News and Press Releases

May 2009 Press Releases

May 29, 2009 - Blackard
CIVILIAN CONTRACTOR SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO FEDERAL AGENTS

(HOUSTON) – Gregory W. Blackard, a civilian contractor who performed work on the United States Embassy in Beijing, China, has been sentenced to federal prison
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May 29, 2009 - Kayode
NIGERIAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR MAIL FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT

(HOUSTON) - Rasheed Babatunde Kayode, 49, of Houston, has been sentenced to 235 months in federal prison following his convictions for mail fraud, aggravated identity theft and fraud in the procurement of naturalized U.S. citizenship (Read more)


May 29, 2009 - Woodard
FORMER AUTO DEALER INDICTED FOR BANK FRAUD

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A six-count indictment has been unsealed charging John Jeff Woodard Jr., 47, of Harlingen, Texas, with bank fraud (Read more)


May 28, 2009 - McAfee
MAN SENTENCED FOR STEALING VETERAN’S IDENTITY AND RECEIVING BENEFITS

(HOUSTON) - A Texas City man has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for stealing the identity of a Vietnam War veteran and using that identity to receive health care benefits (Read more)


May 27, 2009 - Castillo and Ovalle
FIVE MEMBERS OF DRUG TRAFFICKING/MONEY LAUNDERING ORGANIZATION WHICH USED COMMERCIAL BUSES TO HIDE CONTRABAND SENTENCED TO PRISON

(HOUSTON) –  Five members of a drug trafficking organization - all Mexican nationals - responsible for transporting and distributing thousands of kilograms of cocaine in the Houston area and transporting millions in drug money to Mexico in commercial buses were sentenced to prison today (Read more)


May 27, 2009 - Contreras
ADMITTED MEMBER OF MEXICAN MAFIA GANG SENTENCED TO LENGTHY FEDERAL PRISON TERM FOR TRAFFACKING MARIJUANA

(LAREDO, Texas) – A self-admitted member of the Mexican Mafia prison gang and a career offender with prior convictions for murder and drug trafficking has been sentenced to a lengthy federal prison term for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute 74.39 kilograms of marijuana (Read more)


May 27, 2009 - Taylor
WOMAN WHO FILED FRAUDULENT KATRINA, RITA AND IKE CLAIMS SENTENCED TO LENGTHY PRISON TERM

(HOUSTON) – A Houston woman convicted of mail fraud and aggravated identity theft for her conduct in filing fraudulent claims for FEMA assistance for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike has been sentenced to almost five years in federal prison without parole (Read more)


May 22, 2009 - Rodriguez
LYFORD MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Francisco Rodriguez III,  has been sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole for possessing child pornography on his computer
(Read more)


May 22, 2009 - Khilnani
LOCAL BUSINESSMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR BRIBING AN IRS AGENT

(HOUSTON) - Ramesh G. Khilnani, 51, a native of India and a Houston area resident,  has been sentenced to prison for attempting to bribe an IRS agent (Read more)


May 22, 2009 - Ostfeld
LAS VEGAS MAN CHARGED WITH IMPORTING TRANQUILIZERS FROM MEXICO TO ASSIST OTHERS IN COMMITTING SUICIDE ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BOND

(MCALLEN, Texas) – A Las Vegas man has been ordered detained in federal custody without bond pending further criminal proceedings on charges of importing tranquilizers from Mexico and possessing the controlled substance with the intent to distribute the drugs to persons seeking to commit suicide (Read more)


May 21, 2009 - Hill and Magodoro
TWO CHARGED IN INTERSTATE IDENTITY THEFT ENTERPRISE

(HOUSTON) – A federal grand jury in Houston has returned a two-count indictment charging John Lewis Hill II, of Savannah, Tenn., and Alan Tendai Magodoro, of Fontana, Calif., with conspiracy to commit Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft (Read more)


