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Texas False Imprisonment Law
 
Joan Johnson, Kaleta Johnson, Seth Johnson and Wirt Blaffer v. Michael Phillips, Spindle Top Publishing, and Phillips Akers Womac, P.C.

After siblings Kaleta and Seth Johnson sued Dinesh Shah for Shah’s protracted abuse of their family, Michael Phillips, a Houston attorney, defended Shah against the allegations in a 2008 civil trial. Phillips later published a book,
titled “Monster in River Oaks,” about the events giving rise to the suit. According to its prologue, the book tells the “story of a predatory monster that set out ... More...
   $0 (05-23-2017 - TX)

CESSICA DESHA DARDEN V. THE STATE OF TEXAS

Houston Woman Accused Of Robbing Man Of His Jay Z Tickets & Running Him Over

Darden was indicted for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. The
indictment alleged that Darden “on or about December 15, 2013, did . . . while in
the course of committing theft of property owned by [B. Ginsburg], and with intent
to obtain and maintain control of the property, intentionally, knowingly and
recklessly cause serious bodily injury to [Ginsburg] by DRIVING A MO... More...
   $0 (05-19-2017 - TX)

Marcell Lamont Kennedy v. The State of Texas

Court of Appeals First District

In the early morning of November 12, 2014, Trevonta Rusher pointed a gun
at two people. He took their phones and the wallet of one of the complainants. Based
on a description of the car in which Rusher fled, the police found the car and detained
Rusher and Appellant, the driver of the car. The police found two phones and some
money in Appellant’s pockets. The phones belonge... More...
   $0 (05-19-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Nilam Parikh

United State District Court for the Southern District of Texas - Houston

Houston, TX - Fourth Defendant Pleads Guilty for Role in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims

An Alabama woman pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering for her role in liquidating and laundering victim payments generated through various telephone fraud and money laundering schemes via India-based call centers.

... More...
   $0 (05-19-2017 - TX)

Susan Ashton v. Koonsfuller, P.C.

Susan Ashton appeals the trial court’s partial no-evidence summary judgment granted in favor of KoonsFuller, P.C. In two issues, Ashton argues the trial court erred by granting summary judgment on her claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.
FACTUAL BACKGROUND
KoonsFuller represented Ashton during her divorce from Ivan Ashton, but withdrew from t... More...
   $0 (05-15-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Harsh Patel

Houston, TX - Third Indian National Pleads Guilty for Role in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims

An Indian national pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering for his role in liquidating and laundering victim payments generated through various telephone fraud and money laundering schemes via India-based call centers.
More...
   $0 (05-11-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Gerard Dengler and Suzanne Dengler

Federal Courtroom - Tyler, Texas

Tyler, TX - Smith County Husband and Wife Sentenced in Health Care Fraud Conspiracy

A Smith County couple was sentenced for health care fraud violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Gerard Dengler, 61, and Suzanne Dengler 52, of Tyler, Texas, pleaded guilty on Jan. 10, 2017, to conspiring to commit health care fraudand were sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartf... More...
   $0 (05-06-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Rodrigo Ramior Menchaca

Lubbock, TX - San Angelo Man Sentenced to 148 Months in Federal Prison on Child Pornography and Cyberstalking Convictions

Rodrigo Ramiro Menchaca, 27, of San Angelo, Texas, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 148 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in January 2017 to one count of stalking and one count of possession of prepubescent child pornogra... More...
   $0 (05-06-2017 - TX)

Luann Meyer Penny v. The State of Texas 

TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN

Penny was indicted for the felony offense of driving while intoxicated, third or more
offense. Penny was appointed counsel who filed a motion to suppress the laboratory results of a
blood draw, taken pursuant to a warrant, that measured Penny’s blood alcohol content at 0.182.
Counsel also filed a motion to quash the indictment on the ground that two of the prior convictions
allege... More...
   $0 (05-05-2017 - TX)

RICKY CHARLES GILLON V. THE STATE OF TEXAS

Charlene Moore testified that she and Gillon had started dating in May
2014. But roughly two months later, on July 10, 2014, while the two were sitting
in her vehicle, Moore told Gillon that she wanted to break up. After they talked
inside her Hummer H2 for over half an hour, Gillon went to his pickup truck,
returned to Moore’s Hummer, and tossed a box containing an engagemen... More...
   $0 (05-05-2017 - TX)

