NDTX Round-Up: August 20-27
GUILTY PLEA – CHUPEE ERNEST JOE
On August 20, Chupee Ernest Joe, 37, pled guilty to two counts of aiding and assisting in the preparation and presentation of false and fraudulent individual income tax returns. Mr. Joe operated an income tax preparation business located in Irving, Texas. From 2013 to 2016, he assisted in the preparation of fraudulent individual tax returns. Mr. Joe routinely falsified or inflated deductions and credits including education credits and unreimbursed employee business expenses to create inflated refunds. Mr. Joe faces up to 6 years in federal prison for his crimes. This case was investigated by IRS – Criminal Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Stokes is prosecuting this case.
GUILTY PLEA – ROGELIO ALVARADO
On August 20, Rogelio Alvarado, 35, pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Mr. Alvarado purchased crack cocaine and cocaine from other co-conspirators which were his source of supply. Mr. Alvarado used a cellular phone to negotiate, discuss, and facilitate his drug transactions. Mr. Alvarado faces up to 20 years in federal prison for his crimes. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Phelesa Guy is prosecuting this case.
GUILTY PLEA – RASHID WALKER
On August 25, Rashid Walker, 48, plead guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. Mr. Walker purchased methamphetamine from a supplier to distribute into the community. On five separate occasions, Mr. Walker supplied an undercover agent posing as a narcotics buyer with methamphetamine. Mr. Walker faces up to 20 years in federal prison for his crimes. This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Walt Junker is prosecuting this case.
SENTENCING – CHRISTOPHER LATHAM
On August 27, Christopher Latham, 46, was sentenced to 71 months in federal prison for six counts of wire fraud. Mr. Latham devised a scheme to defraud and obtain money from two victims. He misrepresented the ownership and control over an oil and gas lease by telling the victims that the lease was lucrative. Mr. Latham made lies and material omissions to obtain approximately $70,000 from the victims which he used for his personal use, including to pay off debt, gamble, and make cash withdrawals. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Fabio Leonardi is prosecuting this case.