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August 2013 Press Releases


Aug. 30, 2013 - Spiegel
Owner of “Mail Drop” Convicted of Manufacturing and Selling Counterfeit Postage

HOUSTON – Susan Spiegel, the former owner of Postal Connections of America, has pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud read more


Aug. 30, 2013 - Hales
Four Convicted in Northeast Houston Theft and Fraud Ring

HOUSTON – Dana Sue Hales, 41, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, possessing stolen mail and aggravated identity theft read more


Aug. 30, 2013 - Torres
New Jersey Truck Driver Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

LAREDO, Texas– Rigoberto Torres, 39, a legal permanent resident from New Jersey, has been ordered to federal prison as a result of his conviction of possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana read more


Aug. 30, 2013 - Oliphant
Texas Man Convicted of Falsifying Tax Returns

HOUSTON – Cedric Keith Oliphant has entered a plea of guilty for falsifying client returns read more


Aug. 29, 2013 - Abercia
Abercia and Other Former Officials Convicted

HOUSTON – Former long-time Harris County Precinct One Constable Jack Abercia has been convicted on 11 counts of exceeding authorized computer access read more


Aug. 29, 2013 - Almendarez
Corpus Christi Man Gets Nine Years for Distributing Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Michael Anthony Almendarez, 31, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of one count of distributing child pornography read more


Aug. 29, 2013 - Cruz
Local Man Gets 10 Years for Methamphetamine

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A Corpus Christi man will be serving a significant sentence in federal prison following his conviction of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine read more


Aug. 28, 2013 - Roetcisoender
Pearland Septuagenarian Convicted in Child Pornography Case

GALVESTON, Texas – A federal jury in Galveston has returned a guilty verdict against David Paul Roetcisoender, 72, of Pearland, for distribution and possession of child pornography read more


Aug. 28, 2013- Vela Jr. et al
Progreso Mayor and Other Public Officials Charged in Conjunction with Bribery Scheme

McALLEN, Texas - Jose Guadalupe Vela Jr., 64, Omar Leonel Vela, 35, and Michael Vela, 29, have been arrested on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud, violations of the Travel Act, theft and bribery read more


Aug. 28, 2013 - Johnson
Houston Man Charged with Sex Trafficking of a Minor

HOUSTON – Alexander Joseph Johnson, 24, of Houston, has been indicted on charges of sex trafficking of a 15-year-old female read more


Aug. 28, 2013 - Loera and Martinez
Laredoans Sentenced in Alien Smuggling case

LAREDO, Texas – Luis Alberto Loera, 27, and Anthony William Martinez, 19, both residents of Laredo, have been ordered to federal prison in relation to an alien smuggling conspiracy read more


Aug. 28, 2013 - Post
Registered Sex Offender Charged with Producing Child Pornography

HOUSTON –  Donald Post, of League City, 68, has been indicted for production and distribution of child pornography involving a four-year-old minor female read more


Aug. 28, 2013 - Mendoza-Delgado
Mexican Who Tried to Threaten Girlfriend into Marriage Gets Federal Time for Illegally Re-Entering the Country

LAREDO, Texas – Alejandro Mendoza-Delgado, a 35-year-old citizen of Mexico, has been handed a more than two-year federal prison sentence for entering the United States illegally after having been deported read more


Aug. 27, 2013 - Oviedo-Cerda
Mexican National Convicted of Illegal Re-entry Despite Fraudulently Obtaining Texas Birth Certificate

McALLEN, Texas - A federal jury in McAllen has convicted Mexican National Felipe Oviedo-Cerda, aka Felipe Telles-Sanchez or Mario Trevino-Leal, 55, on one count of illegally re-entering the country read more


Aug. 23, 2013 - Hallmark and Gard
Local Businessmen Convicted for Hiring and Transporting Undocumented Aliens

HOUSTON – Thomas Gard, of Nederland, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiring to transport undocumented aliens, concealing and harboring undocumented aliens and inducing and encouraging their residence in the U.S. for commercial advantage and financial gain read more


Aug. 22, 2013 - Sympson
Corpus Man Handed 13-Year Sentence for Local Bank Robbery

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Glen Lee Sympson has been ordered to federal prison for committing a bank robbery of Prosperity Bank in Corpus Christi in early 2013 read more


Aug. 21, 2013 - Limas
Former Judge Abel Limas Gets 72 Months in Prison for Taking Bribes

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Former 404th State District Judge Abel Corral Limas has been ordered to prison following his conviction for racketeering read more


Aug. 21, 2013 - McNiel
Two Plead Guilty to Involvement in Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Racketeering Murder

HOUSTON - An Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang member and an ABT associate have pleaded guilty to charges related to a May 2008 murder of an ABT prospect member in Atascosa County read more


Aug. 21, 2013 - Granadeno
Federal Jury Convicts Truck Driver in Undocumented Person Transportation Case

LAREDO, Texas – Miguel A. Granadeno, of Carthage, Mo., has been convicted of conspiracy to transport and the transportation of undocumented persons read more


