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  • Final Defendant Convicted in Gruesome MS-13 Murder
    HOUSTON – A 23-year-old El Salvadorian citizen has pleaded guilty for his role in a horrific gang slaying, admitting he and two others murdered a teenager in the Sam Houston National Forest, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Jose Leonel Bonilla Romero aka Jose Tupapa, who resided in Houston, entered a plea of guilty to aiding and abetting others with the murder of a 16-year-old male victim on Sept. 22, 2013. The others - Cristian Alexander Zamora aka Christian Zamora, Alex or Pollo, 28, and Ricardo Leonel Campos Lara aka La Muerte, 23, both also of El Salvador, who resided in Huntsville and Houston, respectively -  previously pleaded guilty and are currently serving their federal prison sentences. Romero, Zamora and Lara lured the juvenile victim to Sam Houston National Forest where the three of them attacked him with bats and machetes.  At the hearing today, the court heard that when officers found the mutilated body of the juvenile victim, they observed gaping wounds on his knees and ankles with his head nearly severed from his body. The victim’s family was in court today and wept as they heard the details of the killing. U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein asked Romero “you’re intent at the time was to kill him?” to which Romer0 replied “yes.” The investigation led police to Zamora who ultimately confessed his role in the crime, implicating Romero and Lara. All three defendants admitted to being members of the transnational MS-13 gang. They explained that a gang leader had ordered them ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-18
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  • Indian National Extradited to Face Charges for Leadership Role in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam
    HOUSTON – An Indian national has been extradited to the United States from Singapore to face charges related to his role as an operator of a call center network that targeted U.S victims. The massive India-based telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering conspiracy defrauded thousands of U.S. residents out of hundreds of millions of dollars. U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick made the announcement along with Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Executive Associate Director Derek N. Benner of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Inspector General J. Russell George of the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) and Acting Inspector General John Kelly of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG). Hitesh Madhubhai Patel, 42, of Ahmedabad, India, arrived in the United States and is scheduled to be arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Bray at 1:30 p.m. in Houston. The indictment, which was unsealed in October 2016, charged Patel and 60 other individuals and entities with general conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy. The case is assigned to the Honorable David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas. “I cannot compliment enough the hard work and effort put into this case by the agents, analysts and attorneys of the many agencies involved,” said Patrick.  “Large complex international cases like these often take years to bring in foreign-based defendants. I applaud our global partners in helping bring this case closer to a ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-18
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  • Laredo Man Sent to Prison in Case Praised by Trump
    LAREDO, Texas – A 46-year-old Laredoan has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiring to transport 78 aliens, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Jesus Alberto De La Cruz pleaded guilty Oct. 4, 2018.   Today, visiting U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ordered De La Cruz to serve 46 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by a year of supervised release.   On Aug. 10, 2018, De La Cruz approached the primary Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint on IH-35, just north of Laredo. A canine alerted to the semi-tractor and trailer he was driving and he was referred for secondary inspection. Authorities became alarmed when he continued to drive the semi-tractor and trailer towards IH-35 instead of towards the secondary inspection area. Agents stopped him and ordered him and a passenger out of the vehicle. Authorities soon observed people hidden inside the maintenance hatch in the rear of the trailer. The trailer doors were closed with a bolt seal preventing anyone inside from being able to exit. They eventually found 78 undocumented aliens hidden inside, all of whom were questioned regarding their citizenship. They were all determined to be citizens of Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Brazil, El Salvador and Guatemala without proper legal documentation allowing them to enter or remain in the United States. President Trump personally congratulated the BP agent canine enforcement officer for his work on the case. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and BP conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco J. Rodriguez prosecuted ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-17
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  • Houston Man Hammered for Producing Child Pornography
    HOUSTON – A 39-year-old Houston resident has been ordered to federal prison for nearly 30 years for sexual exploitation of a child, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. John Ferguson was found guilty following a bench trial May 30, 2018.   Today, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller, who presided over that trial, ordered Ferguson to serve a total of 324 months in federal prison to be followed by a life term of supervised release. During that time, he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Additional information was also presented today, including a letter presented to the court from the mother of the victim detailing the torment Ferguson inflicted on her and her family. “He used that trust to assault my daughter while she was too young to communicate,” she said. “I am still having trouble finding the words to say, but I can say that this severe emotional pain that I carry and try to push pack is heavy, it never gets any less severe, and is something that won’t go away,” she added. Ferguson will also be ordered to register as a sex offender. Authorities executed a search warrant at Ferguson’s residence in July 2015. The warrant was obtained based on information that led investigators to believe that Ferguson was accessing files from a website known to contain child pornography. The search resulted in the seizure of computers which yielded numerous photos and videos of child pornography. In some ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-16
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  • Two Guatemalan Men Sentenced In Multiple Alien Smuggling Death Case
    LAREDO, Texas – Two Guatemalan men have been ordered to federal prison after their involvement in an alien-smuggling event which resulted in the deaths of two Ecuadoran men, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick. Melvin L. Barahona-Godoy, 23, and Yoryi Alexis Perez, 29, both of Guatemala, pleaded guilty April 30, 2018.  Today, U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison sentenced Barahona-Godoy to 57 months of imprisonment, while Perez was ordered to serve a 78-month-term. Not U.S. citizens, they are expected to face deportation proceedings following completion of their sentences. On Oct. 21, 2017, federal authorities encountered nine undocumented aliens at a residence in Laredo, one of whom was Barahona-Godoy. After conducting multiple interviews, law enforcement determined Barahona-Godoy and Perez guided the group of aliens across the Rio Grande river from Mexico into the United States the month prior. Perez was subsequently apprehended in 2018. During that smuggling event, two persons drowned while attempting to cross the river. Both men were from Ecuador. Both have been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher dos Santos prosecuted the case. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-16
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  • Four Men Fined After Illegally Sport Hunting from Helicopter
    LAREDO, Texas – Four men have been sentenced after their involvement in illegal sport hunting from a helicopter in violation of the federal Airborne Hunting Act, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick. In September and October of 2018, Cody Morganthaler, 36, of Oklahoma, pleaded guilty along with Edelmiro Martinez, 33, Eduardo Lopez, 39, and Inocente Sanchez, 56, all of Laredo. Today, U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison sentenced Morganthaler, Martinez, and Lopez to the maximum allowed fine of $5,000, all of whom must also serve one year of probation. Sanchez was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and must also serve the year of probation. While on probation, all of the men will not be allowed to possess firearms for personal sporting purposes. “This case is an excellent example of the cooperative investigative efforts between the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the Game Wardens of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD),” said Phillip Land, Special Agent in Charge of FWS-Office of Law Enforcement - Southwest Region. “We take very seriously our mission and will continue to concentrate on and aggressively pursue individuals who are involved in the illegally taking of wildlife in Texas. We would like to thank the U.S. Attorney's Office for prosecuting this case and holding these individuals accountable."   At the hearing today, all four defendants claimed that while they knowingly engaged in the hunt, they did not know it was a crime to hunt animals from the air for sporting purposes. Judge Ellison noted he did not believe those ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-16
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  • Charter School Victims to Receive More Than a Half-Million in Restitution
