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Former Staffer to Ex-Congressman Steve Stockman Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Money Laundering

HOUSTON – A former staff member for a former Congressman is likely headed to federal prison.  On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Jason T. Posey, 46, formerly of Houston and currently residing in Mississippi, pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud, one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering before Chief U.S. District […]

Online Merchant to Pay Huge Fine for Price Fixing

  Conspiracy Was Conducted Through Social Media and Encrypted Messaging Applications   HOUSTON – An e-commerce company and its top executive have agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to fix prices for customized promotional products sold online to customers in the United States. Zaappaaz Inc. (d/b/a WB Promotions Inc., Wrist-Band.com and Customlanyard.net) and its president […]

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Houston Police Officer Charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter found Dead in Fort Bend County

  FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Katy) – It was nearly one year ago that a Houston Police Department officer was involved in a fatal head-on car wreck and charged with intoxicated manslaughter. “Detectives with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office discovered former Houston Police Officer, James Combs, deceased after failing to show up to court this morning,” […]

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Harris County Grand Jury Indicts Houston Dentist for 2016 Brain Injuries to a Child Case

  HOUSTON (Covering Katy) – She’s blamed for causing the brain injuries to one of her patients, and now she may be headed to prison because she didn’t take appropriate actions to help the child after prosecutors say it was clear that something was wrong. On Monday, a Harris County grand jury indicted Houston dentist […]

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Pakistani Man Heads to Prison for Defrauding FedEx of Nearly $300,000 in Overseas Shipping Fees

HOUSTON ‐ A 32-year-old Pakistani national who resided in the local area has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions on six counts of mail fraud, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Babar Butt resided in multiple locations in Houston and Spring and operated an electronics export business, routinely shipping items to Dubai, United […]

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HCCS Trustee Pleads Guilty to Federal Bribery Charges

  HOUSTON  (Covering Katy) – A trustee with Houston Community College System, Chris Oliver, was recently convicted of bribery of a public official concerning programs receiving federal funds, announced U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore unsealed the case against Oliver, 53, of Houston, on Friday. He was originally charged March 9, 2017, […]

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Distributor of Counterfeit Medications Arrested

  HOUSTON (Covering Katy) – A 47-year-old woman appeared in federal court this week for allegedly smuggling a counterfeit corticosteroid known as Diprospan into the United States and trafficking the misbranded and counterfeit drug through a store known as Naturavida, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. The criminal complaint alleges that Carolina Aguilar Rodriguez, also […]

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Final Man Convicted in Major Houston Area Cocaine Conspiracy

  HOUSTON –  With the final plea today, three Houston men have been convicted for their roles in a $1 million narcotic trafficking conspiracy, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Robert Ashleigh Whitten, 38, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. Lalo Buddy Perez, 26, and Michael Anthony Patran, 28, pleaded guilty […]