News and Press Releases

September 2009 Press Releases

Sept. 29, 2009 - Hernandez-Hernandez
MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SMUGGLING VENTURE IN WHICH NINE ALIENS DIED

(McALLEN, Texas) – After one day of trial testimony, Jorge Hernandez-Hernandez, 38, decided to plead guilty to conspiracy to transport illegal aliens that resulted in the drowning death of nine aliens read more


Sept. 28, 2009 - Los Hermanos de Pistoleros (HPL)
21 GANG MEMBERS/ASSOCIATES SENTENCED FOR COCAINE TRAFFICKING AND LAUNDERING MILLIONS IN DRUG PROCEEDS

(HOUSTON) – Pedro Gil III, 37, a member of the Los Hermanos de Pistoleros (HPL) prison and street gang, was among 21 defendants sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sim Lake over the past seven days read more


Sept. 28, 2009 - Corro
CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED FOR POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

(McALLEN, Texas) - Anthony Corro, 25, from McAllen, Texas, has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm to be served consecutively to any sentence that may be imposed by a court upon conviction in pending state cases (Read more)


Sept. 25, 2009 - East and McCoy
TWO LOCAL WOMEN PLEAD GUILTY TO INTERSTATE IDENTITY THEFT SCHEME AFTER FOUR DAYS OF TRIAL TESTIMONY

(HOUSTON) – Brenda East, 48, and Jami McCoy, 31, both of Houston, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and bank fraud today after four days of trial testimony (Read more)


Sept. 25, 2009 - Loya
FORMER PORT ISABEL DETENTION CENTER GUARD PLEADS GUILTY TO CRIMINAL CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

(HOUSTON) - Former Port Isabel Detention Center contract guard, Robert Luis Loya, 43, of Rio Hondo, Texas, has pleaded guilty to a six-count criminal information charging him with three counts of deprivation of rights and three counts of abusive sexual contact pertaining to three female detainees of the detention center (Read more)


Sept. 24, 2009 - Julca, Gomez and Jaimes-Vargas
THREE INDICTED FOR HOLDING ALIENS HOSTAGE IN SOUTHWEST HOUSTON RESIDENCE

(HOUSTON) - A federal grand jury has indicted three men for harboring and holding aliens hostage in a southwest Houston residence and demanding thousands of dollars from families for their release (Read more)


Sept. 24, 2009 - Pachuca
LAREDO MAN FOUND GUILTY OF TRANSPORTING MARIJUANA

(LAREDO, Texas) – Daniel Pachuca, 53, of Laredo, Texas, has been found guilty of possession with intent to distribute marijuanan (Read more)


Sept. 23, 2009 - James
BLOOMINGTON RESIDENT SENTENCED FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(VICTORIA, Texas) – Joey James, 26, of Bloomington, Texas, has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography (Read more)


Sept. 23, - Texas Syndicate
ANTI-GANG EFFORT LEADS TO HEFTY SENTENCES AS 10 MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES OF TEXAS SYNDICATE STREET/PRISON GANG SENTENCED

(HOUSTON) – Ten members and associates of a notorious street/prison gang have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms over the course of the last two weeks (Read more)


Sept. 22, 2009 - Garcia
SALINENO MAN SENTENCED FOR MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING AND BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

(McALLEN, Texas) – Luis Roberto Garcia, of Salineno, Texas, has been sentenced to 188 months imprisonment for possessing with intent to distribute approximately 288 kilograms of marijuana and 120 months for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm in and affecting interstate commerce (Read more)


Sept. 18, 2009 - Merrick
FORMER SOUTHWEST AIRLINE EMPLOYEE RECEIVES LENGTHY SENTENCE FOR NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING

(HOUSTON) - A former Southwest Airlines employee who used his company flying privileges to transport cocaine between Houston and Baltimore has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison without parole (Read more)


Sept. 18, 2009 - Tillis
HUMBLE AREA MAN TO BE HELD IN CUSTODY PENDING TRIAL ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(HOUSTON) - Larry Don Tillis, 47, of Humble, Texas, has been arrested and ordered detained on charges of receipt of child pornography (Read more)


Sept. 17, 2009 - Cantu
MAN CAUGHT AFTER 10 YEARS SENTENCED TO 60 MONTHS PRISON

(McALLEN, Texas) – Jose Luis Cantu, 49, of McAllen, Texas, a fugitive from justice for 10 years, has been convicted and sentenced to 60 months in prison to be followed by a four-year-term of supervised release for conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana (Read more)


