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September 2011 Press Releases

Sept. 30, 2011 - Tovar
Last of 21 Charged and Convicted as a Result of Operation Night Moves Sentenced to Prison

HOUSTON – The last of a total of 21 persons charged and convicted as a result of Operation Night Moves has been sentenced to prison read more


Sept. 30, 2011 - Magidson
Kenneth Magidson Sworn in as 22nd United States Attorney for the SDTX

HOUSTON – Kenneth Magidson has been formally sworn in by Senior United States District Judge David Hittner as the 22nd presidentially-appointed United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas read more


Sept. 30, 2011 - Stephens
Last of Five Charged with Conspiring to Rob an Armored Truck Convicted

HOUSTON – A federal jury has found the last of five Houston area men charged with offenses arising from a conspiracy to rob an armored truck guilty of all counts alleged in a three-count indictment read more


Sept. 30, 2011 - Tieu
Owner of Auto Dealerships Sentenced to Prison for Multi-million Dollar Bank Fraud Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Thinh Viet Tieu, the owner, operator and financing broker of NXCESS Motor Cars and All State Motors has been sentenced to federal prison for bank fraud arising from a check kiting scheme perpetrated on a Houston bank read more


Sept. 29, 2011 - De Leon
Jury Convicts DME Business Owner of Health Care Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft Scheme

Defendant remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service

McALLEN, Texas - A federal jury in McAllen has convicted the owner of a durable medical equipment business in connection with a health care fraud and aggravated identity theft scheme read more


Sept. 28, 2011 - Garcia
Laredo Deputy Constable Pleads Guilty to Accepting Bribe

LAREDO, Texas - A Webb County Constable Precinct One deputy has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes to use his official capacity to protect loads of cocaine read more


Sept. 28, 2011 - Ita
DME Owner Sentenced to Prison for Defrauding Medicare of Millions in Wake of Hurricanes Katrine and Rita

HOUSTON - A former owner of a durable medical equipment company (DME) was sentenced today to more than six years in federal prison for engaging in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare of more than $5 million and wire fraud read more


Sept. 27, 2011 - Evesson
Huntsville Area Man Sentenced To Prison For Receipt of Child Pornography Conviction

HOUSTON - Jeremiah Reece Evesson, 23, a Huntsville resident, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas to 210 months in federal prison without parole for receipt of child pornography read more


Sept. 27, 2011 - Osorio
Jury Convicts Woman of Smuggling Methamphetamine with a Street Value of More Than $1 Million

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A federal jury has convicted Reyna Osorio Martinez aka Reyna Osorio De Vasquez on four counts of methamphetamine trafficking read more


Sept. 27, 2011 - Tijerina
Jury Convicts McAllen Resident For Role in Straw Purchase of Firearms Scheme and Possession of an Unregistered Silencer

McALLEN, Texas – A federal jury has found Manuel Tijerina-Herrera, 48, a lawful permanent alien residing in McAllen, Texas, guilty of all counts alleged in a five-count indictment arising from a straw purchase of firearms scheme as well as for possessing a unregistered silencer read more


Sept. 26, 2011 - Cardenas-Meneses
Mexican National Found Guilty of Alien Smuggling That Lead to the Death of Nine Illegal Aliens

McALLEN, Texas - Joel Cardenas-Meneses, 43, a citizen of Mexico, has been found guilty by a federal jury of alien smuggling that resulted in the death of nine illegal aliens read more


Sept. 26, 2011 - Mora
Federal Probation Officer Sentenced to Prison for Drug Trafficking and Bribery

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Former United States probation officer Armando Mora, 38, of Edinburg, Texas, has been sentenced to 168 months imprisonment for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and 168 months for bribery of a public official read more


Sept. 26, 2011 - Said
Houston Business Owner Who Evaded Taxes on Million in Income Sentenced to Federal Prison

HOUSTON – The owner of Houston area automobile and towing businesses has been sentenced on tax evasion charges to 24 months in federal prison read more


Sept. 22, 2011 - Beeman
Repeat Offender Sentenced To Almost 20 Years in Prison For Distributing Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Gary Daniel Beeman, 39, has been sentenced to 235 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography read more


Sept. 21, 2011 - Ortega
Local Man Sentenced to 10 years for Attempted Solicitation of a Minor

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas  –  Allen Manuel Ortega, 30, of Corpus Christi, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for attempting to entice a minor via the Internet to engage in sexual activity read more


Sept. 21, 2011 - Rodriguez
Raza Unida Gang Leader Sentenced to 324 Months in Federal Prison for Racketeering

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Raza Unida gang leader Rudy Rodriguez will be serving 324 months in federal prison for drug trafficking and conspiracy to murder in furtherance of a racketeering enterprise read more


