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March 2013 Press Releases

March 28, 2013 - Williams
Houston Woman Convicted in Debt Relief Scam

HOUSTON – Savannah Rae Williams, 25, of Houston, has been convicted of wire fraud in relation to a debt relief scheme operating throughout the area read more

March 28, 2013 - Plato
Baytown Man Sent to Federal Prison for Massive Ponzi Scheme

HOUSTON – Richard M. Plato, 65, of Baytown, has been ordered to federal prison for nearly 20 years following his convictions on several counts in relation to a mail and securities fraud conspiracy read more

March 28, 2013 - Izquierdo-Gonzalez
Illegal Alien Convicted of Assault of a Federal Agent

LAREDO, Texas – Jose Alberto Izquierdo-Gonzalez, 26, an undocumented Mexican alien living in Laredo, has pleaded guilty to using a motor vehicle to assault a Border Patrol agent and to smuggling aliens read more

March 28, 2013 - Nelson
Vice-President Indicted for Bank Embezzlement

HOUSTON – A Houston man has appeared for arraignment in a 12-count indictment alleging bank embezzlement read more

March 27, 2013 - Rodriguez
Illegal Resident Gets Enhanced Sentence for Raping Undocumented Honduran Alien

LAREDO, Texas – Juan De Dios Rodriguez, a 34-year-old Mexican National has been handed a 60-month-term of federal imprisonment for transporting an illegal alien read more

March 26, 2013 - Rodriguez-Treto
Suspected Pseudocop Pleads Guilty

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Jose Luis Rodriguez-Treto, a 28-year-old Mexican citizen, has entered a plea of guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm read more

March 26, 2013 - Rodriguez
Laredoan Sentenced to 10 Years for Marijuana Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – Jesus Alberto Rodriguez, of Laredo, has been ordered to prison for possessing with intent to distribute 426 kilograms of marijuana read more

March 25, 2013 - Gomez-Ramirez
One Guilty in Multimillion Dollar Cocaine Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – Jose Gomez-Ramirez, 30, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine read more

March 25, 2013 - Aceves and Pena-Roman
Smugglers Head to Federal Prison for Raping and Threatening Undocumented Aliens

McALLEN, Texas ‐ Miguel Aceves, 40, of El Salvador, and Valentine Pena-Roman, 41, of Mexico, have been sentenced to significant federal prison time for smuggling undocumented aliens read more

March 25, 2013 - Alviso-Gonzalez
Smuggler Gets Enhanced Sentence Due to Rape of Undocumented Alien

McALLEN, Texas ‐ Juan David Alviso-Gonzalez, 18, of Mexico, has been sentenced to jail time for smuggling undocumented aliens read more

March 25, 2013 - Montes and Gonzales
Last of Los Zetas Money Launderers Ordered to Prison

LAREDO, Texas – Laredoans Laurencio Montes, 43, and Jose Luis Gonzales, 28, have been sent to federal prison for their roles in an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation relating to the laundering of millions of drug proceeds by Los Zetas read more

March 25, 2013 - Dixon
Husband and Wife Sentenced for Various Tax Crimes

HOUSTON - Married couple James R. Dixon and Sharon C. Dixon have each been ordered to prison for committing separate tax crimes in two separately-filed, but related cases read more

March 25, 2013 - Ogilvie
Armed Bank Robbery Lands Another in Federal Prison

HOUSTON – A second person charged in the armed robbery of two local banks has been ordered to prison for more than 16 years read more

March 25, 2013 - Smith and Johnson
Jury Convicts Remaining Defendants for Area Armed Bank Robberies

HOUSTON – The two remaining defendants standing trial for their involvement in the armed robbery of several Houston-area banks have been convicted on all counts as charged read more

March 22, 2013 - Cabrera
Florida Truck Driver Convicted in Alien Transportation Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – Jesus Lopez Cabrera, of Haileah, Fla., has been convicted by a federal jury verdict after a three-day trial of conspiracy to transport and the transportation of undocumented persons read more

March 22, 2013 - Garcia-Perez and Rivera-Abarca
Another Convicted, Another Charged in Hostage Taking/Harboring Case

HOUSTON – Mexican national Marco Garcia-Perez, 38, has been convicted of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens read more

March 22, 2013 - Tellison
DME Owner Arrested in 21-Count Health Care Fraud Indictment

HOUSTON – Andrea Michelle Tellison, 46, has been arrested following the return of a 21-count indictment charging her with health care fraud and aggravated identity theft read more

March 22, 2013 - Albina
Local Doctor Gets Max for Possession of Child Pornography

