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Texas Woman Charged in Virtual Kidnapping Scheme

HOUSTON – A 34-year-old Houston woman has been taken into custody for her alleged involvement in a virtual kidnapping for ransom scheme that stretched to three states, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez of the Southern District of Texas.

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Zeta Leader “Talivan” Sent to Prison

LAREDO, Texas – Ivan Velasquez-Caballero, aka Talivan or 50, has been sentenced to federal prison for 30 years following his convictions of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.

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CFO and VP Sentenced in Nationwide Worker’s Compensation Fraud Scheme

HOUSTON – Two officials with Team Work Ready (TWR) have been ordered to federal prison for conspiracy, health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez along with Special Agent in Charge Maximo Eamiguel of the U.S. Postal Service – Office of Inspector General (USPS-OIG), Special Agent in Charge Steven Grell of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) – OIG, Special Agent in Charge Rick Goss of IRS-Criminal Investigation (CI), Special Agent in Charge James Werner of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – OIG, and Special Agent in Charge David J. Green of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – OIG.

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Federal Jury Convicts Mission Man for Cocaine Possession

McALLEN, Texas – A McAllen federal jury has convicted a lawful permanent resident who was residing in Mission for possessing with the intent to distribute approximately 50 kilograms of cocaine, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. The jury deliberated for less than an hour before convicting Leonel Luis Nordhausen-Cuevas, 58, following a two-day-trial.

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RGV Pharmacy Owner and Marketer Arrested In Connection with Health Insurance Fraud Scheme

McALLEN, Texas ‐ The owner of Penitas Family Pharmacy aka Riverside Pharmacy and a marketer employed by the pharmacy have been indicted in connection with a scheme to defraud Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, announced Acting United States Attorney Abe Martinez.

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Mexican Nationals Sent to Prison for Firearms Charge

McALLEN, Texas – Two men who had been admitted into the country from Mexico under a non-immigrant visa have been ordered to prison for illegally possessing firearms, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Oscar Gumaro Pruneda-Garcia, 30, and Rene Garcia-Araujo, 25, pleaded guilty Jan. 3, 2017.

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Daily Bible Verse

The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

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Pakistani Man Heads to Prison for Defrauding FedEx of Nearly $300,000

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 Arab Emirates.

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Former Correctional Officer Sentenced to Prison for Accepting Bribes

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A former correctional officer will now be on the other side of prison bars following his conviction of accepting bribes in his capacity as a public official, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. Stephen Salinas, 23, of Edcouch, pleaded guilty Jan. 3, 2017.

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Daily Bible Verse

Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

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Man Pleads Guilty to Preparing False Income Tax Return

HOUSTON – A local income tax return preparer has pleaded guilty to preparing a false U.S. Individual Income Tax Return for a client, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.

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Tax Preparer Guilty of Tax Evasion

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A local tax return preparer has admitted to willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation of false U.S. Income Tax Returns for others and filing a false income tax return for herself, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez along with Special Agent in Charge Rick Goss of IRS – Criminal Investigation (CI).

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