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December 2012 Press Releases

Dec. 20, 2012 - Spiegel
Tomball Couple Charged in Connection With Use of Counterfeit PC Postage
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‪HOUSTON – Michael and Susan Spiegel, a husband and wife residing in Tomball, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, five counts of mail fraud and 10 counts of possession of counterfeit postage in connection with their Houston “mail drop” business read more


Dec. 20, 2012 - Aguilar-Hernandez
Mexican National Sentenced for Alien Smuggling Resulting in Death

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Mexican national Modesto Aguilar-Hernandez, 20, has been handed a 57-month sentence for his conviction of alien smuggling which led to the death of a 40-year-old Mexican national read more


Dec. 20, 2012 - Ortiz
Coast Guard Petty Officer Convicted of Stealing Government Property

HOUSTON – U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Gavino Ortiz III, 32, of League City, pleaded guilty this morning to theft of government property read more


Dec. 19, 2012 - Hedrick
Former Pan American Airways President Ordered to Prison

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Robert L. Hedrick, 61, has been sentenced to 30 years for attempted sexual exploitation of children, transfer of obscene materials to a minor, distribution and possession of child pornography read more


Dec. 19, 2012 - Phillips
Houston Attorney and Former VA Fiduciary Heads to Federal Prison

HOUSTON - Joe B. Phillips has been ordered to federal prison for conspiracy to make false statements, misappropriation by a fiduciary and signing a false income tax return read more


Dec. 19, 2012 - Mathew
Victoria Jury Convicts Missouri City Man of Illegal Possession of Bald Eagle

VICTORIA, Texas - Sam Mathew, 53, of Missouri City, has been convicted of illegally possessing a bald eagle read more


Dec. 18, 2012 - Lara-Reyes et al
Six Sentenced in Illegal Alien Conspiracy

HOUSTON – A total of six people have been handed sentences following their convictions in an illegal alien harboring/transportation conspiracy read more


Dec. 18, 2012 - White
Woodlands Man Using Fake CIA/FBI Credentials Indicted

HOUSTON – Paul Alan White, 57, of the Woodlands, has been arrested following the return of a sealed indictment alleging he impersonated a public servant read more


Dec. 17, 2012 - Tyler
Houston Man Arrested for Health Care Fraud

HOUSTON – Lawrence T. Tyler, 40, has been indicted on charges of health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud read more


Dec. 17, 2012 - Baker
Angleton Resident Handed Sentence for Multiple Child Pornography Charges

GALVESTON, Texas - Phillip Edward Baker, 50, has been sentenced to federal prison following his convictions for receipt and possession of child pornography as well as accessing a website with intent to view child pornography read more


Dec. 17, 2012 - Ortiz-Soto
Co-Operator of “Welcome to Hell” Stash House Sent to Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Mexican national Vicente Ortiz-Soto, 24, one of the operators of what has become known as the "welcome to hell" stash house, has landed in federal prison read more


Dec. 13, 2012 - O’Neil
Houston Man Convicted in Second Wire Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON - Houstonian Nathaniel Chilo, aka Nathaniel O’Neil, 23, already convicted in a separate debt relief scam, has entered a plea of guilty to wire fraud for a similar scheme read more


Dec. 13, 2012 - Wong
McAllen Man Heads to Federal Prison for Possessing Stolen Debit and Bank Account Numbers

McALLEN, Texas – Mario Wong, 33, of McAllen, Texas, has been sent to federal prison for access device fraud related to his possession of unauthorized debit and bank account numbers from Domestic and International Banks read more


Dec. 13, 2012 - Espinoza et al
4 Officers Charged With Escorting Loads of Narcotics

McALLEN, Texas – Two complaints have been filed charging two deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and two Mission Police Department (MPD) officers in a drug conspiracy read more


Dec. 12, 2012 - Espericueta et al
Mexican Men Sentenced for Cocaine Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – Mexican Citizens Sergio Espericueta, 43, Juan Antonio Hurtado-Garcia, 52, Hugo Garcia-Santos, 40, of Durango, and Oziel Hernandez, 43, have been sentenced for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine read more


Dec. 12, 2012 -Villanueva
Edinburg Man Sent to Prison for Receiving Weapons with Intent to Assault

McALLEN, Texas – David Villanueva, 21, will be serving an nearly nine years in prison following his conviction for receiving firearms with the intent to commit a felony read more


Dec. 12, 2012 - Tovar et al
Duval County Corruption Investigation Leads to Two Prison Sentences, More Coming

McALLEN, Texas — Jose Luis Tovar, 47, and his brother Jerry Tovar, 40, both of Mission, are heading to federal prison as a result of their convictions related to a corruption investigation in Duval County read more


