News and Press Releases

November 2010 Press Releases

Nov. 30, 2010 - Gonzalez and Arias
FINAL DEFENDANT SENTENCED FOR MONEY LAUNDERING AND DRUG CONSPIRACY

(HOUSTON) - Pablo Gonzalez, aka Ramon Flores, 38, a Colombian national, has been sentenced to prison for drug trafficking and money laundering violations (Read more)


Nov. 30, 2010 - Silva-Garcia
LAREDO JURY CONVICTS MARIJUANA BUNDLE CARRIER

(LAREDO, Texas) – A Laredo jury, selected on Nov. 22, 2010, to hear the case of a Nuevo Laredo man charged with conspiring to and possessing with intent to distribute marijuana which he allegedly carried across the Rio Grande River in September 2010, returned guilty verdicts late yesterday afternoon (Read more)


Nov. 29, 2010 - Jones et al
PORTLAND FIREFIGHTER AND OTHERS ARRESTED FOR  TRANSPORTING ILLEGAL ALIENS AND MONEY LAUNDERING

(VICTORIA, Texas) – Four people, including a Portland, Texas, firefighter have been indicted and charged with alien smuggling and money laundering (Read more)


Nov. 22, 2010 - Mitema et al
FIVE KENYAN NATIONALS INDICTED FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MARRIAGE FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - A 10-count federal indictment charging five Kenyan nationals with conspiracy to commit marriage fraud, marriage fraud and visa fraud has been unsealed following their arrests (Read more)


Nov. 22, 2010 - Harden
LETTER CARRIER PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING MAIL

(HOUSTON) – Former letter carrier Johnnie Harden Jr., 46, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to mail theft (Read more)


Nov. 19, 2010 - Longoria
INDICTMENT RETURNED AGAINST CAMERON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Cameron County Sheriff’s Deputy Jesus A. Longoria has been indicted on charges of bribery and smuggling goods from the U.S. (Read more)


Nov. 19, 2010 - Mejia, Navarro-Pompa and De La Rosa
THREE PERSONS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR ATTEMPTED CARJACKING OF OFF DUTY BP AGENT

(MCALLEN, Texas) – Three persons convicted of attempting to carjack an off duty Border Patrol agent have been sentenced to prison (Read more)


Nov. 19, 2010 - Mitlo
CHARGE OF CONSPIRING TO IMPEDE IRS FROM COLLECTING $349,000 IN TAX LIABILITIES LEADS TO CONVICTION

(HOUSTON) - Jimmy Mitlo has pleaded guilty to one count of willfully conspiring to impede and to impair the IRS in its collection of more than $349,000 in income tax liabilities he owes from 1989, 1990 and 1991 (Read more)


Nov. 18, 2010 - Bittar
THIRD DEFENDANT IN SCHEME TO OBTAIN DRIVER’S LICENSES FOR CASH CONVICTED

(HOUSTON) - A local business man involved with two Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) employees in a scheme to fraudulently obtain driver’s licenses for cash has entered a plea of guilty to conspiring to sell driver’s license documents without authorization (Read more)


Nov. 18, 2010 - Carr
NEW JERSEY RESIDENT CONVICTED OF INTERSTATE ROBBERY

(HOUSTON) – A reputed mafia enforcer who traveled from New Jersey to Houston in order to obtain money from a Houston businessman has been convicted by a jury (Read more)


Nov. 18, 2010 - Sanders
JURY FINDS POSTAL UNION OFFICER GUILTY OF THEFT OF UNION FUNDS

Thirteen false hotel receipts submitted for travel reimbursement

(HOUSTON) – After less than half an hour of deliberation, a federal jury has convicted a former postal union officer for submitting false travel receipts seeking and obtaining more than $10,000 in union funds in reimbursement (Read more)


Nov. 18, 2010 - Aguilar-Lopez et al
THREE INDICTED FOR CONSPIRING TO FORCE LABOR AND HARBORING UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS

