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November 2013 Press Releases

Nov. 27, 2013 - Hernandez and Torres Lopez
Two Former Coahuila, Mexico, Politicians Indicted in the Southern District of Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Two former Mexican politicians from the State of Coahuila have been indicted on charges of conspiring to launder monetary instruments, bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud read more

Nov. 26, 2013 - Muniz
Judge Sentences Woman in Smuggling Scheme that Left a Man Dead

HOUSTON – Demi Mishel Muniz has been ordered to prison for more than seven years following her conviction of conspiracy to transport and harbor aliens resulting in the death of a 38-year-old illegal alien from Mexico read more

Nov. 26, 2013 - Weatherford International
Three Subsidiaries of Weatherford International Limited Agree to Plead Guilty to FCPA and Export Control Violations

HOUSTON – Three subsidiaries of Weatherford International Limited (Weatherford International), a Swiss oil services company that trades on the New York Stock Exchange read more

Nov. 26, 2013 - Trevino et al
Final Four Convicted in Operation Prison Cell Ordered to Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The final four people convicted in the large-scale racketeering case involving the McConnell Unit in Beeville have been ordered to federal prison read more

Nov. 25, 2013 - AUSAs
Three Individuals in Southern District of Texas to Receive Attorney General Award

HOUSTON - Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that 270 Justice Department employees and 53 individuals, including one former and two current Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Southern District of Texas read more

Nov. 25, 2013 - Orji
Former Durable Medical Equipment Company Owner Sentenced for Defrauding Medicare

HOUSTON – Emeka Daniel Orji, 43, of Richmond, has been sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay restitution following his conviction for conspiracy to commit and committing health care fraud read more

Nov. 25, 2013 - Garza and Chavez
Two South Texas Men Convicted of Trafficking Methamphetamine in Houston

HOUSTON - Two men from the South Texas area have pleaded guilty to trafficking approximately five kilograms of methamphetamine in Houston in May 2013 read more

Nov. 25, 2013 - Snowden
Bank Robber Ordered to Federal Prison

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

Nov. 25, 2013 - Gary
Houston Woman Indicted for Fraud and Identity Theft

HOUSTON – Simone Nicole Gary, 35, of Houston, has been arrested following the return of a 35-count indictment alleging multiple counts of mail fraud, Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft read more

Nov. 25, 2013 - Oviedo-Cerda
Mexican National Heads to Prison for Illegal Re-entry Despite Fraudulently Obtaining Texas Birth Certificate

McALLEN, Texas – Mexican National Felipe Oviedo-Cerda, aka Felipe Telles-Sanchez or Mario Trevino-Leal, 55, has been ordered to prison for illegally re-entering the country read more

Nov. 22, 2013 - Velasquez-Caballero
Zeta Commander “Taliban” Facing Trial in the U.S.

LAREDO, Texas - Ivan Velasquez-Caballero, aka “Taliban” and “50” has been extradited to the U.S. and made his initial appearance this morning in federal court in Laredo read more

Nov. 21, 2013 - Shipman et al
Three Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Members Plead Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

HOUSTON – Three members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang (ABT) pleaded guilty to racketeering charges related to their membership in the ABT’s criminal enterprise read more

Nov. 18, 2013 - Reyna
Business Owner Admits to Failing to Pay Taxes to IRS

LAREDO, Texas - Leticia Reyna has entered a plea of guilty to failing to pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) read more

Nov. 18, 2013 - De-Alba
Mexican Cocaine Supplier Convicted

LAREDO, Texas – Salvador Ibarra De-Alba, 48, of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has entered a plea of guilty for his role in a conspiracy to transport five kilograms or more of cocaine read more

Nov. 14, 2013
- Cendejas-Renteria and Martinez-Rodriguez
Attempted Crystal Meth Distribution Results in Significant Sentences

McALLEN, Texas – Gelacio Cendejas-Renteria, 44, of Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico, and Julian Martinez-Rodriguez, 44, of McAllen, have been ordered to federal prison for their respective involvement in the distribution of crystal methamphetamine from McAllen to Houston read more

