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May 2011 Press Releases

May 27, 2011 - Imo et al
FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS HOUSTON DR. AND OTHERS IN MEDICARE FRAUD SCHEME

(HOUSTON) - After approximately 12 hours of deliberation, a Houston jury has convicted Umawa Imo, 57, a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Kenneth Anokam, 56, a naturalized citizen, and Houston physician Dr. Christina Clardy, 61 (Read more)


May 27, 2011 - Salazar-Tovar
MEXICAN NATIONAL SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTING TO SMUGGLE GRENADES AND MACHINE GUNS TO MEXICO

(LAREDO, Texas) – Guadalupe Salazar-Tovar, a 38-year-old Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for attempting to smuggle 20 hand grenades and several machine guns into Mexico in violation of the Arms Export Control Act (Read more)


May 27, 2011 - Avila
FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS SAN JUAN MAN OF DRUG TRAFFICKING

(McALLEN, Texas) - A McAllen jury convicted a San Juan resident of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute approximately 528 kilograms of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm (Read more)


May 26, 2011 - Theriot et al
SEVERAL ARRESTED FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING FOLLOWING DISCOVERY OF MARIJUANA PLANTS 

(HOUSTON) – Brothers, Bernard Harry Theriot, 37, and Bryan Andrew Theriot aka Tow Down, 33, both of Houston, and six others were arrested yesterday after search warrants were executed at several locations resulted in the discovery of grow operations of marijuana plants (Read more)


May 26, 2011 - Posey and Clark
TWO PLEAD GUILTY TO BANK ROBBERY

(HOUSTON) – Two Houston men accused of robbing several area banks through the use of force and intimidation been convicted of bank robbery after pleading guilty (Read more)


May 26, 2011 - Ochoa
22-YEAR-OLD HOUSTON MAN CONVICTED OF PRODUCING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) -   A 22 year old Houston man has been convicted after pleaded guilty to producing and distributing child pornography (Read more)


May 25, 2011 - PSC Initiative
U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES RESULTS OF CHILD EXPLOITATION PREVENTION INITIATIVE

(HOUSTON) –  Today, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced that in the last two years in the Southern District of Texas, the joint investigative efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorneys and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners has resulted in the prosecution of 75 persons who have, or are alleged to have, exploited children in violation of federal law as part of  Project Safe Childhood (Read more)


May 25, 2011 - Tabares
PORT ISABEL MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(BROWNSVILLE, Texas) - A Port Isabel man was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison today for possessing hundreds of images and videos obtained via the Internet depicting child pornography (Read more)


May 25, 2011 - Lindsley
HOUSTON MAN ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BOND ON DISTRIBUTION AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

(HOUSTON) –  A three-count sealed indictment charging Peter Kingman Lindsley, 49, with possession and distribution of child pornography was unsealed this morning (Read more)


May 25, 2011 - Valencia et al
JURY CONVICTS COUSINS FOR TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA

(McALLEN, Texas)- A McAllen Jury has convicted cousins for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 1320 pounds of marijuana (Read more)


May 25, 2011 - Munoz-Martinez et al
DEFENDANTS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CARJACKING

(McALLEN, Texas) - Jorge Luis de la Fuente-Monton, 19, and Fernando Antonio Munoz-Martinez, 19, both of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, have been sentenced to prison for carjacking (Read more)


May 24, 2011 - Holverson
HOUSTON REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER CHARGED WITH DISASTER FRAUD

(HOUSTON) – Jon August Holverson, the owner of Bayou City Properties, and his brother, Jeffrey Holverson, have been indicted for conspiring to obtain approximately $1 million in disaster relief funds by fraudulent means and for making false statements in connection with a benefit authorized pursuant to a presidentially declared disaster declaration (Read more)


May 24, 2011 - Perez
SECOND IN COMMAND OF THE COMPEAN DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION SENTENCED TO PRISON

(LAREDO, Texas) - Javier Hugo Perez, 56, of Laredo, identified as the second in command of the Compean Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) which operated out of the Laredo area, has been sentenced to prison for his role as a co-conspirator and leader/organizer of the Compean drug and money laundering organization (Read more)


May 24, 2011 - Garcia
LAST OF NINE CONVICTED FOR ROLES IN TRAFFICKING MARIJUANA SENTENCED

(LAREDO, Texas) – The last of nine charged and convicted for their roles in a marijuana trafficking conspiracy has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


May 23, 2011 - Gammon
HOUSTON ATTORNEY PLEADS GUILTY TO POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

(HOUSTON) - William George Gammon, 50, a Houston attorney, has been convicted by U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes of possession of child pornography after pleading guilty to the federal felony offense (Read more)


May 23, 2011 - Officer Safety
US ATTORNEY MORENO MEETS WITH CORPUS CHRISTI AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS ABOUT OFFICER SAFETY

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) - As part of the Attorney General’s (AG) Law Enforcement Officer Safety Initiative, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno met with various law enforcement agency heads in Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Calhoun, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Nueces, San Patricio and Victoria Counties to discuss the most serious threats currently facing our officers and ways to protect and enhance their safety (Read more)


May 20, 2011 - Armendariz
PENITAS MAN FOUND GUILTY OF 12 COUNTS INCLUDING THE ATTEMPTED CARJACKING OF AN OFF DUTY BORDER PATROL AGENT

