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December 2010 Press Releases

Dec. 22, 2010 - Nelson
PEARLAND AREA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - William Scott Nelson, 63, of Pearland, Texas, has pleaded guilty to one count of attempted distribution of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison (Read more)


Dec. 22, 2010 - Davenport
ODEM RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO WEAPONS CHARGES

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Jeremy Charles Davenport has pleaded guilty to two counts involving federal weapons charges (Read more)


Dec. 21, 2010 - Meza-Rojas
FORMER MCALLEN POLICE OFFICER SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS

(McALLEN, Texas) - Francisco Meza-Rojas, 45, of McAllen, Texas, was sentenced to serve 324 months in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons as punishment for his involvement in a drug trafficking conspiracy which spanned a period of at least eight years dating back to 1996 (Read more)


Dec. 21, 2010 - Perez
COURT ORDERS HOUSTON MAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE CHILD EXPLOITATION CHARGES HELD WITHOUT BOND

(HOUSTON) – After a hearing late yesterday, a 28-year-old Houston man has been ordered to remain in federal custody without bond pending trial on charges of attempted sexual exploitation of children, transfer of obscene material to a minor, coercion and enticement and possessing child pornography (Read more)


Dec. 20, 2010 - Johnson et al
LOCAL RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR WIRE FRAUD SCHEME

(HOUSTON) - Carla Jean Johnson, of Spring, Texas, and Royce Lamar Smith, 38, of Houston, have been arrested on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud (Read more)


Dec. 20, 2010 - Sauceda
ATTEMPT TO UNLAWFULLY EXPORT WEAPONS FROM THE U.S. INTO MEXICO LEADS TO INDICTMENT

(McALLEN, Texas) – Juan Sauceda, 29, of Reynosa, Mexico, has been indicted on charges of conspiring to and attempting to unlawfully export weapons from the U.S. to Mexico (Read more)


Dec. 20, 2010- Dewitt
FORMER SOLDIER SENTENCED FOR TRANSFERRING OBSCENE MATTER TO FORT BEND MINOR

(HOUSTON) - Robert Douglas Dewitt, a 20-year-old former soldier, has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison and is required to register as a sex offender for life for transferring obscene matter to a minor (Read more)


Dec. 17, 2010 - Longoria
CAMERON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ADMITS TO ATTEMPTING TO SMUGGLE FIREARMS INTO MEXICO IN EXCHANGE FOR CASH

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Cameron County Sheriff’s Deputy Jesus A. Longoria has admitting to attempting to permit a load of semi-automatic firearms to be unlawfully exported from the U.S. into Mexico in exchange for money (Read more)


Dec. 17, 2010 - Flores-Martinez
MAN CONVICTED FOR ILLEGALLY REENTERING THE COUNTRY AFTER HAVING BEEN DEPORTED

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - A Brownsville federal jury convicted Antonio Flores-Martinez of illegally reentering the country after having been previously deported (Read more)


Dec. 16, 2010 - Mascorro, et al.
THIRTEEN ALLEGED MEMBERS/ASSOCIATES OF THE RAZA UNIDA GANG CHARGED WITH RACKETEERING

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – An eight-count indictment charging 13 alleged members and associates of the Raza Unida street and prison gang with the commission of violent acts in aid of racketeering (VICAR) was unsealed today following the appearance of all defendants charged before a U.S. Magistrate Judge (Read more)


Dec. 14, 2010 -Trevino
MCALLEN MAN INDICTED FOR EXPORTING FIREARMS

(McALLEN, Texas) – Rolando Trevino, 23, of McAllen, Texas, has been indicted on charges of exporting firearms from the U.S. to Mexico (Read more)


Dec. 14, 2010 - Evesson
HUNTSVILLE AREA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - Jeremiah Reece Evesson, 23, has been convicted of receipt of child pornography after pleading guilty to the federal felony charge before U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas this afternoon (Read more)


Dec. 14, 2010 - Argueta
TAQUERIA ARANDAS RESTAURANT OWNER SENTENCED FOR FILING FALSE INCOME TAX RETURNS

(HOUSTON) – Maria F. Argueta, the owner of Taqueria Arandas No. 13 Inc., has been sentenced to federal prison for filing false income tax returns relating to her restaurant (Read more)


Dec. 10, 2010 - Corona
BROWNSVILLE AREA MAN CHARGED IN FRAUD RELATED TO DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER


