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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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

2017

April - June

Jun. 29, 2017

Andres Rivero Escobar, 42, of Katy was indicted for transporting motor fuel without proper documentation, a third-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

He allegedly pumped unlawfully acquired diesel fuel into an auxiliary tank in the rear of a flatbed trailer without having a license to transport the motor fuel.

The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Jun. 26, 2017

Madan Adhikary, 43, of Irving pleaded no contest to bribery, a second-degree felony, for offering a Comptroller's audit supervisor in San Antonio $8,000 cash to "zero out" his tax liability in January.

Under a plea agreement, Adhikary waived indictment and received deferred adjudication (no final conviction). He was sentenced in a Bexar County district court to five years' probation plus court costs.

CID investigators acting in an undercover capacity conducted the investigation. The San Antonio Police Department assisted in the arrest.

The case was prosecuted in Bexar County.


Pedro Rojero Jr., 39, of Fabens was arrested for allegedly transporting 228 gallons of dyed diesel fuel in a pickup truck auxiliary tank. He allegedly obtained the fuel from an oil company storage facility using his and another's agricultural user permits.

Evidence shows that he has illegally acquired more than 200,000 gallons of untaxed fuel and taken it into Mexico during the past 12 months.

Rojero is charged with transporting motor fuel without proper documentation, a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in El Paso County.

Jun. 23, 2017

Santos Del Pozo Rodriguez, 54, of Houston and Daniel Danger, 50, of Naples, Fla. were indicted for allegedly using one of eight "cloned" credit and debit cards to obtain almost 42 gallons of diesel fuel worth $100 from a Caldwell convenience store in mid-April.

According to a sworn statement, the suspects' pickup truck contained a 300-gallon auxiliary tank in its bed concealed by wooden panels and a tire. Evidence shows that Danger attempted to destroy the cards during their apprehension.

The indictments charge both defendants with motor fuel tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without proper documentation, each of which is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Danger also is charged with tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000, and with credit/debit card abuse, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for from six months up to two years.

The CID assisted Caldwell police officers in the investigation. The case is pending prosecution in Burleson County.

Jun. 22, 2017

Hendri Samon Perez, 32, of Houston was convicted in a Walker County district court of concealing motor fuel with criminal intent in 2016 and was given a suspended sentence.

Perez had been indicted for transporting motor fuel without proper documentation, a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. He pleaded guilty to the lesser included offense of concealment, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

Although sentenced to 169 days in jail, Perez was credited with time served, that being five and a half months since his arrest in February of last year.

The case was prosecuted in Walker County.

Jun. 21, 2017

Adrian Yordanys-Pita, 32, of Houston was indicted for transporting with intent to sell approximately 300 gallons of illegally obtained diesel fuel and failing to pay the backup tax.

He is charged with motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Fort Bend County.


Yuri Columbie, 33, of Houston was indicted for using one of four credit cards without authorization to obtain 105 gallons of diesel fuel without paying the backup tax and transporting it with intent to sell.

He is charged with motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000, and credit card abuse, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for from six months up to two years.

The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Jun. 16, 2017

Jerome White, 32, of Odessa was convicted in a Midland County district court of untaxed tobacco possession and sentenced to five years' probation, a $1,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.

White pleaded guilty to one count of possessing tobacco with taxes due exceeding $50, a third-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Evidence showed he was in possession of 70 cans of snuff for which he had no invoices and 48 packs of stolen cigarettes.

The CID assisted the Midland County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.

Jun. 15, 2017

Kenneth R. Harris, 57, of Dallas was arrested for allegedly operating an unlicensed coin-operated machine manufacture, repair and sales business.

He is accused of operating without a license or registration certificate, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both. The investigation revealed that Harris was conducting business with an expired amusement machine license and repairing amusement machines for resale.

The case is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

Jun. 12, 2017

Arnel Garcia Fernandez, 28, and Juan Gelsi Corrales, 38, both of Pflugerville, were indicted for failing to pay motor fuel taxes on almost 800 gallons of bulk diesel fuel obtained without a license from three Austin convenience stores and transported without proper documentation in early February.

Fernandez allegedly drove the van into which the fuel was dispensed while Corrales allegedly drove a "blocking" vehicle and acted as lookout.

The defendants were indicted on two counts each of motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The cases are pending prosecution in Travis County.

Jun. 6, 2017

Hector Suarez, 68, of Fort Stockton, a former Pecos County deputy tax assessor-collector, was indicted and arrested for allegedly stealing almost $35,000 in motor vehicle sales tax payments over two years by changing the sales prices on title applications.