    HOUSTON – More than 4,000 parents who had entrusted their children to administrators at the Varnett Charter School are set to receive payments totaling more than $600,000, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI, Special Agent in Charge Neil Sanchez from the Department of Education – Office of Inspector General (ED-OIG) and Acting Special Agent in Charge Sarah Kull of IRS – Criminal Investigation (CI). Marian Annette Cluff, 70, was the founding superintendent of The Varnett Public School, a charter school with three locations in Houston, while her husband - Alsie Cluff Jr., 69, was the facilities and operations manager. They pleaded guilty  Aug. 25, 2017, to mail fraud and conspiracy to commit tax evasion charges for embezzling millions of dollars from the school. In June 2018, U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon sentenced Marian Cluff to 120 months imprisonment and to pay a $295,596 fine, while her husband was ordered to serve a 36-month term of imprisonment and pay a $88,678 fine. More importantly, however, was that both were also ordered to pay a total of $4,443,755.69 in restitution. In less than a year following the sentencing hearing, the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) of the U.S. Attorney’s Office – with the substantial assistance of the U.S. Marshal Service (USMS) – collected the total restitution ordered in the case. In an amended order issued in March 2019, U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen ordered that $604,889.76 of that amount be ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-15
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  • Two Sentenced for Victimizing Many Across the Nation
    HOUSTON – A 53-year-old Houston man has just been ordered to prison following his conviction of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. James Campbell and co-defendant Hammed Akinola, a Nigerian citizen, entered guilty pleas Oct. 9, 2019.   Today, U.S. District Judge David Hittner sentenced, Campbell, 53, to 90 months in prison. At a hearing April 12, 2019, Judge Hittner upwardly departed from the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and ordered Akinola to serve 180 months in federal prison. In handing down the sentences, Judge Hittner noted the defendants ruined the lives of many across the nation in taking or attempting to take large sums of money from approximately 45 victims. Several of such victims included individuals sending money to their title company to close on a home in which, unbeknownst to them, money was fraudulently being transferred to a bank in Houston the defendants controlled. Not only did the victims lose their money, the banks took a large hit as well.  From on or about January 2016 through November 2017, Campbell and Akinola were involved in an international wire fraud conspiracy that consisted primarily of Business Email Compromise (BEC) fraud which targeted businesses and individuals that regularly perform wire transfer payments. They compromised legitimate business e-mail accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion techniques to conduct unauthorized transfers of funds by international co-conspirators.  The international co-conspirators hacked into the victims accounts and sent what appeared to the victims to be legitimate emails from banks or title companies. The victims, tricked ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-15
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  • Laredo Man Sentenced for Multi-Year Drug Conspiracy
    LAREDO, Texas – A 60-year-old resident of Laredo has been ordered to federal prison for his involvement in a multi-year conspiracy involving numerous types of narcotics, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick. Daniel Martin Huerta pleaded guilty Aug. 22, 2018.   Today, U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison sentenced Huerta to 120 months of imprisonment to be immediately followed by a five-year-term of supervised release. At the hearing, he was held accountable for being the leader and organizer of five or more persons during the course of the drug trafficking conspiracy. Between May 1, 2012, and April 24, 2018, Huerta conspired with persons in his drug trafficking organization to possess with the intent to distribute large amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana. Huerta and his co-conspirators were responsible for importing the controlled substances from Mexico and sending them to Dallas and other cities throughout the United States. Huerta also laundered money in U.S. bank accounts and smuggled U.S. currency derived from drug proceeds into Mexico. Notably, on April 27, 2013, Huerta directed co-conspirators to smuggle $238,335 in bulk cash into Mexico. Law enforcement seized this load prior to the money exiting the U.S. On Nov. 24, 2014, local authorities seized 24 kilograms of cocaine in four car batteries after a traffic stop of a flatbed trailer which belonged to Huerta. Huerta has been in custody since his arrest on May 4, 2018. He will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-15
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  • Houston Man Gets Significant Sentence for Carjacking and Related Offense
    HOUSTON – A 35-year-old Houston man has been ordered to federal prison for carjacking and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. A federal jury sitting in Houston convicted Sean Rodriguez Sept. 26, 2018, after approximately three hours of deliberation following a three-day trial. Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal handed Rodriguez a 80-month sentence for the carjacking. He also received an additional 10 years for the firearms charge which must be served consecutively to the other sentence imposed. The sentences will be immediately followed by two years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, the court noted that this was a serious and dangerous crime and that the defendant was lucky that no one was injured or killed during the crime or his flight.  During the trial, the jury heard from victims who were carjacked at gunpoint. Both described how Rodriguez brandished a silver revolver and pointed it at them. Rodriguez had pistol-whipped the male victim, at which time the gun discharged above the man’s head. A neighbor also provided testimony who explained how she helped the female victim after she ran to her house to call 911. The jury also heard that call. The jury also heard from four police officers were involved in a high-speed chase after Rodriguez refused to pull over in the stolen vehicle three days later. The jury saw a helicopter video of the chase and the dash cam of one of the officers. During the chase, Rodriguez went ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-15
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  • Masseuse Sent to Federal Prison for Heroin Trafficking
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 42-year-old Houston woman has been sentenced in Corpus Christi federal court following her conviction of possessing with the intent to distribute approximately 10 pounds of heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. A federal jury convicted Marlo Denise Young Feb. 6, 2019, following two days of trial and approximately 20  minutes of deliberations. Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed Young a 168-month sentence to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. At the hearing, additional evidence was offered that demonstrated Young lied under oath and detailed how she attempted to obstruct justice by having a family member remotely delete text messages and map data from her cell phone. On Oct. 30, 2018, law enforcement conducted a traffic stop on Young near Kingsville. At that time, officers found more than $4,800 in cash, hydroponic marijuana and approximately 4.7 kilograms of heroin. The heroin was concealed inside Young’s car battery and valued at approximately $188,000. Young claimed she was a licensed physical therapist in the Houston area. However, the evidence showed she was actually an unlicensed masseuse who provided massages to people in their hotels and homes. At trial, Young denied knowingly transporting the narcotics, claiming instead that she was taking a trip to the valley with a friend who was moving. However, federal agents testified about their investigation which revealed the Young was traveling alone, had made another trip to the valley the previous day and that she had fabricated the ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-10
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  • Former Sex Offender Fugitive Gets 60 Years for Multiple Child Pornography Convictions
    HOUSTON - A 44-year-old man from Humble has received a massive federal prison sentence following his convictions for sexual exploitation of a child as well as receipt and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Moises Valdez pleaded guilty April 4, 2018.  Today, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller handed Valdez a sentence of 360 months for the sexual exploitation of a child, otherwise known as production of child pornography. He also received 240 months for the receipt of child pornography and another 120 months for the possession of child pornography. The sentences will all run consecutively for a total of 720 months in federal prison. There is no parole in the federal system. Valdez also received a lifetime of supervised release. Valdez came to the attention of law enforcement following an investigation which began May 22, 2015, into persons using the internet to traffic in child pornography. An FBI special agent was able to locate and identify Valdez as the owner of a computer offering to participate in the distribution and receipt of child pornography movies through a peer-to-peer network. On Jan. 29, 2016, authorities executed a search warrant at Valdez’ residence, at which time, they seized a laptop and a desktop computer located within a bedroom belonging to Valdez. A forensic review resulted in the discovery of approximately 75 images and more than 180 videos of child pornography. Additionally, agents also found one particular video that appeared to be taken from a cellular phone which agents believed ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-10
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  • Two Local Men Get a Combined 46+ Years in Separate, But Similar Child Pornography Cases
