News and Press Releases

June 2013 Press Releases

June 28, 2013 - Rodriguez
Another Plea in Panama Unit Case

McALLEN, Texas – Another man has been convicted in relation to the investigation involving the now defunct Panama Unit read more


June 28, 2013 - Epps
Another Sentenced in Relation to Drug and Murder-for-Hire Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – Calvin Epps, 29, of Hopkins, S.C., has been ordered to prison in a drug conspiracy that has also resulted in the conviction of others in a conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire read more


June 28, 2013 - Miceli and Canizales
Former HPD Officers Convicted for Conspiring to Protect Cocaine

HOUSTON – Two former officers with the Houston Police Department (HPD) have been convicted of conspiracy to violate the Hobbs Act, also known as extortion under color of official right read more


June 27, 2013 - Reyna
McAllen Man Gets More Than 15 Years in Prison for Possessing Methamphetamine

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Rolando Reyna, 28, of McAllen, has been ordered to prison for nearly 16 years following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute approximately 29.76 kilograms of methamphetamine read more


June 27, 2013 - Alejandrez
Final Defendant Sentenced in Alien Harboring Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Carlos Alejandrez, the final defendant convicted in a conspiracy to harbor and induce illegal aliens to reside in the country, has been ordered to federal prison read more


June 27, 2013 - Meldrum
Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Member Sentenced to 150 Months in Prison for Role in Racketeering Conspiracy

HOUSTON – A member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) was sentenced today to serve 150 months in prison for his role in the ABT’s criminal enterprise read more


June 27, 2013 - Nelson
Former VP of Lending Convicted of Bank Embezzlement

HOUSTON – Shawn Nelson, 39, of Houston and a former vice-president at Members Choice Credit Union, has entered a plea of guilty to embezzling approximately $340,000 from the bank read more


June 26, 2013 - McDaniels
Witness Tampering Lands Convicted Sex Trafficker More Prison Time

HOUSTON – A Houston man, already convicted and sentenced in a large domestic sex trafficking case, has been handed additional federal prison time for witness tampering read more


June 26, 2013 - Morales et al
$20+ Million ‘Black Market Peso Exchange’ Scheme Sends Several to Prison

HOUSTON – One of the leaders and several members of an organization that laundered more than $20 million through “shell” business bank accounts has now been ordered to federal prison read more


June 25, 2013 - Ramirez
Rio Grande City Man Heads to Prison for Trafficking More than 1000 Kilos of Marijuana

McALLEN, Texas – Eduardo Ramirez, 59, of Rio Grande City, has been handed a significant sentence following his convictions in Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Operation White Line read more


June 25, 2013 - Borrego-Ramos
Leader of Smuggling Ring Ordered to Federal Prison

LAREDO, Texas - Oswaldo Rafael Borrego-Ramos aka “Baldo,” 31, a Mexican national and leader of an international smuggling ring, has been sentenced for recruiting local persons to illegally purchase firearms for his organization read more


June 25, 2013 - Barson
Austin Doctor Charged with Defrauding Medicare of $2 Million in Less than Two Months

HOUSTON - Dr. Dennis B. Barson Jr., 40, and his medical clinic administrator, Dario Juarez, 53, have been charged in a 20-count indictment alleging a conspiracy to defraud Medicare of $2.1 million in less than two months read more


June 24, 2013 - Escober
Airport Employee Sent to Prison for Smuggling Heroin

HOUSTON - Rolin Eli Escober, 50, of Humble, has been ordered to prison for nine years following his conviction of possessing with intent to distribute heroin read more


June 24, 2013 - Davenport
Former Postal Employee Ordered to Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

HOUSTON – Brice Burns Davenport, 51, of Tomball, has been handed a federal prison sentence for possessing child pornography read more


June 21, 2013 - White
Woodlands Man Heads to Prison for Using Fake CIA Credentials

HOUSTON - Paul Alan White, aka Jonathan Alan Davenport, 57, of The Woodlands, has been ordered to prison following his two convictions of impersonated a public servant read more


June 21, 2013 - Walker
Former Army Soldier Sentenced for Murder-for-Hire and Gun Possession

LAREDO, Texas – A fourth man charged in relation to a murder-for-hire conspiracy has been handed a significant federal sentence read more


June 21, 2013 - Ramirez
Matchmaker Gets Federal Prison for Marriage Fraud

McALLEN, Texas - An Edinburg woman has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit marriage fraud read more


June 21, 2013 - Yu and Chen
Chinese Nationals Ordered to Prison in Alien Harboring and Unlawful Employment Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Song Yu, 32, and Cheng Jie Chen, 40, both from the Katy area, have been sentenced for their roles in a conspiracy to harbor and induce illegal aliens to reside in the U.S. read more


June 20, 2013 - Contreras et al
24 Laredoans Indicted on Drug and Money Laundering Charges

LAREDO, Texas – Two Indictments, alleging conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine as well as money laundering charges, have been partially unsealed following the arrest of 25 individuals read more

June 20, 2013 - Salazar
Septuagenarian Sent to Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jose Luis Salazar, 70, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of sexual exploitation of minors, commonly known as distribution of child pornography read more


June 20, 2013 - Okorocha
HOUSTON Man Arrested in Health Care Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Mathew  U. Okorocha, 63, has been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud read more


