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September 2013 Press Releases


Sept. 30, 2013 - Shankman
Ex Enron Executive Indicted on Bankruptcy Charges

HOUSTON – A federal grand jury has returned a 24-count indictment against Jeffrey Adam Shankman with bankruptcy fraud and concealment of assets read more


Sept. 30, 2013 - Santos
Pharr Man Handed Sentence for Involvement in Straw Purchase of Firearms

McALLEN, Texas – Christopher Bryan Santos, 21, of Pharr, has been handed a federal prison sentence for making false statements in the acquisition of firearms from Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL), commonly known as straw purchasing read more


Sept. 27, 2013 - Chiu
Bank Robber Caught with Help of Crime Stoppers Tip Sent to Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Palmview resident Erick Lee Chiu, 22, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of robbing the International Bank of Commerce in McAllen read more


Sept. 27, 2013 - Diaz-Soto
Attempted Robbery of Traveling Jewelry Salesman Results in Significant Prison Time

HOUSTON – A Colombian national claiming the name Santos Diaz-Soto, 27, been ordered to federal prison for 21 years for his involvement in the attempted robbery of a jewelry salesman and his guard read more


Sept. 27, 2013 - Taylor
Houston Woman Sent to Prison for College Station Area Identity Theft

HOUSTON – Tiffany Margaret Taylor, 33, has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison following her convictions of conspiracy, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft read more


Sept. 26, 2013 - Trifu
Romanian Man Convicted on 33 Counts of Wire Fraud

VICTORIA, Texas - A federal jury sitting in Victoria has convicted Romanian national Doru Gabriel Trifu, 28, on all 33 counts as charged in an Internet fraud scheme read more


Sept. 26, 2013 - Roberts
Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Leader Sentenced for Role in Racketeering Conspiracy

HOUSTON – A high-ranking member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) was sentenced today to serve 360 months in prison for his role in the ABT’s criminal enterprise read more


Sept. 25, 2013 - West
Conroe Man Gets Hefty Sentence for Interstate Transportation of a Minor

HOUSTON – Jacob Daniel West, 34, has been ordered to prison for 13 years following his conviction of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity read more


Sept. 25, 2013 - Tristan III
Donna Man Sentenced for “Lasering” Customs and Border Protection Helicopter

McALLEN, Texas – Margarito Tristan III, 28, of Donna, has been ordered to federal prison for aiming a laser at a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) helicopter read more


Sept. 25, 2013 - Zuniga
Jury Convicts Rio Grande City Woman in Marijuana Case

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


Sept. 24, 2013 - Rashid
Permanent Resident Charged in Viagra® and Cialis® case

HOUSTON – Mohammad Jamal Rashid, 45, a legal permanent resident from Pakistan residing in Houston, has been arrested following the return of a seven-count indictment involving counterfeit Viagra® and Cialis® products read more


Sept. 24, 2013 - Gutierrez et al
Four Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

LAREDO, Texas – Four people have been ordered to prison for their role in a drug conspiracy to ship more than 1000 pounds of marijuana from Laredo to Dallas read more


Sept. 23, 2013 - Carapia
Nuevo Laredo Man Gets 10 Years for Trafficking ICE

LAREDO, Texas – Arthur Carapia, 23, a U.S. citizen from Dallas residing in Nuevo Laredo, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute 3.39 kilograms of a mixture containing methamphetamine read more


Sept. 20, 2013 - Arnold
Former Employee Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Exxon Mobil of More than $1 Million

HOUSTON – Garry W. Arnold, of Dayton, has pleaded guilty to defrauding Exxon Mobil, his former employer, and causing a loss of more than $1 million read more


Sept. 19, 2013 - Rangel-Hernandez et al
6 Ordered to Prison in Drug Conspiracy

McALLEN, Texas – A total of six people have been ordered to prison for terms ranging from approximately 10-24 years for their respective roles in a marijuana and cocaine conspiracy read more


Sept. 19, 2013 - Garcia-Morales
Federal Judge Sends Cuban to Prison for Possessing Debit and Credit Card Account Numbers

McALLEN, Texas - Pedro Garcia-Morales, a legal permanent resident from Cuba living in Donna, has been sentenced to federal prison for approximately eight years following his conviction of possessing more than 15 unauthorized access devices with intent to defraud read more


Sept. 19, 2013 - Pena
Drug Conspiracy and Money Laundering Ring Leader Heads to Prison for 30 Years

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Manuel Pena aka “Super,” 48, the leader of a drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy, has been handed a significant federal sentence read more


Sept. 18, 2013 - Corley
Former U.S. Army Officer “Hitman” Sentenced for in Murder-for-Hire Plot

