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United States of America v. Latony Carson

Dallas, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Woman in Stolen Identity Refund Scheme - Some Stolen Identities Belonged to Incarcerated Individuals

Defendant and Coconspirators Then Used Funds to Purchase Luxury Vehicles They Shipped to Nigeria

Following a four-day trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn, a federal jury convicted Latonya Carson, 42, of Dallas, on several fe... More...
   $0 (10-22-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Carl Keith Battie, a/k/a “Carl Hampton”

Dallas, TX - Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Running Real Estate Investment Scheme Targeting Senior Citizens

Caused Victim Investors to Suffer $7 Million in Losses

Carl Keith Battie, a/k/a “Carl Hampton,” 60, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison and ordered to pay $11,407,794 in restitution, following his guilty plea in June 2016 to a superseding indictment... More...
   $114 (10-22-2016 - TX)

Adam Jackson v. The State of Texas

Adam Jackson attempts to appeal his conviction of murder. Appellant waived his right to a jury trial and entered a negotiated plea of guilty. The trial court found Appellant guilty, and in accordance with the plea bargain, sentenced him to imprisonment for a term of thirty years. We dismiss the appeal because the trial court’s certification reflects that Appellant has no right to appeal.
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United States of America v. Jeffrey Eugene Rose, Sr., Pamela Annette Rose and Frankie Lee Sanders

Houston, TX - CEO, CFO and VP Convicted in Nationwide Worker's Compensation Fraud Scheme

Several officials with Team Work Ready (TWR) have been convicted of conspiracy, health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. TWR had clinics in five states including Federal Work Ready in Houston, Alamo Work Ready in San Antonio and Bayou Work Ready in ... More...
   $0 (10-18-2016 - TX)

George Brandon Chambers v. The State of Texas

George Brandon Chambers stands convicted by a jury of indecency by contact with six
year-old Abby,1 in McLennan County,2 sentenced to thirty years’ imprisonment after pleading true
to the State’s enhancement allegation, and ordered to pay a $10,000.00 fine.3 On appeal, in a
single point of error, Chambers argues that, since his victim was too young to have developed adult
breas... More...
   $0 (10-12-2016 - TX)

Larry Joe Jones v. The State of Texas

After Larry Joe Jones’ extremely brief flight from Texas Department of Public Safety
Trooper Kurt Kelm, in his motor vehicle in Brazos County,1 Jones’ vehicle violently collided with
another vehicle occupied by Britt and Shara Watson and the Watsons’ two-year-old child. Later,
after a brief jury trial, Jones was convicted of evading arrest with a vehicle, the offense was
enhan... More...
   $0 (10-12-2016 - TX)

Jarrick Ryan Crowe v. The State of Texas

In his first issue, appellant contends the trial court abused its discretion in sentencing him
to imprisonment because such punishment violates the objectives of the penal code. Appellant
asserts the twenty-year sentences he received are merely punitive and do not meet the penal code
objective of rehabilitation, and he requests probation due to his drug and alcohol addictions and <... More...
   $0 (10-12-2016 - TX)

Jay Michael Ellis v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged by information with committing the offense of “Failure to ID—
False or Fictitious Info” under Texas Penal Code § 38.02 (b). Prior to trial, he filed a written
motion to suppress, and the court held a hearing on the motion. The State stipulated that
appellant had standing to raise this issue and that appellant’s arrest was made without a warrant.

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Olatunde Antonio Adepegba v. The State of Texas

On January 25, 2015, Adepegba was involved in an altercation with Jeffrey Davidson in a
restaurant, and was subsequently indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Although there are no orders in the clerk’s record regarding the proceedings relating to
Adepegba’s competency to stand trial, the trial court’s docket sheet indicates it signed a “Mental
Competency Order... More...
   $0 (10-12-2016 - TX)

Forrest Lee Pyle v. The State of Texas

Forrest Lee Pyle appeals his conviction, following adjudication of his guilt, for
aggravated robbery. In a single issue, appellant contends the trial court committed reversible
error by failing to grant his motion for continuance. We affirm the trial court’s judgment.
Appellant waived a jury and pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon,
a firearm. See TEX. P... More...
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In 2008, PBK and IDA entered into two contracts for IDA to perform engineering-design
and construction-administration services on a building for the Waco Independent School District.
The contracts were in the form of letter agreements on IDA’s letterhead addressed to PBK. The
contracts set forth the total fee that would be charged for the services ($840,000 on one contract
an... More...
   $0 (10-12-2016 - TX)

Henry S. Miller Commerial Company v. Newsom, Terry & Newsom, LLP, et al.