First case arising from Deepwater Horizon Disaster charged in SDTX

Indictment brings to 110 the number of persons charged with disaster relief related fraud in SDTX

(HOUSTON) – The purported owner of a business called “Sea Shell Jewelry & Collectibles” has been charged with wire fraud in connection with an alleged false claim for disaster relief following the Deepwater Horizon disaster (Read more)


Dec. 10, 2010 - King
AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN INDICTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(HOUSTON) - Christopher Mark King, a citizen of Australia, has been indicted on one count of possession of child pornography (Read more)


Dec. 9, 2010 - Guajardo
BROWNSVILLE WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR BRIBERY OF A CBP OFFICER AND ALIEN SMUGGLING

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A Brownsville woman was sentenced to prison 40 months in federal prison without parole for bribing a customs officer and alien smuggling (Read more)


Dec. 9, 2010 - Stringer and Pratka
TWO HOUSTON MEN CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING TO STEAL MAIL FROM POSTAL COLLECTION BOXES

(HOUSTON) – A Houston grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging Rhett Daniel Stringer and Morgan Michael Pratka with conspiracy to steal mail and possessing stolen mail (Read more)


Dec. 9, 2010 - Quintinsky
FAILURE TO PAY MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN EMPLOYMENT TAXES LANDS EMPLOYER IN FEDERAL PRISON

(HOUSTON) –  The operator of a group of crane corporations will be serving 42 months in federal prison and required to pay the IRS more than $2 million in restitution for failure to truthfully account for and to pay over to the IRS the withholdings of federal income taxes, Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes withheld from the wages of employees (Read more)


Dec. 8, 2010 - Aburto-Gamino and Guzman-Villa
ILLEGAL ALIENS SENTENCED FOR TRANSPORTING AND HARBORING AN ALIEN RESULTING IN DEATH

(HOUSTON) – Amancio Aburto-Gamino and Gabriel Guzman-Villa, both illegal aliens from Mexico, were sentenced today by United States District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal to 27 and 51 months imprisonment, respectively, for conspiring to transport and harbor an illegal alien within the United States resulting in his death (Read more)


Dec. 8, 2010 - Ellington
GRAND JURY ADDS NEW CHARGES AGAINST DEPUTY SHERIFF AND CHARGES WIFE IN SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT

(HOUSTON) – A federal grand jury has returned a six-count superseding indictment against Harris County Deputy Sheriff George Wesley Ellington (Read more)


Dec. 8, 2010 - McIntyre
AUSA MARK MCINTYRE RECEIVES DIRECTOR’S AWARD

(HOUSTON) - The Department of Justice held its 27th annual Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) Director’s Awards Ceremony today, during which 159 award recipients from more than 45 districts were recognized for their dedication to carrying out the mission of the Department of Justice (Read more)


Dec. 7, 2010 -Adeneye
CITIZENSHIP REVOKED FOR NIGERIAN CONVICTED OF MARRIAGE FRAUD AND OTHER CHARGES

(HOUSTON) – Ibraheem Adeneye has been stripped of his U.S. citizenship at his sentencing hearing yesterday for conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, naturalization fraud, making a false statement to a federal agency and marriage fraud (Read more)


Dec. 6, 2010 - Operation Broken Trust
FINANCIAL FRAUD ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE ANNOUNCES REGIONAL RESULTS OF “OPERATION BROKEN TRUST” TARGETING INVESTMENT FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - Following an announcement today by Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, D.C., United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced the regional results of Operation Broken Trust (Read more)


Dec. 1, 2010 - Hawkins et al
MORTGAGE INSIDERS SENTENCED TO PRISON

(HOUSTON) – Four employees of Central Capital Financial Group have been sentenced to prison for running a mortgage fraud scheme (Read more)


Dec. 1, 2010 - Smith et al
NINE HOUSTON RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN LARGEST PCP SEIZURE IN DEA HISTORY

(HOUSTON) – A four-count federal indictment charging Houston area residents with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute phencyclidine (PCP) and three counts of possession with the intent to distribute PCP has been unsealed following the arrest of nine charged (Read more)


Dec. 1, 2010 - Garcia
FORMER CPA SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR WIRE FRAUD

(McALLEN, Texas) - Rodrigo Garcia, 49, of McAllen, Texas, convicted of wire fraud, has been sentenced to prison for abusing his position of trust by taking the money of a paraplegic client via wire transfers from the victim’s bank account for his own use and benefit (Read more)


 

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