News and Press Releases

November 2012 Press Releases

Nov. 30, 2012 - Budd
Montgomery Co. Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Theft of Government Property

HOUSTON - A Conroe area resident has been ordered to federal prison for theft of government property in connection with Social Security benefits paid on behalf of his mother read more

Nov. 30, 2012 - Madrigal
Alleged Houstone Gang Member Extradicted From Mexico

HOUSTON – Raul Sergio Madrigal, 33, of League City, will make his initial appearance in federal court this morning following his recent extradition from Mexico read more

Nov. 29, 2012 - Cooper
Huntsville Man Convicted of Social Security Fraud

HOUSTON - Christopher Tyrone Cooper, 39, of Huntsville, has entered a plea of guilty to one count of Social Security fraud read more

Nov. 29, 2012 - Torre-Santana et al
Two Mexican Nationals Plead Guilty in Hostage Taking/Harboring Case

HOUSTON - Virgilio De la Torre-Santana, 27, and Aduato Aguilar-Lara, 34, both Mexican nationals, have entered guilty pleas in connection with their roles in an ongoing conspiracy to harbor and hold smuggled aliens hostage for ransom payments read more

Nov. 29, 2012 - Gallegos-Avila
Mexican Man Lands in Prison After Illegal Aliens Seen Boarding a Plane

McALLEN, Texas – Jorge Luis Gallegos-Avila, 39, of Tampico, Mexico, has been handed a federal prison sentence for conspiring to harbor, conceal and shield illegal aliens from detection read more

Nov. 28, 2012 - Richards and Justice
Texas Pair Indicted for Producing Animal Crush Videos

HOUSTON – Ashley Nicole Richards, 22, and Brent Justice, 51, both of Houston, have been indicted for creating and distributing “animal crush videos” read more

Nov. 28, 2012 - Alaniz et al
Palmview Siblings Sentenced for Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

McALLEN, Texas – Velma Alaniz, 31, and her brother Valente Alaniz, 27, both of Palmview, have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid through fraudulent billings for power wheelchairs, incontinent supplies and other medical items read more

Nov. 27, 2012 - Nunez
Hidalgo Drug Trafficker Convicted

McALLEN, Texas – Daniel Nunez, 36, of Hidalgo, has entered a plea of guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and conspiracy to transport and attempt to transport monetary instruments to Mexico to promote drug trafficking read more

Nov. 27, 2012 - Broussard
Local Tax Return Preparer Convicted of Falsifying Returns

HOUSTON – Anitra Broussard, a local tax return preparer, has pleaded guilty to charges she prepared false tax returns for clients during 2011 read more

Nov. 27, 2012 - Albina
Local Doctor Convicted of Possession of Child Pornography

HOUSTON - Bernard Albina, 73, of Houston, has entered a guilty plea to possessing child pornography read more

Nov. 26, 2012 - Frazier et al
Pearland Residents Sent to Prison in Kirby Lofts Scheme

HOUSTON – Derwin Frazier, 45, and his wife Veronica, 44, both of Pearland, have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the sham sales of the Kirby Lofts condominium complex and others read more

Nov. 20, 2012 - Jordan et al
Two Indicted in $25 Million Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON - Charles Craig Jordan and Kelly Taylor Gipson, both 33, have been arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with their life settlement insurance business as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering read more

Nov. 19, 2012 - Lopez and Kuhrt
Former Executives of Stanford Financial Group Entities Convicted for Roles in Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – A Houston federal jury has convicted Gilbert T. Lopez Jr., the former chief accounting officer of Stanford Financial Group Company, and Mark J. Kuhrt, the former global controller of Stanford Financial Group Global Management, for their roles in helping Robert Allen Stanford perpetrate a fraud scheme involving Stanford International Bank (SIB) read more

Nov. 19, 2012 - Pena
CBP Officer Handed Sentence in Firearms Case

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Manuel Pena, 38, has received a five-year probated sentence after being convicted of two counts of making a making a false statement in a firearms record and one count of making a false statement to a federal agency read more

Nov. 19, 2012 - Vega
Mission Man Handed Nearly 18 Years in Child Porn Case

McALLEN, Texas – Reynaldo Vega, 45, of Mission, Texas, has been sentenced to 210 months in prison for receiving child pornography via the Internet read more

