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Texas False Imprisonment Law

Marco Antonio Valdez v. The State of Texas

Third Court of Appeals – Austin

Among the witnesses at the bench trial were Valdez, the victim, and the victim’s
surgeon. Valdez testified that he was separated from his wife Lisa Valdez, but he thought that they 1
Because these parties share the same last name, we refer to appellant by his last name and1 to his wife by her first name.
were attempting reconciliation when she texted him one night, to ask if they we... More...
   $0 (06-24-2017 - TX)

Douglas Doolittle v. The State of Texas


Douglas Doolittle was charged with failure to comply with the registration
requirements under the Sex Offender Registration Program (the “Program”). See Tex. Code Crim.
Proc. art. 62.102(a). In particular, the indictment alleged that Doolittle had been previously convicted
of a reportable offense (lewd conduct with a minor) in another state and was required to register his
new ad... More...
   $0 (06-24-2017 - TX)

Matthew Devere Warfield v. The State of Texas


The instant charges arose out of a roadway encounter between two drivers going
northbound on Interstate 35 between San Marcos and Austin, near Kyle. Jack Drewien, driving a
red truck, was driving in the left of the three highway lanes. As he began to approach an 18-wheeler
truck driving in the center lane, he saw a white car in his rearview mirror. As he passed the truck,
he not... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Charles K. Topping, Anita Sgarro, Charles David Smigrod, Matthew William Wheeler and James Wayne Long

Federal Courthouse - Miami, Florida

Miami, FL - Five Individuals Convicted in $23 Million Boiler Room Fraud Scheme

A federal jury in Miami convicted Charles K. Topping, 40, of North Bay Village, Anita Sgarro, 54, of Marina Del Ray, Charles David Smigrod, 69, of Coconut Grove, Matthew William Wheeler, 33, of Miami, and James Wayne Long, 60, of Miramar, for their roles in two telephone sales room (“boiler room”) fraud schemes... More...
   $0 (06-24-2017 - TX)

Motyphe Sharone Lewis v. The State of Texas

Sex Offender

Monique met Appellant in July 2008. At the time, she had two children
from previous relationships, three-year-old Adriane—the complainant in this
case—and two-year-old Alicia. Appellant, Monique, and the two girls began
living together in September 2008 in an apartment complex in Arlington.
Appellant and Monique had their first child together in 2010, were married in July More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

Jefferson County, Texas v. Victor Stines

Jefferson County Courthouse - Beaumont, Texas

Appellant Jefferson County, Texas appeals from two orders of the trial court
denying its plea to the jurisdiction and granting appellee Victor Stines’s request for
a declaratory judgment and writ of mandamus to compel the County to submit to
arbitration. In five issues, the County argues that: (1) Stines failed to plead and prove
a valid waiver of the County’s immunity from suit; (... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

Herman Florez Jr. v. The State of Texas

Florez and his wife Jennifer moved in with her mother in August or
September 2014 while their new home was being built. While they lived with
Jennifer’s mother, they kept all of their jewelry in a safe in her mother’s house
because, according to Jennifer, it “[j]ust felt like a safe place to keep it because
[they] knew [they] were going to move.” Florez and Jennifer moved to ... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

Bombardier Aerospace Corporation v. SPEP Aircraft Holdings, LLC, et al.

Appellees SPEP Aircraft Holdings, LLC (SPEP), PE 300 Leasing, LLC (PE 300),
Saracen Pure Energy Partners, LP (Saracen), Crane Capital Group, Inc. (Crane Capital), James
R. Crane (Crane), Floridian Golf Resort, LLC (Floridian Golf Resort), Champion Energy
Marketing LLC (Champion Energy), and Crane Worldwide Logistics, LLC (Crane Worldwide)
sued appellant Bombardier Aerospace Corpora... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - tx)

In the interest of M. T. R.

After the Williamson County court at law1 signed its “Order in Suit for Modification
of Support Order and to Confirm Support Arrearage” in August 2016, pro se appellant Dustin Shane
Reininger filed two notices of appeal. We affirm the Williamson County court at law’s order.
Procedural and Factual Summary
In 2003, the Travis County district court signed an agreed divorce degree diss... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

Sandra E. Parker v. Robert J. Glasgow, Jr.; and Glasgow, Taylor, Isham & Glasgow, P.C.

