News and Press Releases

December 2011 Press Releases

Dec. 29, 2011 - Tijerina-Herrera
Leader of Straw Purchasing Ring Lands 10-Year Prison Sentence

McALLEN, Texas – Manuel Tijerina-Herrera, 48, a lawful permanent alien residing in McAllen, Texas, will serve the next 10 years in prison for possessing an unregistered silencer and his role in a straw purchasing ring read more


Dec. 28, 2011 - Morales et al
Federal Indictments Lead to Arrests in Stem Cell Case

Three men have been arrested for their participation in a scheme to manufacture, distribute and sell to the public stem cells and stem cell procedures that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration read more


Dec. 28, 2011 - Perez-Solis
Nuevo Laredo Man Gets 24 Years in Meth Case

LAREDO, Texas – Israel Perez-Solis, 32, has been sentenced to 292 months in prison as a result of his conviction for trafficking in methamphetamine read more


Dec. 28, 2011 - Duckett and Jenkins
Two Plead Guilty in Cocaine Transport Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – Terril Monteiz Duckett, 34, and Aaron Jenkins, 36, have pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine with the intention of distributing it read more


Dec. 22, 2011 - Andrade
Resident Alien Gets 10 Years in Meth Case

LAREDO, Texas – Hermelinda Andrade, 46, a resident alien from Garland, Texas, has been sentenced to federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute methamphetamine read more


Dec. 22, 2011 - Gonzalez et al
Last Defendant Pleads Guilty in Brooks County Marijuana Case

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Lamar Gonzalez, 38, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana read more


Dec. 22, 2011 - Inocencio
Laredo Mother Sentenced for Attempting to Smuggle Ammunition into Mexico

LAREDO, Texas – Yvonne Garcia Inocencio, 32, of Laredo, Texas, has been sentenced to federal prison for attempting to smuggle 60 rounds of .223 caliber ammunition into Mexico earlier this year read more


Dec. 22, 2011 - Frazier et al
Kirby Lofts Trio Pleads Guilty

HOUSTON - Derwin Frazier, Veronica Frazier and Felton Greer have pleaded guilty for their respective roles in connection with fraudulently obtaining home loans in the Kirby Lofts condominium complex and others read more


Dec. 21, 2011 - Reyes et al
Six Plead in 3000+ Pound Marijuana Case

HOUSTON – A total of six men have entered guilty pleas in a case involving the smuggling of more than a ton of marijuana concealed in pallets of watermelons read more


Dec. 21, 2011 - Essien et al
Former DME Company Owner Lands in Federal Prison for 12 Years

HOUSTON – Benjamin Essien, the former owner of Durable medical Equipment (DME) companies Logic World Medical and Roben Medical in Houston, has been sentenced to 145 months in federal prison for defrauding the Texas Medicaid program read more


Dec. 21, 2011 - Thomas
Manvel Woman Arrested for Bank Fraud

HOUSTON – Shewanna Y. Thomas, 31, of Manvel, Texas, has been arrested following the return of an 11-count indictment charging her with bank fraud read more


Dec. 20, 2011 - Bravo-Hernandez et al
Three Sentenced for Involvement in a 100+ Firearm Straw Purchase and Export Ring

MCALLEN, Texas – Three men involved in making false statements in the acquisition of firearms from federal firearms licensees (FFL) and exporting those firearms to Mexico are now serving prison terms read more


Dec. 19, 2011 - Orridge
Cocaine in Shoes Leads to Arrest of 19-Year-Old New Yorker at IAH

HOUSTON - Brielle Latoi Orridge, 19, of the Bronx, N.Y., has been arrested at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) for possession of 1.38 kilograms of cocaine read more


Dec. 19, 2011 - Woerner
Los Fresnos Man Gets 80 Years in Federal Prison for Child Pornography Convictions

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Mark William Woerner, 55, formerly of Las Vegas, Nev., has been sentenced to 960 months in federal prison for distribution and possession of child pornography read more


Dec. 19, 2011 -Qadir
Pakistan National Lands in Federal Prison for Trafficking in Counterfeit Drugs

HOUSTON - Irfan Qadir, 37, a citizen of Pakistan and a resident of Houston, has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for trafficking in counterfeit prescription drugs from sources in Pakistan and London read more


Dec. 19, 2011 - Martin
Local Man Charged With Attempted Solicitation of a Minor

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Bryan Martin, 39, has been ordered held without bond on charges of online coercion and enticement of a child read more