LAREDO, Texas – Kevin Corley, 30, the convicted “hitman” involved in a murder-for-hire plot and drug conspiracy has been ordered to federal prison for 13 years read more


Sept. 16, 2013 - Garza Jr.
Leader of Methamphetamine Smuggling Group Handed 25-Year Sentence

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jose Garza Jr., 33, of Palestine, has been ordered to serve a significant federal prison sentence for his involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy read more


Sept. 16, 2013 - Estevez-Alvarez
Long Time Fugitive Ordered to Federal Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Alexis Estevez-Alvarez, 46, of Havana, Cuba, has been sentenced to prison following his convictions of possession with intent to distribute marijuana and failure to appear read more


Sept. 16, 2013 - Kitine
Presidential Tax Service Owner Ordered to Prison for Falsifying Returns

HOUSTON – Sharon Edwards Kitine, the former owner of a now defunct Presidential Tax Service in Houston, has been sentenced to federal prison for falsifying client returns read more


Sept. 16, 2013 - Tolmie
Corpus Christi Man Sentenced for Robbing Texas Champion Bank

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Vernon Nicholas Tolmie, 52, of Corpus Christi, has been ordered to prison for robbing Texas Champion Bank through use of force and intimidation read more


Sept. 16, 2013 - Aleman and Barbosa
Two USA Dry Van Trucking Company Ex-Executives Convicted in $26 Million Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Aurelio “Jim” Aleman, 59, and Oscar Barbosa, 50, have been convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud read more


Sept. 16, 2013 - Garza
Edinburg Man Sentenced to Prison for Carjacking

McALLEN, Texas – Erasmo Garza, 29, of Edinburg, has been sentenced to prison for carjacking read more


Sept. 16, 2013 - Peterson
Ohio Man Convicted of Online Solicitation of a Child

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Harley Michael Peterson, 23, has admitted he used a telephone and a computer connected to the Internet to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity read more


Sept. 16, 2013 - Valadez
Schoolteacher Arrested on Child Pornography Distribution Charges

LAREDO, Texas – Over the weekend, federal and local law enforcement authorities arrested Jorge Valadez, 53, for receiving and distributing videos depicting children engaging in sexually explicit conduct read more


Sept. 12, 2013 - Ruiz et al
Nine Charged in Federal Drug Trafficking, Money Laundering Conspiracies

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Several individuals have been taken into custody following the return of two separate, but related federal indictments alleging various drug trafficking and money laundering charges read more


Sept. 12, 2013 - Smith et al
Massive Sentences Handed Down For Violent 2010 News Year’s Eve Bank Robbery, Among Others Leader Gets 90 Years

HOUSTON – With the sentencing of six defendants today, 11 of the total 14 charged in a series of armed Houston area bank robberies, including the robbery of the Pearland Chase branch bank on Dec. 31, 2010, have now been ordered to prison read more


Sept. 11, 2013 - Gomez
Texas Mexican Mafia General Convicted

HOUSTON - Eric Gomez, aka Valla, 37, of San Antonio, a general in the Texas Mexican Mafia Prison Gang, has entered a plea of guilty to his role in the distribution of heroin read more


Sept. 11, 2013 - Hayes
Houston Woman Charged in Check Cashing Scheme

HOUSTON – Doris Hayes, 36, of Houston, has been indicted for her role in a check cashing scheme in which she supplied false Social Security numbers to two banks in order to open up various accounts read more


Sept. 10, 2013 - Lor and Long
Houston Mom and Son Donut Shop Owners Charged with Witness Tampering

HOUSTON – Kim Hout Lor, 66, and Bun Vireak Long, 19, have been taken into custody on charges of tampering with witnesses in a pending official proceeding read more


Sept. 9, 2013 - Butler
Michigan Man Convicted of Traveling to Laredo to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct

LAREDO, Texas – Douglas Alan Butler, 54, a U.S. citizen from Michigan, has entered a guilty plea to traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct read more


Sept. 9, 2013 - Rivera-Guillen et al
Six Men Sentenced to Lengthy Terms for Abducting 19-Year-Old College Student

McALLEN, Texas – Six Mexican Nationals convicted of hostage taking and conspiracy to commit hostage taking of a college student have been sentenced to significant federal prison terms read more


Sept. 9, 2013 - Gossett
Teacher Arrested on Federal Child Pornography Charges

HOUSTON – Derrick Gossett, 32, of Humble, has been arrested and charged with two counts of production of child pornography read more


Sept. 9, 2013 - Gonzales
Houston Woman Gets Federal Prison for Embezzling from Bank