(HOUSTON) – Three Mexican nationals, two women and a man, illegally in the United States have been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly conspiring to force labor and harboring undocumented aliens (Read more)


Nov. 17, 2010 - Kline
FAILURE TO REGISTER IN TEXAS NETS SEX OFFENDER PRISON TERM

(McALLEN, Texas) –  A previously convicted sex offender who failed to register as required by the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) upon moving to Texas has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


Nov. 16, 2010 - Verma
BRITISH NATIONAL SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR TRANSPORTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) – A 42-year-old Missouri City resident has been sentenced to prison for transporting child pornography (Read more)


Nov. 16, 2010 - Watson
PURPORTED FOREIGN CURRENCY TRADER CHARGED WITH FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - Robert David Watson, under indictment in the Southern District of Texas for allegedly obstructing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) investigation into his purported trading, has been indicted a second time (Read more)


Nov. 16, 2010 - Pratka
SECOND HOUSTON MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF MAIL STOLEN FROM COLLECTION BOXES

(HOUSTON) – A second man has been charged with possession of mail stolen from collection boxes in and around the Houston area (Read more)


Nov. 16, 2010 - Sweezy
FORMER CEO OF SWEEZY CONSTRUCTION INC. SENT TO PRISON

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - The former CEO of Sweezy Construction Inc. (SCI) has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison and ordered to pay $40 million in restitution for conspiring to commit bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud (Read more)


Nov. 16, 2010 - Iwanski
BOOKKEEPER PLEADS GUILTY TO BANK FRAUD

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – Constance Bexley Iwanski, the former bookkeeper for a local petroleum interest, has pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud (Read more)


Nov. 15, 2010 - Chow
DISTRIBUTOR OF COUNTERFEIT PHARMACEUTICALS DRUGS SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON

(HOUSTON) - Kum Leung Chow, aka Lawrence Chow, has been sentenced to 12 months and one day for conspiring to distribute counterfeit pharmaceuticals and trafficking in pharmaceuticals bearing false labeling and counterfeit trademarks (Read more)


Nov. 15, 2010 - Gonzalez
WILLACY COUNTY REGIONAL DETENTION CENTER GUARD CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE COCAINE

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A Willacy County Regional Detention Center (WCRDC) guard has been charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine (Read more)


Nov. 12, 2010 - Davis
HOUSTON MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 30 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR SEX TRAFFICKING

(HOUSTON) – Barry Lernard Davis, aka Sir Lewis, of Houston, has been sentenced to 405 months for sex trafficking of a minor, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity as well as coercion and enticement of an adult to engage in criminal sexual activity (Read more)


Nov. 12, 2010 - Heard, Heard and Lambert
COMPANY, OWNER AND THREE OTHERS CONVICTED FOR CONSPIRACY, TAX FRAUD, BANKRUPTCY FRAUD, BRIBERY AND OTHER CHARGES

(HOUSTON) - John F. Heard Jr., Janet F. Heard and Gary L. Lambert along with Superior Protection Inc. (SPI) have been convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to defraud the United States of employment taxes totaling more than $5.7 million (Read more)


Nov. 12, 2010 - Rivera-Razo
MEXICAN CITIZEN FOUND GUILTY OF SMUGGLING 10 KILOS OF COCAINE

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Gilberto Rivera-Razo, a Mexican citizen residing in Queretaro, Queretaro, Mexico, has been convicted of conspiracy to possess 10 kilograms of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute 10 kilograms of cocaine (Read more)


Nov. 10, 2010 - Raza Unida
COLLABORATIVE ANTI-GANG EFFORT LEADS TO LENGTHY PRISON TERMS  FOR RAZA UNIDA STREET/PRISON GANG LEADERS, MEMBERS AND ASSOCIATES

