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February 2014 Press Releases

Feb. 28, 2014 - Muniz-Saavedra
Jury Convicts Mexican Resident Alien of Bringing Cocaine and Methamphetamine into U.S.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Valentin Muniz-Saavedra, 44, residing in Brownsville, has been convicted of conspiracies to possess and import and possession with intent to distribute and import cocaine and methamphetamine read more


Feb. 28, 2014 - Baumanis
Car Dealer Pleads Guilty to Fraud  

HOUSTON – George Baumanis, 59, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport stolen property in interstate commerce read more


Feb. 28, 2014 - Sanchez
Rio Grande City Man Sentenced for Smuggling Nearly 3,000 Kilograms of Marijuana

LAREDO – Rodolfo Reyna Sanchez, 45, of Rio Grande City, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possession with the intent to distribute 2,845.5 kilograms of marijuana read more


Feb. 28, 2014 - Lanier
Jury Convicts Austin Lawyer in Relation to “Butch” Ballow Case and Stock Sale Scheme

HOUSTON – Patrick Lanier, 65, of Austin, has been convicted on 16 counts to include one count of harboring and concealing Harris “Butch” Ballow from arrest read more


Feb. 26, 2014 - Cabrera and Ayala
Smugglers who Extorted and Threatened Victims Sentenced to Prison

McALLEN, Texas ‐ Ivan Cabrera and Michael Ayala, both of Edinburg, and Mexican National Maria Isabel Rivera-Castillo have been sentenced to federal prison as a result of their convictions for smuggling undocumented aliens read more


Feb. 26, 2014 - Gomez-Perales
Alien Sentenced for Possessing Firearms He Intended to Take to Mexico

McALLEN, Texas – Manuel Francisco Gomez-Perales, a Mexican national who returned to the United States illegally to recover firearms previously acquired for another person knowing those firearms were destined for Mexico, has been sentenced to prison read more


Feb. 25, 2014 - LeBlanc
Distributing Child Pornography Lands Huntsville Man in Federal Prison

HOUSTON – Reed C. LeBlanc, 20, a former resident of Huntsville, will now be serving a federal prison sentence of nearly 11 years following his conviction of distribution of child pornography read more


Feb. 24, 2014 - Garcia
Former Victoria Housing Authority Commissioner Charged with HUD and SSA Fraud

VICTORIA, Texas – Raquel Garcia, 37, has been charged in an three-count indictment alleging theft from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and fraud against the Social Security Administration (SSA) read more


Feb. 24, 2014 -Nnadi
Former Government Analyst Charged with Bribery

HOUSTON – Augustine Ihenacho Nnadi, aka Austin, 60, of Houston, has been arrested for accepting a bribe in exchange for assistance in an ongoing health care fraud case read more


Feb. 21, 2014 - Guajardo
Another Drug Conspiracy and Money Laundering Ring Leader Heads to Prison for 30 Years

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jose Fidel Guajardo aka “Garfield,” 42, a leader of a drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy, has been handed a significant federal sentence read more


Feb. 21, 2014 - Sampsell and Villarreal
Reputed Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Leader and a Fellow Gang Member Plead Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

HOUSTON – An alleged general of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang (ABT) and a fellow gang member pleaded guilty today to racketeering charges related to their membership in the ABT’s criminal enterprise read more


Feb. 20, 2014 - Rodriguez
Houston Man Gets 14 Years for Possessing Methamphetamine

HOUSTON – Houston resident Francisco Rodriguez, 22, has been sentenced to a total of 168 months for possessing with the intent to distribute multiple kilograms of methamphetamine read more


Feb. 20, 2014 - Uzoaga and Harris
Houston Physician Arrested in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Dr.  Enyibuaku Rita Uzoaga, 41, and Charles Harris, 53, have been indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud read more


Feb. 20, 2014 - Larry
Local Tax Preparer Arrested

HOUSTON - Diane Caldwell Larry has been charged in a 21-count indictment alleging 19 counts of preparing false client tax returns and two counts of interfering with the enforcement of tax laws read more


Feb. 19, 2014 - Garcia-Ugarte
Ammunition Smuggler Sentenced

LAREDO, Texas - Luis Garcia-Ugarte, 38, of Laredo, has been sentenced to federal prison for facilitating the attempted illegal export of thousands of rounds of assault rifle ammunition read more


Feb. 19, 2014 - Valadez
Former Teacher Sentenced on Child Pornography Conviction

LAREDO, Texas – Jorge Valadez, 53, a former high school teacher in Laredo, has been handed a 52-month prison term for possessing child pornography on his computer read more


Feb. 19, 2014 - Braun
Houston Lawyer Charged with Bankruptcy Fraud

HOUSTON – Calvin C. Braun, a local Houston attorney who handles bankruptcy cases, has been arrested on charges of bankruptcy fraud and filing false declarations in bankruptcy court read more


