAN FOR ILLEGALLY REENTRY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - A Brownsville federal jury has convicted Eleazar Saenz-Alejandro of illegally reentering the country after having been previously deported (Read more)


June 17, 2009 - Bacon
SEPTUAGENARIAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Welles D. Bacon, of Corpus Christi, has been arrested and released on bond following the return of a federal indictment charging him with five counts of possessing child pornography (Read more)


June 16, 2009 - Bridges
CONSPIRATOR INVOLVED IN APARMENT MAIL BOX BREAK INS PLEADS TO ACCESS DEVICE FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – Anthony Cole Bridges, 32, of Bryan, Texas, the second of two charged with mail theft and access device fraud, has been convicted (Read more)


June 12, 2009 - Ashoor
HOUSTON MAN INDICTED FOR TRAFFICKING COUNTERFEIT COMPUTER PRODUCTS

(HOUSTON) – Ehab Ashoor, 48, of Sugarland, Texas, has been arrested following the return of a federal indictment charging trafficking in counterfeit Cisco computer products (Read more)


June 11, 2009 - Cabrera-Ruiz
MEXICAN CITIZENS SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRACY TO TRANSPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Carlos Alberto Cabrera-Ruiz, 23, a Mexico citizen who entered the United States illegally, and Angel Miranda-Orosco, 25, a citizen of Mexico who had been previously deported from the United States, have been sentenced for conspiracy to transport undocumented aliens (Read more)


June 11, 2009 - Ngo
JURY CONVICTS HOUSTON BUSINESSMAN OF LAUNDERING DRUG MONEY

(HOUSTON) - A federal jury has convicted a Houston area businessman of laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug proceeds through a local phone card business (Read more)


June 10, 2009 - Kahlon and Baron
OWNER AND MANAGERS OF ACTION RAGS INC. CONVICTED AND SENTENCED FOR HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIENS

(HOUSTON) – The owner and two managers of Action Rags USA LLC., a company involved in recycling discarded clothing for resale in developing countries, have been convicted and sentenced for conspiring to harbor illegal aliens (Read more)


June 9, 2009 - Orozco-Barajas
MAN EXTRADITED FROM MEXICO CITY TO PLEADS GUILTY TO METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKING

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Sergio Orozco-Barajas, a Mexican citizen extradited to the United States in early May 2009, has pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine (Read more)


June 9, 2009 - Dennis
RAPPER WILLIE D INDICTED IN WIRE FRAUD SCAM

(HOUSTON) - William James Dennis, aka Willie D, has been indicted by a grand jury on 15 counts of wire fraud (Read more)


June 8, 2009 - Villarreal, Villarreal and Rangel
LAST OF THREE CONVICTED OF SHOOTING OF ICE AGENT SENTENCED

(McALLEN, Texas) – Juan Villarreal, 30, his brother, Leobardo Villarreal, 26, and Abel Rangel, 37, have been sentenced to long prison terms for shooting an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent (Read more)


June 8, 2009 - Texis-Montano, Aguila-Cuapio and Tecuapacho
THREE CHARGED WITH SMUGGLING A MINOR TO ENGAGE IN COMMERICAL SEX ACTS

(HOUSTON) – Three Mexican nationals have been indicted by a Houston grand jury for conspiring to engage in sex trafficking of a minor (Read more)


June 8, 2009 - Doyle III
AUSTIN AREA MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - William Arthur Doyle, III, 56, from Round Rock, Texas, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for producing child pornography (Read more)


June 5, 2009 - Jackson
APARTMENT MAILBOX BREAKS IN LEADS TO POSSESSION OF STOLEN MAIL, ACCESS DEVICE FRAUD AND AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT CHARGES

(HOUSTON) – Gwendolyn Cheree Jackson, 30, of Houston, indicted on April 30, 2009, and charged with three counts of possession of stolen mail and one count each of access device fraud and aggravated identity theft, has been arrested by U.S. Postal Service inspectors (Read more)


June 5, 2009 - Sepulveda
AIRPORT POLICE OFFICER CONVICTED OF SELLING COCAINE SENTENCED TO PRISON

(LAREDO, Texas) - Vidal Gerardo Sepulveda, a Laredo International Airport police officer convicted of distributing cocaine while in uniform at the Laredo airport on Sept. 11, 2008, has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


June 5, 2009 - Hogan
HOUSTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN ADULT DIAPER FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON) – Ene Etim Hogan, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to three counts of healthcare fraud for his role in a adult diaper fraud case (Read more)


June 5, 2009 - Kim
FORMER GEXA SENIOR DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR INDICTED

(HOUSTON) – Steven Jinwoo Kim, a former employee of GEXA Energy in Houston, has been indicted for intentionally causing damage to a protected computer, possessing child pornography and aggravated identity theft (Read more)


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