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United States of America v. Kris Wilson Gentz

PLANO, TX – Kris Wilson Gentz, 59, has been sentenced to federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to embezzle over $2.5 million from the Plano Independent School District.

Gentz was sentenced to 51 months in prison yesterday during a court appearance before U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield. Gentz had pleaded guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Federal Program Theft on April 1, 2014. ... More...
   $0 (04-17-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Gustavo Villegas

LAREDO, TX – Gustavo Villegas, 28, of Laredo, has been ordered to prison following his conviction on four counts related to harboring 21 illegal aliens for profit. A federal jury convicted Villegas Jan. 27, 2015, following a one-day trial and 90 minutes of deliberation.

Today, U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack, who presided over the trial, handed Villegas the 27-month sentence to be... More...
   $0 (04-19-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Alejandro Morales-Flores

McALLEN, TX – Alejandro Morales-Flores, 60, a naturalized U.S. citizen residing in Houston, has entered a plea of guilty in McAllen federal court to conspiring to commit money laundering.

On Oct. 24, 2014, Morales-Flores was driving a tractor-trailer from Houston to the Rio Grande Valley. A trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) stopped him near San Manuel for a traff... More...
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United States of America v. Moshood Balogun and Ayodeji Fashola

HOUSTON, TX – Moshood Balogun and Ayodeji Fashola, both 60, were ordered to federal prison following their convictions in a mail and wire fraud conspiracy. The Nigerian immigrants each pleaded guilty in June 2014.

Today, U.S. District Judge David Hittner ordered Balogun to serve a total of 145 months in federal prison for his convictions of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and ... More...
   $0 (04-16-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Kathleen Creel

HOUSTON, TX – Kathleen Creel, a former employee of Wilhelmsen Ships Service Inc., was ordered to federal prison following her conviction of 10 counts of wire fraud in connection with defrauding her former company. Creel, of New York City, N.Y., pleaded guilty Feb. 6, 2015.

Today, U.S. District Judge Ewing Werlein Jr., who accepted the guilty plea, handed Creel a 60-month sentence to be ... More...
   $0 (04-17-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Cristian Alexander Zamora aka Christian Zamora, Alexander, Alex or Pollo and Ricardo Leonel Campos Lara aka La Muerte

HOUSTON, TX – Two men entered guilty pleas, admitting they murdered a teenager in the Sam Houston National Forest.
Cristian Alexander Zamora aka Christian Zamora, Alexander, Alex or Pollo and Ricardo Leonel Campos Lara aka La Muerte entered pleas of guilty to aiding and abetting each other and others with the murder of a 16-year-old male victim on Sept. 22, 2013.

Zamora, 22, and L... More...
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United States of America v. Graciela Haydee Balderrama-Acevedo

HOUSTON, TX – Graciela Haydee Balderrama-Acevedo, 53, has pleaded guilty and was sentenced for her part in a conspiracy to sell counterfeit Samsung batteries.

At the hearing, the court heard from a representative of Samsung who explained Samsung takes pride in producing quality products. He noted that they take very seriously and are extremely concerned anytime counterfeit products, th... More...
   $0 (04-17-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Daniel L. Mangini

DALLAS, TX — A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) was sentenced on a mail fraud conviction stemming from his embezzlement of funds from his employer, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Daniel L. Mangini, 61, of Southlake, Texas, was sentenced to 36 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $2,459,218.44 in restitution, which includes the victi... More...
   $0 (04-14-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Benny Dennis

WICHITA FALLS, TX — A Wilbarger County man, who possessed methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to a lengthy federal prison term. Benny Dennis, 54, of Electra, Texas, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison at a sentencing hearing held yesterday in federal court in Wichita Falls, Texas. Dennis pleaded guilty on September 30,... More...   $0 (04-14-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Jose Luis Bedoy

DALLAS, TX — A former detective with the Dallas Police Department (DPD), who was convicted at trial in 2014 on three counts of an indictment charging obstruction of official proceedings and obstruction of the due administration of justice, was sentenced.