Dec. 19, 2011 - Gonzalez
Mission Man Gets 7 1/2 Years for Child Pornography Conviction

McALLEN, Texas - Julian Gonzalez, 31, of Mission, Texas, has been sentenced to 91 months in prison for receiving child pornography via the Internet read more


Dec. 16, 2011 - Flores and Garza
Pharmacy Technician Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Commit Health Care Fraud

McALLEN, Texas - Valerie Jean Flores 38, of Mission, Texas, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud read more


Dec. 15, 2011 - Bazaluda et al
Four Sentenced to Prison in Duval County Alien Smuggling Death Case

McALLEN, Texas – Four people have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to harbor undocumented aliens read more


Dec. 15, 2011 - Gonzalez
Corpus Christi Used Car Dealership Owner Sentenced to Prison for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A Corpus Christi used car dealership owner who arranged for the delivery and transport of approximately 20 kilograms of cocaine to an undercover agent has been sentenced to prison read more


Dec. 14, 2011 - James
British National Charged With Defrauding Hewlett-Packard in the Purchase and Resale of Computer Equipment
More than $10 million in estimated losses to HP

HOUSTON – In an indictment returned a few minutes ago, a British National has been charged with conspiring with a number of other individuals to defraud Hewlett-Packard (HP) by utilizing straw buyers to make false representations in order to fraudulently secure HP computer equipment at steeply discounted rates read more


Dec. 13, 2011 - Munivez
Judge Limas Public Corruption Investigation Nets Another Guilty Plea

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Another defendant has entered a guilty plea in the FBI’s public corruption investigation of former 404th District Court Judge Abel Corral Limas read more


Dec. 13, 2011 - Ochoa
Convicted Child Sex Offender Gets 15 Years for Drug Trafficking

McALLEN, Texas – A 38-year-old known sex offender from Alton, Texas, convicted of drug trafficking, has been sentenced to federal prison read more


Dec. 12, 2011 - Milan et al
HPL Gang Member Gets 35 Years in Federal Prison
Three others also receive significant sentences

LAREDO, Texas – Four members of the Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos (HPL) street gang have been sentenced to federal prison for their part in preparing an armed robbery in which they planned to steal drugs read more


Dec. 12, 2011 - Banda
Laredoan Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

LAREDO, Texas – Gerardo Banda Jr., 24, of Laredo, Texas, has pleaded guilty to being a prior convicted felon unlawfully in possession of a firearm read more


Dec. 12, 2011 - Salas-Galaviz et al
Laredo based Kingpin with Ties to Los Zetas Sentenced to Life in Federal Prison

LAREDO, Texas - Leandro Salas-Galaviz aka Daniel Obregon, 35, has been sentenced to life in prison for his role as a leader/organizer in a drug and money laundering conspiracy engaged in trafficking kilograms of cocaine and marijuana for the Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas


Dec. 12, 2011 - Norris
Katy Man Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

HOUSTON - Anthony Terrence Jerel Norris, 39, of Katy, Texas, has pleaded guilty for his role in a scheme to defraud Capital One Bank read more


Dec. 12, 2011 - Alves et al
Two Plead Guilty in Cocaine Transport Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – Andrew Ayran Alves and Shomari E. Fussell, both 30, have pleaded guilty today to conspiring to possess five kilograms or more of cocaine with the intention of distributing it read more


Dec. 12, 2011 - James
Detainee Sentenced to Prison for Assaulting Immigration Agent

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – An immigration center detainee convicted of assaulting and obstructing a federal agent has been sentenced to 28 months imprisonment read more


Dec. 9, 2011 - Castro and Martinez
Last Two Defendants Sentenced in Firearms Case

LAREDO, Texas – Jose Luis Castro, 39 of Austin, Texas, and Raul Martinez, 34 of Laredo, Texas, have been sentenced today to federal prison for participating in a scheme to recruit straw-purchasers to buy firearms, particularly Colt “El Grito” .38 caliber super pistols read more read more


Dec. 9, 2011 - Cook and McAlister
Attorney General Recognizes SDTX Employees

WASHINGTON – Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSA) Glenn Cook and Jim McAlister of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas (SDTX) were two of 163 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director H. Marshall Jarrett read more


Dec. 8, 2011 - Washington
Houston Federal Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts in Health Care Fraud Trial

HOUSTON – Kelvin Washington, 48, of Houston, has been convicted on all counts of health care fraud, conspiracy and violations of the anti-kickback statute charged against him read more


