News and Press Releases

October 2009 Press Releases

Oct. 30, 2009 - Soliz III
FORMER CBP OFFICER CHARGED WITH TRANPORTING AN ILLEGAL ALIEN

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Rudy Trace Soliz III, 43, has been charged with bringing in and willfully transporting an undocumented alien and conspiracy to commit the same (Read more)


Oct. 29, 2009 - Washington, Washington and Overstreet
CHURCH LEADERS PLEAD GUILTY TO STUDENT LOAN AND FEMA FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – Two pastors and a deacon from a former church in southwest Houston called “Fishers of Men Worship Center” have pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges (Read more)


Oct. 28, 2009 - Murphy
FOURTH INDIVIDUAL PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUDULENTLY OBTAINING DISASTER ASSISTANCE AFTER PURCHASING NEW HOME THROUGH OPRAH’S ANGEL NETWORK, HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND THE CITY OF HOUSTON

Brings to 89 total of those convicted in the Southern District of Texas in relation to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike

(HOUSTON) - Kiesha Murphy, 34, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to two counts of making false statements to FEMA and to one count of theft of government property in connection with Hurricane Katrina (Read more)


Oct. 27, 2009 - Alvarado
GUILTY PLEA IN 12,000 POUND MARIJUANA CASE

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Arturo Alvarado, 50, has pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana (Read more)


Oct. 27, 2009 - Cavazos and De La Fuente
FORMER CBP OFFICER INDICTED FOR BRIBERY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Javier Cavazos, 50, and David De La Fuente, 22, have been indicted for bribery and conspiracy to unlawfully transport aliens (Read more)


Oct. 27, 2009 - Gonzales
VALLEY NARCOTICS TRAFFICKER/MONEY LAUNDERER SENTENCED TO PRISON

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Rene Gonzales, 45, of Donna, Texas, has been sentenced to concurrent sentences of 292 months in prison for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and 240 months in prison for conspiring to money launder the proceeds of his narcotics trafficking (Read more)


Oct. 26, 2009 - Brunsma
CORPUS CHRISTI RESIDENT SENTENCED FOR RECEIPT AND DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Steven Thomas Brunsma, 61, has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison on child pornography charges (Read more)


Oct. 26, 2009 - Imo
THREE MORE CHARGED IN $45 MILLION PHYSICAL THERAPY FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON) – A 51-count superseding indictment charging three additional defendants for allegedly conspiring with Umawa Oke Imo to commit health care fraud and other offenses arising from a $45 million health care fraud scheme has been unsealed (Read more)


Oct. 26, 2009 - Rombado
FORMER BANK EMPLOYEE CONVICTED OF BANK FRAUD AND AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT

(HOUSTON) – Juan Rombado, a former Wachovia Bank employee, has been convicted of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft arising from several schemes aimed at defrauding his employer through the theft of customer identities (Read more)


Oct. 26, 2009 - Townsend, et al
INDICTMENT TARGETING ALLEGED MEMBERS OF A GUN AND DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION UNSEALED

(HOUSTON) – An 11-month joint federal and state agency investigation has culminated in the indictment of 11 people on firearms and drug charges effectively dismantling a suspected drug and firearms trafficking ring in the Houston area (Read more)


Oct. 26, 2009 - Jasso-Zorilla, Garcia and Huerta
THREE CONVICTED IN INTERNATIONAL TRUCK THEFT CONSPIRACY SENTENCED TO PRISON

(HOUSTON) - Three men who conspired to steal and transport millions of dollars of truck tractors, trailers and other heavy equipment to Central America have been sentenced to prison (Read more)


Oct. 23, 2009 - De La Garza
BROWNSVILLE JURY CONVICTS HOUSTON WOMAN OF DRUG TRAFFICKING

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - After a four-day trial, a federal jury has convicted Maria Luisa De La Garza, 47, of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 60 kilograms of marijuana (Read more)


Oct. 23, 2009 - Lopez Sr.
INMATE’S MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT TO KILL A FEDERAL JUDGE AND KIDNAPPING CONSPIRACY LEAD TO LIFE SENTENCE

(HOUSTON) – Joel Lopez Sr., 51, of Roma, Texas, has been sentenced to life in federal prison for a murder-for-hire plot to kill U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa - who had sentenced him to life imprisonment on drug trafficking convictions - and for conspiring with his wife to kidnap a Roma woman who purportedly owed him thousands of dollars for drugs (Read more)


Oct. 22, 2009 - Hernandez
DHS ADJUDICATIONS OFFICER CHARGED WITH BRIBERY

(HOUSTON) - Elliott R. Hernandez, 44, of Houston, a District Adjudications Officer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), has been charged with bribery, fraud in connection with a computer and receiving something of value in exchange for performing an official act to which he is not entitled (Read more)


Oct. 21, 2009 - Beltran
FUGITIVE IN MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FRAUD CASE ARRESTED IN CANADA

(McALLEN, Texas) - A fugitive who was indicted last year on three counts of wire fraud for operating a multi-million dollar fraud scheme has been arrested near Toronto, Canada (Read more)