He was indicted on nine counts of fraudulently tampering with a government record, a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. A separate indictment charges the former motor vehicle tax supervisor with one count of property theft exceeding $2,500 by a public servant, a third-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The CID assisted the Texas Rangers in the investigation. The case is pending prosecution in Pecos County.

Jun. 5, 2017

Israel Lara, 34, of Pecos was arrested for allegedly violating motor fuel tax requirements for obtaining and concealing untaxed red-dyed diesel fuel in an auxiliary tank in the bed of his pickup truck on June 2 and storing it illegally in a drum and various equipment on his property.

Lara is charged with motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The CID assisted the Reeves County Sheriff's Office with the investigation which stemmed from a related case of stolen oil and gas equipment.

The case is pending prosecution in Reeves County.


Brooke Marie McAllister, 35, of North Richland Hills was sentenced for trafficking in amusement machine decals. Evidence shows she falsified the original and renewal registration certificate applications in 2014-2016 and sold the decals she obtained to various game room owners in North and Central Texas.

McAllister pleaded guilty to one count of fraudulently obtaining a coin-operated machine license, a second-degree felony, and two counts of tampering with a government record (license/seal/permit), a third-degree felony. She was sentenced to six years' deferred adjudication, fines totaling $1,000 and 240 hours of community service.

The case was prosecuted in Tarrant County.


May 24, 2017

Albert Martinez Barrera, 44, of Snyder pleaded guilty to transporting motor fuel without a shipping document in May. He illegally obtained almost 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel from his employer in Midland and hauled it to Snyder.

Jose Luis Aguero, 43, also of Snyder, pleaded guilty to evidence tampering for destroying more than 200 gallons of the fuel that was the subject the investigation.

Both defendants received deferred adjudication, five years' probation and $1,500 fines plus court costs. They also were ordered to enter a residential treatment facility and perform 160 hours of community service.

Transporting motor fuel without shipping documents is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Tampering with physical evidence is a third-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The cases were prosecuted in Scurry County.

May 19, 2017

Brenda Liz Illarramendi, 46, of El Paso was charged with evading motor vehicle sales taxes by falsifying vehicle titles and title applications in 2015.

She was arrested on five warrants for tampering with a government record with intent to defraud, a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The case is pending prosecution in El Paso County.

May 17, 2017

Oscar David Alderete Ortiz, 39, and Eloy Pineda-Morales, 44, both of Denver City, were indicted for allegedly obtaining approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel without paying tax in late March. Ortiz also is charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without having a motor fuel transporter's license.

Motor fuel tax evasion is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license is a third-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Yoakum County.

May 16, 2017

Diem Huyen Thi Tran, 47, of Waco was arrested and charged with transporting 90 packs of unstamped, illegally imported Vietnamese cigarettes in her car while driving in Hillsboro in December. They were discovered during the investigation of a theft at a local discount chain store.

In March, a search revealed almost 300 unstamped, illegally imported Vietnamese cigarettes at Tran's residence. She and Van Thuong Tran, 53, also of Waco, also have been charged with illegal possession of cigarettes.

Transporting unstamped cigarettes is a third-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Both are also charged with possession of fewer than 10,000 unstamped cigarettes, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

The investigation was conducted jointly by officers of the Department of Public Safety and CID. The misdemeanor cases are is pending prosecution in McLennan County. The felony case is pending prosecution in Hill County.

Jonathan Daniel Allen, 36, of Cleburne was arrested in March and charged with using his employer's company credit card in late 2016 to make several purchases of dyed diesel fuel for his tractor truck without a license. Dyed diesel is nontaxable only for off-road or agricultural use by permit-holders.

Motor fuel tax evasion and purchasing fuel intending to evade tax are second-degree felonies punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Engaging in an unlicensed motor fuel transaction is a third-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Johnson County.

May 12, 2017

Luis Ivan Gutierrez-Prieto, 33, of Amarillo was indicted for evading or attempting to evade paying tax on motor fuel in August 2014. The offense is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The case is pending prosecution in Potter County.

May 11, 2017

Jerome White, 32, of Odessa was arrested on two indictments alleging possession of tobacco products on which he allegedly did not pay taxes and for which he had no invoices. Evidence shows that White tried to sell 70 cans of stolen snuff in June 2016.

Failure to pay tobacco tax and maintain proper tax records are third-degree felonies punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The cases are pending prosecution in Midland County.