Feb. 18, 2014 - Cortinas and Stokes
Two Local Men Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography of Young Relatives

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Carlos Cortinas, 40, and Mark Anthony Stokes, 36, of Three Rivers, have received significant sentences following their convictions of sexual exploitation of a child, commonly known as production of child pornography read more


Feb. 18, 2014 - Peterson
Online Solicitation of a Child Sends Ohio Man to Federal Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Harley Michael Peterson, 23, has been ordered to prison for using a telephone and a computer connected to the Internet to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity read more


Feb. 18, 2014 - Ramirez
Corpus Christi Doctor Convicted in Connection with Fraudulent Health Care Billing Scheme

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Dr. Roque Joel Ramirez, 49, of Robstown, has entered a plea of guilty to mail fraud in connection with his scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings read more


Feb. 14, 2014 - Layne
Houston Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography

HOUSTON – Daniel M. Layne, 33, of Houston, has been convicted of production of child pornography read more


Feb. 14, 2014 - Mack
Office Manager Convicted of Defrauding Former Employer of More Than $400,000

HOUSTON – Carol Mack, 43, of Humble, has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and defrauding her former employer of hundreds of thousands of dollars read more


Feb. 14, 2014 - Prince and Mullen
Two Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Members Plead Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

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


Feb. 14, 2014 - Johnson et al
Three Charged in Tax Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Cheryl Reed Johnson aka Shawnee Reed and Cheryl Reed, Carey Jermaine Johnson aka Jermaine Johnson, and Tarmera Renee Wyckoff aka Toni Wyckoff, are charged in a 23-count indictment alleging conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to make false claims to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), wire fraud and making false claims to obtain tax refunds read more


Feb. 14, 2014 - Selio Jr.
Another Houston Bank Robber Heads to Federal Prison

HOUSTON – Jose Vasquez Selio Jr., 23, of Houston, has been ordered to prison following his involvement in a bank robbery conspiracy read more


Feb. 14, 2014 - Matthews
Former Deputy Constable Charged with Tax Evasion

HOUSTON – Vernon Matthews has been charged with using dependent information of people he contacted during his time as a deputy constable to file false tax returns read more


Feb. 13, 2014 - McCandles
Former CFO Arrested for Failure to Pay Employment Tax

HOUSTON - Lanny C. McCandles has been arrested for failing to pay employment tax and other tax offenses read more


Feb. 13, 2014 - Rodriguez-Aranda and Sanchez-Lopez
Ammunition Smugglers Sentenced

McALLEN, Texas – Mexican nationals Gregorio Rodriguez-Aranda, 25, and Maria Luisa Sanchez-Lopez, 24, have been sentenced following their convictions relating to the exportation of 707 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and 98 AK47 magazines read more


Feb. 06, 2014 - Copeland
Hallettsville Man Gets 28 Years for Receiving Child Pornography

VICTORIA, Texas – Hallettsville resident James Leland Copeland, 42, has been sentenced to a significant term of federal imprisonment for receiving child pornography read more



Feb. 06, 2014
-Walton and Rogers
Two Women Ordered to Prison in Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Yevette Lauren Walton and Lakisha Lashell Rogers have been handed prison sentences for conspiring to submit fraudulent tax refund claims in the names of 53 stolen identities during the 2013 tax season read more


Feb. 06, 2014 - Beckett and Beckett
Husband and Wife Ordered to Prison for Falsifying Client Tax Returns

HOUSTON – Tax return preparers Marlin Jermaine Beckett and Gia Cooper Beckett have sent to prison for making up deductions that resulted in approximately $360,000 in fraudulent client refunds read more


Feb. 05, 2014 - Owuama et al
Husband, Wife and Business Associate Charged with Health Care Fraud

HOUSTON – William Owuama, 55, Marla Owuama, 46, and Florida Holiday Island, 64, all of Houston, have been charged in an eight-count indictment alleging conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and conspiracy to violate the federal anti-kickback statute read more


Feb. 05, 2014 - Juarez Jr.
Brownsville Man Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges 

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Jesus Mauricio Juarez Jr. aka Flaco 27, has been sentenced to federal prison for his involvement in a 1,000 pound marijuana load read more


Feb. 05, 2014 - Hutchins
Repeat Offender Sentenced for New Child Pornography Violation

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Arthur Gregg Hutchins, 67, under supervised release for a previous conviction of possessing child pornography, has been ordered to prison again read more


Feb. 04, 2014 - Rabon and Thompson
Speech Therapist and Office Manager Charged with Fraud

HOUSTON – Rebecca Lee Rabon, 44, and Tiffany Nicole Thompson, 31, both of Houston, have been charged in a 44-count indictment alleging conspiracy to commit health care fraud, health care fraud and aggravated identity theft read more


Feb. 04, 2014 - Grisson
Local Woman Sentenced for False Claims in Connection with Fraudulent Tax Returns

HOUSTON – Alisa Grisson has been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of one count of making a false claim against the government read more

 

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