Oct. 21, 2009 - Guerrero
LAST OF SIX CHARGED IN HOSTAGE TAKING CASE ARRESTED

(HOUSTON) - The sixth person indicted last month by a federal grand jury on charges of hostage taking and harboring aliens has been arrested (Read more)


Oct. 21, 2009 - Vega
AREA MAN FOUND GUILTY OF CONSPIRACY AND POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DELIVER MARIJUANA

(McALLEN, Texas) – A jury has found Antonio Vega, 48, of McAllen, guilty of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute 413 kilograms of marijuana (Read more)


Oct. 20, 2009 - Gonzalez
CREDIT UNION MANAGER CONVICTED OF EMBEZZLEMENT

(HOUSTON) – The former manager of the Saint John Vianney Federal Credit Union has pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement of a credit union without benefit of a plea agreement (Read more)


Oct. 20, 2009 - Schneider
HOUSTON WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN CREDIT CARD FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON) - Amber Schneider, 23, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, manufacturing false military spouse identification cards and credit card fraud (Read more)


Oct. 19, 2009 - Simon
FORMER ACCOUNTING SUPEVISOR PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLING $3.6 MILLION FROM EMPLOYER

(HOUSTON) - A former accounting supervisor for a Houston area chemicals company has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $3.6 million from her employer (Read more)


Oct. 16, 2009 - Breda
PEARLAND RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO ABUSIVE SEXUAL CONTACT OF FELLOW EMPLOYEE IN IRAQ

(HOUSTON) - David Charles Breda Jr., of Pearland, has pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact with a co-worker while at an airbase in Iraq (Read more)


Oct. 16, 2009 - Lopez-Gonzalez
WOMAN INVOLVED WITH INMATE HUSBAND IN KIDNAPING CONSPIRACY AND MURDER-FOR-HIRE PLOT TO KILL A FEDERAL JUDGE SENTENCED

Husband who sought to murder the federal judge who sentenced him to life imprisonment to be sentenced Friday, Oct. 23

(HOUSTON) – Aracely Lopez-Gonzalez, 53, of Roma, Texas, has been sentenced to federal prison for her role in a plot to kidnap a Roma woman and the murder-for-hire of U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa (Read more)


Oct. 16, 2009 - Gonzalez-Mendoza et al
THREE MEXICAN NATIONALS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ALIEN SMUGGLING

(HOUSTON) – Three Mexican nationals have been sentenced to prison for conspiring to harbor and transport illegal aliens within the United States for financial gain (Read more)


Oct. 15, 2009 - Trevino
U.S. ATTORNEY TIM JOHNSON COMMENDS AUSA TONI TREVINO FOR RECEIVING THE FBA’S MICHAEL T. SHELBY AWARD

(HOUSTON) – United States Attorney Tim Johnson is honored to commend Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Toni Trevino, the recipient of the 2009 Michael Taylor Shelby Award from the Southern District of Texas Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) (Read more)


Oct. 15, 2009 - Grabar
CIVILIAN DEFENSE CONTRACTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(HOUSTON) - Michael Anthony Grabar, 44, of Seabrook, Texas, has been convicted of possessing child pornography after pleaded guilty to the federal felony charge (Read more)


Oct. 14, 2009 - Sadowski
LEAGUE CITY MAN CHARGED WITH RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BOND

(HOUSTON) - Michael Sadowski, 51, of League City, Texas, has been charged with receipt of child pornography and ordered held without bond pending further criminal proceeding following a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Wm. Smith (Read more)


Oct. 14, 2009 - Lozano
TEACHER PLEADS GUILTY TO SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A CHILD

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, Ramiro C. Lozano, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of children - admitting to having enticed young boys into posing for sexually explicit photographs (Read more)


Oct. 13, 2009 - Holtzapfel, Wilson and Martinez
JURY CONVICTS THREE INVOLVED IN CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AT A&M OF HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIENS

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) - A federal jury has convicted three men connected with the construction of new student housing at the Texas A&M - Kingsville campus of conspiring to harbor illegal aliens (Read more)


Oct. 9, 2009 - Johnson
BANK ROBBERY INSIDER SENTENCED TO PRISON

(HOUSTON) - A Houston man who helped plan and execute two armed robberies of the credit union where he worked has been sentenced to a total of 162 months imprisonment (Read more)


Oct. 9, 2009 - Maldonado, Dappen and Pechenick
THREE CONVICTED FOR ROLE IN THEFT OF PEMEX PRODUCT AND SALE OF PRODUCTS IN US

(HOUSTON) – A criminal information charging three men for their roles in brokering the sale of petroleum products stolen from Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) has been unsealed following the guilty plea of the third defendant today (Read more)


Oct. 8, 2009 - Way
JURY FINDS LOAN OFFICER GUILTY

(HOUSTON) - Kristen Anne Way, 32, a Houston area resident, has been convicted by a jury’s verdict for conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, engaging in a monetary transaction in criminally derived property and money laundering (Read more)


