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April 2013 Press Releases

April 29, 2013 - Scott
Coast Guard Petty Officer Headed to Prison for Stealing More Than $600,000 in Government Property

HOUSTON – Brandon Lee Scott, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class, of Dickinson, has been ordered to federal prison for using a government-issued credit card to purchase items for his own benefit read more


April 29, 2013 - Young
Bryan Chiropractic Clinic Owner Convicted of $3 Million Automobile Insurance Fraud

HOUSTON – The owner of a now defunct chiropractic clinic in Bryan has pleaded guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to defraud various automobile insurance companies of more than $3 million read more


April 29, 2013 - Kitine
Presidential Tax Service Owner Convicted of Falsifying Returns

HOUSTON – Sharon Edwards Kitine, the former owner of a now defunct Presidential Tax Service in Houston, has entered a plea of guilty for falsifying client returns read more


April 2, 2013 - Henry
Former Postal Carrier Heads to Federal Prison for Stealing Government Funds

HOUSTON - Mytasha Henry, a former U.S. Postal Service letter carrier from the Houston area has been ordered to prison following her conviction on charges of stealing government funds with regards to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP) read more


April 25, 2013 - Correa-Franco
Spring Man Who Coerced 9-Year-Old to Take Nude Photo with Handheld Gaming Device Lands Significant Sentence

HOUSTON – Spring resident Steve Correa-Franco, 33, has been ordered to prison for nearly 20 years following his convictions of enticement of a child and possession of child pornography read more


April 25, 2013 - Huntsville Man Sentenced for Social Security Fraud

HOUSTON - Christopher Tyrone Cooper, 39, of Huntsville, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for one count of Social Security fraud read more


April 25, 2013 - Aquilar-Ozuna
Extradited Mexican With Ties to Zetas Sentenced in Large-Scale Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Benito Aguilar-Ozuna, aka “Pichollo,” a Mexican citizen who was extradited to the U.S. late last year, has been sentenced to prison for nearly 20 years for conspiracy to traffic cocaine read more


April 25, 2013 - Pena
Marijuana Trafficking Via Intracoastal Waterway Sends Kingsville Man to Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Michael "Mickey" Pena, 46, of Kingsville, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana read more


April 24, 2013 - Ochoa-Rodriguez
Pharr Man Admits Drug Crimes and Cartel Ties via Facebook, Heads to Federal Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Erick Ochoa-Rodriguez, 19, of Pharr, has been ordered to prison for almost 10 years following his convictions for conspiring to possess and actually possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute the controlled substance to another read more


April 24, 2013 - Maldonado
Final Defendant Convicted in Multi-Million Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Houston businessman Tony David Maldonado, 33, of Houston, has pleaded guilty in relation to a scheme to defraud residential mortgage lenders of more than $22 million in loans read more


April 24, 2013 - Cao and Zhang
Two Convicted of Counterfeiting Thousands of Luxury Goods

HOUSTON – Two men from China, found with more than 14,000 fake luxury items, have been convicted of counterfeiting read more


April 24, 2013 - Carrillo
Mexican Boat Captain Convicted of Obstructing Boarding

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Jose Alejandro Carrillo, 24, of Matamoros, Mexico, has entered a plea of guilty to obstructing boarding read more


April 24, 2013 - Ariaz
Galveston Resident Sent to Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

GALVESTON, Texas – Aurelio J. Ariaz, 27, has been ordered to prison for more than eight years following his conviction of possession of child pornography read more


April 23, 2013 - Pena and Reyes-Campos
Federal Judge Sentences Two Men in Cocaine Conspiracy

McALLEN, Texas - Poteet resident Jonathan Pena and Victor Reyes-Campos, of Mexico City, Mexico, have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute multi-kilogram amounts of cocaine read more


April 18, 2013 - Garcia-Benitez
Mexican National Charged in Deaths of Smuggled Aliens

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Idelfonso Garcia-Benitez, 20, of Michoacan, Mexico, has been charged with the smuggling of a group of 14 Illegal aliens that left seven dead and one in critical condition read more


April 16, 2013 - Perez
Possession of Child Porn Lands Alice Man in Federal Prison

HOUSTON – Anthony Rene Perez, 26, of Alice, has been handed a nearly seven-year federal term of imprisonment following his conviction of possession of child pornography read more


April 16, 2013 - Carrillo and Lopez-Ortiz
Two Indicted for Failing to Stop for Coast Guard

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A Brownsville federal grand jury has indicted two Mexican fishing boat crewmen for failing to heave to and obstructing boarding read more


April 16, 2013 - Carbajal Jr.
Falfurrias Marijuana Distributor Lands in Federal Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jose Maria Carbajal Jr., of Corpus Christi, Texas, has been sentenced to nine years in federal prison for his involvement in a marijuana conspiracy read more


April 16, 2013 - Bailey
Corpus Christi Man Gets Max Sentence for Producing Child Porn