Jose Luis Bedoy, 41, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and fined $25,000 by U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn. He was ... More...
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United States of America v. Shakira Wells

DALLAS — A 31-year-old woman, who stole nearly $65,000 from several federal programs, and in some instances, stole others’ identities to commit the thefts, was sentenced today, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John R. Parker of the Northern District of Texas.

Shakira Wells, who was a Dallas resident when she committed many of the offenses, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lin... More...
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United States of America v. Viviano Nuncio

WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Viviano Nuncio, an Oklahoma man, who was arrested in Wichita Falls, Texas, last year for failing to register as a sex offender, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to 72 months in federal prison.

Viviano Nuncio, 50, was arrested on July 30, 2014, and he pleaded guilty in November 2014 to one count of failure to register as a sex offender. The 7... More...
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United States of America v. Robert Lawrence Noll

LUBBOCK, TX — Robert Lawrence Noll, 40, of Brownwood, Texas, appeared in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy M. Koenig and pleaded guilty to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Noll, who is on bond, faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,00... More...
   $0 (04-15-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Jose Farias Lopez

DALLAS, TX — A man who was found with a large amount of methamphetamine in his house in Mesquite, Texas, last year, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to a lengthy federal prison term.

Jose Farias Lopez, 24, was sentenced to 330 months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in October 2014 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distrib... More...
   $0 (04-17-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Eva Bermea, Jonas Cruz and Kami Nicole Bennett

LUBBOCK, TX — A former employee at Big Spring Correctional Center (BSCC), who admitted smuggling contraband into the facility for an inmate, the inmate, and another individual involved in the scheme, were sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Eva Bermea, 42, of Big Spring, Texas, was... More...
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United States of America v. Rockey Koonce

ABILENE, TX — Rockey Koonce, 39, of Stamford, Texas, appeared in federal court in Abilene and pleaded guilty, before U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Scott Frost, to one count of receipt of child pornography. The announcement was made today by John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Koonce, who is on bond, faces a statutory penalty of not less than five, nor more ... More...
   $0 (04-17-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of T.M.P. and M.B.R., A Child

Appellant father appeals the trial court’s judgment terminating his parental rights to his children, T.M.P. and M.B.R. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (“the Department”) moved to have appellant’s parental rights terminated. After a bench trial, the trial court found father’s parental rights should be terminated because he violated provisions of section 161.001(1) o... More...   $0 (04-01-2015 - TX)

Endura Advisory Group Ltd. v. Dominic Altomare, Josh Reneau

This is an accelerated, interlocutory appeal of the trial court’s order denying a motion to compel arbitration filed by appellant, Endura Advisory Group, Ltd. On appeal, Endura contends that appellee Dominic Altomare was required to arbitrate the claims he alleged against Josh Reneau in the underlying lawsuit. Endura intervened in the lawsuit and filed the motion to compel, asserting Altomare wa... More...   $0 (04-08-2015 - TX)

Juan Francisco Montalvo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., et al v. Gabriela Lopez

Appellee Gabriela Lopez filed the underlying lawsuit alleging health care liability claims against appellants Juan Francisco Montalvo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., Winder N. Vasquez, M.D., Miguel E. Najera, J.D., Executor of the Estate of Miguel E. Najera, M.D., Deceased, and Laredo Regional Medical Center, L.P. d/b/a Doctors Hospital of Laredo. The appellants moved for summary judgment asserting Lopez’s c... More...   $0 (04-08-2015 - TX)

Venus Minsal v. Abel H. Garcia

Venus Minsal appeals her divorce decree, arguing the trial court erred in dividing the community estate and by requiring her to sell her home, failing to recognize her reimbursement claims, and not making findings of fact and conclusions of law. We affirm.
BACKGROUND
Minsal and Garcia were common law spouses who moved to Texas from Florida in 2005. Minsal started her own salon where she wo... More...
   $0 (04-08-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of B.S.

