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

2017

March 28, 2017

Oscar David Alderete Ortiz, 38, of Denver City, was arrested for Evading or Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. He is accused of delivering a bulk load of stolen diesel fuel and failing to pay the backup tax as the seller of the motor fuel to the ultimate consumer of the motor fuel. He was also charged with the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in Motor Fuel Transaction without a License relating to this same case. The cases are pending prosecution in Yoakum County.

Eloy Pineda Morales, 44, of Denver City, was arrested for Evading or Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax after being accused of receiving a bulk load of stolen diesel fuel and failing to pay the backup tax as the ultimate consumer of the motor fuel. The case is pending prosecution in Yoakum County.

Roberto Talavera-Guerra, 36, of Austin, was arrested by warrants for the second-degree felony offenses of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents. The cases are pending prosecution in Williamson County.

Yulier Tamayo Benitez, 34, of Austin, was arrested by warrants for the second-degree felony offenses of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents. The cases are pending prosecution in Williamson County.

March 23, 2017

Thu Linh Le, 33, of Odessa, was arrested by warrant for the second-degree felony offense of Coin-Operated Machine License by Fraud. She is accused of attempting to obtain a coin-operated machine license by filing a false application with the Texas Comptroller. The case is pending prosecution in Ector County.

Patricia Ann Bradford, 53, of Odessa, was arrested by warrant for the second-degree felony offense of Coin-Operated Machine License by Fraud. She is accused of attempting to obtain a coin-operated machine license by filing a false application with the Texas Comptroller. The case is pending prosecution in Ector County.

Esteban Pando Hernandez, Jr., 38, of Odessa, was arrested by warrant for the second-degree felony offense of Evades or Attempts to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. He is accused of purchasing stolen diesel fuel, thereby failing to pay the backup tax as the ultimate consumer of the motor fuel. The case is pending prosecution in Ector County.

Juan Manuel Ortiz, Jr., 45, of Odessa, was arrested by warrant for the second-degree felony offense of Evades or Attempts to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. He is accused of selling stolen diesel fuel, thereby failing to pay the backup tax as the seller of the motor fuel to the ultimate consumer of the motor fuel. The case is pending prosecution in Ector County.

March 7, 2017

Kevin Demon Taylor, 37, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Fraudulent Use/Possession of Identifying Information, 5 < 10, and was sentenced to serve 4 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Taylor's case, filed as cause number CR15-0030, was prosecuted in Parker County.

Jerry Cantu, 37, of Lubbock, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements and was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication, 240 hours of community service and $27,029.18 in court-ordered restitution to the victim. Pursuant to 12.45 of the Texas Penal Code he admitted his guilt to the Ector County unadjudicated offense styled as A-42-679 for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity which involved the theft of large amounts of diesel fuel. Cantu's case, filed as cause number 2013-439871, was prosecuted in Lubbock County.

March 6, 2017

Albert Martinez Barrera, 44, of Snyder, was indicted by a Scurry County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He is accused of intentionally or knowingly transporting over a public highway, a motor fuel which a shipping document is required to be carried without possessing a shipping document. Barrera's case, filed as cause number 10467, is pending prosecution in Scurry County.

Jose Luis Aguero, 43, of Snyder, was indicted by a Scurry County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He is accused of intentionally or knowingly accepting a delivery of motor fuel and did not at the same time accept or receive a shipping document relating to the bulk delivery of diesel fuel. Aguero's case, filed as cause number 10468, is pending prosecution in Scurry County.

March 1, 2017

Juan Enrique Maldonado-Castillo, 49, of Pflugerville, was indicted for the second-degree felony offenses of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents and the state jail felony offense of Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse. Maldonado-Castillo's cases, filed respectively as cause numbers D1DC16302319, D1DC16302317 and D1DC16302321, are pending prosecution in Travis County.

February 27, 2017

Sandra Lee Ferguson, 58, of North Richland Hills, was arrested by warrant for the Class A misdemeanor offense of Operating without a License or Registration Certificate, a violation of the Texas Occupations Code Section 2153.356. Ferguson is accused of owning, operating and displaying amusement machines without the proper license or registration certificate. Ferguson's case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

February 16, 2017

Francois Lucien Lindstrom, 43, of Arlington, was arrested by warrants for the third-degree felony offense of Tampering with a Governmental Record and the Class A misdemeanor offense of False Application for Driver's License. Lindstrom's case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

Christopher G. Marshall, 40, of Meridian, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Concealing Motor Fuel and was sentenced to a $4,000 fine for his role in stealing dyed diesel fuel and storing it for use in his motor vehicle. Marshall's case, filed as cause number 1477, was prosecuted in Glasscock County.