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Timothy Wayne Bailey, 38, of Corpus Christi, has been handed a 30-year prison term following his conviction of sexual exploitation of a child, commonly known as production of child pornography read more


April 15, 2013 - Steptore and Wheeler
Armed Bank Robbery Sends Final Two to Prison

HOUSTON – The final two defendants convicted in the armed robbery and attempted robbery of two local banks have been ordered to federal prison read more


April 15, 2013 - Rayon-Perez
Mexican National Convicted in Alien Smuggling Scheme to Steal Fees From Aliens and Their Families

McALLEN, Texas – Pedro Rayon-Perez, 26, has been convicted of harboring undocumented aliens read more


April 12, 2013 - Boria et al
Three Men Handed Massive Sentences in Attempted Cocaine Robbery

HOUSTON – Three Colombian nationals have been ordered to prison for lengthy terms following multiple convictions including drug conspiracy, firearms charges, identity theft and false claims of citizenship read more


April 12, 2013 - Freeman and Moore
Last Two Convicted in Houston Armored Car Robberies

HOUSTON – Walter Keitric Freeman, of Houston, and Allen Moore Jr., of Dallas, have entered pleas of guilty in relation to the robbery and attempted robbery of two armored cars operating in and around Houston read more


April 11, 2013 - Yarbrough
Corpus Man Gets Maximum Sentence for Unlawful Manufacturing and Trafficking of Firearms

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Michael Yarbrough, 22, of Corpus Christi, has landed in federal prison for 10 years for the unlawful manufacture and trafficking of AK-47 type firearms read more


April 11, 2013 - Trejo-Onofre et al
Four Men Sentenced in Massive Smuggling Case

HOUSTON – Four Mexican nationals have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a large human smuggling case that resulted in the discovery of more than 80 illegal aliens in a Houston residence read more


April 10, 2013 - Mills
Ethan Allen Insurance Scam Sends Another to Federal Prison

‪HOUSTON – Robert Steve Mills, 58, of Bonita Springs, Fla., has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to launder money read more


April 10, 2013 - Beckett
Husband and Wife Guilty of Falsifying Client Tax Returns

HOUSTON – Marlin Jermaine Beckett and Gia Cooper Beckett have been convicted of tax fraud read more


April 10, 2013 - Kelley
Bryan Man Convicted in TSU Bomb Threat Case

HOUSTON – Dereon Tayronne Kelley, 22, of Bryan, has been found guilty on all counts for communicating a bomb threat to an academic institution read more


April 10, 2013 - McCune and Sanchez
Guilty Pleas Entered in Family-Run Tax Fraud Scheme

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Judy Lynn McCune, Loretta Ann McCune and Rania Ann Sanchez have pleaded guilty for conspiring to defraud the federal government in a scheme to prepare federal tax returns and cash refund checks in the name of deceased individuals read more


April 8, 2013 - Brogdon
Houston Man Gets 27 Years for Multiple Child Pornography Convictions

HOUSTON – Guy Christopher Brogdon, 34, of Houston, has been sentenced to federal prison following two convictions of production of child pornography and another count of possession of child pornography read more


April 4, 2013 - Henneberger et al
Guilty Pleas Entered in Counterfeit DVD/CD Ring

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – All seven Corpus Christi residents indicted for intellectual property rights violations have entered guilty pleas read more


April 4, 2013 - Chaker
Federal Judge Hands Down Conviction in Bankruptcy Fraud Bench Trial

HOUSTON – Darren David Chaker, 41, of Beverly Hills, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev., has been found guilty of bankruptcy fraud read more


April 4, 2013 - White
Woodlands Man Convicted of Using Fake CIA Credentials

HOUSTON - Paul Alan White, aka Jonathan Alan Davenport, 57, of The Woodlands, has entered a plea of guilty to two counts alleging he impersonated a public servant read more


April 3, 2013 - Nordahl
Man Charged with Sexual Assault of a Minor on Cruise Ship

GALVESTON, Texas – Todd Eric Nordahl, 49, of Tucson, Ariz., has been arrested on charges that he had sexual contact with a minor while in the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States read more


April 2, 2013 - Deming et al
7 Enter Guilty Pleas in Operation Prison Cell Racketeering Case

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Seven former Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) correction officers have pleaded guilty in the large-scale racketeering case involving the McConnell Unit in Beeville read more


April 2, 2013 - Nguyen
Pho Danh Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Return

HOUSTON – Danh Ngoc Nguyen, co-owner of Pho Danh Restaurant in Houston, has entered a plea of guilty to filing of a false federal income tax return read more


April 1, 2013 - Harris
Houston Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking of Minors

HOUSTON – Tevon Harris aka “Da Kidd” and “King Kidd,” 21, of Houston, has been ordered detained pending trial on charges related to the trafficking of minors for commercial sex read more


 

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