May 19, 2009 - Killingsworth
HUNTSVILLE MAN INDICTED FOR POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON, Texas) - A federal grand jury has indicted Stephen R. Killingsworth, Huntsville, Texas, for possessing child pornography (Read more)


May 19, 2009 - Torres
McALLEN MAN INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD MEDICARE AND MEDICAID AND PAYING ILLEGAL KICKBACKS

[McALLEN, TX] – Raul Torres, 59, of McAllen, Texas, has been indicted for conspiracy to commit health care fraud and paying illegal kickbacks (Read more)


May 19, 2009 - Garcia
PORT LAVACA MAN CONVICTED OF RECEIPT AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(VICTORIA, Texas) –  Roselio Garcia, 54, of Port Lavaca, Texas, has been convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography (Read more)


May 18, 2009 - Pineda
MEMBERS OF FIREARMS TRAFFICKING RING INDICTED

(HOUSTON) – An 11-count superseding indictment charging 10 defendants with conspiracy to make false material statements in connection with the acquisition of firearms was unsealed today following the arrest and appearance of eight of the 10 defendants charged (Read more)


May 15, 2009 - Gillum
AREA WOMAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSING STOLEN MAIL AND ACCESS DEVICE FRAUD

(HOUSTON, TEXAS) – Ebony Okie Gillum, 25, of Houston, Texas, has been arrested following the return of an indictment charging her with possession of stolen mail and access device fraud (Read more)


May 15, 2009 - Jones
OWNER OF ESCAPE LOUNGE STUDIOS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR EVADING TAXES ON PROSTITUTION PROCEEDS

(HOUSTON) – The operator of a prostitution business has been sentenced to prison for tax evasion (Read more)


May 14, 2009 - Campos
JURY CONVICTS DALLAS RESIDENT OF MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING

(BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS) – A federal jury has found Arnoldo M. Campos, 62, a U.S. citizen from Dallas, guilty of trafficking more than  200 pounds of marijuana (Read more)


May 14, 2009 - Baldon II
FUEL TAX EVASION SCHEME RESULTS IN PRISON TERM FOR HOUSTONIAN

(HOUSTON, TX) - Sidney Berle Baldon, II, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced today to 60 months  -- the maximum statutory penalty -- for conspiring to evade fuel excise taxes (Read more)


May 14, 2009 - Dennis
RAPPER WILLIE D ARRESTED AND CHARGED IN WIRE FRAUD SCAM

(HOUSTON) - William James Dennis, aka Willie D, was arrested last night on charges of wire fraud (Read more)


May 13, 2009 - Lewis
MORTGAGE BROKER CONVICTED FOR MORTGAGE FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – Clarence Lewis III has been was found guilty of devising a scheme to defraud residential mortgage lenders by misstating information material to the lending decision (Read more)


May 13, 2009 - Abdallah
LAST TWO DEFENDANTS CONVICTED IN AMBULANCE FRAUD CASE SENTENCED

(HOUSTON) –  Mazen Abdallah and Wesam Abdallah, of Houston, have each been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for their roles in a multi-million dollar ambulance fraud case (Read more)


May 11, 2009 - Funderburgh
MANAGER OF LOCAL JACKSON-HEWETT TAX PREPARATION FIRM SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FILING FRAUDULENT TAX RETURNS

(HOUSTON) – Lee L. Funderburgh Jr., the manager of a local franchise of Jackson-Hewitt, a national income tax preparation firm, has been sentenced to prison for preparing false U.S. income tax returns (Read more)


May 8, 2009 - Aurignac
McALLEN CARDIOLOGIST PLEADS GUILTY TO HEALTH CARE FRAUD

(McALLEN, Texas) – Dr. Fabian Aurignac has pleaded guilty to submitting thousands of dollars in false and fraudulent claims to the Medicare and the Medicaid health care programs (Read more)


May 7, 2009 - Lopez, Caballaro and Vera
SECOND GROUP NABBED FOR ALLEGEDLY SENDING PARCELS OF MARIJUANA THROUGH U.S. MAIL