Nov. 19, 2012 - Serna
Mission Furniture Store Owner Convicted in Cocaine Trafficking and Money Laundering

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Jose Francisco Serna, of Mission, has entered pleas of guilty to conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine read more

Nov. 16, 2012 - Melchor-Sanchez
Houston Man Convicted of Theft of Government Funds

HOUSTON - Hector Melchor-Sanchez, 46, of Houston, has pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government funds from the Social Security Disability Insurance fund read more

Nov. 16, 2012 - Rodriguez
Houston Man Ordered Detained On Charges of Possessing Multiple Kilos of Methamphetamine

HOUSTON – Houston resident Francisco Rodriguez, 21, has been arrested and charged with possessing a gross weight of more than five kilograms of methamphetamine read more

Nov. 16, 2012 - Olmedo-Trevino et al
Leader and Two Others Sentenced in Multi-Year Alien Smuggling Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Three people have been sentenced for their involvement in a conspiracy to harbor and transport illegal aliens read more

Nov. 16, 2012 - Jariv et al
Las Vegas Telemarketers Arrested in Timeshare Resale Fraud

HOUSTON – James Assi Jariv, 62, of Las Vegas, Nev., has been charged along with seven others in a four-count indictment alleging conspiracy, wire and mail fraud and money laundering read more

Nov. 16, 2012 - Henry
Former Postal Carrier Convicted of Stealing Government Funds

HOUSTON - Mytasha Henry, a former U.S. Postal Service letter carrier from the Houston area has entered a plea of guilty to charges of stealing government funds with regards to the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program (OWCP) read more

Nov. 16, 2012 - Gomez-Ramirez
Two Arrested In Multi-Million Dollar Cocaine Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas – A four-count federal indictment has been partially unsealed following the arrest of one Laredo resident and one Nuevo Laredo resident on charges of conspiracy to possess cocaine with the intent to distribute and international money laundering read more

Nov. 16, 2012 - Garcia-Figueroa
Hidalgo Man Convicted of Bringing Undocumented Aliens into the U.S.

McALLEN, Texas – A federal jury in McAllen has convicted Adan Garcia-Figueroa, 59, of Hidalgo, on two counts of bringing an undocumented alien into the United States and one count of illegally re-entering the United States after a prior deportation read more

Nov. 15, 2012 - Rodriguez et al
Local Gang Members Sent to Federal Prison

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Benito Rodriguez, 36, Andy Soliz, 25, and Adrian Fernandez, 21, all of Corpus Christi, have been sentenced to federal prison without parole following their convictions for firearms violations read more

Nov. 14, 2012 - Riojas
Amarillo Man Detained for Transporting Drugs for Distribution

HOUSTON – Conrad Christopher Riojas, 27, of Amarillo, has been ordered held without bond for conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine read more

Nov. 14, 2012 - Abundis-Carreon
Houston Man Heads to Prison for Transportation of Illegal Aliens

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Leonel Alvaro Abundis-Carreon, 22, of Houston, has been sent to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to transport 14 aliens within the United States and causing serious bodily injury to a person read more

Nov. 14, 2012 - Martinez
Falfurrias Man Convicted of Alien Smuggling Resulting in Death

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Lewey Martinez, 31, of Falfurrias, has pleaded guilty in an alien smuggling and harboring scheme that resulted in the September 2011 death of a 24-year-old Mexican national read more

Nov. 14, 2012 - Shittu
DME Owner Convicted of Health Care Fraud and Aggravated Identity Theft

HOUSTON – Abdul Waheed Alex Shittu, 54, a naturalized United States citizen from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft read more

Nov. 13, 2012 - Garcia
Houstonian Convicted of Conspiring to Transport Marijuana

LAREDO, Texas – Roberto Garcia, 28, of Houston, has entered a plea of guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute in excess of 100 kilograms of marijuana read more

Nov. 13, 2012 - Scott
Coast Guard Petty Officer Indicted

HOUSTON – U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Brandon Lee Scott, 28, of Dickinson, has been charged with using a government-issued credit card to purchase several electronics for his personal use read more