Nov. 14, 2013 - Cabrera-Paredes and Ochoa-Gomez
Two Head to Prison for Attempted "Ice" Distribution

McALLEN, Texas – Raymundo Jose Cabrera-Paredes, of Mission, and Estevan Ochoa-Gomez, of Huixtla, Chiapas, Mexico, have been ordered to federal prison for more than 20 years following their involvement in the distribution of crystal methamphetamine from McAllen to Dallas read more

Nov. 13, 2013 - Zavala-Rodriguez and Redrovan-Pesantez
Two Indicted for Assault of a Border Patrol Agent

LAREDO, Texas - Mexican National Jose Luis Zavala-Rodriguez aka Jose Juan Zavala-Rodriguez or Jose Juan Rodriguez-Rosa, 22, and Johnny Jose Redrovan-Pesantez, 23, of Ecuador, have been charged with assault of a federal officer causing bodily injury read more

Nov. 13, 2013 - Roetcisoender
Pearland Septuagenarian Heads to Prison for Nearly 14 Years in Child Pornography Case

GALVESTON, Texas – David Paul Roetcisoender, 73, of Pearland, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of  distribution and possession of child pornography read more

Nov. 13, 2013 - Martinez et al
Former Loan Processor Indicted with Husband and Brother in Conspiracy to Defraud California Bank

HOUSTON - An 11-count sealed indictment charging conspiracy and bank fraud has been unsealed following the arrests of area residents Rita “Jessica” Martinez, her husband Gilbert Martinez and her brother Felix Martinez read more

Nov. 13, 2013 - Hayes
Houston Woman Convicted of Using Brother’s Social Security Number to Cash Deceased Woman’s Benefit Checks

HOUSTON – Doris Hayes, 36, of Houston, has entered a guilty plea to two counts of making false statements involving a Social Security number read more

Nov. 13, 2013 - Grisson
Guilty Plea Entered for False Claims Against the Government in Connection with Fraudulent Tax Returns

HOUSTON – Alisa Grisson has pleaded guilty to one count of making a false claim against the government read more

Nov. 7, 2013 - Lumbreras et al
Three Handed Sentences for Lengthy Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

McALLEN, Texas – Two former clinic staffers and a physician assistant’s wife have all been ordered to prison for conspiracy to defraud Medicare and the Texas Medicaid program in the operation of the Mission Clinic and La Hacienda Family Clinic read more

Nov. 7, 2013 - McReynolds
Pearland Man Pleads Guilty to Producing and Distributing Child Pornography

HOUSTON – Travis James McReynolds, 33, of Pearland, has entered a plea of guilty to production and distribution of child pornography, announced read more

Nov. 6, 2013 - Martinez and Bautista
Two Weslaco Residents Arrested for Trafficking Marijuana

LAREDO, Texas – An indictment has been partially unsealed following the arrest of Santiago Martinez, 37, and Casimiro Bautista, 38, alleging their involvement in a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana read more

Nov. 5, 2013 - Mares
Former Police Officer Sent to Federal Prison

HOUSTON - Michael Mares, a former officer with the Onalaska Police Department, has been ordered to federal prison for providing firearms to a convicted felon read more

Nov. 4, 2013 - Solis
Former Cameron County Woman Convicted of Voter Fraud

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Sonia Leticia Solis, 55, has entered a plea of guilty to voting more than once in connection with the 2012 primary runoff election held in Cameron County on July 31, 2012 read more

Nov. 1, 2013 - Qureshi
Houston Couple Sentenced to Federal Prison for SBA Loan Fraud

HOUSTON – Mohammad Qureshi, 59, of Houston and South Dakota, and Fouzia Qureshi, 59, of Houston, have been ordered to prison following their convictions of conspiracy to commit wire fraud read more

Nov. 1, 2013 - Morris
Local Businessman Convicted of Transporting and Sexually Assaulting Female Employees

HOUSTON – Henri De Sola Morris, 66, president and chief executive officer of Solid Software Solutions LLC, which does business as Edible Software Inc., has been convicted on five counts of transportation read more

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