Sept. 16, 2009 - Diaz
FATHER AND SON SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS FOR COCAINE DISTRIBUTION

(McALLEN, Texas) - Hugo Alberto Diaz Jr. 30, and his father, Hugo Alfredo Diaz, 55, both of Montclair, Calif., have each been sentenced to 30 years in prison for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine (Read more)


Sept. 16, 2009 - Ervin
“INSIDE JOB” BANK ROBBERY GUNMAN GETS LENGTHY PRISON TERM

(HOUSTON) - A Houston man who fired a shotgun during a robbery of a local credit union was sentenced to more than 16 years imprisonment (Read more)


Sept. 14, 2009 - Beltre
PODIATRIST INDICTED FOR HEALTH CARE FRAUD

(McALLEN, Texas) – A federal grand jury has indicted podiatrist Franklin Beltre, D.P.M., of Houston, for health care fraud (Read more)


Sept. 14, 2009 - Gonzalez
ANOTHER INDICTED IN THE MARIJUANA THROUGH THE US MAIL SCHEME

(MCALLEN, Texas) – Concepcion Gonzalez has been charged with drug offenses arising from a scheme to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana through the U. S. Mail and laundering the proceeds (Read more)


Sept. 11, 2009 - Hogan
HOUSTON MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON IN ADULT DIAPER FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON) – Ene Etim Hogan, of Houston, has been sentenced to two years in federal prison without parole and ordered to pay restitution for defrauding Medicaid of more than $680,000 through an adult diaper fraud scheme (Read more)


Sept. 11, 2009 - Adesoye
INTERNATIONAL IDENTITY THEFT SCHEME EARNS DEFENDANT LENGTHY PRISON TERM

Scheme targeted thousands of victims and caused millions in losses to financial institutions

(HOUSTON) – Koleowo Adeyemi Adesoye, 28, of Houston, was sentenced to 13 ½ years in federal prison without parole for his involvement in planning and executing an international identity theft scheme causing $2 million in losses to financial institutions (Read more)


Sept. 11, 2009 - Coronado and Zieger
BROWNSVILLE COUPLE PLEAD GUILTY TO SMUGGLING AND HARBORING ALIENS FOR PROSTITUTION

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - A Brownsville man and woman have been convicted for bringing in and harboring aliens for the purpose of prostitution (Read more)


Sept. 11, 2009 - Medina-Obregon
JURY CONVICTS MEXICAN NATIONAL CAUGHT CARRYING MARIJUANA BUNDLES INTO U.S.

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A federal jury has convicted Javier Medina-Obregon, 55, a Mexican national, of conspiring to possess and possession with intent to distribute 321kilograms (707 pounds) of marijuana (Read more)


Sept. 11, 2009 - Vigil
FORMER LOAN OFFICER INDICTED FOR BANK FRAUD AND AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT

(McALLEN, Texas) - A federal grand jury has indicted Emma Vigil, of McAllen, and charged her with five counts of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft (Read more)


Sept. 10, 2009 - Huynh
HOUSTON BUSINESS OWNER SENTENCED TO 22 YEARS FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND FAILING TO FILE CURRENCY TRANSACTION REPORTS

(HOUSTON) - Dong Dang Huynh has been sentenced to 22 years imprisonment for his participation in an international narcotics money laundering scheme (Read more)


Sept. 9, 2009 - Manzanares-Leija and Manzanares-Campos
ALIEN SMUGGLERS SENTENCED FOR BRINGING UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS THROUGH LAREDO PORT OF ENTRY USING FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS

(LAREDO, Texas) – Cousins Saul Manzanares-Leija, 45, a Mexican citizen, and Edilberto Manzanares-Campos, 32, a U.S. citizen residing in Mexico, have been sentenced to three years in prison without parole for conspiring to smuggle undocumented aliens through the international port of entry in Laredo, Texas using fraudulent immigration travel documents (Read more)


Sept. 8, 2009 - Saldivar
CONTRACT POSTAL EMPLOYEE CONVICTED

(MCALLEN, Texas) – United States Postal Service (USPS) contract employee Manuel Saldivar, 37, of La Feria, Texas, has pleaded guilty to one count of theft of mail matter (Read more)


