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January 2014 Press Releases

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


Jan. 31, 2014 - Churchwell
Passport Office Worker Convicted of Passport Fraud

HOUSTON – A federal jury sitting in Houston has convicted Nyle Churchwell, 51, for his role in the issuance of passports for unqualified people read more


Jan. 31, 2014 - Medrano et al
Zapata Firearms Trafficking Ring Sentenced for Purchasing Firearms for Los Zetas

LAREDO, Texas - Six members of a firearms trafficking organization operating out of the Zapata, Texas, area from approximately 2009 through mid-2011 have been ordered to federal prison read more


Jan. 30, 2014 - Maya
Santeria Follower Convicted of Federal Drug Charges 

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Francisco Javier Maya, 35, has been convicted of one count of conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute approximately 1,000 pounds of marijuana read more


Jan. 29, 2014 - Morin
Tax Preparer Arrested for Allegedly Stealing More than $220,000 from the Government

LAREDO, Texas – Michelle A. Morin has been arrested following the return of a 14-count indictment alleging she aided and assisted in the preparation of false and fraudulent income tax returns read more


Jan. 28, 2014 - Jacaman
Gun Store Owner Guilty of Smuggling Ammunition and Firearm Magazines to Mexico

LAREDO,Texas – Robert Jacaman Sr., 60, owner of Jacaman Guns and Ammo, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiring to smuggle firearm ammunition and magazines to Mexico read more


Jan. 28, 2014 - Almeida
Mexican National Handed Significant Sentence for Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering

McALLEN, Texas – Julio Cesar Almeida, 40, a Mexican National residing in Weslaco, has been ordered to prison for 210 months as a result of his convictions of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine and money laundering read more


Jan. 28, 2014 - Johnson et al
Six in Custody in Houston Armored Car Robbery Cases

HOUSTON – Seven men from Houston have been charged in two separate and unrelated cases involving the robbery or attempted robbery of armored cars operating in and around Houston read more


Jan. 24, 2014 - Navarro
Kidnapper Convicted

McALLEN, Texas – A federal jury sitting in McAllen has returned a guilty verdict against Miguel Angel Navarro, 36, of Hidalgo, on two counts of conspiracy to commit and committing hostage taking read more


Jan. 24, 2014 - Guerrero
Jury Convicts 20-Year-Old of Smuggling $1 Million in Meth

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - A federal jury has convicted Jaime Homero Guerrero of conspiracy to possess and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine read more


Jan. 24, 2014 - Montemayor
Business Owner Admits to Failing to Pay Taxes to IRS

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


Jan. 24, 2014 - Arnold
Former Employee Heads to Federal Prison for Defrauding Exxon Mobil of More than $5 Million

HOUSTON – Garry W. Arnold, of Dayton, has been ordered to prison for more than five years following his conviction of defrauding Exxon Mobil, his former employer, and causing a loss of more than $5 million read more


Jan. 23, 2014 - Barrett
Katy Man Indicted on Federal Hate Crime for Assault of Elderly African American Man

HOUSTON – A grand jury in Houston has just returned a federal indictment against Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, charging him with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act read more


Jan. 23, 2014 - Castillo
Jury Convicts Laredo Resident in Drug Case

LAREDO, Texas - Roberto Castillo, 34, of Laredo, has been found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana read more


Jan. 22, 2014 - McReynolds
Pearland Man Gets Nearly 30 Years for Producing and Distributing Child Pornography

GALVESTON, Texas – Travis James McReynolds, 32, of Pearland, has received a significant sentence following his two convictions of production and distribution of child pornography read more


Jan. 22, 2014 - Aranda
Three-Hour Manhunt Results in Drug Conviction

LAREDO, Texas – Rodolfo Aranda, 25, of Laredo, has been ordered to prison for possession with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana read more


Jan. 22, 2014 - Carson
Parole Officer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Bribery

HOUSTON – April Carson, 35, of Houston, has been ordered to federal prison for accepting payoffs from parolees read more


Jan. 21, 2014 - Castille
Last Man Heads to Prison for Area Bank Robbery

HOUSTON – Kendrick Deswhan Castille, 20, has been ordered to prison for his involvement in the November 2012 robbery of Amegy Bank in Houston read more


Jan. 21, 2014 - Jackson et al
Income Tax Return Fraudsters Headed to Federal Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Margo Marvette Stafford, Richard Clayton and Mark Jerome Jackson have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to use stolen identities to file fraudulent income tax returns read more



Jan. 21, 2014
- Villanova-Anaya
Two Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearms with Plans to Export

McALLEN, Texas – The second of two defendants has been ordered to federal prison for being a prohibited person in possession of firearms read more


Jan. 21, 2014 - Orizaba
Attempting to Smuggle More than $2 Million Lands Illinois Man in Prison

LAREDO, Texas – Octavio Orizaba, 38, a legal permanent resident from Illinois, has been ordered to prison for attempting to smuggle more than $2 million to Mexico read more


Jan. 21, 2014 - Flores et al
Four Sentenced for Involvement in a Straw Purchases Ring