Andres Rivero Escobar, 41, of Katy was arrested after allegedly pumping diesel fuel into an auxiliary tank on May 4 and transporting it without a cargo manifest.

He was charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license, a third-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Andres Fernandez Borjas, 38, of Houston was indicted for allegedly failing to pay tax on illegally purchased fuel pumped into an auxiliary tank in the bed of his pickup truck at an Angleton truck stop on Christmas Eve.

He is charged with evading motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The case is pending prosecution in Brazoria County.

May 8, 2017

Felix Cura Herrera, 43, of Mission pleaded guilty in March to transporting motor fuel without a shipping document. He was caught in Sutton County with red-dyed diesel fuel, allegedly stolen from his employer, in a storage tank in his pickup truck.

Herrera received five years' deferred adjudication, was fined $1,000 plus court costs and ordered to perform 240 hours of community service. Transporting motor fuel without shipping documents is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The case was prosecuted in Sutton County.

Juan Arturo Cruz Leyva, 43, of Tampa, Fla. was arrested and charged with participating in organized crime and transporting motor fuel without proper documentation.

In December and January, he and three accomplices allegedly used "cloned" gift cards containing stolen account numbers, which he attempted to dispose, to obtain and conceal diesel fuel in auxiliary tanks in their pickup trucks, then sell it to truckers.

Engaging in organized criminal activity is a first-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for five to 99 years or life and a fine of up to $10,000. Transporting motor fuel without shipping documents is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The investigation was conducted jointly by members of the FBI's Permian Basin Oilfield Theft Task Force and CID. The cases are pending prosecution in Ector County.

May 2, 2017

Patricia Ann Bradford, 53, of Odessa pleaded guilty to attempting to obtain a coin-operated machine license in March by fraud (falsifying an application), a second-degree felony. She was sentenced in Ector County to two years' imprisonment and ordered to pay court costs and various fees.


Apr. 28, 2017

Yuri Columbie, 33, of Houston was arrested and charged with credit card abuse for allegedly obtaining fuel fraudulently. He was observed pumping fuel into an auxiliary tank of a pickup truck after using a cloned fleet card without the holder's consent, evidence shows.

Credit/debit card abuse is a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for from six months up to two years. The case is pending in Harris County.

Enmanuel Sierra Perez, 22, of Cleveland, Texas was indicted for transporting fuel without a cargo manifest, a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Apr. 27, 2017

Adolfo Hernandez-Hernandez, 35, of Pasadena was arrested on a five-count indictment for allegedly using five different cards not belonging to him on Jan. 1.

Credit/debit card abuse is a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for from six months up to two years.

Jose Miguel Cureza Alfonso, 22, of Houston was arrested for motor fuels tax evasion and possessing identification with intent to defraud seven individuals in mid-January.

Evading motor fuel tax is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Fraudulently using or possessing identifying information is a third-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Both cases are pending prosecution in Brazoria County.

Apr. 24, 2017

Stacie Annette Nalls, 41, of Sunnyvale was arrested and charged with falsifying a license application and unlawfully operating coin-operated amusement machines. She allegedly was one of three unlicensed owners of machines located in a back room of a gift shop in Arlington. Evidence shows that none of the machines displayed the requisite tax permit decals.

Attempting to obtain a license by fraud is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Tampering with a government record is a third-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 10 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Operating amusement machines without a license is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

The case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

Apr. 18, 2017

Santos Del Pozo Rodriguez, 54, of Houston and Daniel Danger, 50, of Naples, Fla. were arrested and charged with motor fuel tax evasion and unlawfully transporting motor fuel. They allegedly used one of eight "cloned" credit and debit cards to obtain almost 42 gallons of diesel fuel worth $100 from a Caldwell convenience store in mid-April. During their apprehension, evidence shows that Danger attempted to destroy the cards.

According to a sworn statement, the suspects' pickup truck contained a 300-gallon auxiliary tank in its bed concealed by wooden panels and a tire. CID investigators assisted Caldwell police officers in the investigation.

Evading motor fuel tax and transporting motor fuel without a valid shipping document both are second-degree felonies punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The cases are pending prosecution in Burleson County.

Apr. 18, 2017

Michael Saavedra, 37, of El Paso was arrested and charged with theft and misapplying fiduciary property for allegedly stealing more than $3,000 from the Anthony American Legion in late 2014 and early 2015 and approximately $5,800 from the Anthony Texas Police Officers Association in the spring of 2015. This investigation is being conducted jointly by the Texas Rangers and CID.