Of 15 charged and convicted, 13 sentenced - including two gang leaders

(HOUSTON) – The sentencing of two members and associates of a street/prison gang today brings to 13 the total number of Raza Unida gang members/associates sentenced for drug trafficking and other charges arising from the same investigation resulting in the April 2009 return of an indictment charging 15 members/associates of the gang (Read more)


Nov. 8, 2010 - Alfaro et al
FORMER BANK PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT AND TWO REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS INDICTED IN BANK FRAUD CONSPIRACY

Conspiracy allegedly caused approximately $500,000 in loss to Texas National Bank

(McALLEN, Texas) - A 16-count sealed indictment charging Arsenio Alfaro and Elizabeth Aguirre, both of Donna, Texas; Homer Guzman, of Edinburg, Texas; and John Guzman, of McAllen, Texas, with conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud has been unsealed (Read more)


Nov. 5, 2010 - Robinson
ANGLETON MAN SENTENCED FOR MAKING FALSE THREATS

(VICTORIA, Texas) – Aaron C. Robinson, of Angleton, Texas, has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for knowingly using a cellular telephone to convey a false threat to damage or destroy a building by means of an explosive (Read more)


Nov. 5, 2010 - Garnica-Gonzalez
MEXICAN NATIONAL CONVICTED OF ILLEGALLY REENTERING THE US AFTER DEPORTATION

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A Mexican national previously deported from the United States has been found guilty by a federal jury for illegally reentering the country (Read more)


Nov. 5, 2010 - Diachenko
FAILURE TO REPORT INCOME FROM SBA RESULTS IN CONVICTION

(HOUSTON) - Gordon Thomas Diachenko has been convicted of willfully filing a false 2006 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return causing a loss of more than $170,000 in revenue (Read more)


Nov. 4, 2010 - Reese
FORMER OWNER OF DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT COMPANY OWNER INDICTED ON CHARGES OF DEFRAUDING MEDICARE OF MILLIONS

(HOUSTON) – A 47-count sealed indictment returned by a Houston grand jury in October 2010 has been unsealed following the arrest of five of six defendants charged with allegedly defrauding Medicare and Medicaid by filing false claims for orthotic equipment and devices (Read more)


Nov. 3, 2010 - Pineda
CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR POSSESSING A FIREARM

(McALLEN, Texas) - Armando Pineda, 37, of McAllen, Texas, a previously convicted felon, has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for possession of a firearm (Read more)


Nov. 2, 2010 - Ballow
HARRIS DEMPSEY “BUTCH” BALLOW AND NINE OTHERS CHARGED WITH ALLEGEDLY EXECUTING STOCK FRAUD SCHEME WHILE BALLOW A FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE

Co-defendants charged with harboring and concealing Ballow from arrest

(HOUSTON) – A federal grand jury returned two separate but related indictments Oct. 26, 2010, against Harris Dempsey “Butch” Ballow, 67, formerly of Galveston County, Texas, and a total of nine other alleged associates arising from an alleged fraudulent stock sale scheme executed while Ballow was a fugitive from justice as well as charges arising from harboring and hindering Ballow’s arrest and assisting an offender (Read more)


Nov. 2, 2010 - Dennis
RAPPER WILLIE D SENTENCED IN WIRE FRAUD SCAM

(HOUSTON) - William James Dennis, aka Willie D, has been sentenced to prison for his conviction on wire fraud charges stemming from his purported sales of Apple iphones through a company known as Texas One Wireless (Read more)


Nov. 2, 2010 - Longoria
CAMERON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ARRESTED

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - Cameron County Sheriff’s Deputy Jesus A. Longoria has been arrested on charges of bribery and smuggling goods from the U.S. (Read more)


Nov. 2, 2010 - Ramirez
CBP INSPECTOR ARRESTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING, ALIEN SMUGGLING AND BRIBERY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A 13-count indictment charging a former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspector with drug trafficking, alien smuggling and bribery has been partially unsealed as a result of the arrest of Luis Enrique Ramirez, 38, who fled the United States on or about Feb. 9, 2009 (Read more)


 

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