News and Press Releases

March 2009 Press Releases

March 31, 2009 - Reyna
MEMBER OF GULF CARTEL CONVICTED FOR ASSAULT OF FEDERAL AGENTS

(HOUSTON) – Juan Carlos De La Cruz Reyna, 36, of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening to assault and murder federal agents (Read more)


March 30, 2009 - Oropeza
THIRD OROPEZA FAMILY MEMBER SENTENCED TO PRISON

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Oscar Oropeza, 47, of Brownsville, has been sentenced to prison for trafficking in Marijuana and money laundering (Read more)


March 30, 2009 - Harmon
NASA CONTRACTOR CONVICTED FOR FRAUD INVOLVING SPACE VEHICLE PARTS

(HOUSTON) – Richard J. Harmon, 60, has pleaded guilty to one count of fraud involving space vehicle parts (Read more)


March 27, 2009 - Gutierrez
FIREARMS TRAFFICKER SENTENCED

(HOUSTON) – Juan Pablo Gutierrez, 25, of Houston, has been sentenced after pleading guilty before U.S. District Judge Gray Miller to eight counts involving the offense of making a false material statement to a federal firearms licensee in connection with the purchase of a firearm (Read more)


March 27, 2009 - Garcia and Garcia
LOCAL COUPLE AND TWO SAN ANTONIO ORTHOTISTS INDICTED FOR FRAUD

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) - A Corpus Christi couple and two brothers from the San Antonio area have been indicted for allegedly defrauding Medicare and the Texas Medicaid Program (Read more)


March 27, 2009 - Rose
FORMER RURAL CARRIER ASSOCIATE IMPRISONED FOR STEALING IDENTITIES FROM THE MAIL

(HOUSTON) - Former rural carrier associate LaNardsha Rose has been sentenced to prison for aggravated identity theft (Read more)


March 26, 2009 - Ramirez
BROWNSVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR SMUGGLING  FIREARMS

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Emmanuel Ramirez, 25, has been sentenced to federal prison for aiding and abetting others to make false statements on firearms purchase records and smuggling those firearms from the U.S. into Mexico (Read more)


March 26, 2009 - Houston Methodist Hospital
HOUSTON'S METHODIST HOSPITAL TO PAY U.S. MORE THAN $9 MILLION TO RESOLVE ALLEGATIONS OF OVERCHARGING MEDICARE

(Washington) – Methodist Hospital in Houston has agreed to pay the United States $9.99 million to settle allegations that it defrauded the federal Medicare program (Read more)


March 25, 2009 - Garcia, Guillen, Lucas, et al
13 SENTENCED FOR ROLES IN PURCHASING FIREARMS

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Thirteen Brownsville residents have been sentenced for purchasing or recruiting others to purchase firearms by making false statements (Read more)


March 24, 2009 - Tindall
CONROE POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED FOR BANK ROBBERY

(HOUSTON) - A Conroe Police sergeant has been charged with bank robbery (Read more)


March 23, 2009 - Lopez
FORMER SAN BENITO POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED FOR TRAFFICKING IN MARIJUANA AND COCAINE

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Edgar Heberto Lopez, 28, a former San Benito Police officer, has been sentenced to federal prison without parole for conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, using a firearms during the commission of a drug trafficking offense and failure to appear for sentencing (Read more)


March 23, 2009 - Fletcher
DISTRIBUTOR OF COUNTERFEIT PHARMACEUTICALS DRUGS CONVICTED

(HOUSTON) - Richard Fletcher, 57, of Dallas, Texas, has been convicted of conspiring to distribute counterfeit pharmaceuticals and trafficking in pharmaceuticals bearing false labeling and counterfeit trademarks (Read more)


March 23, 2009 - Lopez Sr.
CONVICTION IN KIDNAPPING CONSPIRACY AND MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT INVOLVING FEDERAL JUDGE

(HOUSTON) - Joel Lopez Sr., 51, has been convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and one count of murder-for-hire (Read more)


March 23, 2009 - Baker
FORMER RAYMONDVILLE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Samuel E. Baker, 44, a former animal control officer for the Raymondville Police Department, has been re-sentenced to a lengthy prison term for possessing and receiving child pornography (Read more)


March 20, 2009 - Menchaca
LAREDO MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF COCAINE

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


March 19, 2009 - Torres-Gomez
GRAND JURY INDICTS EL SALVADORAN FOR SMUGGLING ALIENS AND ASSAULTING A FEDERAL AGENT

(LAREDO, Texas) - A federal grand jury has indicted Rigoberto Torres-Gomez for unlawful transportation of an illegal alien and an assault on a Border Patrol agent (Read more)


March 19, 2009 - Perez-Mendoza, Gomez-Gonzalez, Galindo, et al
DRUGS AND GUNS LEADS TO LENGTHY PRISON TERMS FOR FOUR

