News and Press Releases

July 2010 Press Releases

July 30, 2010 - Compean et al
FOUR CHARGED AS A RESULT OF “OPERATION RELOAD” PLEAD GUILTY

Today’s guilty pleas brings total to 22 convicted 

(LAREDO, Texas) – Four key targets of Operation Reload pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and/or money laundering conspiracy charges bringing the total to 22 who now stand convicted for their involvement in a drug trafficking organization responsible for transporting bulk quantities of marijuana and cocaine from the Laredo area to points north in the United States and laundering the proceeds (Read more)


July 29, 2010 - Cardenas
FELON CONVICTED BY JURY’S VERDICT OF POSSESSING AMMUNITION

(LAREDO, Texas) – After a half-day of testimony and a half hour of deliberation, a federal jury has found Eduardo Cardenas, 39, guilty of being a felon in possession of ammunition (Read more)


July 29, 2010 - Evans
RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY SENDS CORPUS MAN TO PRISON

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Kevin Dean Evans, 46, of Corpus Christi, has been sentenced to prison for receipt of child pornography (Read more)


July 29, 2010 - Holley
FORMER MANAGER OF LOCAL MEDICAL GROUP SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR TAX EVASION

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – The former office manager for a local medical group has been sentenced to federal prison for tax evasion (Read more)


July 29, 2010 - Puig et al
SUPERSEDING INDICTMENT CHARGES ROMELIA PUIG AND MISSION CLINIC STAFF WITH DEFRAUDING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID

 (McAllen, Texas) – A 13-count superseding indictment charging Romelia Sanchez Puig, 41, of Edinburg, Texas, and two staff members of the Mission Clinic in Mission, Texas, with conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud arising from a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid from the operation of two clinics and mail fraud has been returned by a Corpus Christi grand jury (Read more)


July 28, 2010 - Lopez-Coronado et al
FOUR MEMBERS OF A NUEVO LAREDO-BASED ALIEN SMUGGLING ORGANIZATION SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR SMUGGLING ALIENS USING FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS

(LAREDO, Texas) – Four members of a Nuevo Laredo-based alien smuggling group have been sentenced to prison for their participation in a conspiracy to smuggle aliens through the international port of entry in Laredo, Texas, using fraudulent immigration travel documents (Read more)


July 27, 2010 - Bush
JURY CONVICTS LOUISIANA MAN TOWING MORE THAN 4000 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA
UNDER LOAD OF MESQUITE

(LAREDO, Texas) – After two days of trial and approximately two hours of deliberation, a federal jury has convicted Albert Addison Bush, of conspiring to and possessing with intent to distribute more than 4000 pounds of marijuana (Read more)


July 27, 2010 - Osorio-Marroquin
JURY CONVICTS MEXICAN NATIONAL OF IMPORTING POTENT FORM OF METHAMPHETAMINE

(HOUSTON, Texas) – A federal jury has convicted a 60-year-old Mexican national for smuggling more than four kilograms of “Ice”, a potently pure form of methamphetamine, into the United States through Bush Intercontinental Airport (Read more)


July 26, 2010 - Operation Fake I.D.
OPERATION FAKE I.D. TARGETS SALE OF COUNTERFEIT IDENTIFICATION CARDS AT
NORTH HOUSTON AREA FLEA MARKETS

(HOUSTON, Texas) –  Operation Fake I. D. nets 13 charged by indictment for allegedly conspiring to posses, obtain, accept and receive forged, counterfeited, altered and falsely made immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, permits, border crossing cards, alien registration cards and other documents prescribed by statute or regulation for entry into or as evidence of authorized stay or employment in the United States (Read more)


July 26, 2010 - Puig
PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT CONVICTED OF CONSPIRING TO DEFRAUD MEDICAID

(McALLEN, Texas) – Local Physician Assistant Manuel Anthony Puig, 44, has plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud the Texas Medicaid program (Read more)


July 23, 2010- Harvey
FORMER LETTER CARRIER PLEADS GUILTY TO THEFT OF PUBLIC MONEY

(HOUSTON) – Former letter carrier Rodney Niel Harvey, 35, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to one count of theft of public money (Read more)


July 22, 2010 - Dewitt
SOLDIER INDICTED FOR TRANSFERRING OBSCENE MATTER TO FORT BEND MINOR

(HOUSTON) - A 20-year-old soldier has been indicted and taken into federal custody for transferring obscene matter to a minor (Read more)