(MCALLEN, Texas) – For the second time this week, inspectors of the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) have arrested several McAllen area men allegedly involved in mailing packages containing marijuana through the U.S. Mail system (Read more)


May 7, 2009 - Hogan
CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) – Thomas David Hogan, 47, a convicted sex offender, has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and faces no less than 10 years in federal prison without parole and up to a lifetime term of supervised release (Read more)


May 6, 2009 - Essien and Essien
BROTHER AND SISTER INDICTED IN ADULT DIAPER FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON) – Benjamin B. Essien and his sister, Rose B. Essien, of Houston, have been charged by a federal grand jury with conspiracy, multiple counts of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft arising from a scheme to defraud Medicaid through the fraudulent filing of claims for adult urinary incontinence supplies (Read more)


May 5, 2009 - Rodriguez, Hernandez, Mares, et al
U.S. POSTAL INSPECTORS NAB FOUR AND CHARGE SIX FOR SENDING PARCELS OF MARIJUANA THROUGH U.S. MAIL

(MCALLEN, Texas) – A 10-month investigation by inspectors of the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) has lead to the filing of criminal charges against six area residents for allegedly mailing more than 200 packages containing marijuana through the U.S. Mail system (Read more)


May 5, 2009 - Ramirez, Alvarez-Reyes, Rubio-Garcia, et al
ANONYMOUS TIP LEADS TO SEIZURE OF 250+ KILOGRAMS OF COCAINE AND THE ARREST OF FOUR

(McALLEN, Texas) - An anonymous tip lead High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force officers to follow a truck bearing City of La Grulla decals to a Rio Grande City residence and initiate an investigation which resulted in the seizure of more than 250 kilograms of cocaine, and the arrest of four men including the driver of the truck on drug trafficking charges (Read more)


May 4, 2009 - Brown
ER WORKER INDICTED FOR THEFT OF PATIENT’S IDENTITY

(HOUSTON) – A federal indictment has been returned against Nakeshia Brown, 29, of Rosenberg, Texas, for identity theft and bank fraud (Read more)


May 1, 2009 - Alvarez-Rodriguez, Alvarez and Mireles
THREE MEMBERS OF A CRACK COCAINE DISTRIBUTION RING IN STARR COUNTY CONVICTED

(McALLEN, Texas) – Three members of a crack cocaine distribution ring which operated in Starr County have pleaded guilty to felony drug trafficking charges (Read more)


May 1, 2009 - Garcia Jr. and Serna
LAREDO MEN SENTENCED FOR NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING AND MONEY LAUNDERING

(LAREDO, Texas) – Juan Roman Garcia Jr., 40, and Adrian Serna, 29, both of Laredo, have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms for their roles in narcotics trafficking and money laundering conspiracies (Read more)


May 1, 2009 - Coronado and Zieger
BROWNSVILLE MAN AND WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SMUGGLING ALIENS FOR PROSTITUTION

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - A Brownsville man and woman have been arrested on warrants that issued following the return of a six-count indictment by a Brownsville grand jury charging them with importing and harboring aliens for prostitution (Read more)


May 1, 2009 - Orozco-Barajas
MAN EXTRADITED FROM MEXICO CITY TO FACE CHARGE ALLEGING METHAMPHETAMINE TRAFFICKING

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Sergio Orozco-Barajas, a Mexican citizen, has been extradited to the United States to face charges of methamphetamine trafficking in Corpus Christi, Texas (Read more)


May 1, 2009 - Guerra
FORMER SHERIFF PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG TRAFFICKING

(McALLEN, Texas) – Reymundo Guerra, 52, of Rio Grande City, Texas, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances (Read more)


May 1, 2009 - Duann
COMPUTER ADMINISTRATOR PLEADS GUILTY TO HACKING FORMER EMPLOYER’S COMPUTER SYSTEM

(HOUSTON) - A Seabrook resident has been ordered held in federal custody without bond pending his trial on charges of possessing child pornography (Read more)


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