News and Press Releases

August 2014 Press Releases

Aug. 28, 2014 - Sellers et al
3 Men Sentenced in Kingwood Bank Robbery

HOUSTON – Three Houston men have been ordered to federal prison following their respective convictions for bank robbery and related firearms charges read more


Aug. 28, 2014 - Garcia
Alice Man Guilty of Social Security Disability Fraud

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Guatemozin Garcia, 59, of Alice, has pleaded guilty to fraudulently receiving Social Security disability benefits read more


Aug. 27, 2014 - Medina
Zeta Cartel Member Sentenced in Conspiracy to Smuggle Firearms/Grenades into Mexico

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


Aug. 26, 2014 - Tellison
DME Owner Heads to Prison for Multiple Counts of Health Care Fraud

HOUSTON – Andrea Michelle Tellison, 47, has been ordered to federal prison for eight years following her convictions of 14 counts of health care fraud and seven counts of aggravated identity theft read more


Aug. 26, 2014 - Vega
Greenvillle Man Guilty of Impeding Border Patrol

LAREDO, Texas – Joe Adam Vega, 25, has entered a guilty plea to two counts of Impeding agents at the Border Patrol checkpoint just north of Laredo for refusing to comply with instructions read more


Aug. 26, 2014 - Aranda-Soto
Former Fugitive Faces Numerous Charges Including Hostage Taking Related to an Alleged Murder

VICTORIA, Texas – Noe Aranda-Soto, 34, an undocumented alien illegally residing in Houston, will make his initial appearance in Corpus Christi federal court tomorrow on charges contained in a 22-count superceding indictment read more


Aug. 22, 2014 - Luna
Felon in Possession Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Carlos Luna, 45, of Corpus Christi, has been handed a 36-month sentence for his conviction of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon read more



Aug. 22, 2014
- Tyler
Humble Man Sentenced for Multiple Convictions in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Lawrence Tyler, 42, has been ordered to prison for six years following his convictions of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, seven counts of health care fraud and one count of money laundering read more


Aug. 22, 2014 - Brizuela
El Salvador Undocumented Alien Sentenced for Illegal Re-entry Into U.S.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Jimmy Stanley Brizuela, 43, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of illegal re-entry after removal/deportation, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson. A jury convicted Brizuela, a citizen of El Salvador, on May 13, 2014 read more


Aug. 21, 2014 - Ortiz
Cypress Man Convicted of Distributing Child Pornography

HOUSTON - Jimmy Ortiz, 33, of Cypress, has entered a guilty plea to one count of distribution of child pornography read more


Aug. 18, 2014 - Perez-Moshan et al
Hostage Taking Sends Four Mexican Nationals to Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Four Mexican nationals, who kidnapped a group of foreign nationals who had been smuggled into the U.S. by another smuggling group, have been sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms read more


Aug. 15, 2014 - Paradise
Houston Woman Pleads Guilty to Making Threat Against President Obama

HOUSTON – Teddy Bear Paradise, formerly known as Denise O’Neal, 56, has entered a guilty plea to one count of making a threat against President Obama read more


Aug. 14, 2014 - Gonzalez
Former Correctional Officer and Spouse Plead Guilty to Bribery and Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Joel Gonzalez, a former U.S. Bureau of Prisons correctional officer, and Lisa Gonzalez, his wife, have  admitted to accepting bribes from the family of an inmate in exchange for introducing contraband into the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Three Rivers read more


Aug. 14, 2014 - Harris
Houston Man Gets 40 Years for Sex Trafficking of Children

HOUSTON – Tevon Harris aka “Da Kidd” and “King Kidd,” 22, of Houston, will be spending the next 40 years in prison as a result of his convictions on two counts of trafficking children under 18 for commercial sex read more


Aug. 13, 2014 - ABT
All 36 Charged ABT Members and Associates Convicted of Federal Racketeering Charges
in the Southern District of Texas

73 Convicted Across Five Federal Districts, Including All Five Active ABT Generals, Effectively Dismantling Organization

HOUSTON – The remaining two defendants of 36 accused in the Southern District of Texas of racketeering activities as part of their roles with the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) have pleaded guilty, capping a six-year sweeping effort that has led to 73 convictions across five federal districts and the decimation of the gang’s leadership and violent members and associates. read more


Aug. 11, 2014 - Vela et al
Multiple Sentences Handed Down in Progreso Bribery Scheme

HOUSTON – The former mayor of Progreso and three others have been sentenced for their convictions related a bribery scheme that permeated the town of Progreso and the local school board read more


Aug. 11, 2014 - Gary
Houston Woman Admits to Defrauding Charity Organization of More Than $65K

HOUSTON – Simone Nicole Gary, 36, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and Social Security fraud in relation to the submission of fraudulent claims to the American Kidney Fund (AKF) read more


Aug. 8, 2014 - Thompson
Speech Therapy Office Manager Guilty of Health Care Fraud

HOUSTON – Tiffany Nicole Thompson, 31, has been convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and four counts of health care fraud in relation to nearly $4 million in fraudulent health care claims read more


Aug. 8, 2014 - Hales et al
Four Head to Prison in Northeast Houston Theft and Fraud Ring

HOUSTON – Dana Sue Hales and three other Houston area residents have been sentenced in relation to a theft and fraud ring that operated in Northeast Harris County and elsewhere read more


Aug. 8, 2014 - Washington
Parole Officer Heads to Prison for Accepting Bribes

HOUSTON - Crystal M. Washington, aka Crystal Bureau, 54, has been ordered to federal prison following her convictions of accepting bribes from parolees and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin read more


Aug. 8, 2014 - Creel
Former Executive Indicted for Defrauding Shipping Company of More Than $4 Million

HOUSTON – Kathleen Creel, a former employee of Wilhelmsen Ships Service Inc., has been charged with defrauding her company and causing a loss of more than $4.1 million read more


Aug. 7, 2014 - Norman
Jury Convicts Houston Man on Firearm Charges

HOUSTON – Ronald Ray Norman, 32 of Houston, has been found guilty of being a felon in possession a firearm and ammunition read more


Aug. 6, 2014 - Martins
Nigerian Man Sentenced for Wire Fraud and Identity Theft

HOUSTON – Olusegun Abayomi Martins, 36, a Nigerian citizen residing in Houston, has been ordered to federal prison for his convictions of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft read more


Aug. 5, 2014 - Resendez and Bel Deanda
Final Two Ordered to Prison in Firearms Trafficking Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The final two Houston residents convicted in for their roles in a conspiracy to traffic dozens of AK-47 variant rifles from the Houston area to Mexico have been ordered to prison read more



Aug. 4, 2014
- Gossett
Local Teacher Convicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges

HOUSTON – Derrick Gossett, 33, of Humble, has entered a guilty plea to two counts of production of child pornography read more


Aug. 4, 2014 - Waldrop
Lavaca County EMS Worker Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

VICTORIA, Texas - David Waldrop, 56, of Luling, has been ordered to prison for more than six years for possessing child pornography read more


Aug. 1, 2014 - Crawford
Houston Man Sentenced in Houston Theft and Fraud Ring

HOUSTON – Jason Wade Crawford, 36, has been ordered to federal prison for his convictions of bank fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft read more


 

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