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June 2014 Press Releases

June 30, 2014 - Phearse
Houston Man Sentenced for Threatening to Bomb Synagogue

HOUSTON - Dante Phearse, 33, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Kenneth M. Hoyt to serve 33 months in prison for calling in a bomb threat to Congregation Beth Israel, a synagogue in Houston read more


June 30, 2014 - Harrell
Jury Convicts Houston Man for Robbery of Postal Vehicle

HOUSTON – Kenton Deon Harrell, 41, has been convicted of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery read more


June 27, 2014 - Butler
Engineer Sentenced for Traveling to Laredo to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct

LAREDO, Texas – Douglas Alan Butler, 55, a resident of Battle Creek, Mich., has been sentenced for traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct read more


June 26, 2014 - Lopez et al
Four Ordered to Prison in Firearms Trafficking Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Four people residing in Houston have been ordered to prison for their roles in a conspiracy to traffic dozens of AK-47 variant rifles from the Houston area to Mexico read more


June 26, 2014 - Zamora
Two Set to Appear in Federal Court on Charges of Murder on Federal Land

HOUSTON – Cristian Alexander Zamora, 22, and Ricardo Leonel Campos-Lara, 19, have been indicted on charges of committing murder in the Sam Houston National Forest, a designated federal land read more


June 24, 2014 - Perez Jr.
Triple Bank Robber Pleads Guilty

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Robert Perez Jr., 35, of Corpus Christi, has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the robbery of three local banks read more


June 24, 2014 - Vallejo
Edcouch Woman Charged with Embezzling More Than $90K from Halfway House

McALLEN, Texas – Ofelia Alvarado Vallejo, 44, of Edcouch, has made an initial appearance on charges she embezzled more than $90,000 from the Mid Valley House Residential Reentry Center while working there read more


June 24, 2014 - Jacaman Sr.
Jacaman Sentenced

LAREDO,Texas – Robert Jacaman Sr., 60, former owner of Jacaman Guns and Ammo, has received his federal sentence for conspiring to smuggle firearm ammunition and magazines to Mexico read more


June 24, 2014 - Hernandez
Illegal Alien Gets Maximum Sentence for Distribution of Child Pornography

HOUSTON – Carmen Hernandez has been sentenced to the statutory maximum of 20 years for distributing child pornography read more


June 23, 2014 - Davis
Galveston Resident Pleads Guilty to Stealing Deceased Benefits for More Than a Decade

GALVESTON, Texas – John Stephen Davis, 64, of Galveston, has pleaded guilty to embezzlement and theft of federal government benefits read more


June 19, 2014 - Villarreal et al
16 Charged in Alleged Large Scale Marijuana Trafficking Organization

HOUSTON – A multi-count federal indictment has been unsealed following the arrest of 11 individuals throughout south Texas and the Houston areas read more


June 19, 2014 - Salazar
Alleged Leader of Sex Trafficking Ring Lands in U.S. After Extradition from Mexico

HOUSTON - Gerardo Salazar has landed in the U.S. to face charges related to the smuggling of minor girls and young women from Mexico and using deception, threats of harm, physical force and psychological coercion to compel their service as prostitutes in Houston area bars read more


June 18, 2014 - Krist
Repeat Bank Robber Handed Significant Sentence

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Joseph C. M. Krist, 43, of San Antonio, has been ordered to prison for 30 years for bank robbery and using a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence read more


June 17, 2014 - Cantu
San Benito Man Sentenced for Role in Purchasing Firearms

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Danny Cantu, 24, has been sentenced to 72 months for his role in purchasing firearms by making false statements read more


June 16, 2014 - Davis
Galveston Resident Charged with Stealing Deceased Benefits for More a Decade

GALVESTON, Texas – John Stephen Davis, 64, of Galveston, has been charged with theft of nearly $400,000 in federal government benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) read more


June 16, 2014 - Hayes
Houston Man Gets Significant Sentence for Humble Bank Robbery

HOUSTON – A 24-year-old Houston man will be spending the next nine years in federal prison as a result of his convictions related to the April 2013 robbery of Regions Bank in Humble read more


June 16, 2014 - Harrison
Tax Preparation Business Owner Convicted of Tax Fraud 

HOUSTON – Charles Lee Harrison, the owner of a tax preparation business, has entered a guilty plea to willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of a false tax return read more



June 16, 2014
- Afenkhena
Houston Store Owner Convicted of Identity Theft and Multiple Counts of Wire Fraud

HOUSTON – Austyn Enahoro Afenkhena, 53, of Houston, has entered a plea of guilty to eleven counts of wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft read more


June 13, 2014 - Oliphant
Huntsville Tax Return Preparer Sentenced for Fraudulent Refund Scheme

HOUSTON – Cedric Keith Oliphant has been ordered to prison following his conviction related to the preparation of false client tax returns read more


June 12, 2014 - Tredaway
Former Bank Employee Sentenced to Federal Prison for Bank Fraud

McALLEN, Texas - A former bank officer with Texas State Bank has been ordered to federal prison for defrauding her former employer read more


June 11, 2014 - Mercado
Methamphetamine Deals Lands Laredoan in Federal Prison

LAREDO, Texas - Carlos Mercado, 39, has been ordered to prison following his conviction for transportation with intent to distribute 2.7 kilograms of methamphetamine read more