Dec. 12, 2012 - Trifu
Romanian Man Indicted for Wire Fraud


VICTORIA, Texas - A federal grand jury has issued a multi-count indictment against a Romanian National as part of an Internet fraud scheme read more


Dec. 11, 2012 - Hales et al
Four Houstonians Charged in a Bank Fraud Conspiracy Involving Stolen Mail and Identity Theft

HOUSTON – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Dana Sue Hales, 41, Lindsay Ann Grice, 26, Jason Craig White, 32, and Joseph Scott Ryder, 44, all of Houston, with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and possessing stolen mail read more


Dec. 11, 2012 - Yarrington
United States Seizes Luxury Condo Allegedly Owned by Former Mexican Governor

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A luxury condominium located in South Padre Island alleged to be owned by former Tamaulipas Mexico Governor Tomas Yarrington has been successfully forfeited to the government read more


Dec. 10, 2012 - Puglisi
Houston Man Convicted in Grocery Store Bank Robbery

HOUSTON – A Houston man indicted for a string of bank robberies in Houston during the summer of 2012 has entered a plea of guilty read more


Dec. 7, 2012 - Johnson
Former Missouri City Mail Carrier Convicted of Theft of Mail

HOUSTON - Anthony Johnson, 42, of Missouri City, has entered a plea of guilty to theft of mail by a postal employee read more


Dec. 7, 2012 - Ramirez
Local Armed Career Criminal Sentenced to Federal Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A Corpus Christi man will be serving 15 years in federal prison without parole read more


Dec. 6, 2012 - Pejouhesh
Iranian National Lands in Federal Prison for More Than 20 Years

HOUSTON – Hassan Ali Pejouhesh, 63, of Iran, has been ordered to federal prison following his multiple convictions of bank fraud, possession of stolen mail and aggravated identity theft read more


Dec. 6, 2012 - Tobias
Federal Jury Convicts Edinburg Alien Smuggler on All Counts as Charged

McALLEN, Texas - Jose Luis Tobias, 28, of Edinburg, has been found guilty of two counts of conspiring to harbor and transport undocumented aliens and three counts of harboring undocumented aliens read more


Dec. 6, 2012 - Marchan
Gets 42 months for Paying Bribe Money to Former Judge Limas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Ray Roman Marchan, 55, has been sent to federal prison for his conviction on six public corruption related counts in the FBI’s public corruption investigation of former 404th District Court Judge Abel Corral Limas read more


Dec. 6, 2012 - Correa-Franco
Spring Man Convicted of Enticing Nine-Year-Old

HOUSTON – Spring resident Steve Correa-Franco, 33, has entered a plea of guilty to enticement of a child and possession of child pornography read more


Dec. 6, 2012 - Nowlin et al
Bryan Women Charged With Health Care Fraud

HOUSTON – Yolanda Nowlin, 41, and Carla Parnell, 49, both of Bryan, have been charged in a seven-count indictment alleging conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud, conspiracy to pay kickbacks and theft of government money read more


Dec. 4, 2012 - Lopez Hinojosa
Felon in Possession Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Mack Lopez Hinojosa, 26, of Corpus Christi, has been handed a 15-year sentence for his conviction of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon read more


Dec. 4, 2012 - Puckett
Corpus Man Sent to Prison for Solicitation of a Minor

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Less than five months following his indictment, Corpus Christi resident Anthony Michael Puckett, 41, has been ordered to serve more than 14 years in prison for online coercion and enticement of a child read more


Dec. 4, 2012 - Reyes
Corpus Christi Man Convicted of Assaulting a Federal Agent

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Margarito Reyes, 60, of Corpus Christi, has been convicted of one count of assaulting a United States Marshal read more


Dec. 4, 2012 - Moya
United States Deputy Marshal Charged With Disclosing Identity of Undercover Agent

McALLEN, Texas – A U.S. deputy marshal has been arrested on allegations he disclosed the identity of an undercover agent who infiltrated a Starr County drug trafficking organization read more


Dec. 3, 2012 - Lindsey et al
Bryan Chiropractor and Others Charged in Insurance Scam

HOUSTON – A 31-count sealed indictment has been returned against an area chiropractor and four others alleging conspiracy and mail fraud in a scheme to defraud auto insurance companies such as Farmers, USAA, State Farm and AIG of more than $3 million read more


Dec. 3, 2012 - Basaldua
Mission Man Handed 20 Years for Cocaine Conspiracy

McALLEN, Texas – Ramiro Basaldua, 56, of Mission, has been sentenced to federal prison for 240 months as a result of his conviction on  one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine read more


Dec. 3, 2012 - Schroeder
Shenandoah Man Admits to Altering Military Record, Heads to Prison

HOUSTON – Paul A. Schroeder, 41, of Shenandoah, has been convicted of altering a military or naval discharge certificate and will now be headed to federal prison read more


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