HSM and its former employee Steven Defterios were sued by a group of commercial
property owners for fraud relating to several unsuccessful real estate deals (the “Underlying
Lawsuit”). James Flaven, the prospective buyer put forward by HSM and Defterios, held
himself out as the beneficiary of a large trust fund. In fact, Flaven was a truck driver with no
trust fund, and none ... More...
   $0 (10-04-2016 - TX)

Christopher James Holder v. The State of Texas

On the evening of Sunday, November 11, 2012, the Plano Police Department responded
to a call about a possible burglary at 3121 Royal Oaks Drive, Plano, Texas, where they found
fifty-year-old Billy Tanner deceased in his home. He had sustained blunt force trauma to the
head and multiple stab wounds.
In the summer of 2012, Billy Tanner’s step-daughter, Casey James, her two child... More...
   $0 (10-04-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Daniel Scott Goldman Ecologic Industries,L.L.C. and OMNI SCM, L.L.C.

San Antonio, TX - Illinois Furniture Importer and Manager Agree to Pay $1,525,000 to Resolve False Claims Act Allegations Under Civil Settlement with United States

Daniel Scott Goldman and his companies, Ecologic Industries LLC and OMNI SCM LLC will collectively pay $1,525,000 under a civil settlement with the United States Department of Justice. The settlement resolves a lawsuit brought... More...
   $0 (10-02-2016 - TX)

United states of America v. Christopher Dewayne James

Dallas, TX - Serial Armed Robber Sentenced to 18 Years in Federal Prison

A Dallas man, Christopher Dewayne James, who admitted that he and his accomplices, David Ricks and Manuel Howard, committed armed robberies in Dallas in August 2015, was sentenced to serve 220 months (18 years) in federal prison.

James, 30, pleaded guilty in May 2016 to four counts of interference with comme... More...
   $0 (09-28-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Matthew Ring

Dallas, TX - Farmers Branch Man Enters Guilty Plea for Damaging a Planned Parenthood Facility in Order to Disrupt Services

Matthew Ring, 32, of Farmers Branch, Texas, charged with one count of damaging property of a reproductive health services facility plead guilty.

He faces 1 year imprisonment, $100,000 fine and not more than one year of supervised release.

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   $0 (10-02-2016 - TX)

Virginia Kaska v. The State of Texas

Kaska was indicted for indecency with a child by contact. Pursuant to a plea agreement,
Kaska entered a plea of nolo contendere. In accordance with the plea agreement, the trial court
deferred a finding of guilt and placed Kaska on deferred adjudication community supervision for
a term of ten years. The trial court also assessed a fine of $1,500.00.
Subsequently, the State... More...
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Michael Rosario, Jr. v. The State of Texas

A jury convicted Michael Rosario, Jr., of Assault on a Family/Household Member
with a Previous Conviction. See Tex. Penal Code § 22.01(a)(1), (b)(2)(A). The trial court assessed
punishment at nine years’ imprisonment.
Rosario’s appointed attorney has filed a motion to withdraw supported by a
brief concluding that the appeal is frivolous and without merit. The brief meets the re... More...
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Charles Newman Smith, Jr. v. The State of Texas

The indictment in this case alleged that “pursuant to a common scheme or continuing
course of conduct” and “with the intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination or in
the profits of a combination,” Smith collaborated to commit the offense of unlawfully delivering,
dispensing, or distributing methamphetamine in an amount between four and 200 grams. The
indictment... More...
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United States of America v. Rolando Minano

Dallas, TX - Leader of Fraud Scheme Involving Family Members is Sentenced

Rolando Minano, 48, was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $665,962 in restitution, following his guilty plea in May 2016 to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Rolando Minano’s ex-wife, Martha Irene Collantes, 53, and his stepson, Carlos Arturo Pastor Collantes, 32, were ... More...
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United States of America v. Alicia Myles

Houston, TX - Final Defendant Sentenced in Aggravated Identity Theft and Wire Fraud Scheme

A Houston woman was ordered to federal prison following her conviction of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Alicia Myles, 32, pleaded guilty Oct. 9, 2015.