Sept. 8, 2009 - Edman
BROTHERS PLEAD GUILTY TO SELLING COUNTERFEIT CISCO PRODUCTS TO BUREAU OF PRISONS

(HOUSTON) – Michael Edman, 38, and Robert Edman, 29, both formerly of Richmond, Texas, have pleaded guilty to selling counterfeit Cisco products to the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Read more)


Sept. 4, 2009 - Jackson, Smith and Washington
THREE SENTENCED TO PRISON IN INTERSTATE IDENTITY THEFT RING INVOLVING JUVENILLE IDENTIFCATION INFORMATION

(HOUSTON) – A husband and wife and a third defendant convicted of for their roles in a multi-state identity theft ring that used the personal identification of juveniles to obtain credit cards in an effort to defraud several financial institutions have been sentenced to prison (Read more)


Sept. 4, 2009 - Dunn Jr.
FORMER VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION PROVIDER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR  FRAUDULENT CLAIMS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT

(HOUSTON) - James Earl Dunn Jr., 39, former owner and operator of Rehab Specialist Inc. (RSI), has been sentenced to 33 months confinement in federal prison by United States District Judge Lee Rosenthal for submitting more than $300,000 in fraudulent claims against the government (Read more)


Sept. 4, 2009 - Brown
OWNER OF BROWNSTONE CONSTRUCTION INDICTED FOR MORTGAGE FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – A 16-count sealed indictment charging Melvin Lendall Brown, the owner of Brownstone Construction, with wire fraud arising from an alleged multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme has been unsealed (Read more)


Sept. 3, 2009 - Al-Zehairi
SAUDI PLEADS GUILTY TO VISA FRAUD AND SENTENCED

Court orders defendant to pay domestic employee $143,000 in back wages

(HOUSTON) - Mohammed Abbulazz Al-Zehairi, 43, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to committing visa fraud by submitting a false employment contract for an Indonesian domestic employee and has been ordered to pay the employee more than $140,000 in back wages (Read more)


Sept. 3, 2009 - Dewvall
FORMER AIRLINE CORPORATE SECURITY OFFICER CONVICTED OF DEFRAUDING EMPLOYER IN ELECTRONIC TRAVEL CERTIFICATE SCAM

(HOUSTON) - Rebecca Anne Dewvall, 42, of Channelview, Texas, has been convicted of executing a scheme to defraud her former employer, Continental Airlines Inc. in connection with Continental’s Electronic Travel Certificate (ETC) program. Dewvall, formerly with Continental’s corporate security team, pleaded guilty to wire fraud this morning before United States District Judge David Hittner (Read more)


Sept. 3, 2009 - Ogilvie
PRESIDENT OF UNITED CRANE INC. CHARGED AND PLEADS GUILTY TO FAILING TO PAY FEDERAL INCOME TAXES AND OTHER WITHHOLDINGS FROM EMPLOYEE WAGES

(HOUSTON) - Ellynn Ogilvie, president and sole shareholder of United Crane Inc., has been charged and pleaded guilty to willfully failing to truthfully account for and to pay over thousands of dollars in federal income taxes and other withholdings from employees’ wages (Read more)


Sept. 2, 2009 - Bietendorf
INGLESIDE RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY VIA THE INTERNET

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Terry Lee Bietendorf, 50, of Ingleside, Texas, has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography (Read more)


Sept. 2, 2009 - Khan and Ghaffar
TWO CHARGED WITH POSSESSING A SKIMMING DEVICE WITH INTENT TO DEFRAUD UNSUSPECTING CREDIT CARD HOLDERS

(HOUSTON) – Tahmas Ali Khan and Umair Muhammad Ghaffar have been indicted for possessing access device making equipment with the intent to defraud (Read more)


Sept. 2, 2009 - Pineda
SALVADORAN SENTENCED FOR ILLEGALLY RE-ENTERING THE UNITED STATES

(LAREDO, Texas) – Jesus Alexi Pineda, 22, a native and citizen of El Salvador, has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for unlawfully re-entering the United States after he had previously been deported (Read more)


Sept. 2, 2009 - Rogers
OWNER OF OSA FINANCIAL SERVICES SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS FOR SECURITIES FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - James Gordon Rogers, 49, of Houston, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for passing fictitious securities (Read more)


Sept. 2, 2009 - Simon
FORMER ACCOUNTING SUPERVISOR OF LOCAL COMPANY INDICTED FOR EMBEZZLEING MILLIONS FROM EMPLOYER

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


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