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December 2013 Press Releases

Dec. 26, 2013 - Barrett
Katy Man Charged With Federal Hate Crime for Punching and Breaking Jaw of 79-Year-old African American Man

HOUSTON - Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, has been charged with a federal hate crime related to a racially-motivated assault of a 79-year-old African American man read more


Dec. 20, 2013 - Miranda
Local Doctor Pleads Guilty in Misbranding Drugs Case

LAREDO, Texas – Eduardo Miranda M.D., 55, of Laredo, has pleaded guilty to one count of introducing misbranded drugs into the country read more


Dec. 20, 2013 - Price
13-Year Fugitive Doctor Convicted for Federal Income Tax Fraud

HOUSTON – A former doctor who was a fugitive for more than 13 years has been convicted of filing a false income tax return read more


Dec. 19, 2013 - Hebert
Former Dickinson Resident and Leader of Meth Trafficking Organization Gets 30 Years

HOUSTON - Huey Joseph Hebert, 35, formerly of Dickinson, has been sentenced to 360 months in federal prison for his role as a leader in a methamphetamine trafficking organization read more


Dec. 19, 2013 - Centeno
Real Estate Agent Headed to Prison for Money Laundering

McALLEN, Texas - Freddy Centeno, 52 of Brownsville, has been ordered to prison for money laundering for a convicted drug trafficker read more


Dec. 19, 2013 - Geissen
Brazoria County Resident Indicted for Sending False Distress Signal

HOUSTON – David Matthew Geissen, 21, has been arrested following the return of an indictment alleging he communicated a false distress message to the Coast Guard read more


Dec. 19, 2013 - Bonilla
CBP Officer Arrested on Alien Transporting Charges

LAREDO, Texas – Juan Gabriel Bonilla, 27, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer from Laredo,has been arrested for attempting to transport aliens into the United States and conspiracy to do so read more


Dec. 18, 2013 - Jordan
Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme Results in Significant Sentence and Nearly $10 Million Restitution Order

HOUSTON – Charles Craig Jordan, 34, has been ordered to federal prison for 13 years following his conviction related to his life settlement insurance business read more


Dec. 18, 2013 - Marchan
Former Laredo Business Owner Convicted in Large Marijuana Case

LAREDO, Texas - A federal jury has returned a guilty verdict against Marco Antonio Marchan, 45, for engaging in a conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute in excess of 1,000 kilograms of marijuana read more


Dec. 18, 2013 - Velasquez and Ramirez
Two Area Women Head to Federal Prison in Home Health Services Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Debra Jean Velasquez, of Robstown, and Sylvia Salinas Ramirez, of Driscoll, have been ordered to prison in a scheme to defraud the Texas Medicaid program through fraudulent home health billings read more


Dec. 18, 2013 - Saucedo-Mata
Stash House Operator Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Federal Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Martin Saucedo-Mata, 48, of Pharr, has been ordered to prison for 121 months for storing cocaine at his residence read more


Dec. 18, 2013 - Derrow and Jackson
Houston Men Ordered to Prison for Wells Fargo Robbery

HOUSTON - Aaron Derrow, 43, and Terrance Jackson, 35, both of Houston, have been sentenced for their roles in the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on Kirby Drive in Houston in December 2012 read more


Dec. 18, 2013 - Holmes
2 Cases Closed – Last of 25 Violent Bank Robbers Now Headed to Federal Prison

HOUSTON – The final of 25 convicted in two separate, but similar bank robbery cases that gripped the Houston and surrounding areas has now been ordered to prison read more


Dec. 17, 2013 - Mitchan Jr. and Colmenero
Smoke Shop Owner and Realtor Head to Federal Prison for Structuring Financial Transactions

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The co-owner of Mr. Nice Guys Smoke Shop and a local real estate agent have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions related to a multi-agency investigation into the structuring of financial transactions read more


Dec. 17, 2013 - Chaker
Bankruptcy Fraud Results in Federal Prison

HOUSTON – Darren David Chaker, 41, of Beverly Hills, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev., has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of bankruptcy fraud read more


Dec. 17, 2013 - Muise and Muise
Father and Son Telemarketers Convicted in Timeshare Resale Fraud Affecting 1000 Victims