This is an accelerated appeal from an order terminating Appellant Andrew S.’s parental rights.1 Appellant’s court-appointed appellate attorney filed a brief containing a professional evaluation of the record and demonstrating that there are no arguable grounds to be advanced. Counsel concluded that the appeal is frivolous and without merit. The brief meets the requirements of Anders v. Califor... More...   $0 (04-15-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of E.L.M.M., et al.

E.R.M. (“Mother”) appeals the trial court’s order terminating her parental rights to her eight children, arguing that the trial court erred in overruling her oral motion for continuance and in finding that termination of the parent-child relationship was in the children’s best interest. We affirm the trial court’s order.
BACKGROUND
Due to allegations of neglectful supervision and... More...
   $0 (04-15-2015 - TX)

In the Interest of D.R.F., a Child

This is an accelerated appeal from the trial court’s order terminating appellant’s parental rights to her six-year-old son, D.F.R. On appeal, appellant asserts the evidence is insufficient to support the trial court’s findings that she failed to comply with the provisions of a court order that specifically established the actions necessary for her to obtain return of D.F.R., and that termina... More...   $0 (04-15-2015 - TX)

In the Matter of F.A.S.

In a single issue, F.A.S. complains that the juvenile court abused its discretion by relying on flawed evidence to commit him to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department rather than ordering a less restrictive placement. Because the juvenile court acted within its statutory discretion, we overrule F.A.S.’s issue and affirm the juvenile court’s order.
BACKGROUND
At age sixteen, F.A.S. ente... More...
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Richard J. Malouf, DDS; Richard J, Malouf, DDS, PC; and Richard J. Malouf, DDS, PA v. The State of Texas ex rel. Dr. Christine Ellis, DDS and Madelayne Castillo

This interlocutory appeal presents the issue of whether claims brought by appellees
the State of Texas and relators Dr. Christine Ellis, DDS, and Madelayne Castillo under the Texas
Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act (TMFPA), see Tex. Hum. Res. Code §§ 36.001–.132, are subject
to the expert-report requirement of the Texas Medical Liability Act (TMLA), see Tex. Civ. Prac.
& Rem. Code ... More...
   $0 (04-02-2015 - TX)

R.D. Tips, Inc. v. Virginia Jett

R.D. Tips, Inc. appeals the trial court’s order granting summary judgment in favor
of Virginia Jett on Jett’s claim for breach of a guaranty. In two issues, Tips contends that (1) the
trial court erred by granting summary judgment because there was a genuine issue of material fact
regarding its affirmative defense that it was fraudulently induced into executing the guaranty
and... More...
   $0 (04-09-2015 - TX)

Idiris Sharif Hassan v. Robert L. Rock

In this personal injury case, appellant Idiris Sharif Hassan appeals from the trial court’s
judgment awarding him $212,136.64 in damages along with pre-judgment and post-judgment
interest and court costs. In two issues on appeal, Hassan challenges the trial court’s decision to reduce
the damages award by Hassan’s percentage of responsibility. We will affirm the trial court’s ju... More...
   $0 (04-10-2015 - TX)

N. D. v. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

N.D. appeals the trial court’s order terminating her parental rights to her children,
L.D. and L.M.D, following a bench trial.1 N.D. challenges the factual and legal sufficiency of the
evidence to support the trial court’s findings as to the statutory predicate grounds and the children’s
best interest. Because we conclude that the evidence was legally and factually sufficient, we... More...
   $0 (04-16-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Ali Irsan, Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh and Nadia Irsan

HOUSTON, TX - Ali Irsan, 58, was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Irsan’s wife - Shmou Ali Alrawabdeh, 38 - and daughter - Nadia Irsan, 31 - have also been convicted by previously entering guilty pleas to making false statements in association with the fraud scheme.

Ali Irsan is a naturalized U.S. Citizen from Jordan and a r... More...
   $0 (04-03-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Charles Coci

ABILENE, TX — Charles Coci, 26, of Abilene, Texas pleaded guilty to one count of possession of prepubescent child pornography. Coci faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and a lifetime of supervised release.

