Breaking the state's tax laws is a losing proposition. Read about those who found that out the hard way.

2017

January 25, 2017

Madan Adhikary, 42, of Irving, was arrested for the second-degree felony offense of Bribery after offering to deliver cash, then meeting with an undercover officer posing as an audit supervisor and delivering cash in exchange for a reduction in or waiver of his sales tax liability audit. The case is pending indictment in Bexar County.

A federal grand jury returned an indictment, later unsealed, charging the following individuals with one count of Access Device Fraud and one count of Aggravated Identity Theft: Juan Adelmo Bermudez, age 46; Jorge Manuel Batista-Gonzalez, age 37; Michel Sarmiento, age 36; Andy Cruz-Leyva, age 45; Sandra Alva Escobar-Carballosa, age 31; and, Livan Sanchez-Leyva, age 38, all of Odessa. These defendants were all arrested after investigation revealed that they were using "cloned" credit cards to purchase hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel from local stations and then reselling the unlawfully acquired diesel fuel to others. This investigation was conducted by the Texas Comptroller's Criminal Investigation Division, the FBI's Permian Basin Oilfield Theft Task Force and the Ector County Sheriff's Office.

January 17, 2017

Enmanuel Sierra Perez, 21, of Cleveland, Texas, was arrested for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements after unlawfully intentionally and knowingly transporting motor fuel for which a cargo manifest was required to be carried without possessing a cargo manifest. Perez' case is pending indictment in Harris County.

January 13, 2017

Adolfo Hernandez Hernandez, 35, of Pasadena, was arrested by warrant for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements after unlawfully intentionally and knowingly transporting motor fuel for which a cargo manifest was required to be carried without possessing a cargo manifest. Hernandez Hernandez' case is pending indictment in Brazoria County.

January 5, 2017

Juan Pablo Alvarado, 34, of Mercedes, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication and a $300 fine. Alvarado's case, filed as cause number CR-2742-16-G (count three), was prosecuted in Hidalgo County. The other counts in the case were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

2016

December 19, 2016

Digsan Garrido Moreno, 38, of Portland, Oregon, was arrested for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents.  The case is pending indictment in Ector County.

December 14, 2016

Juan Enrique Maldonado-Castillo, 49, of Pflugerville, was arrested by warrants for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document, the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License and the state jail felony offense of Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information #Items<5.  These cases are pending indictment in Travis County.  Maldonado-Castillo was previously indicted in August 2015 in Travis County, filed as cause number D1-DC-15-900161 as Counts I & II, for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and the state jail felony offense of Credit Card Abuse.  The new cases are pending indictment in Travis County.

December 12, 2016

Bay Le, 62, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Books & Records, a Cigarette Tax Violation. She was sentenced in the 396th District Court of Tarrant County to 3 years deferred adjudication and a $300 fine. Le's case, filed as cause number 1464074, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.

December 9, 2016

Isidro Rojelio Montalvo, 48, of Hialeah, Florida, pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and was sentenced to 8 years deferred adjudication, a $4,000 fine, 700 hours of community service, and court-ordered restitution to the victim.  Montalvo’s case, filed as cause number 16-08-05756-CRW, was prosecuted in Ward County.

Diego A. Gonzalez, 46, of Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and was sentenced to 8 years deferred adjudication, a $4,000 fine, 700 hours of community service, and court-ordered restitution to the victim.  Gonzalez’ case, filed as cause number 16-08-05755-CRW, was prosecuted in Ward County.

Calvin G. Suddeath, 55, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Tampering with a Government Record.  He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, $500 fine and 40 hours of community service hours.  Suddeath’s case, filed as cause number 149641901010, was prosecuted in Harris County.

December 8, 2016

Reinier Munoz Martin, 30, of Midland, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements and was sentenced to 6 years deferred adjudication, $500 fine, 300 hours of community service hours and court-ordered restitution to the victim.  Munoz Martin’s case, filed as cause number CR47742, was prosecuted in Midland County.

Eusebio Munoz Cepero, 20, of Midland, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements and was sentenced to 6 years deferred adjudication, 300 hours of community service hours and court-ordered restitution to the victim.  Munoz Cepero’s case, filed as cause number CR47744, was prosecuted in Midland County.

November 20, 2016

Alexey Romero Perez, 41, of Homestead, Florida, was arrested for the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity for the underlying second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements.  Romero Perez was arrested with other individuals for his involvement in a motor fuel tax fraud scheme.  Romero Perez’ case is pending indictment in Midland County.

Roberto Ariel Torres-Carralero, 49, of Hialeah Gardens, Florida, was arrested for the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity for the underlying second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements.  Torres-Carralero was arrested with other individuals for his involvement in a motor fuel tax fraud scheme.  Torres-Carralero’ case is pending indictment in Midland County.

Freyzer Zaldivar-Rodriguez, 35, of Odessa, was arrested for the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity for the underlying second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements.  Zaldivar-Rodriguez was arrested with other individuals for his involvement in a motor fuel tax fraud scheme.  Zaldivar-Rodriguez’ case is pending indictment in Midland County.

November 18, 2016

Luis Manuel Proenza Sanchez, 45, of Houston, was arrested by warrants for the second-degree and third-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements.  Proenza Sanchez’ cases, are pending indictment in Hidalgo County.

November 17, 2016

Angel Aguila Mercado, 24, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax.  He was sentenced to 4 years deferred adjudication, 160 hours of community service, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $6,899.89 jointly and severally with other co-defendants in the case to the victim.  The second unadjudicated case filed as cause number 17,295 was taken into consideration in determining sentence in this case pursuant to Penal Code Section 12.45.  Mercado’s case, filed as cause number 17,294, was prosecuted in Washington County.

