News and Press Releases

July 2014 Press Releases

July 31, 2014 - Layne
Houston Man Gets 25 Years for Producing Child Pornography

HOUSTON – Daniel M. Layne, 34, of Houston, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of production of child pornography read more


July 30, 2014 - Solorzano-Tavila et al
Three Sent to Prison in Massive Stash House Case

HOUSTON – Three of the five men arrested in connection with the March discovery of more than 100 illegal aliens in an area stash house have been ordered to federal prison read more


July 30, 2014 - Calderon and Galvan-Ibarra
Two Convicted of Distributing Methamphetamine

McALLEN, Texas – Francisco Calderon, 27, and Jorge Alejandro Galvan-Ibarra, 30, have entered a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of methamphetamine read more


July 29, 2014 - Chaney and Lipton
Seven Sentenced to Federal Prison in Multi-Million Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON - The final two defendants charged for their roles in a multi-million dollar mortgage fraud scheme operating in the Houston area have been ordered to prison read more


July 29, 2014 - Vallejo
Edcouch Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzling More Than $90K from Halfway House

McALLEN, Texas – Ofelia Alvarado Vallejo, 44, of Elsa, has admitted to embezzling more than $90,000 from the Mid Valley House Residential Reentry Center when she worked there as an administrative assistant read more


July 25, 2014 - Ruiz et al
Three Sentenced for Money Laundering and Drug Trafficking Crimes

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Three Brownsville residents have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a drug trafficking and money laundering conspiracy read more


July 23, 2014 - Macias
Friendswood Man Convicted of Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

GALVESTON, Texas - Miguel Angel Macias, 53, formerly of Friendswood, has entered a guilty plea to receipt and possession of child pornography read more


July 23, 2014 - Hinojosa et al
Five Ordered to Custody in Galveston on Charges of Methamphetamine Distribution

GALVESTON, Texas – Five men, charged with conspiracy to possess with the Intent to distribute methamphetamine in the Galveston area, have been ordered detained pending further criminal proceedings read more


July 23, 2014 - Garcia
Jury Convicts Alamo Woman on Multiple Firearms Charges

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Yadira Garcia, 35, has been convicted of all six counts of making false statements on firearm records read more


July 22, 2014 - Beverly
Houston Women Charged in Bank Fraud/Identity Theft Case

HOUSTON - Tonya Beverly, 38, and Leatrice Reynaud, 43, both of Houston, have been arrested following the return of a 20-count indictment alleging conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft read more


July 21, 2014 - Koerner
Corpus Christi Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Lee Marvin Koerner, 50, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of possession of child pornography read more


July 21, 2014 - Carter
Accountant Sentenced for Assisting in Preparing False Income Tax Returns

HOUSTON - John E. Carter, a local accountant and income tax return preparer, has been ordered to prison following his multiple convictions of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false income tax returns read more


July 18, 2014 - Hancock
Aryan Brotherhood Members Plead Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

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


July 17, 2014 - Trevino
Former Sheriff Ordered to Prison

McALLEN, Texas - Guadalupe Trevino, aka Lupe Trevino, has been sentenced to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to commit money laundering read more


July 17, 2014 - Barrett
Killeen Area Man Found Guilty of Sex Trafficking of a Minor

HOUSTON – Bobby Barrett, aka “Black,” 30, has been convicted of sex trafficking of a minor who was under 18 with force, fraud or coercion, and transporting her across state lines for the purpose of engaging in prostitution read more


July 17, 2014 - Medeles et al
Four Convicted in Sex Trafficking, Harboring and Money Laundering Investigation

HOUSTON – Four people have entered guilty pleas to conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens relating to their roles in a sex trafficking, harboring and money laundering organization read more


July 17, 2014 - Al-Jabri
Illinois Man Sentenced for Trafficking Counterfeit Goods and Drugs into the U.S.

