NDTX Roundup -- 6/13/19
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.