HOUSTON – Hannah Gonzales, 24, of Houston, has been ordered to prison for two years and ordered to pay $55,000 in restitution for embezzling customer funds from the International Bank of Commerce (IBC) read more


Sept. 9, 2013 - Jessie
Former Bryan Chiropractic Clinic Owner Convicted in $3 Million Auto Insurance Fraud Conspiracy

HOUSTON – The former owner of Private Chiropractic Care in Bryan has entered a plea of guilty to engaging in a conspiracy to defraud various automobile insurance companies of more than $3 million read more


Sept. 9, 2013 - Wright
Houston Man Sent to Prison for Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

HOUSTON - Charles Wright, 59, of Houston, was ordered to serve 20 years in federal prison following his convictions of distribution and possession of child pornography read more


Sept. 9, 2013 - Batiste and Clay
Two Convicted of Bank Robbery

HOUSTON – Terrance Trent Batiste, 21, and Joshua Demond Clay, 28, both of Houston, have entered guilty pleas in relation to the November 2012 robbery of Amegy Bank in Houston read more


Sept. 9, 2013 - Johnson
Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

HOUSTON - A member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang pleaded guilty today to racketeering charges related to his membership in the ABT’s criminal enterprise read more


Sept. 6, 2013 - Solis
Huffman Resident Handed Nearly 18-Year Sentence for Two Child Pornography Convictions

HOUSTON – Ryan Scott Solis, 32, has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing and possessing child pornography read more


Sept. 6, 2013 - Orizaba
Legal Permanent Resident Admits to Attempting to Smuggle More than $2 Million

LAREDO, Texas – Octavio Orizaba, 38, a legal permanent resident from Illinois, has entered a guilty plea to attempting to smuggle more than $2 million to Mexico read more


Sept. 5, 2013 - Nowlin
Jury Convicts Bryan Woman in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Yolanda Nowlin, 42, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, four counts of health care fraud, conspiracy to commit kickback fraud and aiding and abetting Social Security fraud read more


Sept. 4, 2013 - Castellano-Espinoza
Illegal Re-Entry after Attempted Capital Murder Results in Significant Sentence

McALLEN, Texas - Eduardo Castellano-Espinoza, 50, of Miguel Aleman, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has been handed a 78-month federal prison sentence read more


Sept. 4, 2013 - Izquierdo-Gonzalez
98 Months for Three-Time Alien Smuggler who Assaulted Border Patrol Agent

LAREDO, Texas – Jose Alberto Izquierdo-Gonzalez, 28, an undocumented Mexican alien who had been living in Laredo, has been ordered to federal prison for assaulting Border Patrol agents and transporting aliens read more


Sept. 4, 2013 - Moraida et al
Four Army National Guard Soldiers Plead Guilty in Connection with Bribery and Fraud Schemes to Defraud the U.S. Army National Guard Bureau

HOUSTON – Four current and former soldiers of the U.S. Army National Guard pleaded guilty today for their roles in bribery and fraud schemes that caused a total of more than $210,000 in losses to the U.S. Army National Guard Bureau read more


Sept. 4, 2013 - Garza
Former Title Company Employee Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud

HOUSTON – Harris County resident Maria Eliza Garza has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud seven different Houston-area banks or more than $2 million in 2007 and 2008 read more


Sept. 4, 2013 - Ramirez and Velasquez
Two Area Women Convicted in Home Health Services Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Sylvia Salinas Ramirez, of Driscoll, and Debra Jean Velasquez, of Robstown, have been convicted of wire fraud and conspiring to do so as part of a scheme to defraud the Texas Medicaid program through fraudulent home health billings read more


Sept. 4, 2013 - Lagos et al
Three Ex-Executives of USA Dry Van Trucking Company Charged in Alleged $26 Million Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Sergio Lagos, 44, Aurelio “Jim” Aleman, 59, and Oscar Barbosa, 50, have been arrested following the return of a six-count federal indictment charging wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud read more


Sept. 3, 2013 - Castro and Lagron
Two Charged in Visa Fraud Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Two Houston women have been arrested following the return of an indictment alleging conspiracy to commit visa fraud read more


Sept. 3, 2013 - Villarreal
Former HISD Elementary Teacher Heads to Prison for 20 years on Child Pornography Convictions

HOUSTON – Juan Antonio Villarreal, 53, of Houston, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of distribution and possession of child pornography read more


Sept. 3, 2013 - Sudduth
Former Kindergarten Teacher Convicted of Sexually Exploiting Children

HOUSTON - Stephen Wayne Sudduth, 38, of Sealy, has entered a plea of guilty to two counts of production of child pornography read more


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