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March 2014 Press Releases

March 28, 2014 - Macapaz, Maldonado, and Lawrence
Three Ordered to Prison in Multi-Million Dollar Mortgage Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Former Houston resident Walter Ryan Macapaz has been ordered to prison along with Houston businessman Tony David Maldonado and attorney and former mortgage loan officer Buffy Marie Lawrence for their roles in a scheme to defraud residential mortgage lenders of more than $22 million in loans read more


March 28, 2014 - Tackett
Houston Man Convicted of Hoax Bomb Threat

HOUSTON - Cody Matthew Tackett, 23, has entered a plea of guilty to a criminal information charging him with making a hoax bomb threat read more



March 28, 2014
- Talbot Jr.
Katy Man Charged with Multiple Crimes Including Possession of Explosive Materials

HOUSTON – Robert James Talbot Jr., 38, has been arrested and charged by criminal complaint alleging attempted interference with commerce by robbery, solicitation to commit a crime of violence and possession of an explosive material, specifically Composition 4 (C4) read more



March 27, 2014
- Phearse
Houston Man Indicted for Threatening to Bomb Synagogues

HOUSTON – A federal grand jury in Houston has returned a six-count indictment against Dante Phearse, 33, for calling in bomb threats to two Houston synagogues, a municipal courthouse and a private business read more



March 27, 2014
- Hunter
Guilty Plea in Massive Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Rance Hunter, 29, of Atlanta, has been convicted in a scheme in which fraudulent tax returns were filed using stolen identification information and used without lawful authority read more



March 27, 2014
- Zuniga-Hernandez
Second Former Gulf Cartel Plaza Boss Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charges

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Jose Luis Zuniga-Hernandez, 46, aka Wicho or XW or Commandante Wicho, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to import more than five kilograms of cocaine and more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana between January 2002 and July 2013 read more



March 27, 2014
- Lara
Laredo Resident Arrested for Threatening to Blow Up Federal Building

LAREDO, Texas – Cristina Lara, 43, has been charged with threatening to blow up the building that houses the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Laredo read more



March 26, 2014
- Thamby
Canadian Businessman Ordered to Prison in $3 Million Telemarketing Fraud

LAREDO, Texas - Ragavan Thamby, 53, a Canadian citizen, has been sentenced to federal prison following his conviction of one count of conspiracy to commit telemarketing fraud read more


March 25, 2014 - Sanchez Jr.
Armed Career Criminal Handed 15+ Year Prison Sentence

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Joel Sanchez Jr., 44, of Corpus Christi, will now be serving 188 months in federal prison following his conviction of being a felon in possession of a firearm read more


March 21, 2014 - Mego and Yarra
U.S. Settles Civil Lawsuit Against Valley Heart Consultants/Doctors

McALLEN, Texas - Valley Heart Consultants Dr. Carlos Mego and Dr. Subbarao Yarra have settled a suit brought by the United States in McAllen alleging violations of the Federal False Claims Act read more



March 19, 2014
- Willis
Distributing Child Pornography Lands Former Local Resident in Federal Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Trent Ashley Willis, 37, formerly of Corpus Christi, has been ordered to prison for 10 years following his conviction of distributing child pornography read more


March 19, 2014 - Navarro
Spa Owner Indicted on Federal Charges

McALLEN, Texas - A McAllen federal grand jury has arrested Elva Navarro, 37, of Hidalgo, for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) violations in relation to the injection of unapproved substances read more


March 18, 2014 - Guerrero
Mathis Man Convicted in Large-Scale Drug-Trafficking and Money Laundering Conspiracies

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A federal jury in Corpus Christi has convicted Ricardo Guerrero, 55, of Mathis, of conspiracy to commit drug trafficking, conspiracy to launder money and being a felon in possession of a firearm read more


March 17, 2014 - Hayes
Houston Woman Sent to Prison for Scheme to Cash Deceased Woman’s Benefit Checks