According to documents filed in the case, Coci used a laptop computer at his residence to search the Internet for images and videos of ch... More...
   $0 (04-07-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Juan Gutierrez-Mojica

TYLER, TX – A Tyler resident, along with his Houston co-conspirator, sentenced to federal prison. Juan Gutierrez-Mojica, 44, of Tyler, was sentenced to 180 months for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine, and money laundering during an appearance before United States District Judge Michael H. Schneider. His co-conspirator, Norberto Pineda, 41, of Hous... More...   $0 (04-01-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Marvis Charles Box

San Antonio, TX - Marvis Charles Box, age 68, of Converse, TX, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for stealing an estimated $478,000 of United States Postal Service equipment announced Acting United States Attorney Richard Durbin, Jr., and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez, Houston Division.

In addition to the prison term, United States Distri... More...
   $0 (03-30-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Milos Vujanic

DALLAS, TX — Milos Vujanic, 34, who was convicted for his role in what U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater previously called “a massive, complicated, multi-year scheme to defraud a large number of victims,” was sentenced this week to 48 months in federal prison and ordered to pay approximately $17.3 million in restitution. Acting U.S. Attorney John Parker, of the Northern District of Tex... More...   $0 (04-01-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. John Conte Smith a/k/a "Leo"

LUBBOCK, Texas — A Balch Springs, Texas, man who, along with his three co-defendants, pleaded guilty to their roles in a hydrocodone and alprazolam distribution conspiracy, was sentenced today, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

John Conte Smith, a/k/a “Leo,” 35, of Balch Springs, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sam R. C... More...
   $0 (04-02-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Christini Lynn Brashear

LUBBOCK, TX — A woman who was found to have more than 160 pounds of marijuana in her rental car on Christmas Day 2013, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 24 months in federal prison, announced John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Christini Lynn Brashear, 45, of Rocklin, California, pleaded guilty in November 2014 to an indictment cha... More...
   $0 (04-02-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Ricardo Castillo, Jr.

San Antonio, TX - U.S. District Judge David A. Ezra sentenced 33-year-old Ricardo Castillo, Jr., to 130 months in federal prison followed by ten years of supervised release for transportation of a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity announced Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Division.

... More...
   $0 (03-23-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Altagracia Guadalupe Vargas

LAREDO, TX – Altagracia Guadalupe Vargas, 28, of Laredo, has been convicted of conspiracy and possession with the intent to distribute Heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The jury returned its verdict following a three-day trial and approximately one hour deliberation.

The jury heard that one Dec. 12, 2014, Vargas conspired to smuggle approximately 3.5 kilograms of heroin ... More...
   $0 (03-24-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Stratton

DALLAS, TX — A 32-year-old Cedar Hill, Texas man, Michael Stratton, who pleaded guilty in June 2014 to an Information charging one count of receipt of child pornography, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to 72 months in federal prison. The announcement was made today by John Parker, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.

Stratton was ordered to surrender... More...
   $0 (03-25-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Debra Rush-Santens, Casey Irons, Chris Limbrick, Gregory Preston and Eric Patterson

PLANO, Texas – Six defendants have been sentenced for their roles in a mortgage fraud conspiracy. The sentencing hearings were held before U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

Debra Rush-Santens, 42, of Plano, pleaded guilty on Oct.4, 2012, and was sentenced to 60 months in federal prison on Mar. 12, 2015, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of 6,215,087.47.

Casey Irons, ... More...
   $0 (03-17-2015 - TX)

United States of America v. Kenneth Simon Brzoznowski

Midland, TX - Kenneth Simon Brzoznowski, age 37, will serve 29 years and 7 months in federal prison for coercion and enticement of a minor.

In addition to the prison term handed down today, U.S. District Judge Robert Junell ordered that Brzoznowski be placed under supervised release for a period of 10 years after completing his prison term.

On October 17, 2014, Brzoznowski pled g... More...
   $0 (03-19-2015 - TX)

 
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