February 15, 2017

Sherri Ann Kaether, 52, was arrested by warrant for the Class B misdemeanor offense of False Report to Peace Officer after allegedly knowingly making a false statement that is material to a criminal investigation to a peace officer conducting the investigation Kaether's case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

Omar Gardea Lujan, 36, of Odessa, was sentenced in U. S. District Court in Midland to 5 years' probation, a $5,000 fine and court-ordered restitution for his role in a scheme in which he aided and abetted others to commit Access Device Fraud. Lujan's case was prosecuted by the Midland/Odessa Division of the United States Attorney's Office.

Jorge Carrasco Urias, 44, of Odessa, was sentenced in U. S. District Court in Midland to 5 years' probation with 2 years' home confinement, a $20,000 fine and court-ordered restitution for his role in a scheme in which he aided and abetted others to commit Access Device Fraud. Carrasco Urias' case was prosecuted by the Midland/Odessa Division of the United States Attorney's Office.

February 14, 2017

Isai Navarrete, 33, of Odessa, was sentenced in U. S. District Court in Midland to 21 months in federal prison, 3 years supervised release and court-ordered restitution for his role in a scheme in which he aided and abetted others to commit Access Device Fraud. Navarrete's case was prosecuted by the Midland/Odessa Division of the United States Attorney's Office..

February 13, 2017

Franklin Antonio Robleto, 28, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents. He was sentenced to 3 years deferred adjudication, $1,200 fine and 80 hours of community service. Robleto's case, filed as cause number 27846, was prosecuted in Walker County.

February 9, 2017

Jesus Lozoya, 31, of Gardendale, was sentenced in U. S. District Court in Midland to 18 months in federal prison, 3 years supervised release, a $10,000 fine and court-ordered restitution for his role in a scheme in which he aided and abetted others to commit Access Device Fraud. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison for the new crime and 8 months in prison for violating terms of his supervised release to be served consecutively. Lozoya's case was prosecuted by the Midland/Odessa Division of the United States Attorney's Office.

Aaron Rowden, 30, of Odessa, was arrested for the second-degree felony offense of Accepting Delivery of Motor Fuel without Receiving Shipping Documents. He was found to be in possession of a bulk container of stolen dyed diesel fuel. Rowden's case is pending prosecution in Ector County.

February 1, 2017

Kenneth J. Twiggs, 33, of Odessa, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Concealing Motor Fuel. Twiggs was found to have been concealing stolen dyed diesel fuel for use in his motor vehicle. He was sentenced to 6 months' probation and a $500 fine. Twiggs case, filed as cause number 17-0206-CCL2, was prosecuted in Ector County.

Edwin Quan, 53, of Terrell, was arrested by warrant for the Class A misdemeanor offense of Operating without a License or Registration Certificate, a violation of the Texas Occupations Code Section 2153.356. Quan is accused of owning, operating and displaying amusement machines without the proper license or registration certificate. Quan's case is pending prosecution in Kaufman County.

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. Others arrested in this scheme are identified as: Alejandro Vega-Torres, age 33, of Hialeah, Florida; Omero Lazaro Barbeito-Lastre, age 44; Jose Angel Leyva-Oliva, age 42; Eduardo Tamayo-Pupo, age 36; all of Tampa, Florida. 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 20, 2016

George A. Cox, 40, of Levelland, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was sentenced to 3 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a $2,500 fine. The indicted felony for Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document was adjudicated pursuant to Section 12.45 of the Texas Penal Code. Cox's case, filed as cause number 7154, was prosecuted in Terry County, Texas.

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 23, 2016

Anthony Lara, 39, of Crosby County, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements and was sentenced to 7 years deferred adjudication, $2,000 fine and 20 hours of community service. Lara's case, was filed as cause number 2016-3457, was prosecuted in Crosby 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 27, 2016

Luis A. Trejo, 30, of Ralls, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements and was sentenced to 7 years deferred adjudication, $1,500 fine and 20 hours of community service. Trejo's case, filed as cause number 2016-3459, was prosecuted in Crosby 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

Yoel M. Fajardo-Crespo, 44 of Houston, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison, suspended to 5 years probation, and a $500 fine. Fajardo-Crespo's case, filed as cause number 15-12-13118, was prosecuted in Montgomery County.

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.

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