Oct. 8, 2009 - Neuwirth
HOUSTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN CREDIT CARD FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON) - Todd Neuwirth, 32, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy, manufacturing false military spouse identification cards and credit card fraud (Read more)


Oct. 7, 2009 - Northern
HOUSTON WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FRAUD AND IDENTITY THEFT

(HOUSTON) - A four-count sealed indictment charging Bisa Abena Northern with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft was unsealed today following her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Calvin Botley (Read more)


Oct. 6, 2009 - Cavazos
FORMER CBP OFFICER ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH BRIBERY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Javier Cavazos, 50, of Los Fresnos, Texas, has been arrested and charged with bribery (Read more)


Oct. 6, 2009 - Clues
WOMAN CHARGED WITH TAX EVASION OF MORE THAN $1.4 MILLION IN EMPLOYMENT TAXES

(HOUSTON) – A federal grand jury has charged Priscilla Ann Clues with evading payment of more than $1.4 million in employment taxes of her corporation, Exclusive Temporaries Inc. (Read more)


Oct. 6, 2009 - Ferguson
MICHIGAN MAN ARRESTED AND CHARGED FOR TRANSPORTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Court orders defendant held without bond pending further criminal proceedings

(HOUSTON) - William Leroy Ferguson, 55, of Flint, Mich., has been arrested and charged by criminal complaint for allegedly transporting child pornography (Read more)


Oct. 6, 2009 - Lohrman and Frazier
LAST TWO SENTENCED IN TELEMARKETING FRAUD SCHEME

(HOUSTON) - Allen Dean Lohrman, 47, and Jimmy Charles Frazier, 55, have been sentenced to prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud arising from a telemarketing scheme (Read more)


Oct. 5, 2009 - Andrews
FORMER MANAGER OF HOUSTON LONGSHOREMAN’S FEDERAL CREDIT UNION #24 SENTENCED FOR FRAUD AND TAX EVASION

(HOUSTON) - Melinda Diane Andrews, 53, of Spring, Texas, has been sentenced to 135 months in prison for financial institution fraud against the Houston Longshoreman’s federal credit union and tax evasion (Read more)


Oct. 5, 2009 - Garcia
PT.  LAVACA RESIDENT SENTENCED ON CHARGES OF POSSESSION AND RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(VICTORIA, Texas) – Roselio Garcia, 56, of Pt. Lavaca, Texas, has been sentenced to 135 months in the Bureau of Prisons for both possession and receipt of child pornography (Read more)


Oct. 5, 2009 - Camp
EMPLOYER PLEADS GUILTY TO HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIEN WHO KILLED HOUSTON POLICE OFFICER

(HOUSTON) – The employer of an illegal alien convicted of capital murder in connection with the shooting death of Houston Police Department (HPD) Officer Rodney Johnson pleaded guilty to harboring an illegal alien this morning (Read more)


Oct. 5, 2009 - Cardenas
WOMAN INDICTED FOR STEALING 401(k) PLAN MONEY

(HOUSTON) - A Salvadorian national and Katy, Texas, resident has been indicted for stealing paychecks and 401(k) plan money (Read more)


Oct. 2, 2009 - Camarena and Camarena
TWO MORE LOCAL TAQUERIA ARANDAS RESTAURANT OWNERS SENTENCED FOR FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS

(HOUSTON) – Guillermo Camarena, of Houston, and Ramiro Camarena of Pasadena, Texas, have each been sentenced to federal prison for filing false income tax returns relating to their respective Taqueria Arandas restaurants (Read more)


Oct. 2, 2009 - Gowing
SPRING MAN SENTENCED FOR FAILING TO FILE INCOME TAX RETURN ON MORE THAN $1.7 MILLION IN GROSS INCOME

(HOUSTON) - Brendan F. Gowing, of Spring, Texas, has been sentenced to 90 days in federal prison for failing to file an income tax return on gross income of more than $1.7 million (Read more)


Oct. 2, 2009 - Infante
PERUVIAN NATIONAL TO BE HELD IN CUSTODY PENDING TRIAL ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(HOUSTON) - Luis Arturo Infante, 50, a Peruvian national and lawful permanent resident living in Palm Springs, Calif., has been ordered held without bond by U.S. Magistrate Judge John Froeschner on charges of transportation of child pornography (Read more)


Oct. 2, 2009 - Poole and Victor
INDIVIDUALS WHO FRAUDULENTLY OBTAINED ASSISTANCE FROM “OPRAH’S ANGEL NETWORK” AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PLEAD GUILTY

(HOUSTON) - Darlene McGruder Poole, 30, of Houston, and Lashona McGruder Victor, 37, of LaPlace La., have pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud FEMA of more than $14,000 in connection with Hurricane Katrina (Read more)


Oct. 1, 2009 - Morgan
GALVESTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO HURRICANE IKE FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - David F. Morgan, 51, of Galveston, has pleaded guilty to filing a false claim for disaster assistance in connection with Hurricane Ike (Read more)


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