Michael Shane Clack v. The State of Texas

Bank robber found guilty, will serve 55 years

The State indicted appellant, Michael Shane Clack, on two counts of
aggravated robbery. The jury found him guilty of both counts and assessed
punishment at 55 years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.1 This sentence is within
the applicable range.2 The trial court certified that this was not a plea-bargain case,
and that appellant had the right of appeal. See TEX. R. APP. P. ... More...
   $0 (05-04-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. George Mariadas Kurusu

Alpine, TX - Former Fort Stockton Teacher Sentenced for Wire Fraud Scheme

A federal judge sentenced George Mariadas Kurusu, a 58-year-old Indian national and a former Fort Stockton Independent School District (FSISD) teacher, to time served (approximately 11 months) and ordered him to pay $53,004.51 restitution for a wire fraud scheme involving the hiring of Indian nationals to teach in t... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - tx)

United States of America v. Ai Shu Cheng

Lubbock, TX - San Angelo Man Sentenced to 36 Months in Federal Prison for Filing False Income Tax Returns

Ai Shu Cheng, 52, of San Angelo, Texas, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings to 36 months in federal prison, following his guilty plea in December 2016 to two counts of filing a false income tax return, announced U.S. Attorney John Parker of the Northern Distric... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

JOHN ROBERT PHELPS V. THE STATE OF TEXAS

Court of Appeals Sixth Appellate District of Texas at Texarkana

After a jury heard evidence that John Robert Phelps engaged in sexual intercourse with his
nineteen-year-old biological daughter, they convicted him of prohibited sexual conduct.1 In
accordance with the jury’s verdict, the trial court sentenced Phelps to twenty years’ imprisonment,
ordered him to pay a $10,000.00 fine, and also ordered him to pay $400.00 for his court-appointed More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

LARRY EARL LEE V. THE STATE OF TEXAS

Larry Earl Lee appeals his conviction for burglary of a habitation. In four issues,
appellant contends the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction, and the trial court
abused its discretion in refusing to submit a lesser included offense instruction to the jury and
overruling his motion to suppress. In two cross-issues, the State requests we modify the
judgment to ... More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

VANESSA DENISE THOMAS V. THE STATE OF TEXAS

Sex Offender

Vanessa Denise Thomas appeals her conviction, following the adjudication of her guilt,
for aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than fourteen years. The trial court assessed
punishment at thirteen years’ imprisonment. On appeal, appellant’s attorney filed a brief in
which he concludes the appeal is wholly frivolous and without merit. The brief meets the
requirements ... More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

Benito Pena Jr. v. The State of Texas

Sex Offender

The complainant, MC, was 16 years old when her mother began a relationship with
appellant in late 2013. Soon thereafter appellant and Mother began living together in Mother’s
mother’s (Grandmother’s) house. Grandmother did not approve of the way in which appellant
behaved toward Mother, which Grandmother characterized as physical, verbal, and emotional
abuse. Grandmother asked ... More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

Winston Riden v. The State of Texas

“Evening Burglar” Linked To Hundreds Of Burglaries Over Past Decade

As Detective Matthew Herbert of the Dallas Police Department was investigating a
burglary in 2015, he noted some unique methods used in the commission of the crime. So, he
decided to confer with a colleague, Detective David Baker, about what he found. In the course
of their discussion, Detective Herbert “shared the particular modes or factors that were in this
particular burg... More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

CHRISTIE ZIMMERMAN SHEARER V. THE STATE OF TEXAS

Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas at Dallas

Appellant pleaded guilty to insurance fraud. Pursuant to appellant’s plea agreement, the
trial judge deferred adjudication of guilt, placed her on four years’ community supervision, and
assessed a $1000 fine. The State later moved to proceed with adjudication of guilt, alleging that
she violated the terms of her community supervision by committing a new offense, theft from an
... More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

DAMOND DEAN V. THE STATE OF TEXAS

Court of Appeals Fifth District of Texas at Dallas

Dean was indicted for sexual assault of a child younger than seventeen years of age. See
TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 22.011(a)(2), (c)(1) (West 2011). After Dean was indicted, the State
filed a special plea of enhancement, alleging that Dean had a prior conviction. On the first day
of trial, before voir dire, the State filed an amended special plea of enhancement, alleging an
add... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