HOUSTON – Ronald Frank Muise, 51, and his son, Michael Derek Muise, 28, both of Las Vegas, Nev., have been convicted of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud in connection with a telemarketing fraud scheme that spanned almost five years and victimized approximately 1000 people read more


Dec. 17, 2013 - Sudduth
Former Kindergarten Teacher Heads to Prison for Sexually Exploiting Children

HOUSTON - Stephen Wayne Sudduth, 38, of Sealy, has been ordered to prison for 30 years following his convictions on two counts of production of child pornography read more


Dec. 16, 2013 - McBride
Corpus Christi Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Rex D. McBride, 44, has been ordered to prison for possession of child pornography read more


Dec. 16, 2013 - Krist
San Antonio Man Guilty of Armed Bank Robbery

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Joseph C. M. Krist, 41, has been convicted of bank robbery and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence read more


Dec. 16, 2013 - Batiste
Houston Man Heads to Prison for Area Bank Robbery

HOUSTON – Terrance Trent Batiste, 21, has been ordered to prison for his involvement in the November 2012 robbery of Amegy Bank in Houston read more


Dec. 13, 2013 - Garcia and Reyna
Two Sentenced for Conspiring to Transport Marijuana

LAREDO, Texas - Roberto Garcia, 29, and Juan Javier Reyna, 33, both of Houston, have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana read more


Dec. 13, 2013 - Holiday
Bank Robber Ordered to Federal Prison

HOUSTON – The last of four convicted in the armed bank robbery of a Wells Fargo Bank in September 2012 has been ordered to federal prison read more


Dec. 12, 2013 - Reyna-Esparza
Smuggler Gets Enhanced Sentence

McALLEN, Texas ‐ Jose Guadalupe Reyna-Esparza, 21, of Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been ordered to federal prison for nine years as a result of his conviction of smuggling undocumented aliens read more


Dec. 12, 2013 - Zuniga
Rio Grande City Nurse Practitioner on Her Way to Federal Prison in Marijuana Case

McALLEN, Texas – Celia Raquel Zuniga, 45, of Rio Grande City, has been ordered to prison following her conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute marijuana read more


Dec. 12, 2013 - De Leon
Laredo Jury Convicts “Shrek” in Operation El Patron

LAREDO, Texas – Oscar De Leon, aka “Shrek,” 38, of Laredo, has been convicted of multiple drug and international money laundering counts resulting from a long-term Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation read more


Dec. 11, 2013 - Cardenas
Brownsville Drug Dealer Gets Four Life Sentence

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Julio Cesar Cardenas, 40, has been given four life sentences in federal prison for his involvement in leading a drug trafficking organization for several years out of Brownsville read more


Dec. 11, 2013 - Ballard
Jury Convicts Inmate in Murder for Hire Plot Against Federal Judge

FORT WORTH, Texas - Phillip Monroe Ballard, 72, of Fort Worth, has been convicted in the attempted murder for hire of a federal judge in Texas read more


Dec. 11, 2013 - Ibarra
Former Houston Banker Arrested for Bank Fraud

HOUSTON – Carlos Ibarra, 33, formerly of Houston, has been arrested on charges of bank fraud and money laundering read more


Dec. 10, 2013 - Medina
Zeta Cartel Member Convicted in Conspiracy to Smuggle Firearms/Grenades into Mexico

LAREDO, Texas – Richard John Medina aka “El Guero,” 40, of Laredo, has entered a plea of guilty to being a felon in possession of multiple firearms and grenades read more


Dec. 10, 2013 - Chavarria-Martinez
Honduran Man Convicted of High Speed Flight From Border Patrol Checkpoint

LAREDO, Texas – Miguel Angel Chavarria-Martinez, 28, a Honduran national illegally in the United States, has entered a guilty plea to eluding and high speed flight from a Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint read more


Dec. 10, 2013 - Washington
Federal Jury Convicts Parole Officer for Accepting Bribes from Parolee

HOUSTON - Crystal M. Washington, aka Crystal Bureau, 53, has been convicted on three counts as charged by a federal jury sitting in Houston read more


Dec. 10, 2013 - Gallegos
Federal Jury Convicts Austin Man Who Harbored Female at Local Motel

