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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Del Rio Man Sentenced to Sixty Months in Federal Prison for Retaliating Against a Federal Judge

In San Antonio today, a federal judge sentenced 59–year-old Leandro Cardenas Luna, to five years in federal prison for retaliating against a federal judge by filing false documents in bankruptcy court announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division. 

In addition to the prison term, Senior United States District Judge Nancy F. Atlas ordered that Luna be placed on supervised release for a period of two years after completing his prison term.

On July 18, 2016, Luna plead nolo contendre to one count of mail fraud.  Prior to his conviction for mail fraud, Luna was sentenced to two consecutive terms of federal imprisonment of 120 months and 12 months by a United States District Judge sitting in the Del Rio Division of the Western District of Texas.  On or about July 30, 2014, Luna for the purpose of executing a scheme to defraud, caused a false document to be filed in the Western District of Texas Bankruptcy Court in the name of the United States District Judge who sentenced him in 2007, claiming the Judge was indebted to him for $5,781,600.  During sentencing the court found that Luna committed the mail fraud in order to retaliate against the Judge for sentencing him to prison in the two federal cases.

This case was investigated by the FBI together with the United States Marshals Service.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Roomberg and Christina Playton prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

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Financial Fraud
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Updated December 27, 2016