HOUSTON - Bernard Albina, 73, of Houston, has been handed the statutory maximum federal sentence of 10 years following his conviction for possessing child pornography read more

March 18, 2013 - Nutt
Former HSCO Deputy Lands in Federal Prison for Scheme to Steal Narcotics

HOUSTON - Richard Bryan Nutt, 45, a former Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HSCO) deputy, has been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring with others to use his position as a law enforcement officer to steal drug loads from dealers and split the proceeds with others read more

March 14, 2013 - Garcia
Man Convicted of Tax Evasion

HOUSTON – Eric P. Garcia has entered a plea of guilty to one count of tax evasion read more

March 14, 2013 - Pena et al
Several Plead Guilty in Federal Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering Conspiracies

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The last three area men arrested in January for various drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracies have entered guilty pleas read more

March 14, 2013 - Lahiji
McAllen Urologist and Wife Charged in Heath Care Fraud Scheme and Conspiracy to Violate Iranian Sanctions

HOUSTON – A federal grand jury has returned a four-count, superseding indictment against urologist Hossein Lahiji M.D. and his wife, attorney Najmeh Vahid Lahiji read more

March 13, 2013 - Eyerly
25 Years for Conroe Woman Convicted on Multiple Child Pornography Charges

HOUSTON – Debra Jean Eyerly, 54, formerly Debra Martin-Pryce, has been ordered to prison for 25 years following her convictions for production, transportation and possession of child pornography read more

March 11, 2013 - Serna
Laredo Residents Arrested for Distributing Cocaine and Marijuana in a School Zone

LAREDO, Texas – Romeo Serna Sr., 50, and Romeo Serna Jr., 26, both residents of Laredo, have been arrested for attempted distribution of cocaine base and for possession with intent to distribute marijuana in a school zone read more

March 8, 2013 - Zweifel
Tax Attorney Convicted of Causing Tax Loss of More Than $2 Million

HOUSTON – Tax attorney and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) William R. Zweifel has entered a plea to two counts of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns that were false or fraudulent read more

March 8, 2013 - Mathew
Missouri City Man Pays Price for Illegally Possessing Bald Eagle

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Sam Mathew, 53, of Missouri City, has been ordered to pay the maximum fine allowed by law for illegally possessing a bald eagle read more

March 7, 2013 - Carter
Laredo Police Officer Enters Guilty Plea to Deprivation of Civil Rights

LAREDO, Texas – Frank Carter, 43, a former officer Laredo Police Department (LPD), has entered a guilty plea today in federal court to violating the civil rights of an arrestee read more

March 6, 2013 - Almanza et al
Five Plead Guilty to Federal Firearms Charges

LAREDO, Texas – Five people have entered guilty pleas for making false statements in connection with firearms purchases from local gun stores read more

March 6, 2013 - Wiles
Dallas Man Convicted and Fined for Killing Whooping Crane
Only Fifth Known Case in Nearly 45 Years

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Worthey D. Wiles, 42, of Dallas, has entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced for killing a whooping crane read more

March 6, 2013 - Arguello et al
More Charged in Panama Unit Case

McALLEN, Texas – A federal grand jury has handed down a superseding indictment in the case involving the former task force dubbed the “Panama Unit" read more

March 6, 2013 - Castillo-Mendoza
Mexican National Sentenced in Child Solicitation Case

LAREDO, Texas– Juan Antonio Castillo-Mendoza, 46, a resident of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been sentenced to 48 months for traveling into the United States with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct read more

March 5, 2013 - Greeen
Victoria Man Sent to Prison on Firearms Conviction

VICTORIA, Texas – Corey Hammon Green, 29, of Victoria, has been sentenced to federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm read more

March 5, 2013 - Chiu
Crime Stoppers Tip Helps Catch Bank Robber

McALLEN, Texas – A Palmview resident accused of robbing the International Bank of Commerce in McAllen has now been convicted read more

March 5, 2013 - CPSST
Corpus Christi Radiologist Group and Children’s Genetic Services Clinic Settle False Claims Act Allegations

HOUSTON  – Children’s Physician Services of South Texas (CPSST) and Radiology Associates have agreed to pay to settle claims they violated the False Claims Act and the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act between 2002 and 2007 read more

March 4, 2013 - Danhach
Foreign National Convicted in Multi-Million, Multi-State Criminal Operation

HOUSTON – Sameh Khaled Danhach, also known by many other aliases, has been convicted of all six counts as related to the interstate transportation of stolen goods and obstruction of justice read more


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