Nov. 13, 2012 - Montgomery et al
Local Church Leaders Sent to Prison for Defrauding IRS

HOUSTON - David A. Montgomery and Bridget M. Montgomery, a husband and wife who founded their own church - Restoration Temple Church of God in Christ in Humble, have each been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison and were ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) read more

Nov. 9, 2012 - Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
34 Alleged Aryan Brotherhood of Texas Gang Members Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges

HOUSTON – Thirty-four alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang (ABT), including four of its most senior leaders,  have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Houston for allegedly conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise read more
Nov. 6, 2012 - Alvarez-Soria
Undocumented Alien Gets Federal Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine

HOUSTON – Enrique Alvarez-Soria, 41, has been handed a 12-year-term of imprisonment for his role in two separate incidents of trafficking large-scale amounts of methamphetamine read more

Nov. 6, 2012 - Munoz-Vargas
Possession of 100% Pure Methamphetamine Leads to Life in Federal Prison

‪BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Rigoberto Munoz-Vargas, 38, has landed in federal prison for life following his convictions for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being an alien in possession of a firearm read more

Nov. 5, 2012 - Nevarez
Laredo Bailbonds Manager Convicted of Money Laundering

LAREDO, Texas - Elizabeth Nevarez, 42, of Laredo, has entered a plea of guilty to one count of money laundering read more

Nov. 5, 2012 - Huerta-Aguilar
Mexican Man Convicted of Bribery of a Public Official

McALLEN, Texas - Jose Luis Huerta-Aguilar, 31, of Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, has pleaded guilty to bribery of a public official read more

Nov. 5, 2012 - Garza
Sentence Handed Down for Marijuana Trafficking and Bond Jumping

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Juan Ramon Garza, a 40-year-old resident alien of Brownsville has been sentenced to 75 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute a quantity exceeding 100 kilograms and for bond jumping (failure to appear as required) read more

Nov. 5, 2012 - Rivera
Brownsville Man Sent to Prison for Trafficking Cocaine

BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Edmundo Antonio Monroy Rivera, 22, of Brownsville, has been sentenced to 70 months in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute nearly 10 kilograms of cocaine read more

Nov. 5, 2012 - Leggett
Chambers County Woman Gets 15 Years for Conspiracy Involving Bomb Making and Weapons Possession

HOUSTON - Pamela Leggett, 32, of Anhuac, has been handed a 15-year prison sentence following her conviction of conspiracy to illegally make and possess unregistered firearms, including bombs, and to aiding and abetting illegal possession of an unlawful machine gun read more

Nov. 5, 2012 - Lance
Distributor of Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Drugs Sent to Federal Prison

HOUSTON - Shane Lance, 41, of Archdale, N.C., has been sentenced to federal prison for conspiring to distribute counterfeit pharmaceuticals and trafficking in pharmaceuticals bearing false labeling and counterfeit trademarks read more

Nov. 5, 2012 - Obi
7th Defendant Sentenced to Federal Prison in Multi-Million Dollar Health Care Fraud Case

HOUSTON – Tony Nnonso Obi, 56, a naturalized U.S. citizen from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has been sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for his role in a massive health care fraud conspiracy that billed the Medicare and Medicaid programs for more than $45 million read more

Nov. 5, 2012 - Avila
Illegal Alien Gets 35 Years in Hostage Taking Case

HOUSTON - Cesar Avila, 38, an illegal alien from Honduras, has been sentenced to federal prison following his multiple convictions in a hostage taking and alien harboring conspiracy read more

Nov. 2, 20012- Kelley
Individual Arrested for Hoax Bomb Threat

HOUSTON – Dereon Tayronne Kelley has been arrested and charged for a felony violation of the Federal Explosive Materials Statute read more

Nov. 1, 20012- Walker et al
Verdict Returned Against Two Remaining Defendants in Murder-for-Hire and Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

LAREDO, Texas - Samuel Walker, 29, an active duty member of the U.S. Army, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Calvin Epps, aka Beef, 28, of Hopkins, S.C., have been found guilty on a variety of charges in relation to a murder-for-hire and drug trafficking conspiracy read more