(McALLEN, Texas) – Jose Antonio Armendariz, 27, last known to reside in Penitas, Texas, has been found guilty of all 12 counts charged against him in relation to the 2006 hostage taking of a local rancher, two 2006 carjackings and the 2009 attempted carjacking of an off duty Border Patrol (BP) agent (Read more)


May 20, 2011 - Rombado
FORMER BANK OFFICER SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON

(HOUSTON) - Juan Rombado, 48, of Houston, has been sentenced to prison for bank fraud and aggravated identity theft (Read more)


May 19, 2011 - Thomas
WOMAN WHO STOLE UNCLAIMED FUNDS FROM GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CONVICTED

(HOUSTON) – A woman who obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of unclaimed funds and property tax refunds by stealing the identities of the lawful claimants has been convicted (Read more)


May 19, 2011 - Combating Child Exploitation
JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS U.S. ATTORNEYS OFFICE FOR WORK COMBATING CHILD EXPLOITATION

(HOUSTON) - Three prosecutors and the Community Relations Coordinator in the Southern District of Texas United States Attorney’s Office have been recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder for their leadership protecting children from sexual abuse and exploitation (Read more)


May 17, 2011 - Alvarado-Casas et al
MEMBER OF ALIEN SMUGGLING OPERATION WHICH RESULTED IN INJURY TO 17 ALIENS SENTENCED

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) – The last member a large alien smuggling organization whose operation resulted in injury to 17 aliens following a single vehicle accident has been sentenced to federal prison (Read more)


May 17, 2011 - Officer Safety
US ATTORNEY MORENO MEETS WITH RIO GRANDE VALLEY LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERS ABOUT OFFICER SAFETY

(McALLEN, Texas) - As part of the Attorney General’s (AG) Law Enforcement Officer Safety Initiative, U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno met with the law enforcement agency heads of Hidalgo, Starr, Cameron and Willacy Counties to discuss the most serious threats currently facing our officers and ways to protect and enhance their safety. (Read more)


May 13, 2011 - Sauceda
CONSPIRING TO EXPORT FIREARMS INTO MEXICO RESULTS IN PRISON TERM

(McALLEN, Texas) –  A U.S. citizen who conspired with others to export semi-automatic firearms and ammunition into Mexico has been sentenced to prison (Read more)


May 13, 2011 - Lopez
THIRD FELONY DRUG TRAFFICKING CONVICTION RESULTS IN LIFE SENTENCE FOR AREA MAN

(McALLEN, Texas) – Third conviction for drug trafficking nets local man a lifetime in federal prison without parole (Read more)


May 11, 2011 - Martinez et al
FOUR CHARGED IN MARCH 2011 ROBBERY OF INTERNATIONAL BANK OF COMMERCE
Two IBOC bank tellers allegedly planned heist

(HOUSTON, Texas) – Two former female bank tellers and two males have been indicted for bank robbery and embezzlement of bank funds arising from the March 23, 2011 robbery of the International Bank of Commerce (IBOC) in Houston (Read more)


May 10, 2011 - Cesarez et al
EIGHT OF 24 CONVICTED IN OCDETF OPERATION RELOAD SENTENCED

(LAREDO, Texas) – The first eight of 24 convicted for their roles in a Laredo based drug and money laundering organization and charged as a result of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) operation dubbed “Reload” were sentenced today and hundreds of thousands of dollars in real and personal assets were forfeited to the United States (Read more)


May 9, 2011 - Roqumore
FORMER HOUSTON GAS TRADER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR $7.9 MILLION WIRE FRAUD CASE

(HOUSTON) – Former Houston gas trader Stephanie Roqumore has been sentenced by United States District Judge Lynn N. Hughes six years in federal prison without parole for defrauding numerous natural gas trading companies of nearly $8 million (Read more)


May 9, 2011 - Morris
ATTEMPT TO HACK HOUSTON ATMs NETS NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENT A PRISON TERM

(HOUSTON) - A 20-year-old computer hacker from North Carolina has been sentenced to prison for planning to hack into Houston area ATMs (Read more)


May 6, 2011 - De Leon et al
FORMER DPS EMPLOYEE AND CO-CONSPIRATORS CONVICTED OF SELLING TX DRIVER’S LICENSES

(McALLEN, Texas) – A former employee of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has pleaded guilty along with her four co-conspirators to unlawfully providing Texas driver’s licenses for cash (Read more)


May 3, 2011 - Sanders
POSTAL UNION OFFICER IMPRISONED FOR THEFT OF UNION FUNDS

(HOUSTON) – Former American Postal Worker’s Union (APWU) officer has been sentenced to prison for stealing union funds (Read more)


May 3, 2011 - Shoulders
HOUSTON MAN CONVICTED OF BANK FRAUD AND AGGRAVATED IDENTITY THEFT

(HOUSTON) - After a four-day trial, a federal jury has found Nathaniel Shoulders Jr. guilty of all counts – bank fraud, making false statements to banks and aggravated identity theft (Read more)


May 2, 2011 - McCullough
TEXAS MAN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFULLY POSSESSING DESTRUCTIVE DEVICES

(HOUSTON) –  A 64-year-old Cypress, Texas, man has been arrested and charged with unlawfully possessing detonating cord and electric blasting caps (Read more)


May 2, 2011 - St. Junius et al
DME COMPANY OWNER AND MARKETERS CONVICTED OF DEFRAUDING MEDICARE OF MILLIONS

(HOUSTON) – A federal jury has convicted a durable medical equipment (DME) company owner and two marketers of defrauding both federal health care programs - Medicare and Medicaid (Read more)


 

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