Is a former client barred as a matter of law from bringing a legal
malpractice claim against the attorney and law firm who assisted her in obtaining
a mediated property settlement and agreed judgment in a divorce based on the
attorney’s allegedly negligent pre-settlement advice? We hold that the answer is
1See Tex. R. App. P. 47.4.
no in this appeal from a take-nothing su... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

Demontre Gregory Clark v. The State of Texas

First Court of Appeals - Texas Courts

Demontre Gregory Clark pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony offense of
aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. This plea was without an agreed
recommendation from the State regarding sentencing. The trial court sentenced
Clark to 18 years’ imprisonment in the Institutional Division of the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice. Clark timely filed a notice of appeal.
Ap... More...
   $0 (06-23-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Wilbert James Veasey

Dallas, TX - Owner of Apple of Your Eye Healthcare Services, Inc. Sentenced to 210 Months in Federal Prison for Role in Healthcare Fraud Conspiracy

Wilbert James Veasey, Jr., 65, of Dallas, was sentenced on a health care fraud conspiracy conviction.

Veasey was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay to 210 months in federal prison and order to pay $23,123,897.18 in restit... More...
   $0 (06-13-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Ryan Steve Magee

Federal Courthouse - Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, TX - Canadian Man Sentenced to 97 months in Federal Prison for Investment Scheme

Victims of the scheme in the United States and Canada suffered a total loss of approximately $2 Million

Ryan Steve Magee, a citizen of Canada, was sentenced to 97 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $2,372,573 in restitution, following his guilty plea in February 2017 to one count... More...
   $0 (06-13-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Steve Cuellar Zuniga

Sixth Circuit Courtroom - New Orleans, Louisiana

In this appeal, Steve Cuellar Zuniga first challenges the district court’s denial of his motion to suppress evidence obtained during a warrantless search of his person and the vehicle within which he rode as a passenger. Second, Zuniga objects to his career offender sentence under U.S.S.G § 4B1.2 on the ground that its identically-worded residual clause was held unconstitutional by the Supreme Cou... More...   $0 (06-15-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Michael Gluk

Federal Courthouse - San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio, TX - Former Chief Financial Officer of Arthrocare Corp. Pleads Guilty to Multimillion Dollar Securities Fraud Scheme

A Texas man and former chief financial officer (CFO), pleaded guilty to a multimillion dollar securitries fraud scheme.

Michael Gluk, 59, of Austin, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud before U.S. Magist... More...
   $0 (06-15-2017 - TX)

Roel David Gonzalez v. The State of Texas


Mother testified that she met Appellant through work, began dating him, and
eventually they moved into a house along with Mother’s three daughters in 2008.
At the time, Alice was almost twelve, Belle was ten, and Cici, the complainant,
1 See TEX. PENAL CODE ANN. §§ 21.11 (Vernon 2011) & 22.021 (Vernon 2016).

... More...
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United States of America v. Armando Javier Picazo Jimenez

Laredo, TX - Head of Marijuana Trafficking Cell Convicted

The head of a marijuana trafficking cell has pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy to traffic drugs from Laredo to the Dallas area via the use of tractor trailers.

Mexican National Armando Javier Picazo Jimenez, 42, pleaded guilty today to possession with intent to distribute in excess of 1000 kilograms of marijuana.... More...
   $0 (06-07-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Vanessa Hernandez

Laredo, TX - Mexican Woman Sentenced for Importing Methamphetamin

A 24-year-old woman from Guadalajara, Mexico, has been ordered to prison following her conviction of the conspiracy to import methamphetamine, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Vanessa Hernandez pleaded guilty Sept. 6, 2016.

U.S. District Senior Judge George P. Kazen ordered Hernandez to serve a 100-mont... More...
   $0 (06-09-2017 - TX)

United States Of America, et al. v. Union Treatment Centers, L.L.C. et al.