June 20, 2013 - Pena et al
Three Corpus Residents Sent to Prison in Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering Conspiracies

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Three men arrested in January for various drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracies have been ordered to federal prison read more


June 19, 2013 - De La Torre and Ortuno
Bus Company and Two Individuals Indicted in Bus Crash

HOUSTON – Angel De La Torre, 64, and Carlos Ortuno, 52, both of Houston, have been taken into federal custody on charges related to the crash of a passenger bus near Sherman on Aug. 8, 2008 read more


June 18, 2013 - Kimble
Ambulance Company Owner and Operator Heads to Federal Prison

HOUSTON - Julian Kimble, 48, has been handed a federal prison sentence following his convictions for conspiracy to commit health care fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and tax evasion read more


June 17, 2013 - Cantu
Hidalgo Resident Gets Federal Prison Time for Buying Firearms for Gulf Cartel Members

McALLEN, Texas - Ricardo Cantu Jr., 32, of Hidalgo, Texas, will be serving a 2½-year prison term for making false statements and representations on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) form 4473 read more


June 14, 2013 - Jacaman Sr.
Jacaman Arrested Again

LAREDO, Texas – Robert Jacaman Sr. and his son have been indicted by a federal grand jury for receipt or possession of unregistered firearm read more



June 14, 2013 - Bjork
Former Employee of Deceased Friendswood Financial Advisor Ordered to Prison for Running Own Ponzi Scheme

HOUSTON - Brian Anthony Bjork, 43, of Missouri City, has been ordered to prison in connection with an investment scam that defrauded nearly a dozen investors of more than $1 million read more


June 14, 2013 - Mickle
South Carolina Man Sentenced for Drug Conspiracy and Gun Possession

LAREDO, Texas – Marcus Mickle, 21, of Columbia, S.C., has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for a conspiracy related to cocaine and marijuana trafficking and for possessing a firearm during in and in relation to a drug trafficking crime read more


June 14, 2013 - Rodriguez
U.S. Woman Residing in Mexico Gets Nearly 16 Years for Trafficking Meth

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jennifer Ellen Marie Rodriguez, 31, a U.S. citizen residing in Reynosa, Mexico, has been ordered to prison for 188 months for trafficking more than 10 kilograms of methamphetamine read more


June 13, 2013 - Regan
Houston Man Gets 101 Months for Trafficking Firearms to Colombia

HOUSTON – Patrick Regan, 41, of Houston, has been ordered to federal prison for smuggling more than 300 firearms to Colombia read more


June 13, 2013 - Ham
Coldspring Man Federally Indicted in Death of U.S. Postal Service Worker

HOUSTON – A grand jury sitting in Houston has returned a two-count indictment against James Wayne Ham, 36, of Coldspring, in the recent murder of a mail carrier with the United States Postal Service (USPS) read more


June 12, 2013 - Vega
Laredo Resident Get Max in Firearms Case

LAREDO, Texas – Elias Fidel Vega Jr., 22, of Laredo, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for multiple firearms convictions read more


June 12, 2013 - Barrientos
Local Cook Heads to Prison for Soliciting a Child for Sex

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Corpus Christi resident Daniel Ricardo Barrientos, 30, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of soliciting a child for sex through the Internet read more


June 12, 2013 - Mitchan
Third Person Charged in Relation to Financial Investigation and Multiple Area Businesses

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Leroy Mitchan Jr., 33, of Corpus Christi, has been indicted as a result of the efforts of a multi-agency investigation into the structuring of financial transactions read more


June 11, 2013 - Myers
Meadows Place Resident Detained on Child Pornography Charges

HOUSTON - William Butler Myers, 41, has been detained on allegations of production of child pornography read more


June 7, 2013 - Roque
Former Reserve Deputy Constable Convicted for Aiding Cocaine Load

HOUSTON – Tomas Roque, a former reserve deputy constable with Harris County Precinct 6, has entered a plea of guilty to one violation of the Hobbs Act, or extortion under color of official right read more


June 7, 2013 - Davis
Denver Man Sentenced for Role in Murder-for-Hire and Drug Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – Shavar Davis, 30, of Denver, Colo., has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his involvement in a murder-for-hire and drug conspiracy read more


June 6, 2013 - Shittu
Stafford DME Owner Heads to Federal Prison for Health Care Fraud and Identity Theft

HOUSTON – Abdul Waheed Alex Shittu, 55, a naturalized United States citizen from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been sentenced to 81 months in federal prison following his convictions of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and aggravated identity theft read more


June 6, 2013 - Davis
Sugar Land Woman Sentenced in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Rain Joakim-Anwa Davis, aka Jeri Lynn Hardin, 50, has been handed a 33-month federal sentence following her conviction on two counts of wire fraud read more


June 3, 2013 - Hernandez-Garcia
Nuevo Progreso Man Sentenced to Nearly 12 Years for Drug Trafficking

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Luis Alberto Hernandez-Garcia, an undocumented alien from Nuevo Progreso, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions related to a large drug trafficking conspiracy read more


June 3, 2013 - Sharma
Local Physicians Sentenced Again – Must Pay More than $37 Million in Restitution

HOUSTON - Drs. Arun and Kiran Sharma, two local physicians previously sentenced for defrauding Medicare, Medicaid and more than a dozen private insurers, have appeared in federal court for a resentencing hearing on restitution and forfeiture issues read more

 

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