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Two Corpus Christi men have received significant sentences for sexual exploitation crimes that involved the use of social media, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Jesus Ramirez Jr., 27, and Julio Cesar Diaz, 31, pleaded guilty in September and January 2018, respectively, to production of child pornography in separate, but similar cases. Diaz also admitted to online solicitation of a minor. Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced Ramirez to 280 months in federal prison. Additional information was also presented today demonstrating how Ramirez had been involved in soliciting at least five minor females online, posing as a much younger male named “Justin.” In handing down the sentence, the court noted need to protect the public and the unlikelihood that a pedophile such as he would ever stop being a danger. Ramirez will serve the rest of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. At a hearing yesterday, Judge Jack ordered Diaz to serve a total of 276 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by a life term of supervised release. At his hearing, additional information was presented detailing the number of victims and acts against them. The court also heard that Diaz was arrested after arriving at a predetermined location to have sex with a minor victim. In handing down the sentence, the court noted the ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-10
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  • President of E-Commerce Company Pleads Guilty to Price Fixing
    HOUSTON - An e-commerce company president entered a guilty plea today for conspiring to fix prices for customized promotional products sold online to customers in the United States. U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick made the announcement along with Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI’s Houston Field Office. According to the felony charges filed Nov. 1, 2018, and the plea agreement today, Akil Kurji, owner and president of Gennex Media, and his co-conspirators agreed to fix the prices of customized promotional products sold online from as early as May 2014 until at least June 2016. These products included wristbands, lanyards, temporary tattoos and buttons. Kurji and his co-conspirators used social media platforms and encrypted messaging applications, such as Facebook, Skype and Whatsapp, to reach and implement their illegal agreement. Kurji is the fifth individual to enter a guilty plea in the Department of Justice’s ongoing promotional products investigation. To date, 11 defendants have been charged in the investigation into the online customized promotional products industry.  “Price fixing for small, logo branded items is illegal, just like it would be for a pair of Fortune 500 companies,” said U.S. Attorney Patrick. “In the end, consumers are harmed by paying inflated prices for items.” “Today’s guilty plea demonstrates the Antitrust Division’s commitment to prosecuting executives who conspire to fix prices of products sold online,” said Delrahim. “The Department and its law enforcement partners are committed to detecting and preventing collusion ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-10
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  • Former Officials Indicted in Weslaco Bribery Conspiracy
    McALLEN, Texas – A McAllen grand jury has returned a 74-count superseding indictment against four local men alleging they conspired with others to pay bribes to two Weslaco City Commissioners. U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick made the announcement along with Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI San Antonio Office and Acting Special Agent in Charge Sarah Kull of IRS-Criminal Investigation (CI) Houston Field office. The indictment filed in the Southern District of Texas yestrday charges former Weslaco City Commissioner John F. Cuellar, 56, and Richard Quintanilla, 51, both of  Weslaco; former Hidalgo County Commissioner Arturo C. Cuellar Jr., 65, of Hidalgo County; and Daniel J. Garcia, 40, of Rio Grande City. They allegedly conspired to bribe and bribed John Cuellar, 56, of Weslaco, and another Weslaco City Commissioner – Gerardo Tafolla, 52 of Weslaco - in exchange for official actions favorable to three engineering companies. Tafolla pleaded guilty to one count of federal program bribery on April 8, 2019, before the Honorable Micaela Alvarez of the Southern District of Texas. According to the superseding indictment, from approximately March 2008 through December 2015, Leonel J. Lopez, 52, of Starr County, received approximately $4.1 million from two engineering companies and shared approximately $1.398 million with Cuellar Jr. Lopez pleaded guilty to one count of federal program bribery on March 22, 2019, before the Honorable Ricardo H. Hinojosa of the Southern District of Texas.  The superseding indictment further ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-09
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  • Quiroga Brothers Sentenced in Drug and Bulk Cash Smuggling Conspiracy
    LAREDO, Texas – Two brothers have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and conspiracy to smuggle bulk cash from Mexico, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Mario Luis Quiroga Trevino, 43, a Mexican national who was illegally residing in Laredo, his brother Javier Quiroga, 48, of Laredo, pleaded guilty Nov.  6, 2018. Today, Visiting U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle sentenced Quiroga to a total of 70 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court noted that although not as highly-involved in the conspiracy as was his brother, Quiroga could not justify being a minor player. He engaged in continuing criminal activity over several months and played a role in storing, transporting and delivering cocaine as well as recruiting a driver to transport a load of cocaine to the Houston area. The court sentenced Trevino April 9, 2019, to 120 months on the drug conspiracy and 60 months for the other charge to run concurrently. In imposing the sentence, the court found him to be an organizer, leader and manager. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following his term of imprisonment. The two brothers were involved in the conspiracy which spanned from April 1, 2015, to on or about Oct. 16, 2015. The investigation identified the brothers’ involvement in three seizures related to the overall conspiracy. The first occurred April 1, 2015, when Quiroga, at the direction ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-09
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  • Former Couple Sentenced in Crystal Meth Conspiracy
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two Corpus Christi residents have been ordered to federal prison following their conviction for conspiracy to sell crystal methamphetamine and using firearms to facilitate that crime, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Ray Green, 30, and his girlfriend at the time Julie De Los Rios, 28, pleaded guilty Jan. 31, 2019. Today, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced Green to 210 months, while De Los Rios received a 35-month-term of imprisonment. At the hearing, it was noted that the two had been found to be distributing methamphetamine on at least two occasions while they were in possession of firearms. Both were further ordered to serve respective terms of five years of supervised release. Law enforcement began investigating Green and De Los Rios in August 2018. At that time, local authorities reported the two had been arrested during a traffic stop and were in possession of a sizable amount of crystal methamphetamine, firearms and other evidence indicating they were selling narcotics.  On Nov. 20, 2018, Green and De Los Rios were in a vehicle distributing narcotics when authorities arrested them. A search of their vehicle revealed Green and De Los Rios were in possession of approximately 275 grams of crystal methamphetamine and a stolen handgun which they carried in order to protect themselves while they were trafficking narcotics.  Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Live Oak County Sherriff’s Office and Jim Wells County Constable’s Office conducted the joint investigation. Assistant ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-09
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  • Drug Conspiracy Sends Women to Federal Prison
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two Galveston women have been sentenced to prison in Corpus Christi federal court for their convictions of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than six kilograms of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Beatrice Adriana Ortega, 28, pleaded guilty Nov, 2, 2017, while co-defendant Esmeralda Guadalupe Ramos, 27, pleaded guilty the following month. Today, U.S. District Judge Janis Jack handed Ramos a 35-month sentence. On Monday, April 8, Judge Jack ordered Ortega to serve a 42-month term of imprisonment. Both were further ordered to serve five years of supervised release following their sentences. In imposing the terms of incarceration, the court noted that even though neither defendant had prior criminal history, a term of imprisonment was appropriate given the amount of methamphetamine they were transporting. On Aug. 6, 2017, Ortega and Ramos arrived at the Sarita Border Patrol checkpoint in a 2012 blue Chrysler 200. During primary inspection, a canine alerted to the vehicle. Upon further inspection, authorities discovered six bundles wrapped in black electrical tape and clear cellophane hidden within the dashboard of the vehicle. In those packages was a total of 6.28 kilograms of methamphetamine. Both women were permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. is prosecuting the case.     ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-09
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  • Brownsville Man Heads to Federal Prison for Buying Crack Cocaine
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 46-year-old man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Martin Arambula pleaded guilty Dec. 27, 2017. Today, U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. sentenced Arambula t0 120 months to be immediately followed by four years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court noted Arambula’s extensive criminal history, which included two robbery convictions.  During the summer of 2016, law enforcement initiated an investigation into the smuggling and distribution of multi-kilogram shipments of illicit narcotics within the United States by members of a drug trafficking organization operating within Cameron County. Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who were investigating the drug trafficking organization witnessed Arambula order crack cocaine from his supplier. Law Enforcement seized the drugs as they were being delivered to Arambula. The crack was intended to be sold in local street level sales in Cameron County. Through the course of the investigation, agents were able to determine Arambula regularly bought crack cocaine from Jesus Hector Garza Jr.  Garza, 31, of Brownsville, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of “Ice” methamphetamine and is awaiting sentencing. Arambula has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. The DEA and FBI conducted the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation known as Operation Fatstacks. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Betancourt ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-08