HOUSTON – Doris Hayes, 37, of Houston, has been ordered to prison for using her brother’s Social Security number to open a bank account to cash a deceased woman’s benefit checks read more


March 17, 2014 - Ballard
Murder for Hire Plot Against Judge Lands Septuagenarian a 20-Year Sentence

DALLAS, Texas - Phillip Monroe Ballard, 72, of Fort Worth, has been ordered to federal prison for 20 years following his conviction in the attempted murder for hire of a federal judge in Texas read more


March 17, 2014 - Riggs and Cousins
Two Convicted in Stolen Identity Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Linus Davar Riggs, 32, and Nowell Joshua Cousin, 31, both of Houston, have been convicted of filing fraudulent tax returns using identification information that was either stolen or used without lawful authority read more


March 14, 2014 - Palasota
Houston Area Pastor Heads to Prison for Investment Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON - Samuel Ray Palasota, 53, has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions on multiple counts of mail and wire fraud read more


March 12, 2014 - Wade et al
4 Charged with Sex Trafficking of Minors

HOUSTON – Emanuel Dandre Wade, 24, has been indicted along with Charmaine Henderson, 25, Ashley Shawntal Williams, 21, and Darquesha Perry, 26, for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors read more


March 11, 2014 - Gutierrez III
Corpus Christi Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Case

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jose Gutierrez III, 21, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of possession of child pornography read more


March 10, 2014 - Ward
Houston Man Gets Significant Sentence for Humble Bank Robbery

 HOUSTON – A 22-year-old Houston man will be spending the next 189 months in federal prison as a result of his convictions related to the April 2013 robbery of Regions Bank in Humble read more


March 6, 2014 - Palacios Jr. et al
Local Attorney, His Father and 17 Others Sentenced for Trafficking Cocaine Through Starr County

McALLEN, Texas – A total of 19 people have been handed federal prison sentences for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy originating out of Starr County involving more than 10,000 kilograms of marijuana in 2012 and 2013 read more


March 6, 2014 - Castro-Flores
Jury Convicts Leader of Houston Hostage Taking Organization

HOUSTON – A federal jury in Houston has convicted Mexican national Samuel Castro-Flores, aka “Chame” or “Chamuco,” 41, on 18 counts to include conspiracy to commit hostage taking, hostage taking and other charges involving smuggling aliens and firearms read more


March 6, 2014 - Gipson
Rockwall Resident Sentenced and Ordered to Pay $10 Million in Restitution for Massive Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Kelly Taylor Gipson, 34, has been ordered to federal prison for 48 months and ordered to pay $9,651,660.15 to victims of life settlement investment fraud scheme read more


March 6, 2014 - Gonzalez
Federal Agent Charged in Insurance Fraud Scheme

McALLEN, Texas - Reynaldo Gonzalez, 37, has been arrested following the return of a 13-count federal indictment charging wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and making false statements to federal agents read more


March 5, 2014 - Vaquera-Garcia and Dominguez-Guardiola
Mexican Pair Indicted in Debit/Credit Card Conspiracy

McALLEN, Texas – A federal grand jury has returned a four-count indictment against Mary Vaquera-Garcia, 27, and Daniel Dominguez-Guardiola, 28, alleging a conspiracy to use debit/credit cards with the intent to defraud read more



March 5, 2014
- Post
League City Registered Sex Offender Convicted of Multiple Counts Involving Child Pornography

GALVESTON, Texas – Donald Post, of League City, 68, has entered a guilty plea to production and distribution of child pornography involving a four-year-old minor female as well as possession of child pornography read more


March 3, 2014 - Loera and Vives-Macias
Heroin and Methamphetamine Traffickers Convicted

LAREDO, Texas - Edgar Loera and Miguel Angel Vives-Macias have been convicted by a federal jury of multiple counts in a drug trafficking conspiracy involving heroin and methamphetamine read more


March 3, 2014 - Almeida
Victoria Man Heads to Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

VICTORIA, Texas – Joshua Almeida, 33, has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction on one count of possession of child pornography read more


 

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