Dara Marie Llorens v. The State of Texas

Dara Llorens sentenced to 6 years for kidnapping daughter

After Dara Marie Llorens and Greg Allen got divorced, Llorens moved to Mexico
with their young daughter, S.A., and remained there for twelve years before being discovered by
authorities. Eventually, Llorens was arrested and charged with kidnapping and with interference
with child custody. See Tex. Penal Code §§ 20.03(a) (setting out elements of offense of kidnapping),
25.03(a) (g... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

George Delacruz v. The State of Texas

George De La Cruz sentenced to life in prison

Delacruz and Julie Ann Gonzales had a daughter, L.D., and married young. In
December 2009, shortly after they married, Julie filed for divorce. On March 26, 2010, Julie went
to pick up L.D. from Delacruz’s house and was never seen or heard from again.
Because an initial investigation revealed (1) no evidence of foul play and
(2) messages that had been sent from Julie’s cell phone... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

Thomas Krausz v. The State of Texas

TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN

Krausz was charged in three separate indictments with the offenses of burglary of a
habitation, theft of a firearm, and possession of a prohibited weapon, a firearm silencer. Krausz
pleaded guilty at trial to burglary of a habitation and theft of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty to
possession of a prohibited weapon, waived a jury, and proceeded to a bench trial.
During trial, Off... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

Roderick Price v. The State of Texas

TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN

In the early morning hours of May 30, 2017, appellant stole money during a “snatch
and grab” on the cash register of a Walgreens in Austin. The night shift clerk was injured during the
incident when appellant pushed him to get to the cash drawer and during the subsequent struggle
over the cash drawer. After appellant overcame the clerk’s resistance and took the money, he ran
out ... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

The State of Texas v. Eric Wayne Donaldson

On March 5, 2014, a Hays County grand jury indicted Donaldson in cause number
CR-14-0122 for two offenses: credit card abuse committed against an elderly individual, see Tex.
Penal Code § 32.31(b), (d), and fraudulent use or possession of identifying information of less than
five items committed against an elderly individual, see id. § 32.51(b)(1), (c)(1), (c-1)(1).
On November 5,... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

Braylon Dominique Ellis v. The State of Texas

Killer who beat man with a toilet tank lid gets life

On September 7, 2013, Andrea Brown discovered the dead body of her
older brother Tommy Brown in his home after she went to check on him out of
concern that no one had heard from or seen him for days. An investigation
revealed that Tommy had been the victim of a love triangle with Appellant and
Christina Rodriguez, whom Tommy had met as a pen pal while she was serving
time... More...
   $0 (04-26-2017 - TX)

REFUGIO RICON HERNANDEZ V. THE STATE OF TEXAS

In The Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

Appellant Refugio Ricon Hernandez, also known as “Chon,” attended a party
at the home of his cousin, Natividad. Several other family members and friends also
came to the house for the party. The adults drank beer and alcohol outside the house,
while Natividad’s children remained inside. Eventually, Natividad put his children
to bed, and the adults continued drinking and watchin... More...
   $0 (04-25-2017 - TX)

In the Interest of R.L., a/k/a RC, a/k/a R.M. and R.L., children

Harris County Courthouse - Houston, Texas

In these accelerated appeals,2 appellant, T.H.L., challenges the trial court’s orders, entered after a bench trial, awarding the Department of Family and Protective Services (“DFPS”) permanent managing conservatorship of her four minor children, R.C.,3 R.L., C.J., and C.C.J. (collectively, “the children”).4 In her sole issue, T.H.L. contends that the trial court erred in appointing DFPS as the chi... More...   $0 (04-21-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Ryan Glen Colburn

United State District Court for the Southern District of Texas - Houston

Houston, TX - Rosenberg Man Convicted of Multiple Child Pornography Charges

A 23-year-old man from Rosenberg has entered a guilty plea to sexual exploitation of a child, distribution and possession of child pornography.