    2 weeks ago
  • Former Donna ISD Police Officer Heads to Prison for Assisting “Rip Crew”
    McALLEN, Texas – A 40-year-old Donna man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Juan Fernando Mata pleaded guilty Jan. 9, 2019. Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez ordered Mata to serve 130 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by four years of supervised release. At the hearing, Judge Alvarez considered Mata’s role in assisting members of a “rip crew” by conducting fraudulent traffic stops on drug load vehicles so that members of that crew could steal the controlled substances. Specifically, the court considered Mata’s role in conducting traffic stops in January 2016 and another in May 2017, to assist members in stealing approximately nine kilograms of cocaine and approximately 400 pounds of marijuana, respectfully, The court also heard allegations were made about Mata assisting members of a second “rip crew” by conducting similar activity. In pronouncing the sentence today, Judge Alvarez noted that while the rip crew members’ conduct in conducting home invasions and carjackings was reprehensible, Mata’s conduct could also be described as such. The court stated how Mata’s actions eroded the public trust and the sense of security in knowing that law enforcement officers are individuals that can be turned to in the event of a home invasion or other criminal conduct. Judge Alvarez noted that when any law enforcement officer commits criminal conduct, it effects law enforcement as a whole and gives ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-08
    2 weeks ago
  • Mexican Police Officer Indicted for Importing Meth
    LAREDO, Texas – A federal grand jury has just returned an indictment charging a 41-year-old Mexican citizen with conspiracy to import methamphetamine and importation of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.  Gabriel Garrido Isaias was originally charged by criminal complaint March 15, 2019, and was later remanded to custody. Today, a Laredo grand jury returned the two-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to import and importing methamphetamine into the United States. He is set for his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon on April 18, 2019.  According to court documents, Isaias approached the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge #2 on March 14, 2019, driving a Ford F-150. He was sent to secondary examination after which an x-ray examination allegedly revealed anomalies in all four tires. A search of the tires resulted in the discovery of 38.36 kilograms of methamphetamine, according to the allegations. Further investigation revealed the defendant to be a resident of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and is currently a Mexican police officer.   If convicted, he faces a minimum of 10 years and up to life in prison and a possible $10 million maximum fine. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of Customs and Border Protection. Assistant U.S. Attorney April Ayers-Perez is prosecuting the case. An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-08
    2 weeks ago
  • Houston Woman Heads to Prison for Fraud
    HOUSTON – A 44-year-old Houston resident has been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of theft of government money, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Sheiletta McGrew pleaded guilty Sept. 17, 2018.   Today, U.S. District Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore ordered McGrew to serve a total 24-month sentence to be immediately followed by two years of supervised release. She was further ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $144,943. McGrew owned a tax preparation business called BABY STEPS 4 ME which she operated from her Houston residence. At the time of her plea, McGrew admitted she unlawfully acquired the personal identifying information (PII) of numerous individuals to include names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and other sensitive personal information. She then used the unlawfully acquired PII to file false and fraudulent income tax returns with the IRS. McGrew submitted the fraudulent returns without the consent of the taxpayers listed on the returns and requested the refunds be directly deposited into bank accounts she controlled.   McGrew admitted she filed at least 82 fraudulent returns during this scheme and received fraudulent refunds in the amount of $257,765. McGrew was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. IRS-Criminal Investigation (CI) conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Hileman is prosecuting the case. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-07
    2 weeks ago
  • Firearm Conviction Sends Texas Man to Federal Prison
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 52-year-old Houston man has been sentenced in Corpus Christi federal court following his conviction for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. A jury returned a guilty verdict against Donnell Eldridge Jan. 9, 2019. Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced Eldridge to 85 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, the court commented that nothing had deterred Eldridge’s continued criminal conduct and noted the importance of protecting the community.   On June 20, 2018, officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) were conducting an investigation near City Hall located in the 1200 block of Leopard Street. As they approached a group of individuals, Eldridge quickly began to walk off and failed to respond to questions. One of the officers continued to walk behind him and observed Eldridge remove an item from his waistband and throw it on the ground. An officer soon located a loaded .22 caliber revolver in the surrounding area. Eldridge had previously been convicted of multiple felony offenses, including aggravated robbery, and is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition per federal law. Eldridge has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. The Corpus Christi Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lance Watt ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-07
    2 weeks ago
  • Septuagenarian Heads to Prison for Possessing Over 30K Images of “Morphed” Child Pornography
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 72-year-old resident of Corpus Christi has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of possessing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Clifford Mecham Jr. was found guilty during a bench trial in in January 2019. Today, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack, who presided over that trial, sentenced Mecham to 97 months in prison. Additional information was also presented today, including letters from the victims detailing how the offense had impacted them and their families. In handing down the sentence, the court noted she felt the need to protect the community and was especially concerned that Mecham seemed to have no concept of why what he did was wrong. Mecham was further ordered to pay $2966.78 in restitution to the known victims and will serve the rest of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Mecham will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.  At trial, the court heard that at the time of his arrest, Mecham was in possession of 31,562 images and 1,741 videos containing child pornography which he had created himself. He had morphed images and videos of pornographic actresses and models and replaced their faces with the faces of children. In many images, Mecham altered the images further by morphing the male actors faces with his own to make it appear as ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-07
    2 weeks ago
  • Two Sentenced for Robbing Local Business with a Firearm
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two local men have been ordered to federal prison following their convictions of robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Matthew Joseph Bryant, 24, and Nathealle Avori Tyrell Jones, 21, each pleaded guilty Jan. 31, 2019, as did and Corey Alexander Newman, 25.   Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack handed Bryant and Jones each a 33-month sentence for the robbery to be followed by an additional 84 months for the firearms charge which must be served consecutively to the other sentence imposed. Both must also serve five years of supervised release following completion of their sentences.    Newman is pending his sentencing hearing. On Aug. 5, 2018, local law enforcement responded to an aggravated robbery at the Texas Food Mart located in the 6100 block of Williams. As officers arrived in the area, they observed a suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle then fled from the officers until crashing into a utility pole. At that time, Bryant, Jones and Newman fled from the vehicle, but were soon arrested and taken into custody. Officers searched the vehicle and surrounding area and discovered U.S. currency, convenience store items, cigarettes, disposable gloves and a loaded handgun with an extended magazine. Surveillance footage at the location showed that two males wearing dark clothing and bandanas covering their faces entered the store. As one male stayed by the front door and pointed a handgun ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-07
    2 weeks ago
  • Meth Distributor Heads to Federal Prison
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 36-year-old Houston resident has sentenced in Corpus Christi federal court following his conviction for possessing with intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Aaron Dee Summer III pleaded guilty Jan. 31, 2019, to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute narcotics. Today, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced Summer to 145 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court noted Summer did not have a minor role in the offense as he claimed.  On Nov. 17, 2018, law enforcement conducted an inspection of a charter bus traveling north through the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immigration checkpoint near Falfurrias. During the investigation, authorities discovered luggage belonging to Summer with 28 bundles totaling approximately 13.5 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine. Law enforcement arrested him and discovered he was hiding an additional kilogram of Fentanyl strapped to his torso underneath his clothing. Summer  admitted he had transported narcotics on the bus from Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas on several occasions over the previous six months. Summer has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. The Drug Enforcement Administration and CBP conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Paxton is prosecuting the case. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-07