HOUSTON - An Illinois man, who previously pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods and introducing counterfeit drugs into interstate commerce in violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act read more


July 16, 2014 - Flores et al
Indictment Unsealed in Unauthorized Aliens Employment Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Four Houston residents and one from Puerto Rico have been charged in a 13-count indictment involving a conspiracy to employ unauthorized aliens and encouraging and inducing undocumented aliens to reside in the country read more


July 15, 2014 - Carter
Corporation Owner/CEO Charged with Federal Income Tax Fraud

HOUSTON – Robert Earl Carter has been arrested following the return of a four-count indictment alleging false statement on his personal tax returns read more


July 11, 2014 - Guerrero
Jury Convicts Mission Man in Marijuana Conspiracy

McALLEN, Texas – A federal jury in McAllen has convicted Rogelio Guerrero, 50, a U.S. citizen residing in Mission, on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute large amounts of marijuana read more


July 10, 2014 - Johnson
Houston Man Convicted of Sex Trafficking of Children

HOUSTON – Pierre Johnson aka “Too Good,” 39, of Houston, has entered a plea of guilty to trafficking children under 18 for commercial sex read more


July 10, 2014 - Hinojosa et al
Five Charged in Galveston with Distributing Methamphetamine

GALVESTON, Texas - A four-count federal indictment has been unsealed in Galveston following the arrest of five area residents read more


July 9, 2014 - Worthey and Burns
Aryan Brotherhood Members Plead Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

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


July 9, 2014 - Ibarra
Former Houston Banker Convicted of Bank Fraud

HOUSTON – Carlos Lavin Ibarra, 33, of Houston, has entered a guilty plea to one count of bank fraud read more


July 8, 2014 - Riedesel
Gun Store Owner Convicted of Firearms Violation

VICTORIA, Texas – Garrett Vincent Riedesel, 25, of Victoria, has entered a guilty plea to one count of possession of an unregistered firearm read more


July 8, 2014 - Vaquera-Garcia
Mexican Pair Pleads Guilty to Debit/Credit Card Conspiracy in $35K McAllen Shopping Spree

McALLEN, Texas – Mary Carmen Vaquera-Garcia, 27, and Daniel Dominguez-Guardiola, 28, both of Mexico, have entered guilty pleas to conspiring to use debit/credit cards with the intent to defraud read more


July 7, 2014 - Duenas-Barajas
Illegal Alien Convicted of Using Deceased Boy’s Identity

HOUSTON – Jesus Duenas-Barajas, 53, a Mexican National illegally residing in Houston, has entered a plea of guilty to submitting a false statement on a U.S. passport application and aggravated identity theft read more


July 7, 2014 - Larry
Local Tax Return Preparer Convicted

HOUSTON - Diane Caldwell Larry has entered a plea of guilty for falsifying client tax returns, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Lucy Cruz read more


July 3, 2014 - Flores et al
Several Laredoans Get Massive Sentences in Multi-Million Dollar Methamphetamine Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – A total of six Laredoans and three others have been sentenced for their roles in a conspiracy to transport more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine in 2011 read more


July 1, 2014 - Rayon-Perez
Leader Sentenced in Alien Smuggling Scheme to Steal Fees From Aliens and Their Families

McALLEN, Texas – Pedro Rayon-Perez, 28, has been ordered to prison following his conviction for harboring undocumented aliens read more


July 1, 2014 - Moore Jr.
Another Houston Man Sentenced in Area Armored Car Robberies

HOUSTON – Allen Moore Jr., 47, of Dallas, has been ordered to federal prison for 20 years following his convictions for discharging his firearm during an attempted robbery of an armored car operating in and around Houston read more


July 1, 2014 - Barajas-Coria
Mexican Man Sentenced for Alien Smuggling Operation Resulting in Death

HOUSTON - Heriberto Barajas-Coria, a Mexican citizen, has been ordered to prison for six years for conspiracy to transport and harbor aliens which resulted in the death of one read more


July 1, 2014 - A lvarez-Mendicuti
Mexican Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing 31 Counterfeit Credit and Bank Cards

McALLEN, Texas – Alfredo Alejandro Alvarez-Mendicuti, 35, of Mexico, has entered a plea of guilty to possessing 31 counterfeit credit and bank cards with the intent to defraud read more


 

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