San Antonio, TX - Union Treatment Center to Pay $3 Million and Be Permanently Excluded from Federal Health Care Programs under False Claims Act Settlement

Union Treatment Center (“UTC”), a medical and physical therapy provider with clinics in Austin, Killeen, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi, will pay $3 million to settle civil health care fraud allegations. The settlement partially resolv... More...
   $0 (06-12-2017 - TX)

John McPartin, ex rel. United States of America v. Integrated Medical Solutions, Inc. and Jerry Heftler

Dallas, TX - North Texas Contractor And Executive Agree to Pay United States $2.475 Million to Resolve False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Act Allegations

Mansfield, Texas-based Integrated Medical Solutions Inc. (IMS), along with the company’s former President Jerry Heftler, have agreed to pay the United States $2.475 million to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act an... More...
   $0 (06-05-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Rudolf Suter

Dallas, TX - Switzerland Man Pleads Guilty to Perjury

Rudolf Suter, 66, formerly of Dallas, appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to one count of perjury in federal proceeding under oath.

In March 2016, Suter failed to show up for a contempt hearing. Suter was then found guilty of civil contempt of court and a civil contempt warrant was issued for his arrest by United Sta... More...
   $0 (06-06-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Albert Shih-Der Chang

Dallas, TX - Dallas Technology Company’s Former Lead Systems Engineer Pleads Guilty to Mail Fraud and Money Laundering Charges

Albert Shih-Der Chang, the former Lead Systems Engineer for a Dallas technology company known as One Technologies, appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney, to one count of mail fraud and one count of money launde... More...
   $0 (06-06-2017 - TX)

Amy Powell v. CIT Bank, N.A., f/k/a OneWest Bank, N.A., f/k/a OneWest Bank FSB

This appeal arises out of a dispute between a property owner and a bank seeking to foreclose its lien on the property. The bank’s assignor acquired the lien
1 We grant appellee’s motion for rehearing in part, deny the motion in part, withdraw the memorandum opinion issued on December 15, 2016, and issue this substitute opinion.
in a reverse-mortgage transaction. The borrower later di... More...
   $0 (06-08-2017 - TX)

ConocoPhillips Company v. Leon Oscar Ramirez, Jr., Individually, and Jesus M. Dominguez, as Guardian for Minerva Clementina Ramirez, an incapacitated person, Individually

ConocoPhillips Company and Rodolfo C. Ramirez, Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of Ileana Ramirez, and El Milagro Minerals, Ltd. appeal the trial court’s judgment declaring that appellees Leon Oscar Ramirez, Jr., individually, and Jesus M. Dominguez, as Guardian of the Estate of Minerva Clementina Ramirez, an Incapacitated Person, each own a 1/12 mineral interest in the ... More...   $0 (06-08-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Rajubhai Patel, Viraj Patel, Dilipkumar Ambal Patel, and Fahad Ali

Houston, TX - Five More Defendants Plead Guilty for Their Roles in Multimillion Dollar India-Based Call Center Scam Targeting U.S. Victims

Five men, including two individuals who formerly worked at scam call centers in India, each pleaded guilty within the past two weeks for their respective roles in a massive telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering scheme perpetrated by India-... More...
   $0 (06-07-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Galdino Jose Ruiz-Hernandez

United State District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Brownsville, TX - Alien Smugglers Get Hefty Sentences for Smuggling Venture that Led to Death

A 38-year-old undocumented alien from Oaxaca, Mexico, who had been living in Brownsville has been ordered to prison on immigration charges that led to a death of a woman. A Brownsville federal jury convicted Galdino Jose Ruiz-Hernandez Jan. 11, 2017, after a two-day trial.

Evidence prese... More...
   $0 (05-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Juan Carlos Marin-Cardona

Lubbock, TX - Columbian Man Pleads Guilty to Escaping From Federal Custody

The Fugitive had been on the run since 1994

Juan Carlos Marin-Cardona, 47, a citizen and national of Columbia, appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty, before U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Scott Frost, to escaping from federal custody in 1994.