July 22, 2010 - Hale
PREVIOUSLY INDICTED POLICE OFFICER FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES

(LAREDO, Texas) – A superseding indictment accusing Orlando Jesus Hale aka Chacho, 27, of Laredo, of mail and wire fraud arising from an alleged auto theft insurance fraud scheme in addition to the previous charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and using a firearm in furtherance of that drug offense has been unsealed (Read more)


July 21, 2010 - James
AREA MAN CONVICTED OF PRODUCING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Found victims in internet chat rooms

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) -  Kevin Paul James, 27, of Rockport, Texas, has been convicted of production of child pornography (Read more)


July 21, 2010 - Sadowski
LEAGUE CITY MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Court orders defendant register as sex offender and serve a life term of supervised release

(HOUSTON) - Michael Simeon Sadowski, 51, a League City resident, has been sentenced to 97 months in federal prison without parole, ordered to register as a sex offender and must serve a life-term of supervised release for possessing child pornography (Read more)


July 19, 2010 - Dossey
ARCHITECT PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - John Robert Dossey, 62, a Houston area architect, has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography (Read more)


July 16, 2010 - Ramey
HOUSTON MAN FOUND GUILTY OF BANKRUPTCY FRAUD AND MAIL FRAUD BY RUNNING INTERNET GOLD SCAM

(HOUSTON) –  A federal jury has convicted a Houston man of 25 counts of bankruptcy fraud and mail fraud arising from a an Internet scam to sell gold (Read more)


July 15, 2010 - Ballow
LONG-TIME FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE INDICTED ON ADDITIONAL CHARGES

Defendant fled to Mexico prior to sentencing in 2004

(HOUSTON) - Harris Dempsey “Butch” Ballow, 67, formerly of Galveston County, Texas, has been charged with conspiracy and wire fraud in a two-count indictment by a Houston grand jury (Read more)


July 14, 2010 - Simmons
CORPUS RESIDENT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR MAKING BOMB THREATS TO THE CCAD

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) - Henry L. Simmons, 24, of Corpus Christi, convicted by a Corpus Christi jury in March 2010 of 13 counts of willfully using a cellular telephone or other instrument of interstate or foreign commerce in making bomb threats to the Corpus Christi Army Depot (CCAD), has been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay more than $200,000 in restitution to the CCAD (Read more)


July 13, 2010 - Lozano
FORMER BISD CHOIR TEACHER SENTENCED TO LENGTHY PRISON TERM FOR SEXUALLY EXPLOITING CHILDREN

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Ramiro C. Lozano, 47, of Brownsville, has been sentenced to prison for sexually exploiting children (Read more)


July 13, 2010 - Patino
DME COMPANY OPERATOR SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING MEDICARE

U.S. recovers $1.1 million in cash, forfeits Cadillac and $400,000 home purchased with proceeds of scam

(HOUSTON, TX) – Sandra Thurman Patino, 46, the operator of two Houston area durable medical equipment (DME) companies, has been sentenced to four years in federal prison without parole for her role in a $3.9 million motorized wheelchair scam and ordered to pay restitution to Medicare (Read more)


July 12, 2010 - Hay
REPUTED PRISON GANG MEMBER SENTENCED FOR BEING FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM

(HOUSTON) – Herbert Cisco Hay, 49, of New Caney, Texas, reputed to be a major in the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang and a convicted felon, has been convicted and sentenced to prison for possessing a firearm (Read more)


July 9, 2010 - Handy
FORMER COUNTY COMMISSIONER HANDY SENTENCED TO PRISON

Court finds Handy obstructed justice, abused her position of trust and occupied a leadership role in  the conspiracy

(McALLEN, Texas) – Former County Commissioner Sylvia Sue Handy-Espronceda, 52, was sentenced to prison, fined and ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa (Read more)


July 7, 2010 - Marquis
FORMER TEACHER LEARNS THE COSTS OF POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) –  A former teacher has surrendered his teaching license and has been sentenced to prison for possessing child pornography obtained via the Internet (Read more)


July 6, 2010 - Tabares
PORT ISABEL MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - A Port Isabel man has been convicted of possessing hundreds of images and videos obtained via the Internet depicting child pornography (Read more)


July 1, 2010 - Watson
PURPORTED FOREIGN CURRENCY TRADER CHARGED WITH FABRICATING DOCUMENTS IN RESPONSE TO SEC SUBPOENAS

(HOUSTON) – The Woodlands area resident Robert David Watson has been arrested following the return of an indictment for obstructing justice (Read more)


 

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