November 15, 2016

Luis Ochoa-Cabrera, 55, of Seguin, was indicted for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax.  He was previously arrested for unlawfully appropriating diesel fuel by making fraudulent purchases using cloned credit cards, thereby failing to pay the backup tax as imposed by the Texas Tax Code.  Ochoa-Cabrera’s case, filed as cause number D1-DC-16-300687, is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Lazaro Abreu Aliaga, aka Lazaro Abreu-Aliago 52, of Austin, was indicted for the second-degree felony offenses of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents.  He was previously arrested for unlawfully appropriating diesel fuel by making fraudulent purchases using cloned credit cards, thereby failing to pay the backup tax as imposed by the Texas Tax Code and for transporting motor fuel without possessing a shipping document.  Aliaga’s cases, filed as cause numbers D1-DC-16-300691 and D1-DC-16-300686, are pending prosecution in Travis County.

Luis Castillo-Fernandez, 30, of Austin, was indicted for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax.  He was previously arrested for unlawfully appropriating diesel fuel by making fraudulent purchases using cloned credit cards, thereby failing to pay the backup tax as imposed by the Texas Tax Code.  Castillo-Fernandez’ case, filed as cause number D1-DC-16-300690, is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Yonar Bello-Lopez, 32 of Austin, was indicted for the second-degree felony offenses of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents.  He was previously arrested for unlawfully appropriating diesel fuel by making fraudulent purchases using cloned credit cards, thereby failing to pay the backup tax as imposed by the Texas Tax Code and for transporting motor fuel without possessing a shipping document.  Bello-Lopez’ cases, filed as cause numbers D1-DC-16-300689 and D1-DC-16-300684, are pending prosecution in Travis County.

November 3, 2016

Randall Keith Baxter, 63, of San Saba, pleaded guilty to the lesser included offense of Attempted Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements.  Baxter was originally indicted for the third-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements in cause number 5851.  The state agreed to prosecute this case under Penal Code Section 12.44(b) as a Class A misdemeanor offense.  He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, $1,000 fine, 150 hours of community service and restitution paid on the date of the plea in the amount of $7,942.00.  This case was prosecuted in San Saba County. 

October 24, 2016

Manuel Terrazas, Jr., 35, of Plains, was indicted by a Yoakum County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Terrazas’ case, filed as cause number 3317, is pending prosecution in Yoakum County.

October 20, 2016

Jaime Macias, 29, of El Paso, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 3 years deferred adjudication, $750 in court-ordered restitution, and 200 hours of community service. Macias’ case, filed as Counts I & II in cause number 20160D01708, were prosecuted in El Paso County.

October 19, 2016

Juan Andres Rodriguez, 29, of El Paso, pleaded guilty to two counts of the second-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 4 years deferred adjudication, $1,000 fine and 400 hours of community service. Both Counts I & II punishments will run concurrently and his case, filed as Counts I & II in cause number 20160D01709, were prosecuted in El Paso County.

October 14, 2016

Juan Manuel Reyes, 45, of Laredo, pleaded guilty to the lesser included Class A misdemeanor offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements after previously being indicted for the second-degree offense of Violation of otor Fuel Tax Requirements. Reyes’ case, filed as cause number 2016CRP000369D1, was prosecuted in Webb County.

October 7, 2016

Jackson R. Cooper, 33, of Brownwood, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Tampering with a Government Record. He admitted to obtaining a Texas Sales & Use Tax permit using false information in furtherance of a scheme to defraud others. He was sentenced to serve 9 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Cooper’s case, filed as cause number
C-16-1013-CR, was prosecuted in Ector County.

Manuel Montoya, 41, of Odessa, was arrested by warrant for the Class A misdemeanor offense of Concealing Motor Fuel. He posted bond and is awaiting prosecution in Ector County.

Manuel Montoya Jr., 20, of Odessa, was arrested by warrant for the Class A misdemeanor offense of Concealing Motor Fuel. He posted bond and is awaiting prosecution in Ector County.

October 6, 2016

Kenneth James Twiggs, 33, of Odessa, was arrested for the Class A misdemeanor offense of Concealing Motor Fuel. He posted bond and is awaiting prosecution in Ector County.

September 28, 2016

George Andrew Cox, 40, of Brownfield, was indicted by a Terry County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offenses of Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document and Evade or Attempt to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. Cox's cases, filed as cause numbers 7153 and 7154, respectively, are pending prosecution in Terry County.

September 27, 2016

Felix Cura Herrera, 42, of Palmview, was indicted by a Sutton County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents and the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License. Herrera's case, filed in cause number 02512 as Counts I & II, are pending prosecution in Sutton County.

September 22, 2016

Jacob Wayne Spencer, 36, of Breckenridge, pleaded guilty to the lesser included Class A misdemeanor offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He had previously been indicted on two separate counts of the second-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, a $4,000 fine and 80 hours of community service. The felony offenses were dismissed as part of a plea bargain. Spencer’s case, filed as cause number 68,494, was prosecuted in Howard County.

September 1, 2016

Vanessa Rodriguez, 31, of El Paso, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements, a lesser included offense, after being originally indicted for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. She was sentenced to 365 in the county jail, suspended to 2 years' probation, a $1,000 fine, with restitution to the victim to be determined. Rodriguez' case, filed as cause number 2016D01263, was prosecuted in El Paso County.

Case News Archive