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March 2011 Press Releases

March 31, 2011 - Johnson
MICHIGAN MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR FAILING TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER

(HOUSTON) - Robert Earl Johnson, 44, has been sentenced to prison for failing to register as a sex offender after moving to Texas (Read more)


March 29, 2011 - Womack
HUSBAND AND WIFE TAX RETURN PREPARERS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR TAX FRAUD

(HOUSTON) - Houston area residents Donald Ray Womack, and his wife, Tonya Buckner Womack - convicted of conspiring together and aiding and abetting one another in the preparation and presentation of false income tax returns - have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution (Read more)


March 29, 2011 - Hernandez
HOUSTON MAN SENTENCED FOR DISTRIBUTING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - Cruz Michael Hernandez, has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison without parole to be followed by a life term of supervised release (Read more)


March 23, 2011 - Burdick
CORPUS CHRISTI MAN SENTENCED FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) - Frank L. Burdick, 51, of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been sentenced to a term of 135 months imprisonment for receipt of child pornography (Read more)


March 23, 2011 - Barraza
WOMAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO SMUGGLE MORE THAN $277,000

(McALLEN, Texas) – Jeanette Irazema Barraza-Galindo, 33, of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, has been indicted on charges of bulk cash smuggling (Read more)


March 23, 2011 - Quezada
MEXICAN CITIZEN INDICTED FOR CARJACKING

(McALLEN, Texas) – Edgar Quezada-Luna, 21, of Mexico, has been charged with carjacking (Read more)


March 22, 2011 - Simmons
HOUSTON RESIDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUDULENTLY ORDERING THOUSANDS OF CELL PHONES USING THE NAMES OF LOCAL BUSINESSES

(HOUSTON) – Lashay Simmons, 22, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to access device fraud in connection with a scheme in which she fraudulently ordered thousands of Sprint cell phones (Read more)


March 17, 2011 - Tilford
NAVY JAG ATTORNEY PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A Naval officer stationed at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi has pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography (Read more)


March 15, 2011 - Nino
LONGTIME FUGITIVE FINALLY CAUGHT AND BROUGHT TO JUSTICE

(LAREDO, Texas) – Martin Nino, fugitive from justice for nearly seven years, has been caught and convicted of conspiracy to possess and possession with the intent to distribute approximately 1,000 pounds of marijuana (Read more)


March 15, 2011 - Nelson
PEARLAND AREA MAN SENT TO PRISON FOR ATTEMPTING TO DISTRIBUTE CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - William Scott Nelson, 63, a Pearland resident, was sentenced to 144 months in prison today by U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison for attempted distribution of child pornography and ordered to register as a sex offender (Read more)


March 15, 2011 - Longoria
FORMER CAMERON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY SENTENCED FOR SMUGGLING

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – Former Cameron County Sheriff’s Deputy Jesus A. Longoria, has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for smuggling goods from the U.S. (Read more)


March 14, 2011 - Watson
ORGANIZER OF TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON

(HOUSTON) – James Watson Jr., 55, has been sentenced to 60 months confinement in the Federal Bureau of Prisons (Read more)


March 14, 2011 - Gonzalez
FORMER DENTION CENTER GUARD CONVICTED OF DRUG CHARGES

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - A former jail guard has been convicted of attempted possession with intent to distribute cocine bound for the detention center (Read more)


March 11, 2011 - DeLeon
UNITED DME INC.’S OWNER AND DELIVERY DRIVER ARRESTED ON HEALTH CARE FRAUD CHARGES

(MCALLEN, Texas) - The owner of a McAllen-area durable medical equipment (DME) company and one of his employees have been indicted by a federal grand jury and charged with conspiracy, multiple counts of health care fraud and aggravated identity theft for their alleged roles in a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billing for power wheelchairs and diabetic supplies (Read more)


March 11, 2011 - Barnes
FORMER EMPLOYEE OF LYONDELL HOUSTON REFINERY PLEADS GUILTY IN MULTIMILLION DOLLAR  KICKBACK SCHEME

(HOUSTON) - Jonathan Paul Barnes, a former employee at LyondellBasell Industries, has pleaded guilty to multiple fraud and money laundering charges arising from a multimillion dollar kickback scheme (Read more)


March 11, 2011 - Lowe
HOUSTON FATHER INDICTED FOR PRODUCING, DISTRIBUTING AND POSSESSING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - DJ Christopher Lowe has been transferred into federal custody and ordered held without bond pending trial on charges of producing, distributing and possessing child pornography (Read more)


March 10, 2011 - Puebla, Anderson and Buitron
THREE INDICTED FOR STEALING EXPLOSIVES