McALLEN, Texas – Four people associated with making false statements in the acquisition of firearms from federal firearms licensees (FFL), commonly referred to as straw purchasing, have been sentenced to prison read more



Jan. 21, 2014
- Antonucci
Former Executive Indicted for Defrauding Health Care Company of Nearly $3 Million

HOUSTON – Joseph S. Antonucci, 41, of Houston, has been charged with defrauding his former employer, Patriot Managed Health Care Systems Inc., and causing a loss of more than $2.9 million read more


Jan. 16, 2014 - Vasquez
Jury Convicts Mexican Truck Driver in Methamphetamine/Heroin Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas - A federal jury has returned a guilty verdict against Juan Manuel Reyes Vasquez, 36, of Nuevo Laredo, for engaging in a conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute in excess of a kilogram of heroin and 500 grams of methamphetamine read more


Jan. 16, 2014 - Morales
Brownsville “Doctor” Sentenced in Stem Cell Case

HOUSTON – Francisco Morales, 54, of Brownsville, has been sentenced for his role in a conspiracy to introduce misbranded and unapproved new drugs into interstate commerce read more


Jan. 16, 2014 - Guerrero et al
Local Gang Member, Associates Sentenced for Federal Drug Trafficking Crimes

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Three men working with the Texas Mexican Mafia (TMM) to distribute heroin and cocaine in the Corpus Christi area have been sentenced to federal prison read more


Jan. 15, 2014 - O’Neal
Local Woman Indicted for Threat Against President

HOUSTON – Denise O’Neal, aka Teddy Bear Paradise, was been indicted by a federal grand jury for threatening to injure and murder President Obama read more


Jan. 15, 2014 - Holler
Magnolia Man Sentenced in Firearms Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Daniel Wade Holler, 27, has been sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to make false written statements to licensed dealers in connection with the acquisition of firearms and being a felon in possession of a firearm read more


Jan. 15, 2014 - Bustos
Architect Arrested in Connection with Progreso Bribery Scheme

McALLEN, Texas - Jesus Bustos, 57, has been arrested on charges of conspiracy and bribery associated with a federally-funded program read more


Jan. 14, 2014 - Celis
Mexican National Convicted of Transferring Obscene Matter to a Minor

LAREDO, Texas – Mexican National Germain Zamarron Celis, 38, has entered a guilty plea to transferring obscene matter to a minor read more


Jan. 14, 2014 - Gomez
Texas Mexican Mafia General Heads to Federal Prison for Nearly 13 Years

HOUSTON - Eric Gomez aka Valla, a general in the Texas Mexican Mafia prison gang, has been ordered to prison for his role in the distribution of heroin read more


Jan. 13, 2014 - Shittu
Nigerian Man Sentenced for Bank/Mail Fraud Scheme and ID Theft

HOUSTON - Olasunkanmi Shittu, 42, has been sentenced to a total of 84 months in federal prison for his role in a bank fraud and mail fraud scheme that defrauded approximately 25 victims read more


Jan. 10, 2014 - Rashid
Guilty Plea in Counterfeit Viagra® and Cialis® Case

HOUSTON - Mohammad Jamal Rashid, 45, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy related to the illegal importation and attempted trafficking of counterfeit drugs and one count of receiving and delivering misbranded drugs read more


Jan. 10, 2014 - Gonzalez
McAllen Area Ambulance Company Owner Charged with Multiple Health Care Fraud Allegations

McALLEN, Texas ‐ The owner of a McAllen area ambulance transportation company has turned himself into federal authorities following the return of a federal indictment alleging a scheme to defraud Medicare and Texas Medicaid through fraudulent billings read more


Jan. 9, 2014 - Gonzalez
“El Canonazo” Owner Guilty of Illegally Smuggling Firearm Magazines to Mexico

LAREDO, Texas – Arturo Gonzalez, 42, businessman and owner of two J.C. Twiss “El Canonazo” sporting apparel and firearm accessories stores in Laredo, has been convicted of attempting to export more than 600 firearm magazines to Mexico read more


Jan. 9, 2014 - Willis
Former Local Resident Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography

 CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Trent Ashley Willis, 37, has pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography read more


Jan. 8, 2014 - Pittman
Corpus Christi Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Corpus Christi resident Paul Pittman, 45, has been sentenced to seven years for possessing child pornography read more


Jan. 8, 2014 - Nava-Valencia
Mexican Man Gets Significant Sentence for Cocaine Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Oscar Nava-Valencia, 42, of Guadalajara, Mexico, has received a 25-year sentence for his role in the smuggling of a 3,100 kilogram load of cocaine from Panama read more


Jan. 7, 2014 - Taylor
Last Man Ordered to Prison for Wells Fargo Robbery

HOUSTON - Justin Levar Taylor, 33, of Houston, has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in the robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank on Kirby Drive in Houston in December 2012 read more


Jan. 6, 2014 - Ramirez
Houston Man Convicted of Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

HOUSTON - Ivan Geovanni Ramirez, 29, has entered guilty pleas to distribution and possession of child pornography read more

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