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NDTX Roundup -- 6/13/19

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas

SENTENCING – Sherryol Elton Clack, Jr.

On June 7, Sherryol Clack, Jr. was sentenced to three months in federal prison for shining a laser pointer at an aircraft, causing temporary blindness to its pilot. The aircraft, a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter assisting in the apprehension of a murder suspect, was forced to abort its mission.


PLEA – Joe Larry Straw

On June 11, Joe Larry Straw pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. In plea papers, Mr. Straw admits he accepted more than $68,000 in kickbacks in return for facilitating the referral of TRICARE patients to Trilogy Pharmacy. More than a dozen co-defendants have been indicted in the scheme, which violated the federal anti-kickback statute, and caused an actual loss to TRICARE of more than $100 million.  The Defense Criminal Investigative Service and FBI investigated.


PLEA – Randal Anthony Melton

On June 11, Randal Melton pleaded guilty to felon in possession of a firearm. In his plea papers, Mr. Melton admits to unlawful possession of a 9 mm Smith and Wesson despite a prior felony conviction. ATF and the Dallas Police Department investigated the case.


SENTENCING – Damon Williams

On June 13, Damon Williams was sentenced to 7 years, 11 months in federal prison for his involvement in a methamphetamine conspiracy. In February, Mr. Williams pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, admitting he delivered meth to a co-conspirator who then sold the drugs to an undercover officer.

Updated June 13, 2019