An El Paso grand jury indicted Saavedra, a former Anthony police officer who was president of the association, on four felony counts. Each is punishable by confinement in a state jail for from six months up to two years. The case is pending prosecution in El Paso County.

April 12, 2017

Leobardo V. Rodriguez, 44, of Pecos was arrested and charged with motor fuel tax evasion for allegedly stealing untaxed diesel fuel from an oilfield lease site in Reeves County.

In late March, Rodriguez is alleged to have cut a hose from a fuel tank on the property and dispensed "red-dyed" diesel fuel into his pickup truck without lawful authorization. Dyed diesel is nontaxable only for off-road or agricultural use by permit-holders.

His arrest arose from an ongoing oil field theft investigation being conducted jointly by the Reeves County Sheriff's Office, company security and the Texas Rangers. They contacted CID for assistance with the motor fuel tax aspect of the case.

Rodriguez had recently completed deferred adjudication for delivering dyed diesel fuel for highway use, a third-degree felony, according to CID's sworn statement.

Evading motor fuel tax is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. The case is pending prosecution in Reeves County.

Apr. 5, 2017

Jesus Medeles-Jurado, 47, of San Elizario was arrested and charged with motor fuel tax evasion for allegedly using a company credit card belonging to his former employer to buy gasoline for his personal use.

Evidence shows that, on several occasions in March and early April, Medeles-Jurado used his former supervisor's personal identification number associated with the card to obtain more than 90 gallons of gasoline worth more than $200 for his pickup truck from a company fuel station without authorization.

In a related case, Rito Salgado Jr., 35, of Fort Worth was arrested and also charged with motor fuel tax evasion for allegedly using a different credit card belonging to the same company to obtain gasoline in March for his and a relative's personal vehicles. Salgado, who worked for the company when the thefts occurred, claimed that Medeles-Jurado gave him the card he allegedly used.

In both cases, the credit cards had been assigned to company vehicles, one of which was sold in 2016.

Evading motor fuel tax is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Both cases are pending prosecution in Midland County.

January - March

Mar. 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.

Mar. 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.

Mar. 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.

Mar. 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.

Mar. 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.


Feb. 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.

Feb. 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.

Feb. 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.

Feb. 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..

Feb. 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.

Feb. 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.

Feb. 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.


Jan. 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, 37; Michel Sarmiento, 36; Andy Cruz-Leyva, 45; Sandra Alva Escobar-Carballosa, 31; and Livan Sanchez-Leyva, 38, all of Odessa. Others arrested in this scheme are identified as Omero Lazaro Barbeito-Lastre, 44; Jose Angel Leyva-Oliva, 42; and Eduardo Tamayo-Pupo, 36, all of Tampa, Florida; and Alejandro Vega-Torres, 33, of Hialeah, 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.

Jan. 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.

Jan. 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.

Jan. 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

October - December

Dec. 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.

Dec. 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.

Dec. 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.

Dec. 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.

Dec. 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.


Nov. 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.

Nov. 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.

Nov. 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.

Nov. 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.

Nov. 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.


Oct. 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.

Oct. 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.

Oct. 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.

Oct. 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.

Oct. 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.

Oct. 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.

July - September

Sep. 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.

Sep. 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.

Sep. 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.

Sep. 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.


Aug. 29, 2016

John P. Hibbeler, 26, of Caldwell, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offenses of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents and Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was sentenced to 10 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, suspended to 10 years' probation, $1,000 fine and 160 hours of community service. The court ordered the sentences to run concurrently. Hibbeler's cases, filed as cause numbers 14862 and 14863, respectively, were prosecuted in Burleson County.

Derrick D. Johnson, 40, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to a state jail felony offense Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information less than 5 items. He was sentenced to 3 years deferred adjudication, $300 fine and 120 hours of community service. Johnson's case, filed as cause number 1373928D, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.

Aug. 19, 2016

Reinier Munoz Martin, 30, of Midland, was indicted by a Midland County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Martin's case, filed as cause number CR47742, is pending prosecution in Midland County.

Eusebio R. Munoz Cepero, 19, of Midland, was indicted by a Midland County Grand Jury for two second-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Cepero's cases, filed as cause numbers CR47743 and CR47744, respectively, are pending prosecution in Midland County.

Ju IL Kim, 55, of Houston, was arrested by warrant for the second-degree felony offense of Coin-Operated Machine License by Fraud. Kim is alleged to have knowingly obtained a coin-operated machine license by fraud, misrepresentation, or subterfuge. Kim's case is pending prosecution in Ector County.