Sept. 21, 2011 - Perales Sanchez
Illegally Re-Entering the United States Nets Mexican National an Eight-Year Prison Term

LAREDO, Texas – An illegal alien with multiple felony convictions who re-entered the United States illegally will be serving several years in federal prison read more


Sept. 21, 2011 - Claunch
Corpus Christi Man Sentenced to Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Taylor Claunch, 22, of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole for distribution of child pornography read more


Sept. 21, 2011 - Arreola-Perez
Houstonian Indicted for Lying About Employment to Collect Social Security Disability

HOUSTON – A two-count indictment returned by a Houston grand jury under seal charging a Houston man with lying about his employment and his theft of more than $100,000 in Social Security disability benefits has been unsealed following his arrest read more


Sept. 19, 2011 - Tarpley et al
Six Charged with Conspiring to Rob Credit Union in Kroger Grocery Store

HOUSTON – Six men have been charged with conspiracy to commit a robbery of the Associated Credit Union, member FDIC, located inside a Kroger’s Grocery Store on El Camino Real Road in Houston read more


Sept. 15, 2011 - Davidson et al
IFCO Senior Managers Plead Guilty to Unlawful Employment of Illegal Aliens

HOUSTON –  Five senior managers of the former IFCO Systems N.A., a Houston-based corporation, have pleaded guilty to hiring and employing unauthorized aliens at IFCO plants nationwide between the time period January 2003 and April 2006 read more


Sept. 14, 2011 - Martinez et al
Jailers and Alleged Raza Unida Gang Member Sentenced To Prison for Bribery

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two former jailers and one alleged member of the Raza Unida prison gang have been sentenced to prison for conspiring to bribe public officials read more


Sept. 14, 2011 - Figueroa
Angleton Resident Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

HOUSTON - Agustin G. Figueroa Jr., of Angleton, has been sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography read more


Sept. 9, 2011 - Black et al
Texas City Safe Street’s Task Force Nets Four More For Trafficking Crack

HOUSTON –  The investigative efforts of the FBI’s Texas City Safe Street Task Force has resulted in yet another indictment against several Bacliff area men for trafficking crack cocaine read more


Sept. 9, 2011 - Johnson
Former Insurance Company Controller Sentenced For Wire Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON - Carla Jean Johnson, 40, of Houston, has been sentenced  to 120 months in federal prison for her conviction of conspiracy to commit wire fraud involving almost $1 million in loss to the victim company read more


Sept. 8, 2011 - Lebaron
Jacqueline Lebaron Sentenced to Prison

HOUSTON - U.S. District Court Judge Sim Lake has sentenced Jacqueline Lebaron, 46, to three years in federal prison for conspiring with other members of her family to obstruct religious beliefs read more


Sept. 8, 2011 - Romanos
Laredoan Indicted for Possessing, Receiving and Distributing Child Pornography

LAREDO, Texas – A sealed three-count indictment charging a 21-year-old Laredoan with possession, receipt and distribution of child pornography has been unsealed following the defendant’s arrest read more


Sept. 8, 2011 - Barraza-Galindo
Mexican Woman Sentenced to Prison for Attempting to Smuggle Cash Into MexIco in Teddy Bears and Pillows

McALLEN, Texas – A 33-year-old Mexican national has been sentenced to 24 months in prison for attempting to smuggle more than $270,000 stuffed in teddy bears and pillows read more


Sept. 7, 2011 - Latson and Akinbile
Two Houston-Area Residents Charged in Nationwide Medicare Fraud Strike Force Takedown

Total of 91 Defendants Charged Nationally with Submitting $295 Million in Fraudulent Claims

HOUSTON –The owner of a Medicare referral business and the owner of a medical supply company have been charged for their participation in separate schemes to defraud the Medicare program of more than $62 million read more


Sept. 7, 2011 - Alaniz
Local Man Sentenced To Prison For Distributing Child Pornography Via the Internet

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Johnny Alaniz, 37, of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison without parole for distributing child pornography read more


Sept. 6, 2011 - Uriegas
Roma Woman Sentenced and Ordered to Pay Restitution for Injuries, Damage During Alien Transportation Attempt

McALLEN, Texas – Elvia Elvira Uriegas, 27, of Roma, Texas, has been sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for conspiring to transport illegal aliens read more


Sept. 6, 2011 - Mims and Battles
Cuervo Women Plead Guilty in Unemployment Insurance Fraud Ring

VICTORIA, Texas – Andrea Mims, 48, and Lea Ann Battles, 44, both of Cuero, Texas, have been convicted of mail fraud arising from a scheme to defraud the Unemployment Insurance Program read more


Sept. 1, 2011 - Montoya
Bank Robber Sentenced to 50 Months

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Martin Antonio Montoya, 22, has been sentenced to 50 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution to the Bank of America in the amount of $1,174.58 read more


 

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