Marin-Cardona, who has been in custody since his arres... More...
   $0 (06-04-2017 - TX)

Berenice C. Diaz, individually and as next friend of J.P.L. v. James E. Monnig

Appellant Berenice Diaz, individually and as next friend of her minor child, J.P.L., sued James Monnig and John Mead asserting a variety of claims she alleged arose during Monnig’s and Mead’s representation of her former husband during a custody suit. Diaz appeals from the trial court’s summary judgments in favor of Monnig and Mead, as well as the trial court’s exclusion of summary judgment eviden... More...   $0 (05-31-2017 - TX)

City of Rollingwood, Texas v. Owen Brainard and Sally Brainard

This case arises from flooding on property belonging to Owen and Sally Brainard
that the City of Rollingwood allegedly caused. The Brainards sued the City for an intentional
constitutional taking. The City filed a plea to the jurisdiction, and the trial court denied the plea.
In its sole appellate issue, the City contends that the trial court erred in denying its plea to the
jurisd... More...
   $0 (05-31-2017 - TX)

Gilad Lutfak and Oren Lutfak v. Jeff Gainsborough

Appellants Gilad and Oren Lutfak appeal from a judgment in favor of appellee Jeff Gainsborough. Gainsborough sued Gilad and Oren based on claims arising out of his purchase of a townhome. A jury found that Gilad, the seller, committed fraud, breached implied warranties, violated the Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and made
negligent misrepresentations. The jury also found that Oren conspi... More...
   $0 (05-18-2017 - TX)

James W. Paulsen v. Ellen A. Yarrell

This is an appeal from a take-nothing final summary judgment rendered in favor of appellee Ellen A. Yarrell on appellant James W. Paulsen’s defamation claims. Paulsen challenges the trial court’s denial of a motion to dismiss, which attempted to invoke the Texas Citizens Participation Act. See TEX. CIV. PRAC. &
REM. CODE §§ 27.001–.011. Paulsen also argues that summary judgment was impro... More...
   $0 (05-25-2017 - TX)

Aurelio Duarte v. City of Lewisville, Texas

Aurelio Duarte together with his wife and two children challenge the constitutionality of a Lewisville, Texas, ordinance (“the Ordinance”) that restricts where certain individuals convicted of sex offenses may live within the city. Specifically, they allege that the Ordinance deprives both Duarte individually and the Duarte Family as a whole of procedural due process and violates Duarte’s constitu... More...   $0 (05-31-2017 - TX)

Alexander A. Ascencio v. The State of Texas

Court of Appeals For The First District of Texas

J.C. and her sister and mother, Ursula Canales, moved from El Salvador to
Houston in 2003, when J.C. was six years old. At that time, J.C. had only had contact
with her biological father, Ascencio, by phone. After spending approximately two
years in Houston, Canales decided in 2005, when J.C. was eight years old, to move
to Maryland, where Ascencio lived.
After living ... More...
   $0 (05-27-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Joyce Meads

Texas Woman Pleads Guilty to Using Offshore Accounts in Panama to Conceal More than $1.3 Million from the IRS

A resident of College Station, Texas, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to defraud the United States by using offshore accounts in Panama to conceal more than $1.3 million in royalty income that she earned from oil wells, announced Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart ... More...
   $0 (05-26-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Galdino Jose Ruiz-Hernandez

Brownsville, TX - Alien Smugglers Get Hefty Sentences for Smuggling Venture that Led to Death

A 38-year-old undocumented alien from Oaxaca, Mexico, who had been living in Brownsville has been ordered to prison on immigration charges that led to a death of a woman, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. A Brownsville federal jury convicted Galdino Jose Ruiz-Hernandez Jan. 11, 2017, a... More...
   $0 (05-22-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Victor Leos

Dallas, TX - Former Garland Independent School District Executive Director of Human Resources Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Falsify Immigration Documents

Victor Leos, 63, of Garland, Texas, appeared in federal court and pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit false statements in connection with immigration documents.

Leos faces a maximum penalty of five years in fede... More...
   $0 (05-23-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Riaz Mazcuri

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

Houston, TX - Houston-Area Psychiatrist Convicted of Health Care Fraud for Role in $158 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

A federal jury convicted a Houston-area psychiatrist today for his role in a $158 million Medicare fraud scheme.  

After a five-day trial, Riaz Mazcuri, 65, of Harris County, Texas, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud... More...
   $0 (05-24-2017 - TX)

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)


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)

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