    2 weeks ago
  • Three Texas Men Arrested and Charged with Bribery Conspiracy
    McALLEN, Texas - Three Texas men, including a former Weslaco City Commissioner and a former Hidalgo County Commissioner, were arrested today on charges of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick made the announcement along with Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI San Antonio Office and Acting Special Agent in Charge Sarah Kull of the IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) Houston Field office. Criminal complaints were filed today in the Southern District of Texas against former Weslaco City Commissioner John Cuellar, 56, of Weslaco, and former Hidalgo County Commissioner Arturo Cuellar Jr., 65, of Hidalgo County. They are charged with conspiring to bribe a Weslaco City Commissioner in exchange for official actions favorable to three engineering companies and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Daniel Garcia, 40, an attorney based in Rio Grande City, was also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to the complaint, starting in approximately March 2008, Cuellar agreed to accept bribes from three engineering companies that were funneled through Cuellar Jr. and others. Cuellar and another Weslaco City Commissioner would then allegedly take actions favorable to the three companies in relation to contracts to rehabilitate and rebuild Weslaco’s water treatment facilities.  According to the complaint, from approximately April 2008 through December 2015, Lopez received approximately $3.7 million from two engineering companies and shared approximately $1,398,000 with Cuellar Jr. The complaint ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-04
    2 weeks ago
  • Illegal Alien Sex Offender Sentenced for Returning to the United States after Deportation
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 33-year old Guatemalan citizen has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for illegally re-entering the United States after deportation, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Edward Estuardo Jacinto-Garcia pleaded guilty Nov. 27, 2018. Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle sentenced Jacinto-Garcia to 72  months in federal prison. At the hearing, the court considered that prior to Jacinto-Garcia’s first deportation from the United States, he had been convicted of sexual assault and had previously been convicted of illegally re-entering the country and failing to register as a sex offender. In handing down the sentence, Judge Tagle noted that it was appropriate given the seriousness of the offense and to protect the public. Jacinto-Garcia was on supervised release at the time of the new offense. Judge Tagle revoked that term and ordered he serve an additional two months to be served consecutively.    On Oct. 14, 2018, Border Patrol (BP) agents encountered a group of seven undocumented aliens in the brush near U.S. Highway 281 who had  attempted to circumvent the immigration checkpoint near Falfurrias. At the time of the arrests, agents determined Jacinto-Garcia was a citizen and national of Guatemala who had previously been deported from the United States and had re-entered without permission. In custody since his arrest, Jacinto-Garcia will remain in federal custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility BP conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt is prosecuting the case. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-04
    2 weeks ago
  • Undocumented Alien Sentenced for Illegally Re-entering the U.S….Again
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 38-year-old undocumented alien from Mexico is headed to federal prison following his conviction of illegal re-entry into the country after a previous deportation, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Rodolfo Casares pleaded guilty Jan. 3, 2019. Today, U.S. District Judge Rolando Olvera ordered him to serve a 60-month term of imprisonment. Not a U.S. citizen, Casares is expected to face deportation proceedings following the sentence. At the hearing, additional evidence was also provided that included Casares’ prior convictions. On Sept. 21, 2018, Custom and Border Protection (CBP) agents encountered Casares as they were conducting Linewatch operations near Hidalgo. Upon investigation, law enforcement discovered he was illegally present in the United States. Casares was first deported to Mexico in October 2005 after having been convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver in October 2005 and in April 2015. He also has a another conviction of illegal re-entry after having been found in the country again on May 14, 2018. Casares was last deported in August 2018.  He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. CBP conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Coronado is prosecuting the case. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-02
    2 weeks ago
  • Former Congressional Staffer Sentenced to Prison for Extensive Fraud and Election Crimes Scheme
    HOUSTON - A former congressional staffer was sentenced today for participating in a multi-year scheme to defraud charitable donors of hundreds of thousands of dollars. He also secretly funneled the proceeds to pay for personal expenses and illegally finance campaigns for federal office.  U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick made the announcement along with Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara of FBI’s Washington Field Office and Acting Special Agent in Charge Sarah Kull of IRS - Criminal Investigation (CI) Houston Field Office. Jason T. Posey, 48, of Tupelo, Mississippi, pleaded guilty Oct. 11, 2017, to one count of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.  Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal of the Southern District of Texas sentenced Posey to 18 months in prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. Posey was also ordered to pay $564,718.65 in restitution and $156,855.29 in forfeiture. As part of his plea, Posey admitted he participated in a scheme that former U.S. Representative Stephen E. Stockman, 62, led. A federal jury in Houston convicted Stockman April 12, 2018, of 23 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to make conduit contributions and false statements to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), making false statements to the FEC, making excessive coordinated campaign contributions, money laundering and filing a false tax return. Another of Stockman’s former congressional staffers, Thomas Dodd, 40, of Houston, pleaded ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-04-01
    3 weeks ago
  • Lake Jackson Area Attorney Sentenced in Scheme to Commit Bank Fraud
    HOUSTON ‐A 65-year-old resident of Lake Jackson has been ordered to federal prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Kirk Lawrence Brannan pleaded guilty to bank fraud April 30, 2018, admitting he conspired with others from 2005 to 2009 to execute a scheme to defraud Wells Fargo Bank and other lenders. Today, Chief U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal handed him a 36-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court held that, in committing the crime, Brannan had used sophisticated means and had employed his special skills as an attorney and real estate agent. Judge Rosenthal noted that Brannan had created false HUD-1 settlement forms and title documents that purported to show the sale of three of his properties to his children at grossly inflated prices. These HUD-1 forms then became the three comparable sales that appraisers relied upon in over-valuing the rest of Brannan’s beach home properties which Brannan then sold through the fraud scheme at inflated prices.  In imposing the sentence, Judge Rosenthal balanced Brannan’s honorable military service and other aspects of what, up to the time of the fraud, had been an exemplary life, with the tremendous damage mortgage fraud had done to the U.S. financial system and economy and the fact that Brannan had been a knowing and willing participant in such a scheme. She also pointed out that some individuals much less sophisticated than Brannan had suffered severe economic harm ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-31
    3 weeks ago
  • Texas Man Arrested and Charged with Bribery Conspiracy
    McALLEN, Texas - A Weslaco man has been arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and other offenses in connection with a scheme to bribe a city commissioner in exchange for government contracts. U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick made the announcement along with Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI San Antonio Field Office and Acting Special Agent in Charge Sarah Kull of the IRS-Criminal Investigation (CI) Houston Field office. An 18-count indictment filed in the Southern District of Texas and unsealed upon his arrest yesterday charges Richard Quintanilla, 52, with conspiring to bribe and bribing a Weslaco City Commissioner in exchange for official actions favorable to three engineering companies. According to the indictment, from approximately August 2011 through December 2016, the companies supplied Quintanilla with approximately $85,950 which was funneled through a co-conspirator. Quintanilla allegedly kept a portion of these payments and paid the remainder to a city commissioner. In exchange for these bribe payments, the indictment alleges that the city commissioner used his official position to benefit the companies, including by voting to authorize multi-million dollar contracts for water treatment facilities in the City of Weslaco. Quintanilla will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter E. Ormsby today at 11:00 a.m. The FBI and IRS-CI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Roberto Lopez is prosecuting the case along with Trial Attorneys Peter M. Nothstein and Jessica C. Harvey of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section. An ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-28
    3 weeks ago
  • Kansas Man Sentenced in Texas for Use of Child Pornography in Southeast Asia with Intent to Import into the U.S.