Aug. 17, 2016

Diego Armando Gonzalez, 46, of Miami, Florida, was indicted by a Ward County Grand Jury for the first-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax enhanced for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Gonzalez' case, filed as a cause number 16-08-5755-CRW, is pending prosecution in Ward County.

Isidro Rojelio Montalvo, 48, of Hialeah, Florida, was indicted by a Ward County Grand Jury for the first-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax enhanced for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Gonzalez' case, filed as a cause number 16-08-5756-CRW, is pending prosecution in Ward County.

Aug. 11, 2016

Charles Martin Smith, 29, of Haskell, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evade or Attempt to Evade Tax on Motor Fuel and was sentenced in 39th District Court to serve 10 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Smith's case, filed as cause number 6872, was prosecuted in Haskell County.

Aug. 8, 2016

Miguel Rodriguez Popoca, 36, of Houston, was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury for the state jail felony offense of Fail to Pay Taxes Collected. Popoca's case, filed as cause number 1518268, is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Aug. 3, 2016

Jesus Cervantes, 25, of El Paso, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication, a $3,000 fine with restitution to be determined. Cervantes' case, filed as cause number 20160D01262, was prosecuted in El Paso County.


Jul. 29, 2016

Jorge E. Wong, 58, of El Paso, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Bribery. Wong admitted to intentionally or knowingly offering a pecuniary benefit to a Texas Comptroller employee as consideration for the recipient's decision as a public servant. He was sentenced to 8 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice suspended to 8 years' probation, a $2,500 fine and 200 hours of community service. Wong's case, filed as a cause number 20160D00378, was prosecuted in El Paso County.

Julio Lopez, 25, of El Paso, was arrested for the state jail felony offenses of Fail to Remit Tax by Dealer over $1,500 under $20,000 and Fraudulent Transfer of a Motor Vehicle less than $30,000. Arrest warrants were issued by the 383rd District Court as cause numbers 383-072816-02 and 383-072816-03, respectively, are pending prosecution in El Paso County.

Jul. 27, 2016

Verdecia Adel Perez, 42, of Houston, was indicted by a Fort Bend County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Purchase Motor Fuel with the Intent to Evade Tax. Perez' case, filed as cause number 16-DCR-074345, is pending prosecution in Fort Bend County.

Jul. 26, 2016

Juan Pablo Alvarado, 34, of Mercedes, was indicted by a Hidalgo County Grand Jury for three counts of the third-degree felony offenses of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License, three counts of the second-degree felony offenses of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents and the state jail felony offense of Theft of Property >=$1,500<$20,000. Alvarado's cases, filed as Counts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six and Seven in cause number CR-2742-16-G, are pending prosecution in Hidalgo County.

July 14, 2016

A federal grand jury indictment was unsealed after the arrest of four men charged in a scheme to steal an estimated $365,000 worth of diesel fuel. Isai Navarrete, 32; Omar G. Lujan, 35; and Jorge Urias Carrasco, 43, all of Odessa, and Jesus Lozoya, 30, of Gardendale, were all indicted on 8 counts each of Access Device Fraud. The indictment alleges that from January 2014 to September 2014, the defendants knowingly used unauthorized access devices- eight stolen fuel cards- to unlawfully acquire bulk loads of diesel fuel. This case was investigated by the FBI's Permian Basin Oilfield Theft Task Force and the Texas Comptroller's Criminal Investigation Division. The case, filed as cause number M016CR-144, is pending prosecution by the U. S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Texas, Midland-Odessa Division.

Jul. 13, 2016

Denys Casalis-Roy, 36, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License and was sentenced to 3 years in the institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He admitted to intentionally and knowingly transporting motor fuel without having a motor fuel transporter's license. Casalis-Roy's case, filed as cause number 24333, was prosecuted in Polk County.

Jul. 11, 2016

Charles Martin Smith, 29, of Haskell, was indicted by a Haskell County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evade or Attempt to Evade Tax on Motor Fuel. Smith's case, filed as cause number 6872, is pending prosecution in Haskell County.

Jul. 6, 2016

Randall L. Callan, 58, of Roby, pleaded guilty to an Information in 32nd District Court for the third-degree felony offense of Delivering Dyed Diesel Fuel for the operation of a motor vehicle on a public highway. He was sentenced to 4 years deferred adjudication, a $1,500 fine and 60 hours of community service. Callan's case, filed as cause number 3505, was prosecuted in Fisher County.

