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August 2010 Press Releases

Aug. 31, 2010 - DeArza, Gutierrez and Bittar
DPS TROOPER, DPS CLERK AND AN ALLEGED MIDDLE MAN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENT FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – An sealed indictment charging two Department of Public Safety (DPS) employees and an alleged middle man for their alleged involvement in selling Texas driver’s licenses to unqualified persons has been unsealed (Read more)


Aug. 30, 2010 - Gonzales
PASADENA DENTIST CONVICTED OF MEDICAID FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – Dr. David Lloyd Gonzales Jr., a Pasadena dentist, has been convicted of Medicaid fraud following a seven-day trial (Read more)


Aug. 27, 2010 - Hughes
COURT ORDERS HOUSTON RESIDENT HELD IN CUSTODY WITHOUT BOND PENDING TRIAL ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(HOUSTON) – A Houston resident charged by indictment with distribution and possession of child pornography has been ordered detained in federal custody without bond pending trial following a hearing yesterday (Read more)


Aug. 27, 2010 - Mendoza
FORMER MEXICAN CUSTOMS OFFICIAL SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR INTERNATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

(LAREDO, Texas) – A former Mexican customs official has been sentenced to prison for committing international domestic violence against his wife (Read more)


Aug. 27, 2010 - Musick
“SENIORLOVERMAN” SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO SOLICT A MINOR FOR SEX VIA THE INTERNET

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – 73-year-old George Ivar Musick, known by the screen name “seniorloverman,” has been sentenced to 121 months in federal prison without parole for using the Internet in an attempt to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity (Read more)


Aug. 27, 2010 - Vasquez
JURY RETURNS GUILTY VERDICTS AFTER COCAINE SMUGGLING TRIAL

(LAREDO, Texas) – Pedro Vasquez, 48, a Mexican national with permanent resident alien status in the U.S., has been convicted of all counts alleged in a three-count indictment accusing him of trafficking more than 10 kilograms of cocaine (Read more)


Aug. 26, 2010 - Montanez
FORMER LETTER CARRIER TECHNICIAN ARRESTED FOR MAIL THEFT

(HOUSTON) – Mark Montanez, 35, of Houston, has been arrested as a result of the return of a one-count indictment for theft of the U.S. mail (Read more)


Aug. 25, 2010 - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
COURT LIFTS INJUNCTION AGAINST ANCHOR BAY DEVELOPMENT PERMIT

(HOUSTON) – U.S. District Judge Sim Lake has issued an order lifting a previously issued injunction on a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)-issued permit for the Anchor Bay Development on the West End of Galveston Island (Read more)


Aug. 23, 2010 - Odelugo
CELLULAR PHONE STORE OWNER CONVICTED OF MEDICARE AND MEDICAID FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - Aghaegbuna “Ike” Odelugo, 38, of Sugarland, Texas, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and money laundering (Read more)


Aug. 23, 2010 - HTRA Training
HUMAN TRAFFICKING TRAINING CONFERENCES TO BE HELD IN LAREDO AND MCALLEN

(HOUSTON) – The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA) will be sponsoring Human Trafficking Training Conferences to be held in Laredo, Texas, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, and in McAllen, Texas, on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 (Read more)


Aug. 20, 2010 - Jabbour
LOCAL ATTORNEY INDICTED FOR POSSESSION AND DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(VICTORIA, Texas) –  An 11-count sealed indictment charging local attorney Stephen Jabbour, 57, with possession and distribution of child pornography was unsealed this morning following Jabbour’s arrest at his Victoria, Texas, law office (Read more)


Aug. 20, 2010 - Wilson
AREA MAN INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTED SOLICITATION OF A MINOR VIA THE INTERNET

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A Corpus Christi man has been indicted for attempted enticement of a minor via the Internet and telephone for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity (Read more)


Aug. 19, 2010 - Cedano
ARRESTS MADE IN ALLEGED SEX TRAFFICKING OPERATION

(HOUSTON) – Enforcement action taken at various locations throughout the Houston area on Wednesday by members of the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA) has resulted in the arrest of a man from the Dominican Republic for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, the arrest of a woman for harboring aliens and the rescue of several women from a life of prostitution (Read more)


Aug. 19, 2010 - Lewis
KATY RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - A Katy resident  has been charged with distributing child pornography (Read more)


Aug. 17, 2010 - Smith
FORMER NASA CONTRACT EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING ASTRONAUT FLIGHT SUIT

