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November 2009 Press Releases

Nov. 30, 2009 - Ehrman
FORMER CEO OF ROCKY MOUNTAIN ENERGY SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR MAKING FALSE SEC FILING

(HOUSTON) - John N. Ehrman, the former CEO of Rocky Mountain Energy Corporation has been sentenced to six months in federal prison on his conviction for making a false filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in which he misrepresented the amount of outstanding shares in the company (Read more)


Nov. 24, 2009 - Garza
ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE CONTRABAND TO INMATE IN DETENTION CENTER LEADS TO FELONY CONVICTION OF GUARD

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A former Willacy County Detention Center guard has been convicted of smuggling cocaine into the detention center for an inmate while employed as a guard (Read more)


Nov. 23, 2009 - Murray
HOUSTON LAWYER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CONSPIRING TO COMMIT MAIL FRAUD AND SECURITIES FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – Ted Russell Schwartz Murray, a Houston lawyer, has been sentenced to prison for conspiring to commit mail fraud and securities fraud arising from the promotion and marketing of the Premiere 72 or “P72" mortgage investment program (Read more)


Nov. 23, 2009 - Paiz
FORMER DIRECTOR OF SAN PATRICIO COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY GUILTY OF FRAUD

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Maria Guadalupe Paiz, the former Executive Director of the San Patricio County Community Action Agency, has pleaded guilty to one count of making and presenting more than $30,000 in false or fraudulent claims to the United States (Read more)


Nov. 23, 2009 - Suarez-Velez
MAN CAUGHT WITH 160 POUNDS OF COCAINE PLEADS GUILTY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Oscar Suarez-Velez, 28, has pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 160 pounds of cocaine (Read more)


Nov. 20, 2009 - Hinojosa
PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED TO LENGTHY PRISON TERM FOR POSSESSING FIREARMS

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A Corpus Christi man previously convicted of felony offenses will be serving 15 years in federal prison without parole for possessing firearms (Read more)


Nov. 19, 2009 - Allen
FORMER VP OF AREA CREDIT UNION CONVICTED OF BANK FRAUD AND AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT

(HOUSTON) - A former Senior Vice President of Area Operations for First Service Credit Union in Houston has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $30,000 from his former employer (Read more)


Nov. 19, 2009 - Bietendorf
INGLESIDE RESIDENT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIA THE INTERNET

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Terry Lee Bietendorf, 50, of Ingleside, Texas, has been sentenced to prison for receiving child pornography via the internet depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct (Read more)


Nov. 19, 2009 - McNabb, Rangel, Wesevich et al
BURGLARY OF GUN SHOP BUYS LONG PRISON TERMS FOR FIVE AREA MEN

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Five Corpus Christi men have been sentenced to federal prison terms for stealing firearms from a federally licensed firearms business or possessing the stolen firearms (Read more)


Nov. 18, 2009 - De Garza
WOMAN SENTENCED TO LENGTHY PRISON TERM FOR IMPORTING METHAMPHETAMINE

(LAREDO, Texas) - Martha Silvia Barba De Garza, a resident alien residing in Laredo, has been sentenced to almost 20 years in federal prison for importation and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (Read more)


Nov. 18, 2009 - Garza-Castañeda
LAREDOAN SENTENCED TO PRISON AND FINED FOR MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING CONVICTIONS

(LAREDO, Texas) – Sergio Garza-Castañeda has been sentenced to prison for conspiring to and possessing with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana (Read more)


Nov. 16, 2009 - Garcia
WOMAN RECEIVES 14 YEARS FOR IMPORTATION OF METHAMPHETAMINE

(LAREDO, Texas) - Virginia Garcia, a U.S. citizen residing in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, has been sentenced to 14 years in the Bureau of Prisons for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine (Read more)


Nov. 16, 2009 - Kim
FORMER GEXA ENERGY EMPLOYEE CONVICTED OF COMPUTER INTRUSION

(HOUSTON) – A former Database Administrator for GEXA Energy has been convicted following his guilty plea to intruding into his former employer’s computer database system (Read more)


Nov. 16, 2009 - Montano
FORMER CBP OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO BRIBERY, COCAINE TRAFFICKING AND ALIEN SMUGGLING

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer has been convicted of bribery, cocaine trafficking and alien smuggling after pleaded guilty to each offense (Read more)


Nov. 12, 2009 - Montross
HOUSTON AREA MAN CONVICTED OF PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - Joseph Marshall Montross, 30, a Houston resident, has been convicted of producing child pornography (Read more)


Nov. 10, 2009 - Cavazos
LYING TO BUY FIREARMS LANDS TWO IN PRISON

(McALLEN, Texas) – Two Mission residents have been sentenced to prison for lying to buy firearms (Read more)


Nov. 10, 2009 - Chambers & Breaux
TWO CHARGED IN FEMA FRAUD CONSPIRACY

Indictment brings to 102 the number of persons charged in the SDTX with defrauding FEMA through hurricane disaster relief programs

(HOUSTON) - The first of two defendants indicted for conspiring to make false claims for disaster relief with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following Hurricane Katrina has been arrested (Read more)


Nov. 10, 2009 - Larrazolo
FORMER DPS TROOPER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR COCAINE TRAFFICKING CONVICTION

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Former Department of Public Safety Trooper Jesus Rafael Larrazolo has been sentenced to federal prison without parole for possessing with intent to distribute 26 kilograms of cocaine (Read more)


Nov. 9, 2009 - Lewis
MORTGAGE & REAL ESTATE  BROKER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR MORTGAGE FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – Clarence Lewis III, 46, of Houston, has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison without parole for running a mortgage fraud scheme (Read more)


Nov. 9, 2009 - Flores
ANOTHER DEFENDANT INVOLVED IN MAY 2003 SMUGGLING TRAGEDY IN VICTORIA, TEXAS, SENTENCED TO PRISON

(HOUSTON) – Abelardo Flores Jr., 40, a resident of Harlingen, Texas, was sentenced to more than 14 years in federal prison today for his involvement in a smuggling conspiracy which resulted in the death of a total of 19 smuggled aliens aboard an ill-fated tractor trailer abandoned near Victoria, Texas, in May 2003 (Read more)


Nov. 6, 2009 - Bishop
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR MAKING FALSE STATEMENT ON TAX RETURNS

(HOUSTON) - Gladys Nell Bishop, president of Quality Trucking Inc., has been sentenced to 36 months in prison for making false statements on her corporate tax returns for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002 (Read more)


Nov. 5, 2009 - Alexander and Ramsey
TWO SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR BELLAIRE BANK ARMED ROBBERY

(Houston) - Two men who wore masks and carried firearms during the robbery of Guaranty Bank on Jan. 14, 2009, in Bellaire have been sentenced to more than 16 years each in federal prison (Read more)


Nov. 5, 2009 - Hernandez
FORMER CBP INSPECTOR SENTENCED FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING, BRIBERY AND DRUG TRAFFICKING

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector Sergio Lopez Hernandez, 41, has been sentenced to 135 months in federal prison for alien smuggling, bribery and drug trafficking (Read more)


Nov. 4, 2009 - Harris
WACHOVIA BANK EMPLOYEE CONVICTED OF THREE COUNTS OF BANK FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – Angela Harris, 27, a former Wachovia Bank employee, has been convicted of three counts of bank fraud (Read more)


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