U.S. District Judge David Hittner ordered Myles to serve a total of 42 months – 18 months for the wire fraud and a consecutive ... More...
   $0 (09-15-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Daniel Nathan West

Houston, TX - Accountant Convicted of Embezzling More than $3 Million from Houston Company

An accountant from Georgia admitted he committed wire fraud and stole more than $3 million from Houston company Airis International Holdings.

Daniel Nathan West, 50, of Duluth, Georgia, was previously employed as the treasurer and chief financial officer for Airis International Holdings. In... More...
   $0 (09-17-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Dr. Mayolo Melchor and Dr. Bertha Hernandez-Melchor

McAllen, TX - Two Doctors from Mexican Clinic Sentenced in Scheme to Commit Wire Fraud

Two physicians from a family medicine clinic in Mexico have been ordered to prison for their role in a scheme to submit false and fraudulent insurance claims.

Dr. Mayolo Melchor, 59, and Dr. Bertha Hernandez-Melchor, 61, both of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, pleaded guilty June 1, 2016, to cons... More...
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United States of America v. Darnell Mayne Menard

Houston, TX - Houston Man Heads to Prison for Credit Card Fraud

A 29-year-old Houston resident was ordered to federal prison following his convictions of conspiring to commit credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft. Darnell Wayne Menard pleaded guilty as charged.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas sentenced Menard to 57 months for the conspiracy as well as a mandatory and co... More...
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United States of America v. Juan Matias Trevino

Brownsville, TX - Texas Syndicate Gang Member Ordered to Federal Prison

A member of the Texas-based prison and street gang known as the Texas Syndicate was ordered to federal prison for narcotics trafficking. Juan Matias Trevino, 29, of Brownsville, pleaded guilty Feb. 2, 2016, to possession with intent to distribute one kilogram of methamphetamine.

U.S. District Judge Rolando Ol... More...
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Timothy Steven Blackard v. The State of Texas

Following his arrest for the charged offense, Blackard completed a “form for court
appointed attorney,” in which he indicated that he was unemployed and received no income
See Tex. Penal Code § 71.02.1
from public assistance. Subsequently, the district court ordered that Blackard be appointed counsel,
finding that Blackard did not have “sufficient net assets to use in hiring a l... More...
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Jeffery Ryan Moore v. The State of Texas

Jeffrey Ryan Moore was charged with the trafficking of a child and with compelling
the prostitution of a child. See Tex. Penal Code §§ 20A.02(a)(7) (specifying that person commits
offense if he “knowingly . . . traffics a child and by any means causes the trafficked child to engage
in, or become the victim of, conduct prohibited by” statute governing compelling prostitution), (b)(1)More...
   $0 (09-14-2016 - TX)

Walter Lee Scott, Jr. v. The State of Texas

Walter Lee Scott, Jr., was charged with assaulting Kassandra Holt, who was a
member of Scott’s family or household, “by intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly impeding the
normal breathing or circulation of . . . Holt by applying pressure to [her] throat or neck.” See Tex.
Penal Code § 22.01(a) (setting out elements of offense of assault), (b)(2)(B) (elevating offense level
from ... More...
   $0 (09-14-2016 - TX)

James Robert Montoya, Jr. v. The State of Texas

M.A., the victim in this case, was returning to her home in New Braunfels after
leaving her job at Taco Bell at approximately 1:15 a.m. The victim was traveling south on Interstate
Highway 35 when her car ran out of gas and stalled just north of San Marcos near the Blanco River
turnaround. After trying to call family and friends for help, M.A. decided to walk to the nearest
gas s... More...
   $0 (09-14-2016 - TX)

Nelson Michael Daniel v. The State of Texas

Nelson Michael Daniel was indicted for continuous sexual abuse of a young child.
See Tex. Penal Code § 21.02. He pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault. See id. § 22.021. Daniel
also pleaded true to an allegation of a prior felony conviction, and the trial court sentenced him to
40 years’ imprisonment. In his sole point of error, he contends that the trial court lacked jurisdi... More...
   $0 (09-13-2016 - TX)