(LAREDO, Texas) – Four defendants have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 433.28 kilograms of cocaine and for possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime (Read more)


March 17, 2009 - Buraimoh
MEN INDICTED IN MARRIAGE FRAUD CONSPIRACY

(HOUSTON) - Olanrewaju Adegoka Buraimoh, a citizen of Nigeria, and Ibraheem Adeneye, a naturalized U.S. citizen and Houston resident, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiring to commit marriage fraud (Read more)


March 17, 2009 - Hale
HOUSTON MAN INDICTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - A federal grand jury has indicted James Walter Hale, of Houston, for possessing child pornography (Read more)


March 16, 2009 - Garza
CORPUS CHRISTI RESIDENT CHARGED WITH RECEIVING, POSSESSING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Ernest Garza, 23, of Corpus Christi, was arrested today by FBI agents following his indictment for receiving, possessing and distributing child pornography (Read more)


March 13, 2009 - Williamson
HOUSTON ATTORNEY GOES TO PRISON FOR POSSESSION FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - Warren Reid Williamson, 56, a Houston resident and attorney, has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography (Read more)


March 11, 2009 - Williams
HOUSTON RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO MORTGAGE FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - Frankthea Williams, 33, of Houston, has been convicted of conspiring to commit mail fraud and wire fraud as part of a scheme to defraud residential mortgage lenders and engaging in a financial transaction involving criminally derived property (Read more)


March 11, 2009 - Packer
CALIFORNIA SEX OFFENDER WHO MOVED TO TEXAS SENT TO PRISON FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

(HOUSTON) - Thomas Elvin Packer, 46, of Waller County, has been sentenced to 16 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal (Read more)


March 11, 2009 - Iqbal
GAS STATION EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING FUNDS FROM THE U.S.POSTAL SERVICE

ATTENDANT RAN FRAUDULENT GAS CHARGES ON USPS GAS CARD

(HOUSTON) – Javed Iqbal, 37, has pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud, three counts of access device fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft (Read more)


March 10, 2009 - Mooneyham
VICTORIA RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(VICTORIA, Texas) – Turner Cornell Mooneyham, 58, of Victoria, has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and to receipt of child pornography (Read more)


March 9, 2009 - Perez
BROWNSVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR HIS ROLE IN PURCHASING FIREARMS

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Jose Angel Perez, 30, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for making false statements in relation to purchasing firearms (Read more)


March 9, 2009 - Gonzales Jr.
PASADENA DENTIST INDICTED FOR MEDICAID FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – A 24-count indictment charging Dr. David Lloyd Gonzales Jr., of Pasadena, with health care fraud was unsealed today following the dentist’s arrest by state agents (Read more)


March 6, 2009 - Davis
LOCAL WOMAN CHARGED WITH BANK FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - A one-count indictment charging Chantranell K. Davis, of Houston with bank fraud has been unsealed following her arrest Tuesday by federal and state investigating agents (Read more)


March 6, 2009 - Castillo and Ovalle-Martinez
JURY CONVICTS MEXICAN NATIONALS OF COCAINE TRAFFICKING AND MONEY LAUNDERING

(HOUSTON) - After approximately two hours of deliberations, a federal jury has convicted two Mexican nationals of trafficking in cocaine and laundering the proceeds (Read more)


March 6, 2009 - Ancira
LAREDO MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

(LAREDO, Texas) – A Laredo man convicted of possessing with possessing a firearm after having previously been convicted of a felony, has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


March 5, 2009 - Martinez
FORMER POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED ON GUN CHARGES

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - A former Palm Valley police officer convicted of dealing firearms without a federal firearms license has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


March 5, 2009 - Jammer
LOAN PROCESSOR CONVICTED OF MORTGAGE FRAUD

(HOUSTON, Texas) – Babette Jammer, 47, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to mail and wire fraud conspiracy charges (Read more)


March 5, 2009 - Cardona-Ramirez
“SICARIO” LEADER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE

(LAREDO, Texas) - Gabriel Cardona-Ramirez, 22, has been sentenced to life imprisonment (Read more)


March 3, 2009 - Garza
CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION INSPECTOR SENTENCED FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING AND BRIBERY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Former Customs and Border Protection inspector Guadalupe Garza, 64, has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for alien smuggling and bribery (Read more)


March 3, 2009 - Gomez
LOCAL MAN INDICTED FOR BANK FRAUD AND EMBEZZLEMENT

(McALLEN, Texas) - A federal grand jury has indicted Alan Gomez, of McAllen, for bank fraud and embezzlement (Read more)


March 3, 2009 - Scruggs
CIVIL PENALTY IS IMPOSED AGAINST GALVESTON RESIDENT FOR VIOLATING CLEAN WATER ACT

(HOUSTON) – A Galveston area dentist has been ordered to pay $65,000 in civil penalties for violating the Clean Water Act (Read more)


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