June 10, 2014
- Melendez et al
South Laredo Trafficking Group Indicted

LAREDO, Texas – A total of 24 alleged members of a cocaine, crack and marijuana trafficking group have been arrested and charged with multiple violations of federal law read more


June 10, 2014 - Morin
Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Stealing More Than $228,000

LAREDO, Texas – Michelle A. Morin has entered a plea of guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false and fraudulent income tax returns read more


June 10, 2014 - Post
League City Registered Sex Offender Gets Significant Sentence for Multiple Child Pornography Convictions

GALVESTON, Texas – Donald Post, of League City, 69, has been ordered to prison for 40 years following his convictions of production and distribution of child pornography involving a four-year-old minor female as well as possession of child pornography read more



June 9, 2014
- Navarro
Spa Owner Pleads Guilty as Trial Set to Begin

McALLEN, Texas - Elva Navarro, 37, of Hidalgo, has entered a guilty plea to violating the U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act as her federal trial was about to being today read more


June 6, 2014 - Blake
Reputed Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Leader Pleads Guilty to Federal Racketeering Charges

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


June 6, 2014 - Acosta
Leader and Others Ordered to Federal Prison in Alien Smuggling Conspiracy

HOUSTON – Lenyn Acosta, 33, and three others have been ordered to prison for their roles in a conspiracy to transport or harbor aliens illegally present in the country read more


June 6, 2014 - Lee
Local Man Sentenced for Possessing Child Pornography

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Christopher Lee, 41, of Corpus Christi, has been ordered to federal prison for possession of child pornography read more


June 6, 2014 - Aquino-Pineda
Significant Sentence Handed Down for Firearms Trafficking

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Angel Aquino-Pineda, 27, of McAllen, has been ordered to serve more than eight years in the Bureau of Prisons for his role in trafficking AK-47 variant rifles to Mexico read more



June 6, 2014
- Escamilla
Campaign Worker Pleads Guilty to Buying Votes in Donna School Board Election

McALLEN, Texas – A campaign worker pleaded guilty today for paying voters to vote in the November 2012 Donna school board election read more


June 5, 2014 - Guerrero
Mathis Man Sentenced to Life In Prison for Large-Scale Drug-Trafficking and Money Laundering Conspiracies

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Ricardo Guerrero, 55, of Mathis, has been sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, conspiracy to launder money and being a felon in possession of a firearm read more


June 5, 2014 - Marichalar et al
Drug Traffickers Plead Guilty on Eve of Trial 

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Jose Angel Marichalar, 33, Phillip Cross, 56, and Yisnel Garcia Gonzalez, 30, have all entered guilty pleas in a trial set to begin today read more



June 5, 2014
- Aguilar-Melgor
Houston Woman Convicted in Alien Smuggling that Resulted in Death

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Karin Yamilec Aguilar-Melgor, 22, of Houston, has admitted to smuggling of a group of nine illegal aliens that left one deceased read more


June 5, 2014 - Alvarado et al
Father and Son Sentenced for Shooting Federal Agent

McALLEN, Texas – Two Hargill men have received significant sentences for the July 2012 aggravated assault on a Homeland Security Investigations agent read more


June 5, 2014 - Jackson-Lezeau and Ruffin
Postal Carrier and Another Convicted in Massive Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Tangela R. Jackson-Lezeau, 34, and Kerry Lionel Ruffin, 31, have both entered guilty pleas in a scheme in which fraudulent tax returns were filed using identification information that was stolen and used without lawful authority read more


June 5, 2014 - Vega-Zapata et al
Transporting and Harboring Aliens Lands Four in Prison

McALLEN, Texas – Four defendants, who conspired to transport and harbor illegal aliens resulting in multiple deaths, have been sentenced to prison read more


June 4, 2014 - Renfro
Former Army National Guard Soldier Pleads Guilty to Bribery and Defrauding U.S. Army National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON – A former soldier in the U.S. Army National Guard pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud on the U.S. Army National Guard Bureau read more


June 4, 2014 - Gallegos
Austin Man Sentenced for Harboring Female at Local Motel

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Jose Gallegos, 47, of Austin, has been ordered to prison for harboring and transporting an undocumented person read more


June 4, 2014 - Montez
Portland Man Sentenced for Distributing Child Pornography

VICTORIA, Texas – Richard R. Montez, 32, been ordered to prison following his conviction on one count of distribution of child pornography read more


June 4, 2014 - Santos
Former Laredo Customs Broker Sentenced for False Classification of Imported Goods

LAREDO, Texas - Alejandro Santos, 34, a former U.S. Customs broker, has been ordered to prison following his convictions related to the smuggling of goods into the country read more


June 3, 2014 - Kibert
Local Doctor and Four Others Charged with Defrauding Medicare of Nearly $3 Million

HOUSTON – Leonard Kibert M.D., 63, of Houston, has been charged in a 47-count indictment alleging a conspiracy to defraud Medicare of $2.9 million, announced read more


June 2, 2014 - Johnson
Katy Sisters Arrested in Scheme to Defraud Retailer

HOUSTON – Sandra Johnson, 47, and her sister, Natalie Jeng, 41, both of Katy, have been charged along with two others in a scheme to defraud home décor retailer Garden Ridge Pottery of more than $2 million read more



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