April - June

Jun. 30, 2016

Jacob Wayne Spencer, 36, of Breckenridge, was indicted by a Howard County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offenses of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents. He was previously arrested and his case, filed as cause numbers, 14771 and 14772, respectively, are pending prosecution in Howard County.

Jun. 27, 2016

Reynaldo Hernandez, 31, of Midland, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was assessed a $1,500 in county court. Hernandez' case, filed as cause number 15-0450, was prosecuted in Andrews County.

Jun. 23, 2016

Franklin Antonio Robleto, 27, of Houston, was indicted by a Walker County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was previously arrested and his case, filed as cause number 27846, is pending prosecution in Walker County.

Jorge Manuel Batista-Gonzalez, 36, of Miami Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements in 238th District Court. He was sentenced to 3 years deferred adjudication, $3,500 fine and 200 hours of community service. Sarmiento's case, filed as cause number CR46930, was prosecuted in Midland County.

Michel Sarmiento, 36, of Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements in 238th District Court. He was sentenced to 3 years deferred adjudication, $3,500 fine and 200 hours of community service. Sarmiento's case, filed as cause number CR46931, was prosecuted in Midland County.

Jun. 21, 2016

Hector Cota, 49, of El Paso, pleaded guilty to the lessor included offense of Concealing Motor Fuel in 243rd District Court after previously being indicted for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 30 days in the county jail. Cota's case, filed as cause number 20160D01706, was prosecuted in El Paso County.

Jun. 20, 2016

Jackson R. Cooper, 33, of Brownwood, was indicted by an Ector County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Tampering with a Government Record. He was previously arrested for this offense and is accused of filing a falsified Texas Sales & Use Application with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts with intent to defraud others. Cooper's case, filed as cause number C-16-1013-CR, is pending prosecution in Ector County.

Jun. 15, 2016

Barbaro Borrero, 44, of Austin, pleaded guilty to the lessor included Class B misdemeanor offense of Failure to Provide a Tax Report to the Texas Comptroller in 299th District Court. He was originally indicted on three felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. These indictments were dismissed as part of the plea. He was sentenced to one day in the county jail and a $2,000 fine. Borrero's case, filed as cause number D1DC14900209, was prosecuted in Travis County.

Jun. 9, 2016

Yulier Tamayo-Benitez, 33, of Austin, was sentenced in 403rd District Court for the state jail felony offense of Attempted Motor Fuel Transport without a Shipping Document after previously pleading guilty to the offense. He was sentenced for the lessor included offense to 3 years deferred adjudication and 120 hours of community service. He was previously indicted for Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents and Evading Motor Fuel Tax. The second indictment was dismissed as part of the plea. Tamayo-Benitez' cases, filed respectively as cause numbers D1DC15300038 and D1DC15300037, were prosecuted in Travis County.

Jun. 2, 2016

Kyle B. Cabe, 17, of Macon County, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements in 106th District Court. He was sentenced to 4 years' deferred adjudication, $500 fine, 300 hours of community service and ordered to pay restitution to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Cabe's case, filed as cause number 16-4627, was prosecuted in Gaines County.

Jun. 1, 2016

Carlos Mendoza, 29, of Fort Stockton, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evades or Attempts to Evade Motor Fuel Tax in 83rd District Court. He was sentenced to 15 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and ordered to pay restitution of $9,457.00 to the victim in the case. Multiple other felony indictments were dismissed pursuant to Texas Penal Code 12.45 after he admitted guilt and those were taken into consideration for punishment in this case. Mendoza's case, filed as cause number 3226, was prosecuted in Pecos County.

Luis Mendoza, 34, of Fort Stockton, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License in 83rd District Court. He was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication, 240 hours of community supervision and ordered to pay restitution of $9,457.00 to the victim in the case. Three other felony indictments were dismissed pursuant to Texas Penal Code 12.45 after he admitted guilt and those were taken into consideration for punishment in this case. Mendoza's case, filed as cause number 3227, was prosecuted in Pecos County.

Carlos Hernandez Mendoza, 61, of Eagle Pass, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License in 83rd District Court. He was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication, 240 hours of community supervision and ordered to pay restitution of $9,457.00 to the victim in the case. Multiple other felony indictments were dismissed pursuant to Texas Penal Code 12.45 after he admitted guilt and those were taken into consideration for punishment in this case. Mendoza's case, filed as cause number 3227, was prosecuted in Pecos County.


