NDTX Round-Up February 18
GUILTY PLEA – ROBERT ELMER KERR
On February 4, Robert Elmer Kerr, 49, pled guilty to receipt of child pornography. A Special Agent was able to locate the received files at an IP address in Irving. When local law enforcement conducted the warranted search, they found Kerr with a powered-on laptop that had recently accessed child pornography. Kerr faces up to 20 years for his crimes. This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Irving Police Department and prosecuted by AUSA Camille Sparks.
SENTENCING – OMAR HAMMOOD
On February 10, Omar Hammood, 38, was sentenced to 3 years and 9 months in federal custody and $330,000+ in restitution for the crime of preparing false tax returns. Hammood prepared and presented a false Income Tax Return on behalf of another person. In fact, Hammood made a business of submitting false tax returns and concealed the receipts of this business from the IRS. Additionally, Hammood booked a trip to the Middle East after being indicted and hearing his conditions for pre-trial release, in violation of the Court’s order. This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service and prosecuted by AUSA Ryan Raybould.
GUILTY PLEA – OMA MICHEL UNGU
On February 12, Oma Michel Ungu, 61, pled guilty to preparation of false tax returns. Ungu owned and operated an income tax preparation business known as Super Professional Tax Service. He faces up to 5 years in federal custody. The tax return prepared by Ungu on behalf of his coconspirator falsely claimed unreimbursed business expenses for 23,000 miles. Ungu was aware that the mileage claimed was false and fraudulent, nevertheless he willfully included this statement on the return to decrease his coconspirator’s tax liability. This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation and prosecuted by AUSA Douglas Allen.
GUILTY PLEA - LONG VO
On February 11, Long Vo, 41, pled guilty to conspiracy to use a facility of interstate commerce in aid of a racketeering enterprise. Vo oversaw the operation of Relax2013, a studio that was maintained to provide commercial sex to men. He posted online advertisements, scheduled appointments, ensured both customers and workers were not law enforcement, and collected $1 million in cash these enterprises. Vo additionally “tested out” these sex workers before hiring. He faces up to 5 years in federal custody for his crimes. This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and prosecuted by AUSA Ryan Raybould.
SENTENCING – ALEJANDRO PIERDO-BUSTOS
On February 10, Alejandro Pierda-Bustos, 44, was sentenced to 22 years and 4 months in federal custody for possession with the intent to distribute methamphetamine. Piedra-Bustos was found to have distributed and received methamphetamine. He ensured the coconspirators paid for their requested drugs in a timely manner. On one occasion, law enforcement officers stopped his coconspirator shortly after receiving two kilograms of methamphetamine from Piedra-Bustos and found the drugs under the driver’s seat. Law enforcement also intercepted a courier who had crossed the US-Mexico border with the intention of delivering 60+ kilograms of methamphetamine to Piedra-Bustos in Dallas. This case was investigated by Group One of the North Texas Strike Force and prosecuted by AUSA John Kull.
SENTENCING – CESAR NOEL RUBI-ROJAS
On February 10, Cesar Noel Rubi-Rojas, 31, was sentencing to 17 years and 5 months in federal custody for intent to distribute methamphetamine. Intercepted calls revealed that Rubi-Rojas was planning to purchase more drugs from a coconspirator. After completing the drug deal, police officers stopped the Expedition that Rubi-Rojas was driving and seized two kilograms of methamphetamine, two firearms, and $3,700+ in drug proceeds. Rubi-Rojas admitted to frequently acting as a driver in these situations. This case was investigated by Group One of the North Texas Strike Force and prosecuted by AUSA John Kull.