Richard Vasquez v. The State of Texas

This is an appeal pursuant to Anders v. California. A jury convicted appellant 1
Richard Vasquez of the offenses of attempted capital murder of a peace officer and aggravated
assault against a public servant. The district court rendered judgment on each verdict and sentenced 2
Vasquez to thirty years’ imprisonment for the attempted-capital-murder offense and fifteen years’
impris... More...
   $0 (09-13-2016 - TX)

Jason Sibley v. The State of Texas

This is an appeal pursuant to Anders v. California. A jury convicted appellant 1
Jason Sibley of the offense of sexual assault. The district court rendered judgment on the verdict 2
and sentenced Sibley to 24 years’ imprisonment.
Evidence considered by the jury during trial included the testimony of the
complainant, Gabrielle Rhodes. Rhodes testified that on the night of Februar... More...
   $0 (09-13-2016 - TX)

Mark Gibson Dudley v. The State of Texas

Appellant was charged with indecency with a child. See Tex. Penal Code § 21.11(a)(1)
(providing that person commits offense if he “engages in sexual contact with the child or causes the
child to engage in sexual contact” and if child is “younger than 17 years of age”), (d) (stating that
offense is second-degree felony). Under the terms of a plea-bargain agreement, appellant agreed to... More...
   $0 (09-13-2016 - TX)

Clifton Crews Hoyt v. The State of Texas

Clifton Crews Hoyt was charged with driving while intoxicated. See Tex. Penal
Code § 49.04(a) (listing elements of offense). The indictment also alleged that Hoyt had previously
been convicted of the offense on two prior occasions, which elevated the level of the offense to
a third-degree felony. See id. § 49.09(b)(2). In addition, the indictment alleged that Hoyt was also
prev... More...
   $0 (09-13-2016 - TX)

Amador Fernandez v. The State of Texas

This is an appeal pursuant to Anders v. California. Following a bench trial, appellant 1
Amador Fernandez was convicted of the offense of evading arrest and detention with a vehicle.2
After finding Fernandez guilty, the district court sentenced him to five years’ imprisonment. This
appeal followed.
At trial, the district court heard evidence that on the night of March 15, 2014, D... More...
   $0 (09-13-2016 - TX)

Victorio Nepomuceno v. The State of Texas

The State indicted appellant for “intentionally or knowingly caus[ing] the penetration
of the anus of [H.C.], a child who was then and there younger than 14 years of age, by [appellant’s]
sexual organ.” At trial, the jury heard the testimony of H.C., H.C.’s sister, and a police officer who
investigated the allegation of sexual abuse. H.C. testified that appellant regularly babysat hi... More...
   $0 (09-12-2016 - TX)

Andrew Williams v. The State of Texas

In count one, the jury found Appellant guilty of aggravated sexual assault
by the penetration of a child’s sexual organ. See Tex. Penal Code Ann.
§ 22.021(a)(B)(i) (West Supp. 2016). In count two, the jury found Appellant guilty
of aggravated sexual assault by his causing the child’s mouth to contact his
sexual organ. See id. § 22.021(a)(B)(v).
II. The Denial of Appella... More...
   $0 (09-12-2016 - TX)

Don Reed v. The State of Texas

This appeal arises out of an altercation between Appellant and his
girlfriend, Miriam.2 As a result of the altercation, Appellant was indicted for
assaulting Miriam, a person with whom he had a dating relationship, by impeding
her breath, a third-degree felony. See id. § 22.01(a), (b)(2)(B).
At trial, the jury heard the audio recording of a 9-1-1 call placed shortly
a... More...
   $0 (09-11-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Chad Wayne Hogan

Beaumont, TX - Former Orange County Detective Guilty in HUD Fraud Scheme

A 47-year-old former Orange County Sheriff’s Detective has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas.

Chad Wayne Hogan, of Orange, Texas, pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with money laundering today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Giblin.

Acco... More...
   $0 (09-06-2016 - TX)

United States of America v. Jose A. Ytuarte

San Antonio, TX - Former State Employee Sentenced to Federal Prison in Fraudulent Drivers License Scheme

Jose A. Ytuarte, age 54, a former Texas Department of Public Safety Customer Service Representative in Hondo, TX, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for his role in a scheme to provide fraudulent drivers’ licenses to undocumented al... More...
   $0 (09-10-2016 - TX)

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