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Jose Gallegos, 47, of Austin, has been found guilty by a Corpus Christi jury of harboring and transporting an undocumented person read more


Dec. 5, 2013 - Dinh et al
Last of 24 Arrested in Massive Marijuana Grow House Case Ordered to Prison

HOUSTON – Those arrested as a result of the discovery of approximately 14,000 marijuana plants from 43 marijuana grow houses in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties in August 2012 have now been ordered to prison read more


Dec. 5, 2013 - Fontenot
“Investment Advisory Firm” Owner Convicted of Fraud

GALVESTON – Kimberly Fontenot, a Brazoria County resident, has been convicted of defrauding clients of her so-called investment advisory firm, Stellar Grants Inc. read more


Dec. 5, 2013 - Aquino-Pineda
Mexican Man Indicted for Attempting to Smuggle Military Type Semi-Automatic Rifles to Mexico

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Angel Aquino-Pineda, 26, of Tijuana, Mexico, has been charged by a federal grand jury with one count of smuggling firearms from the United States and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm read more



Dec. 5, 2013 - Campbell
Last Man Sentenced in Attempted Armored Car Robbery

HOUSTON - James Patrick Campbell, 26, has been ordered to federal prison for conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery read more


Dec. 4, 2013 - Garcia-Benitez
Deaths of Smuggled Aliens Lands Mexican National in Federal Prison for 10 Years

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Idelfonso Garcia-Benitez, 20, of Michoacan, Mexico, has been ordered to prison for smuggling of a group of 14 Illegal aliens that left seven dead read more


Dec. 4, 2013 - Gomez
Legal Permanent Resident Alien Convicted of Possession of Child Pornography

LAREDO, Texas – Daniel Frias Gomez, 22, a legal permanent resident born and raised in Jalisco, Mexico, has entered a guilty plea to possessing child pornography read more


Dec. 4, 2013 - Nelson
Former Bank VP Heads to Federal Prison

HOUSTON - Shawn Nelson, 39, of Houston and a former vice-president at Members Choice Credit Union (MCCU), has been ordered to serve more than three years in prison for embezzling approximately $340,000 from the bank read more


Dec. 4, 2013 - Wright
Houston Man Ordered to Prison for Wells Fargo Robbery

HOUSTON - Willie Wright III, 32, of Houston, has been sentenced for his role in the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on Kirby Drive in Houston in December 2012 read more


Dec. 4, 2013 - Lynn
Another Houston Man Sentenced in Area Armored Car Robberies

HOUSTON – Hendrick Dwayne Lynn, 30, of Houston, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction in the robbery and attempted robbery of two armored cars operating in and around Houston read more


Dec. 2, 2013 - Morgan et al
Lymphedema & Wound Care Institute Settle False Claims Act Allegations

HOUSTON - Susan Morgan, Erin Hamilton and Ryan Chuston, doing business as the Lymphedema & Wound Care Institute Inc., have paid the United States $4.3 million to settle claims they violated the Federal False Claims Act by submitting claims to the Medicare Program for physical therapy treatments provided by unqualified therapists read more


Dec. 2, 2013 - Almeida
Victoria Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

VICTORIA, Texas – Joshua Almeida, 23, has entered a plea of guilty to one count of possession of child pornography read more


Dec. 2, 2013 - Hayes and Ward
2 Houston Men Convicted of Humble Bank Robbery

HOUSTON – Justin Devon Hayes, 23, and Demontray Ward, 21, both of Houston, have entered guilty pleas to aggravated bank robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence read more


Dec. 2, 2013 - Yarrington and Martinez
Former Governor of State of Tamaulipas, Mexico, Indicted in the Southern District of Texas

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A federal indictment charging Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, the former governor of the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been unsealed read more


Dec. 2, 2013 - Jimenez
Victoria Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

VICTORIA, Texas – Vincent Tyler Jimenez, 32, has been ordered to prison for 25 years following his conviction of sexual exploitation of a child, more commonly referred to as production of child pornography read more


Dec. 2, 2013 - Trifu
Romanian Man Heads to Prison on 33 Counts of Wire Fraud

VICTORIA, Texas – Romanian national Doru Gabriel Trifu, 29, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions on 33 counts of wire fraud in an Internet fraud scheme read more


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