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A federal grand jury has indicted three Corpus Christi area men for conspiring to steal explosive materials (Read more)


March 10, 2011 - Regan and Aarias
AMERICAN HUSBAND AND COLOMBIAN WIFE CHARGED WITH UNLAWFULLY EXPORTING FIREARMS TO COLOMBIA

(HOUSTON) - An American husband and his Colombian wife have been arrested and charged with smuggling firearms to Colombia (Read more)


March 9, 2011 - Robinson
JURY CONVICTS DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT BUSINESS OWNER FOR FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – A federal jury has convicted the owner of Memorial Medical Supply, a durable medical equipment business, of multiple counts of health care fraud and the payment of kickbacks arising from a multi-million dollar fraud upon Medicare and Medicaid (Read more)


March 8, 2011 - Ellerman et al
THREE ASSOCIATED WITH GRIFCO INTERNATIONAL INC. STOCK SCHEME CONVICTED

(HOUSTON) – Three men who controlled Grifco International Inc. have been convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud arising from an investment fraud scheme (Read more)


March 8, 2011 - Mooney
RECEIVING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY RESULTS IN LONG PRISON TERM FOR VICTORIA MAN

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) - Jerry Wayne Mooney Jr., 41, of Victoria, Texas, has been sentenced to 121 months in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography (Read more)


March 7, 2011 - De Leon et al
DPS EMPLOYEE AND OTHERS CHARGED WITH UNAUTHORIZED SALE OF TEXAS DRIVER’S LICENSES

(McALLEN, Texas) – A DPS employee and several others have been arrested and charged for attempting to provide a fraudulent Texas driver’s license to another individual under an assumed name in exchange for cash (Read more)


March 7, 2011 - Noriega
LEADER OF FLORIDA-BASED MEDICARE FRAUD RING SENTENCED TO PRISON

Defendant operated sham infusion therapy clinics in Texas and throughout the southeastern United States

(HOUSTON) – Alberto Noriega, of Miami, Fla., has been sentenced to federal prison for leading a Medicare fraud ring that submitted more than $9 million in false and fraudulent Medicare claims for alleged infusion therapy services (Read more)


March 4, 2011 - Santana-Aleman
LAST OF 13 ABOARD A COMMERCIAL BUS CHARGED WITH SMUGGLING MILLIONS IN AIR MATTRESSES CONVICTED

(McALLEN, Texas) - The final passenger aboard a commercial bus bound for Mexico charged in a multi-defendant case involving the smuggling of more than $3 million in U.S. currency  in air mattresses was convicted today after pleading guilty to failing to declare the cash prior to leaving the United States (Read more)


March 3, 2011 - Sandoval-Mendoza et al
TRANSPORTING UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS IN AIR DAMS OF TRACTOR TRAILERS LANDS SIX IN PRISON

(McALLEN, Texas) – A total of six defendants charged in two separate and unrelated cases have been sentenced to prison this week for transporting undocumented aliens in the air dams of tractor trailers (Read more)


March 3, 2011 - Ramirez
FORMER CBP OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG TRAFFICKING, ALIEN SMUGGLING AND BRIBERY           

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) – A former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer has been convicted of drug trafficking, alien smuggling and bribery after pleading guilty to the federal felony offenses (Read more)


March 3, 2011 - Macias
DALLAS AREA ALIEN SMUGGLER SENTENCED TO PRISON

(LAREDO, Texas) – The organizer and “lookout” driver of a smuggling attempt of 47 undocumented aliens concealed inside a sealed trailer in June 2010 has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


March 2, 2011 - Gomez et al
BROWNSVILLE RESIDENTS CHARGED WITH TRAFFICKING COCAINE AND MONEY LAUNDERING

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – A sealed indictment charging several Brownsville area residents with conspiring to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and/or laundering the drug proceeds, has been unsealed today following the arrest of the defendants (Read more)


March 2, 2011 - Gutierrez-Castro
JURY FINDS MEXICAN NATIONAL GULTY OF ALIEN SMUGGLING

(LAREDO, Texas) – A Laredo jury has convicted a Mexican national, who guided a group of aliens across the Rio Grande and through the South Texas brush, guilty of bringing in and transporting undocumented aliens from Mexico into the United States (Read more)


March 1, 2011 - Richardson
FAKE LAWYER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE AND LYING TO THE COURT

(LAREDO, Texas) – A 28-year-old Dallas area resident who falsely represented himself to the U.S. District Court in Laredo to be a lawyer licensed to practice law has been sentenced to prison, fined and ordered to pay restitution to his former “clients” (Read more)


 

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