Aug. 20, 2013 - Solis
Woman Arrested for Voting Multiple Times in 2012 Runoff

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Sonia Leticia Solis, 54, has been charged with voting more than once in connection with the 2012 primary runoff election held in Cameron County on July 31, 2012 read more


Aug. 20, 2013 - Serna
Former Fugitive and Furniture Store Owner Sent to Prison for Cocaine Trafficking and Money Laundering

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jose Francisco Serna, of Mission, has been handed a significant federal sentence following his convictions of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine read more


Aug. 19, 2013 - Perez-Barocela
Houston Man Gets Significant Sentence for Drug Trafficking Through Falfurrias Checkpoint

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Luis Perez-Barocela, 38, has been ordered to prison for more than 24 years for his participation in a large drug trafficking conspiracy read more


Aug. 16, 2013 - Rambaran et al
14 More Army National Guard Recruiters and Soldiers Charged in Ongoing Bribery and Fraud Investigation

HOUSTON – Fourteen current and former recruiters and soldiers of the U.S. Army National Guard have been charged for engaging in a multi-year scheme to defraud the U.S. Army National Guard Bureau read more


Aug. 15, 2013 - Aguilar et al
Heroin and Methamphetamine Trafficking Group Indicted

LAREDO, Texas – Eleven members of a heroin and methamphetamine trafficking group have been arrested throughout the Southern District of Texas and elsewhere for their involvement in a large-scale drug conspiracy read more


Aug. 15, 2013 - Navarro
16 People Sentenced to Lengthy Terms for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering
Leader Gets More than 30 Years

LAREDO, Texas – Several members of a large scale drug trafficking and money laundering organization operating out of the Zapata area from approximately 2006 through 2011 have received significant federal prison sentences read more


Aug. 14, 2013 - Washington
Houston Man Handed Significant Federal Sentence for Cocaine Trafficking

HOUSTON - Michael Washington, 38, of Houston, has been handed a sentence of 151 months for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 8.9 kilograms of cocaine read more


Aug. 14, 2013 - Montgomery
Laredo Resident Sentenced in Child Pornography case

LAREDO, Texas – Robert Allen Montgomery, 46, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of receiving and possessing child pornography read more


Aug. 13, 2013 - Gutierrez
Alien Trafficker Gets Enhanced Sentence for Sexual Assault

LAREDO, Texas – Juan Zavala Gutierrez, 22, a resident of Mexico, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for transporting undocumented aliens for private financial gain read more


Aug. 7, 2013 - Rubio and Rubio Jr.
Father and Son Felons Sent to Prison for Ammunition and Drug Charges

LAREDO, Texas – Rolando Rubio and his father, Antonio Rubio Jr., both of Laredo, have been ordered to prison for their respective pleas to cocaine trafficking and unlawful possession of ammunition read more


Aug. 6, 2013 - Alcala
Laredoan Sent to Prison for Possessing Child Pornography
Ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution

LAREDO, Texas – Luis Alberto Alcala, 25, of Laredo, has been ordered to federal prison for nearly eight years following his conviction of possessing with intent to view visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct read more


Aug. 6, 2013 - Khattab and Al-Jabri
Two Arrested for Smuggling Counterfeit Viagra

HOUSTON – A federal indictment has been unsealed charging two men with conspiring to smuggle/traffic in counterfeit and misbranded medicine, specifically Viagra read more


Aug. 6, 2013 - Giddings
Texas Businessman Agrees to Settle False Claims Allegations Involving the E-Rate Program

WASHINGTON – Larry Lehmann of Giddings, Texas has agreed to pay $400,000 to settle allegations that he violated the False Claims Act in connection with the Federal Communications Commission’s E-rate Program read more


Aug. 5, 2013 - Chao-Martinez
Six Now Convicted in Alien Smuggling Conspiracy

HOUSTON – With the guilty plea of Mexican national Francisco Chao-Martinez, 31, six people have now been convicted in relation to a conspiracy to transport aliens illegally present in the country read more


Aug. 5, 2013 - Mitchan Jr. and Davis
Smoke Shop Owners Convicted of Structuring Financial Transactions

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The husband and wife owners of Mr. Nice Guys Smoke Shop have entered pleas of guilty as a result of the efforts of a multi-agency investigation read more


Aug. 2, 2013 - Solis
Former Texas Representative “Jim” Solis Gets 47 Months in Prison for Limas Extortion Scheme

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Former Texas representative Jose Santiago “Jim” Solis has been ordered to prison following his conviction of aiding and abetting the extortion by former state district judge Abel Corral Limas read more


Aug. 2, 2013 - Chilo
Houston Man Ordered to Prison…Again for Second Wire Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON - Houstonian Nathaniel Chilo, aka Nathaniel O’Neil, 23, now convicted in two separate debt relief scams, has been sentenced to prison again read more


Aug. 1, 2013 - Aguilar et al
Three Ordered into Custody on Charges of Selling Drugs in School Zone and Other Felonies

LAREDO, Texas – A 16-count indictment has been returned against three Laredo men detailing firearms and multiple methamphetamine trafficking charges, some allegedly occurring within school zones read more

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