Dec. 8, 2011 - Kelly
Brazoria County Woman Sentenced to Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

HOUSTON - Carrie Louise Kelly, 31, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for distribution of child pornography read more


Dec. 8, 2011 - Navarro
Leader of Zapata Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization Convicted

LAREDO, Texas – The leader of a drug trafficking and money laundering organization operating out of the Zapata, Texas, area from approximately June 2006 through June 2011 has pleaded guilty read more


Dec. 8, 2011 - Puebla
Federal Jury Returns Guilty Verdict Against Corpus Man in Firearm Case

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Elias Puebla, 21, has been found guilty of one count of illegally receiving a firearm read more


Dec. 8, 2011 - Klein
Local Physician Gets 11 Years in Prison…Again

HOUSTON - Dr. Ira Klein, the local physician who was sentenced in 2007 to federal prison for defrauding insurance companies of more than $10 million, has once again appeared in federal court for a resentencing hearing read more


Dec. 8, 2011 - Vargas-Munoz et al
Partially Unsealed Federal Indictment Reveals Drug and Firearms Violations

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 14-count superseding indictment was partially unsealed this morning revealing narcotics and firearms charges against two Houston residents read more


Dec. 8, 2011 - Payan
Head of the Quintero Drug Trafficking Enterprise Sentenced to Federal Prison

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Juan Jose Quintero Payan, 69, of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, has been sentenced to 222 months in prison and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine for conspiracy to commit racketeering (RICO) read more


Dec. 8, 2011 - Munoz et al
Bank Branch Manager Arrested for Embezzlement

LAREDO, Texas – A former bank manager at a Laredo branch of BBVA Compass Bank has been arrested following the return of a six-count indictment charging her with embezzlement and misappropriation of bank funds read more


Dec. 7, 2011 - Alaniz
Palmview, Texas, Siblings Convicted of Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

McALLEN, Texas – A co-owner and manager of a McAllen-area durable medical equipment (DME) business have both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud for their roles in a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings for power wheelchairs read more


Dec. 7, 2011 - Ibanez
Mission Attorney Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison in Houston Fraud Case

HOUSTON – A former attorney and bank chairman has been sentenced today for the federal felony offense of wire fraud read more


Dec. 5, 2011 - Mims et al
Prison for Unemployment Insurance Fraudsters

VICTORIA, Texas B Andrea Mims, 48, and Lea Ann Battles, 44, both of Cuero, Texas, have been sentenced to federal prison for defrauding the Unemployment Insurance Program read more


Dec. 5, 2011 - Gammon
Houston Attorney Sentenced in Child Pornography Case
Ordered to pay $375,000 to Victims

HOUSTON - William George Gammon, 50, a Houston attorney, has been sentenced to 48 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography read more


Dec. 5, 2011 - Hernandez
North Carolina Man Convicted in Meth Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – Salvador Hernandez, 25, of Newton Grove, N.C., has entered a guilty plea to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine read more


Dec. 5, 2011 - Rosales
Houston Man Convicted of Distributing Child Pornography
Bondage and other graphic material found on computer

HOUSTON - Houston resident Pedro Rosales, 32, has entered a plea to the charge of distribution of child pornography read more


Dec. 2, 2011 - Lowe
Houston Area Man Convicted on Multiple Child Pornography Charges

HOUSTON - DJ Christopher Lowe, 37, has pleaded guilty to all eights of an indictment charging him with possession, distribution as well as production of child pornography read more


Dec. 1, 2011 - Palmer
Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Pleads Guilty to Receipt of Child Pornography

HOUSTON – Dieter David Palmer, 42, has pleaded guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography read more


Dec. 1, 2011 - King
Australian Citizen Enters Guilty Plea for Possessing Child Pornography

HOUSTON - Christopher Mark King, 55, has been convicted of one count of possession of child pornography read more


Dec. 1, 2011 - Mata et al
Brooks County Marijuana Traffickers Convicted

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Edward Mata, 27, Richard Scott Patton, 40, Luis Andres Longoria, 39, Lamar Gonzalez, 38, and Servando Guerra, 61, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana read more


Dec. 1, 2011 - Martinez
International Bank of Commerce Robbery Lands Former Bank Teller in Federal Prison

HOUSTON – Estefany Danelia Martinez, a former bank teller convicted for bank robbery and embezzlement of bank funds arising from a robbery of the International Bank of Commerce (IBOC) has been sentenced to federal prison read more


 

 

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