May 12, 2016

Denys Casalis-Roy, 36, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Escape while arrested/confined for felony in 339th District Court. He was sentenced to 2 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Casalis-Roy had escaped from officers while under arrest on a warrant for the felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. His case, filed as cause number 147295701010, was prosecuted in Harris County.

May 3, 2016

Isidro Rojelio Montalvo, 48, of Hialeah, Florida, was arrested for the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity in Monahans, Texas. He was booked into the Ward County jail pending prosecution.

Diego Armando Gonzalez, 46, of Miami, Florida, was arrested for the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity in Monahans, Texas. He was booked into the Ward County jail pending prosecution.

Thong Van Nguyen, 65, of Arlington, was sentenced for the lessor included Class A misdemeanor offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements after previously being indicted for the felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, a $500 fine and 80 hours of community service. Nguyen's case, filed as cause number 1401820D, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.

May 2, 2016

Marlon J. Pina-Gonzalez, 25, of Austin, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Theft in 299th District Court. This was part of a plea in which the second-degree felony indictment of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements was dismissed. He was sentenced to two days in the county jail. Pina-Gonzalez' case, filed as cause number D1DC15301645, was prosecuted in Travis County.


Apr. 29, 2016

Herman Cade, 46, of Fort Worth, was sentenced to the third-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements after previously pleading guilty to the offense. He was sentenced to 5 years deferred adjudication, court-ordered restitution of $9,713.53 to the victim and 160 hours of community service. Nguyen's case, filed as cause number 1401819D, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.

Apr. 28, 2016

Hendri Samon Perez, 32, of Houston, was indicted by a Walker County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Perez' case, filed as cause number 27783, is being prosecuted in Walker County.

Apr. 21, 2016

Samuel Kimbrough, 57, of Keller, pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity in 4th Criminal District Court. He was sentenced to 10 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice suspended to 10 years' probation, a $1,000 fine, and 320 hours of community service. He was also sentenced as a part of his probation to serve 120 days in county jail on a work release program. Kimbrough's case, filed as cause number 1401815D, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.

Jorge Manual Batista-Gonzalez, 36, of Odessa, was indicted by a Midland County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Batista-Gonzalez' case, filed as cause number CR46930, is pending prosecution in Midland County.

Michel Sarmiento, 35, of Odessa, was indicted by a Midland County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Sarmiento's case, filed as cause number CR46931, is pending prosecution in Midland County.

Apr. 19, 2016

Blanca Melendez, 52, of El Paso, was indicted by an El Paso County Grand Jury for the second-degree and third-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. This case, filed as Counts I & II in cause number 20160D01707, are being prosecuted in El Paso County.

Jaime Macias aka Jaime Melendez, 28, of El Paso, was indicted by an El Paso County Grand Jury for the second-degree and third-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. This case, filed as Counts I & II in cause number 20160D01708, are being prosecuted in El Paso County.

Juan Andres Rodriguez, 28, of El Paso, was indicted by an El Paso County Grand Jury for the second-degree and third-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Rodriguez' cases, filed as Counts I & II in cause number 20160D01709, are being prosecuted in El Paso County.

Apr. 15, 2016

Yonar Bello Lopez, 31, of Austin, was arrested for two, second-degree felony warrants issued by Austin Municipal Court for Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Bello Lopez' cases, filed as cause number D1DC16300684 & D1DC16300689, are pending prosecution in Travis County.

Luis Castillo-Fernandez, 29, of Austin, was arrested for a second-degree felony warrant issued by Austin Municipal Court for Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Castillo-Fernandez' case, filed as cause number D1DC16300690, is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Lazaro Abreu Aliaga, 52, of Houston, was arrested for two, second-degree felony warrants issued by Austin Municipal Court for Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Aliaga's cases, filed as cause number D1DC16300686 & D1DC16300691, are pending prosecution in Travis County.

Luis Ochoa Cabrera, 54, of Seguin, was arrested for a second-degree felony warrant issued by Austin Municipal Court for Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Ochoa Cabrera's case, filed as cause number D1DC16300687, is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Apr. 12, 2016

Omar Hernandez Ruiz, 38, of Midland, was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison and 3 years supervised release for Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343/18 U.S.C. 1349, and Alma Evangelina Valenzuela, 41, of Midland, was sentenced on March 21, 2016, to 5 years federal probation for her role in the same criminal offense. She was also assessed a $6,000 fine and 300 hours of community service. Both defendants previously pleaded guilty to their roles in this scheme.