    HOUSTON - A retired Kansas native who was residing in Panama has been ordered to serve a 210-month prison term, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Jebediah Dishman, 72, of Fredonia, Kansas, pleaded guilty April 6, 2018, to an information charging him with use of sexually explicit depictions of a minor for importation into the United States. Today, U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr. of the Southern District of Texas imposed the nearly 18-year sentence to be followed by 25 years of supervised release during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. At the hearing today, he was further ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and $3,000 in restitution. Dishman will also be ordered to register as a sex offender. According to admissions made in conjunction with a plea agreement, in September 2014, Dishman began an approximately six-month trip to several countries in Southeast Asia. During his trip to Indonesia, another tourist observed Dishman engaging in suspicious interactions with minors, masturbating while watching minors and using a tablet to take photographs of a three-year-old German child.  The tourist confronted Dishman, seized his tablet and turned it over to local authorities. U.S. law enforcement later reviewed the tablet pursuant to a search warrant and discovered sexually explicit images of minors, including the German child, as well as internet searches indicating an interest in the sex trafficking of minors in ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-28
    3 weeks ago
  • Jury Convicts Crew in Murder of Armored Car Guard
    HOUSTON – A federal jury in Houston has just returned guilty verdicts on all counts as charged against four men involved in the murder of a Brinks armored car guard, among other charges, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. The jury deliberated for approximately eight hours following a nine-day trial before convicting Nelson Alexander Polk, 40, Marc Anthony Hill, 48, John Edward Scott, 43, and Bennie Charles Phillips Jr., 31, all of Houston. All four were convicted of attempted interference with commerce by robbery and aiding and abetting discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence. The jury also convicted Hill and Polk of aiding and abetting interference with commerce by robbery and aiding and abetting discharge of a firearm during a crime of violence causing the death of another. The trial centered on the robbery and murder of a Brinks armored car guard on Aug. 29, 2016, at Wells Fargo Bank located at 13120 Northwest Freeway as well as the attempted robbery of a Loomis armored car guard at Amegy Bank located at 400 N Sam Houston Pkwy E on Dec. 7, 2016. At trial, the jury heard that a now-deceased individual had allegedly led the robbery crew, which would conduct extensive surveillance of banks’ ATMs and armored car routes before executing the robberies. According to testimony, the plan involved the leader lying in wait for the guard to begin service of the ATM. He would then shoot the guard from a distance with a high caliber rifle ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-28
    3 weeks ago
  • Texas Man in Custody on Charges of Tax Evasion
    VICTORIA, Texas – A grand jury has returned a 12-count indictment against a local man, alleging multiple counts of tax evasion and illegally structuring financial transactions for the purpose of evading reporting requirements, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Corey Campbell Boucher surrendered to federal agents without incident this morning. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington at 2:00 today. The indictment includes five counts of making a false material statement on his individual income tax returns for tax years 2012 - 2016. For each of those years Boucher allegedly knew he had received significantly more income than the amount stated in his U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. The indictment also charges Boucher with seven counts of structuring financial transactions for the purpose of evading reporting requirements. On seven occasions between Sept. 16, 2014, and Aug. 17, 2016, Boucher allegedly broke up large cash deposits into multiple smaller deposits conducted on the same day for the purpose of evading federal reporting requirements, according to the charges.        If convicted, Boucher faces up to three years in federal prison for each count of tax evasion and a maximum of five years for each count of structuring. Each of the charges also carry a possible $250,00 maximum possible fine.   IRS – Criminal Investigation conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr. is prosecuting the case. An indictment or information is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.A defendant is presumed innocent unless ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-27
    3 weeks ago
  • Three Houston Men Charged in Various Houston Violent Crimes
    HOUSTON – A federal grand jury has returned two separate indictments charging a total of three men in two armed crime sprees of Houston-area commercial businesses, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. In one instance, two juveniles working at a Subway restaurant were robbed at gunpoint. The cases are being investigated and prosecuted as part of the recently announced Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Crime Gun Strike Force. Devante Blackmon, 19, is set to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy at 10:00 a.m. today. He is charged in the armed robbery of a local Dollar Tree store along with Stafford Polk, 22. Polk is considered a fugitive and a warrant remains outstanding for his arrest. Blackmon and Polk are charged with armed robbery and using firearms in Both are charged with Feb. 22, 2019, armed robbery of the Dollar tree store located at 5360 West 34th Street, in Houston. The defendants allegedly pointed a gun at several store employees and stole money before fleeing as the police arrived. Blackmon is charged with two additional robberies of local cell phone stores. On May 20, 2018, Blackmon allegedly confronted a store employee who was working at the Metro PCS store located at 7303 Breen Drive in Houston. The indictment alleges Blackmon brandished the weapon and robbed the employee of money and cellular phones at gunpoint. On June 15, 2018, Blackmon also allegedly committed the armed robbery of the Boost Mobile store located at 12151 ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-27
    3 weeks ago
  • Truck Driver Guilty of Threatening to Assault Five BP Agents
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 49-year-old Weslaco man has entered a guilty plea to one count of threatening to assault a federal law enforcement officer while engaged in the performance of official duties, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. On Dec. 20, 2018, Daniel Campos Jr. entered the primary inspection lane of the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint located near Falfurrias driving a tractor trailer. While there, Border Patrol (BP) agents attempted to question him, at which time Campos became hostile, argumentative and refused to answer questions. During this exchange, a BP canine alerted to the vehicle. As a result, authorities directed Campos to secondary inspection for further processing. While attempting to get him to proceed there, Campos yelled, cursed and refused to comply with the agents request. Campos eventually relented and proceeded to secondary inspection. At secondary, he continued to yell, shouting, homophobic remarks and threatened five BP agents. Specifically, he threatened to kick the BP canine in the nose, said he would engage in inappropriate conduct with the agents’ mothers and threatened to harm the agents if he saw them outside of their uniforms. At today’s hearing, Campos admitted he threatened the agents, acknowledging he did so in order to intimidate, impede and interfere with the agents’ investigation. He also confirmed the threat occurred as a result of the agents performing their official duties as BP agents. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos accepted the plea and set sentencing for June 27, 2019. At that time, Campos faces up to ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-27
    3 weeks ago
  • ABT Gang Member and Another Convicted for Transporting Aliens
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two members of a smuggling conspiracy have entered guilty pleas to their part in transporting illegal aliens in the trunk of a Ford 500 through the Sarita Border Patrol (BP) Checkpoint, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Cody Michael Matousek, 33, of Texas City, and Guadalupe Levario, 38, of Galveston, admitted they conspired to transport  illegal aliens on March 27, 2019. Law enforcement has identified Matousek as an affiliate of the Aryan Brotherhood. On Feb. 6, 2019, a tow truck driver reported that he had been hired to haul a broken down Ford 500 through the checkpoint from Armstrong to an auto parts store in Kingsville. When picking up the vehicle on the shoulder of Highway 77, the tow truck driver observed a tan medium-sized SUV parked behind the Ford 500. At the checkpoint, the driver told agents he felt suspicious about the vehicle he was hauling because the driver refused to provide the keys. During the inspection, a BP K-9 alerted to the trunk of the Ford 500. Upon opening the trunk, agents observed two individuals from Brazil who admitted to being illegally present in the United States. Law enforcement had the driver drop off the Ford 500 in Kingsville to the individual who hired him. Authorities conducted surveillance at the auto parts store in Kingsville and observed the tan medium-sized SUV. Levario exited the SUV and directed where the truck was to be parked. He then paid the driver, at which time he was ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-26
    3 weeks ago