(HOUSTON) – A former contract employee at NASA, responsible for the maintenance of astronaut flight suits, has pleaded guilty to stealing a NASA flight suit and other property belong to the United States (Read more)


Aug. 16, 2010 - St. Cyr
WOMAN CHARGED IN FRAUD RELATED TO HURRICANE IKE

Indictment brings to 108 the total number of persons charged in the SDTX with defrauding the government through hurricane disaster relief programs

(HOUSTON) – Debra St. Cyr has been indicted for making a false claim for disaster relief following Hurricane Ike (Read more)


Aug. 13, 2010 - DEFY
LAREDO AND ZAPATA YOUTH RETURN FROM DEFY SUMMER CAMP

(LAREDO, Texas) - Seventy-five Laredo and Zapata youth returned home today from a Department of Justice (DOJ) sponsored and United States Attorney’s Office supported Drug Education For Youth (DEFY) summer camp (Read more)


Aug. 12, 2010 - DeLeon
FORMER HOME HEALTH CARE NURSE INDICTED FOR MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS

(McALLEN, Texas) - A federal grand jury has indicted Veronica DeLeon, of Weslaco, Texas, for making false statements relating to health care matters (Read more)


Aug. 11, 2010 - Adriano
LAST DEFENDANT IN VIOLENT KIDNAPPING SENTENCED TO PRISON

(LAREDO, Texas) - The last of six defendants convicted for his role in a violent kidnapping of a local man who was shot and left for dead, but miraculously survived, has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


Aug. 10, 2010 - Lang
FORMER EL PASO CORPORATION EMPLOYEE SENTENCED TO PRISON

(HOUSTON) – A former employee of El Paso Corporation has been sentenced to prison for conspiring to submit more than $166,580 in altered and fraudulent invoices to her employer (Read more)


Aug. 10, 2010 - Camacho
GALENA PARK, TEXAS, MAN GUILTY OF DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A 36-year-old Galena Park, Texas, man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking charges in the Southern District of Texas (Read more)


Aug. 10, 2010 - Perales-Rodriguez et al
FOUR CONVICTED OF USING US MAIL TO SHIP MARIJUANA SENTENCED TO PRISON

(McALLEN, Texas) – Four illegal aliens convicted of using the United States Mail to distribute drugs have been sentenced to prison (Read more)


Aug. 9, 2010 - Suarez
HOUSTON WOMAN CHARGED IN FRAUD RELATED TO HURRICANE KATRINA

Indictment brings to 106 the total number of persons charged in the SDTX with defrauding the government through hurricane disaster relief programs

(HOUSTON) - A Houston woman, indicted in the Southern District of Texas for making a false claim for disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina and multiple false claims for tax refunds has been arrested (Read more)


Aug. 5, 2010 -Garces Jr. and Garces
FORMER COMMISSIONER AND WIFE CONVICTED OF HEALTH CARE FRAUD SENTENCED TO PRISION

(McALLEN, Texas) – Former Hidalgo County Commissioner Guadalupe Garces Jr. and his wife, Araceli Garces, found guilty in April by a jury of multiple counts of health care fraud arising from the submission of millions of dollars in false and fraudulent claims to both the Medicare and Medicaid health care programs, have been sentenced to prison (Read more)


Aug. 5, 2010 - Soliz
CBP OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO ALIEN SMUGGLING AND BRIBERY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer has been convicted of alien smuggling and bribery (Read more)


Aug. 5, 2010 - Byrd
LOCAL TAX RETURN PREPARER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FALSIFYING TAX RETURNS

(HOUSTON) - A local tax return preparer has been sentenced to prison for preparing false income tax returns (Read more)


Aug. 3, 2010 - Puig
WIFE OF PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO DEFRAUD MEDICAID

(McALLEN, Texas) – Romelia Sanchez Puig, 42, of Edinburg, Texas, and wife of Manuel Anthony Puig, a local physician assistant, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud Medicare and the Texas Medicaid program (Read more)


Aug. 2, 2010 - DOJ National Strategy for Child Exploitation
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RELEASES FIRST NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR CHILD EXPLOITATION PREVENTION AND INTERDICTION

U.S. Marshals Service to Launch National Operation Targeting Top 500 Most Dangerous, Non-compliant Sex Offenders

(HOUSTON) – Following an announcement today by Attorney General Eric Holder, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno today announced that the Department of Justice released its first ever Department of Justice National Strategy to Combat Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction (Read more)


 

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