Ryan Glen Colburn first came to the attention of law enforcement after he had sent images of child pornography to another individual who had been arrested for chi... More...
   $0 (04-22-2017 - TX)

Jerry Castillo, Jr. v. The State of Texas, Texas

Fourth Court of Appeals San Antonio, Texas

Castillo was charged with fraudulently cashing a check for $1,372.82. At trial, Justin
Blohm, a teller at Broadway Bank, described to the jury the verification steps taken by a teller
when a person presents a check to the bank. Blohm was shown State’s Exhibit 2. Blohm testified
that State’s Exhibit 2 was a check collected by him on June 4, 2015. The check was purportedly
issued... More...
   $0 (04-19-2017 - TX)

Tiffany Nicole Cantu v. The State of Texas

Fourth Court of Appeals San Antonio, Texas

In a single issue, Cantu complains that the trial court erred by conducting part of the trial
in her absence in violation of Article 33.03 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the Sixth
and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution and Article 1, sections 10 and 19
of the Texas Constitution. Specifically, Cantu asserts that when she did not appear in court on the <... More...
   $0 (04-19-2017 - TX)

Bo Jett Littleton v. The State of Texas

On October 28, 2014, the victim and her roommate encountered Littleton at their apartment
complex when he asked about the apartment numbering apparently in an effort to locate an
apartment. The victim briefly explained the apartment numbering. Around 12:30 a.m. on October
29, 2014, a fire alarm caused the victim and her roommate to evacuate their apartment. They
returned to ... More...
   $0 (04-18-2017 - TX)

James Glessner v. The State of Texas

Sex Offender

James Glessner was convicted by a jury of continuous sexual abuse of a young child and
two counts of indecency with a child by exposure. The trial court sentenced Glessner to thirty
five years’ imprisonment for the continuous sexual abuse count and to ten years’ imprisonment for
each of the indecency counts, all to run concurrently. Glessner timely appealed the judgment.
Gle... More...
   $0 (04-18-2017 - TX)

Howard Thomas Douglas v. The State of Texas

TEXAS COURT OF APPEALS, THIRD DISTRICT, AT AUSTIN

The jury heard evidence that Douglas owned and operated a company, North Texas
Medical Evaluators (NTME), that provided workers’-compensation-related medical services to
entities that were insured by TMIC. One such service, and the one at issue in this case, was the
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE), a medical evaluation used to determine an injured worker’s
ability to return t... More...
   $0 (04-18-2017 - TX)

Carmelo Ramirez Ponce III v. The State of Texas

Ponce’s two victims that day were Sierra Capuchino and Cody Stevens,
who both started the afternoon hanging out at the home of Chase Robb, a mutual
friend. Ponce and Capuchino had dated briefly in August 2014, and although
Capuchino and Stevens would later get together, as of September 26 they were
simply friends. Ponce apparently thought otherwise.
Ponce showed up at Ro... More...
   $0 (04-18-2017 - TX)

Abraham Raymundo Martinez v. The State of Texas

Abraham Raymundo Martinez pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony
offense of solicitation of capital murder without an agreed recommendation by the
State regarding sentencing. The trial court sentenced Rodriguez to 30 years’
imprisonment in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal
Justice. Martinez timely filed a notice of appeal.
Appellant’s appoin... More...
   $0 (04-18-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Bharatkumar Patel, a/k/a Bharat Patel

Houston, TX - Indian National Pleads Guilty for Role in Multi-Million Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims

An Indian national pleaded guilty today to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering for his role in liquidating and laundering victim payments generated through various telephone fraud and money laundering schemes via India-based call centers.

... More...
   $0 (04-14-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Sistemas Globales S.A.

Dallas, TX - Information Technology Firm Pays $1 Million to Settle Allegations of Visa Fraud

Sistemas Globales S.A., an Argentine information technology and consulting firm, has agreed to a civil settlement of allegations that it and its corporate affiliates, including U.S. affiliate Globant LLC (collectively “Globant”), violated the False Claims Act and the Program Fraud Civil Remedies A... More...
   $0 (04-11-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Vicki Louise Walker

Dallas, TX - Texas Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Return

Falsely Claimed More Than $1.1 Million in Bogus Refunds

A DeSoto, Texas resident pleaded guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return.

According to documents filed with the court, Vicki Walker, 52, was a tax return preparer operating under the name Vicki Walker Tax ... More...
   $0 (04-15-2017 - TX)

Torrence Lanard Render v. The State of Texas

Appellant was indicted and charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. See
TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. § 29.03 (West 2011). Appellant entered a negotiated guilty plea before the
court. Pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement, the trial court deferred a finding of guilt and
placed appellant on community supervision for a period of ten years. The State later filed an
“... More...
   $0 (04-12-2017 - TX)

 
 
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