  • Four Set to Appear on Charges Related to Deadly Robbery Spree
    HOUSTON – A federal grand jury has returned an indictment against four Houston men for robbery and using firearms during the crimes of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. During one of the alleged offenses, an elderly employee was shot and killed. Those charged include Melvin Jones, 20, Daivion Gully, 18, Deanjelo Wells, 19, and Artavius Johnson, 29, all of Houston. Previously in state custody on related charges, all were transferred to federal custody and are set to make their initial appearances this morning at 10:00 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances H. Stacy. A federal grand jury returned the indictment March 14, 2019. The indictment alleges four separate robberies of local convenience stores, during which the defendants stole U.S. currency before fleeing. On Nov. 3, 2018, Jones, Gully, Wells and Johnson allegedly robbed the Sunny Food Mart at gunpoint on 9075 South Dairy Ashford in Houston. During the violent crime, two suspects discharged their firearms several times, killing a 66-year old store clerk. The following month, the indictment alleges Jones and Wells committed two more armed robberies, both on Oct. 24, 2018. The first occurred at the Chevron station at 8265 Richmond Avenue, according to the charges. Less than two hours later, they allegedly targeted Gulf Gas located on 3300 Yellow Stone. The indictment further alleges Gully and Wells had robbed the same Gulf Gas convenience store at gunpoint just a month prior - on Sept. 26, 2018.  All four defendants were captured and arrested Nov. 7, 2018. They ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-21
    4 weeks ago
  • Missouri City Man Sentenced for Having Trafficked a 12-year-old Girl for Sex
    HOUSTON – A 33-year-old Missouri City man has been ordered to prison for sex trafficking of a minor female, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Eddie Charles Larue pleaded guilty Oct. 11, 2018, to one count of sex trafficking. Today, U.S. District Judge Sim Lake sentenced LaRue to 180 months in federal prison. Additional information was also presented today, including a letter read by the child victim detailing her disappointment, fear and bouts of crying when she thinks about what happened to her. Larue will serve the rest of his life on supervised release following completion of his prison term, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Larue will also be ordered to register as a sex offender. At the time of his plea, Larue admitted that from July 3-4, 2017, he recruited a 12-year-old girl to engage in commercial sex acts for money along the 1.3 mile stretch of Bissonnet St., commonly referred to as “The Track.” He also admitted he used force and threats of force to compel his victim into prostitution and collected all of the money she earned.   The Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance (HTRA) conducted the investigation. HTRA law enforcement includes members of the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, Houston Police Department, sheriff’s offices in Harris and Montgomery counties, Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission, Texas Attorney General’s Office, Department of State, Department of Labor, IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Texas Department ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-20
    1 month ago
  • Dozens Arrested in Major Law Enforcement Operation
    HOUSTON - A total of 47 people are now in custody following the return of a 43-count indictment alleging drug-trafficking and related crimes in the Houston and Galveston areas. The case will be prosecuted in the Galveston Division of the Southern District of Texas.  U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick made the announcement along with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy, Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Chief Vernon Hale of the Galveston Police Department (GPD), Special Agent in Charge Designee Brett Rovey of Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation (CI) and Deputy U.S. Marshal Alfredo Perez of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS). The arrests are the culmination of 31-month Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation (OCDETF) dubbed Operation Wrecking Ball.  “This operation is the result of countless hours of hard work by officers and agents from many different agencies,” said Patrick. “OCDETF is uniquely able to marshal resources for complex cases. The Department of Justice is committed to disrupting the work of international cartels and other drug trafficking organizations. This case also is reinvigorating my office’s commitment to Galveston. For the first time in decades, we have a full time prosecutor on the island who is focused on cases that will have a local impact in Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston and Matagorda counties.” During the law enforcement operation today and yesterday that spanned multiple jurisdictions and states, authorities took a total of 43 people into custody.  ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-19
    1 month ago
  • RGV Man Sentenced for Medicare Fraud Scheme
    McALLEN, Texas ‐ A former account representative for a toxicology testing company has been ordered to prison in connection with a scheme to defraud Medicare, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Ivar Cantu, 47, of Palmview, pleaded guilty Dec. 19, 2017, to conspiring to commit health care fraud. Today, U.S. District Judge Alvarez imposed a 56-month sentence for Cantu, to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. Cantu fraudulently set up an account between a medical clinic where a co-conspirator was employed as a laboratory technician and the toxicology testing company for whom Cantu was an account representative. During the latter half of 2015, Cantu and his co-conspirators misappropriated patient identities and urine specimens from the medical clinic. They then sent them to the toxicology testing company without consent of the patient or doctor in order to receive commissions and collection fees from the testing company. In order to carry out the scheme, Cantu and his co-conspirators forged patient signatures, falsified medical records and created fictitious documents. As a result of the scheme, Medicare was billed $836,788 between May 2015 and December 2015. Cantu was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. The FBI, Department of Health and Human Services‐Office of Inspector General and Texas Health and Human Services Commission conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Swartz is prosecuting the case. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-19
    1 month ago
  • Texas Resident Heads to Prison for Using a Firearm to Rob Local Whataburger
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 22-year-old Beaumont resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for robbery and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Dveaunta Montez Hall pleaded guilty Dec. 17, 2018. Today, Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey sentenced Hall to 100 months in federal prison - 16 months for the robbery offense as well as a 84-month consecutive term for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence. The prison term will be immediately followed by five years of supervised release. On March 14, 2018, the Corpus Christi Police Department (CCPD) responded to an aggravated robbery at the Whataburger located in the 4100 block of South Staples. Hall had entered the business and pointed an assault rifle at employees and customers inside while demanding money from the register. The male then fled the location on foot. Shortly thereafter, responding officers located Hall, who still had the assault rifle in his possession, near the location. During the investigation, officers discovered Hall had stolen the assault rifle from a nearby apartment shortly before committing the robbery. Hall will remain in federal custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility. CCPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt is prosecuting the case. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-17
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  • Chinese National Who Threatened to Shoot School Children Sentenced to Prison
    HOUSTON - A 23-year-old Chinese national who resided in La Marque has been ordered to federal prison after admitting to possessing a firearm while being an illegal alien and aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski. Xiangyu Zhang pleaded guilty Dec. 14, 2018. Today, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller handed him a total 61-month sentence - 37 months for the firearms conviction and a mandatory and consecutive 24 months for the identity theft. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings following the sentence. At the hearing, Judge Miller noted his concern with Zhang’s actions and felt a prison term at the higher end of the guidelines was appropriate. Zhang remained in the United States two years after his visa expired. He came to law enforcement’s attention in July 2018 when he entered an internet chat session on the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Crisis Line and threated to kill school children by using firearms. Zhang is a not a U.S. veteran. Law enforcement arrested him at a gas station located close to his residence. At that time, he was sitting in a vehicle in possession of two firearms, including an AM-15 rifle. Both firearms had rounds in the chamber.  Upon Zhang’s arrest, law enforcement also found a passport belonging to a woman who ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-13
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  • Ex-Bank Vice President Convicted of Bank Embezzlement/Fraud
    BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 69-year-old permanent legal resident from Mexico living in Brownsville has entered pleas of guilty to theft/embezzlement of bank funds, theft of funds by a bank employee and aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Maria de Los Angeles Caballero aka Angie Caballero pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Rolando Rivera. From about November 2010 to July 2017, while employed as vice-president at Texas Community Bank in Brownsville, Caballero withdrew funds from two customer accounts without authorization. From one account, she ordered and obtained blank checks on which she then proceeded to forge the customer’s signature, fill out amounts and deposit the checks into a Wells Fargo account under the names of two of her relatives.  Authorities discovered 24 checks Caballero forged in this manner. Additionally, Caballero ordered and signed two cashier’s checks which she then deposited into her relatives’ account at Wells Fargo Bank. The total amount she embezzled from the two accounts was proved to be $1,516,391.57. Judge Olvera accepted the pleas and set sentencing for June 12, 2019. At that time, Caballero faces up to 30 years in of imprisonment as well as a $1 million fine. The identity theft also carries a mandatory 24 months which must be served consecutively to any other term imposed. She was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing. The government will seek to obtain restitution on behalf of the two bank customers to recover the embezzled amount. The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-12
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  • “Wing Stop Robbery Crew” Sentenced for Roles in Multiple Armed Crimes Committed Within Two Weeks
    HOUSTON - Five area men have been ordered to prison for their roles in a string of Houston-area armed robberies, including one in which someone was almost killed, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Reshaun Lee Jenkins, 25, James Daniel Henderson, 24, Ashton Armstrong, 24, Cedric L. Andrews, 44, and Bradley Alexander, 28, had all previously pleaded guilty for their crimes as did Tadarius Robinson, 23, and Joseph Adams, 34, both also of Houston, and Mik Yia Shua Faye Durden, 22, of Livingston, and Travescy Cauley, 27, of Beaumont. Today, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller imposed a total of 255 months in prison for Henderson. He was ordered to serve 51 months for the robberies in addition to another 204 months, which includes 120 months for discharging a firearm during the Wing Stop robbery and 84 months for brandishing a firearm during the robbery of an El Mexsal Taqueria robbery. The sentence for the firearm convictions must be served consecutively to each other and the sentence imposed for the robberies, resulting in the more than 21-year-sentence. In imposing the massive term of imprisonment, the court noted Henderson had been the shooter in the Wing Stop robbery at 10749 North Freeway on Oct. 2, 2015, during which time an employee was almost killed.  Jenkins and Armstrong were both ordered to serve a total of 141 months, while Andrews and Alexander received a total of 33, and 147 months, respectively.  As part of their sentences, Jenkins, Armstrong and Alexander were each required to serve 84 months consecutive ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-12
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  • Justice Department Reaches Agreement with Harris County to Ensure Polling Place Accessibility for Voters with Disabilities
    HOUSTON – The Justice Department today reached an agreement with Harris County to resolve its lawsuit alleging that Harris County violated Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by failing to provide an accessible voting program to voters with disabilities, including accessible polling places. Harris County’s voting program - the third largest in the country - includes over 750 polling places. The Justice Department’s complaint alleges that many polling places in Harris County have architectural barriers - such as steep ramps, gaps in sidewalks and walkways and locked gates along the route barring pedestrian access - that make them inaccessible to voters with mobility and vision disabilities. “Every eligible voter with a disability must have an equal opportunity to vote in person at his or her local polling place,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division. “This fundamental right secures participation in our democracy and it must not be diminished or restricted by barriers to access.” “The announcement today demonstrates my office’s continued commitment to enforcing all federal civil rights laws, including the ADA,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. “I commend Harris County for its decision to enter into this agreement in order to achieve our shared goal of making polling places accessible to all eligible voters.” Under the agreement, Harris County will create and implement policies, practices and procedures to bring its voting program into compliance with the ADA. These policies, practices and procedures include: creating an effective system for selecting accessible ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-11
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  • Convicted Felon Handed Federal Prison Term for Illegal Firearms Charge
    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 31-year-old Corpus Christi resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Ricardo Diego Garza pleaded guilty Nov. 29, 2018. Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced Garza to 110 months in custody to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. In handing down the sentence, the court noted that each of the previous sentences of incarceration had not deterred the defendant’s criminal conduct. On April 14, 2018, law enforcement responded to a disturbance with a weapon at a business located in the 5800 block of Weber in Corpus Christi. Witnesses had reported a male in a white vehicle had pointed a black handgun with an extended magazine at another individual at that location. Upon arrival, officers approached Garza who was attempting to exit the driver’s seat of the vehicle, at which time officers observed and seized a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun containing an extended magazine loaded with 21 rounds of ammunition. Garza was previously convicted of multiple felony offenses and, therefore, is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition per federal law. He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. The Corpus Christi Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lance Watt is prosecuting the ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-11
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  • Robstown Man Receives Significant Sentence for Child Pornography Conviction
    CORPUS CHRISTI – A 22-year-old resident of Robstown has been ordered to prison following his conviction of distributing child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Trey Escareno pleaded guilty Nov. 29, 2018. Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack sentenced Escareno to 170 months in prison. The sentence will be immediately followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, during which time he will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict his access to children and the internet. Escareno will also be ordered to register as a sex offender. The investigation into Escareno began when an undercover FBI agent entered an online chatroom and observed a user, later identified as Escareno, posting links. He had posted several items, all of which would automatically download large amounts of child pornography onto the computer of the user who clicked on them. Agents later executed a search warrant in Robstown on Escareno’s residence. That resulted in the discovery of several items, including a cellular telephone on which a forensic analysis identified numerous images of child pornography. Law enforcement also uncovered evidence that Escareno had engaged in sexual contact with a minor relative. He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brittany L. Jensen prosecuted the case which was brought as part of Project ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-11
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  • Local Man Sentenced for Fraud and ID Theft
    HOUSTON – A Houston man has been ordered to prison following his convictions of theft of government money and aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick along with Special Agent in Charge D. Richard Goss of IRS – Criminal Investigation (CI).   Eric W. King, 49, of Houston, and Theresa K. Goffney, 46, of Rosharon, pleaded guilty May 29 and July 9, 2018, respectively. The court found the defendants submitted a total of 179 fraudulent tax returns requesting refunds in the amount of $888,261.   Today, U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas imposed a 65-month total sentence for King – 41 months for the conspiracy and a consecutive 24 months for the identity theft. He was further ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his sentence and must pay $29,264 in restitution. Co-defendant Goffney will be sentenced Friday, March 15. The defendants admitted they unlawfully acquired the personal identifying information (PII) of others such as name, date of birth, Social Security number and address. They then used the unlawfully acquired PII to file fraudulent tax returns in the victims’ names. The fraudulent tax returns requested the IRS refund to be directed to bank accounts the conspirators opened and controlled, checks mailed to addresses conspirators controlled or be loaded onto prepaid debit cards they had purchased.  King was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. IRS – CI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Hileman is prosecuting the case. ... read more
    Source: DOJ – South TXPublished on 2019-03-10
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