Court documents alleged that Ruiz and Valenzuela, owners of a trucking company in Midland, Texas, purchased diverted portions of fuel loads destined for another company in Odessa, Texas. The fuel distributor was unaware of the diversions and their employee would report that he delivered the full load to the client and cause the fuel distributor to electronically bill the client for the entire order of fuel. Court documents alleged that the scheme occurred between January 2011 and December 2012. The fuel delivery driver, Salvador Garza, was previously sentenced in the case and served 21 months in federal prison. Both defendants along with Salvador Garza were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $800,000 jointly and severally to the victim in the case. The case was investigated by the FBI's Permian Basin Oilfield Theft Task Force and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas — Midland-Odessa Division as case number 7:15-CR-00171-RAJ.

January - March

Mar. 17, 2016

Jesus Cervantes, 25, of El Paso, was indicted by an El Paso County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Cervantes' case, filed as cause number 20160D01220-120, is pending prosecution in El Paso County.

Vanessa Rodriguez, 31, of El Paso, was indicted by an El Paso County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Rodriguez' case, filed as cause number 20160D01221-120, is pending prosecution in El Paso County.

Mar. 16, 2016

Jose Julian Rodriguez-Hernandez, 25, of Seagraves, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 7 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, suspended to 7 years' probation, $7,000 fine and 160 hours of community service. The second case was adjudicated pursuant to Texas Penal Code Section 12.45. Rodriguez-Hernandez' cases, filed as cause numbers 3200 and 3201, were prosecuted in Yoakum County.

Juan Manuel Reyes, 44, of Rio Bravo, was indicted by a Webb County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Reyes' case, filed as cause number 2016CRP369-D1, is pending prosecution in Webb County.

Mar. 11, 2016

Eslay Monzon, 43, of Amarillo, pleaded true to the motion to adjudicate guilt in the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was previously placed of deferred adjudication on May 26, 2015. During the sentencing hearing on the motion to adjudicate guilt, he was sentenced to 5 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Monzon's case, filed as cause number 70,024-D, was prosecuted in Potter County.

Mar. 7, 2016

Eusebio Munoz Cepero, 19, of Midland, was arrested for the second-degree felony offenses of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents and Evading Motor Fuel Tax after being involved in an ongoing motor fuel theft scheme. He was released after posting bonds and the cases are pending indictment in Midland County.

Reinier Munoz Martin, 30, of Midland, was arrested for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax after being involved in an ongoing motor fuel theft scheme. He was released after posting bond and the case is pending indictment in Midland County.

John Paeden Hibbeler, 25, of Caldwell, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offenses of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents and Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Formal sentencing is scheduled in October 2016 in Burleson County District Court. Hibbeler's case, filed as cause numbers 14,862 and 14,863, were prosecuted in Burleson County.

Mar. 3, 2016

Yoel Miguel Fajardo-Crespo, 43, of Houston, was indicted by a Montgomery County Grand Jury after being arrested on December 9, 2015, for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents. Fajardo-Crespo's case, filed as cause number 15-12-13118-CR, is pending prosecution in Montgomery County.


Feb. 29, 2016

Hendri Perez Samon, 32, of Houston, was arrested by warrant for a second-degree felony offense after investigation revealed he was transporting motor fuel without shipping documents in violation of the Motor Fuels Tax Code Chapter 162. Perez Samon's case is pending prosecution in Walker County.

Feb. 26, 2016

Calvin G. Suddeath, 54, of Houston, was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Tampering with Governmental Record. Suddeath's case, filed as cause number 1496419, is pending prosecution in Harris County

Feb. 19, 2016

Prentice L. Alexander, 74, of Montgomery, pleaded guilty to the lessor included Class A misdemeanor offenses of Attempted Fail to Pay Taxes Collected $20K < $100K and Attempted False Entry/Fail to Enter in Tax Records. He was sentenced to 3 days in jail and a $1,000 fine on each charge. Alexander's case, filed as Count I and Count II in cause number 15-06-06232, was prosecuted in Montgomery County.

Feb. 16, 2016

Luis Alfredo Trejo, 29, of Ralls, was arrested after being indicted by a Crosby County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offenses of Evading Motor Fuel Tax, Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document, and another charge of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Trejo's cases, filed as cause numbers 2016-3458, 2016-3459 and 2016-3460, are being prosecuted in Crosby County.

Anthony Sepeda Lara, 38, of Ralls, was arrested after being indicted by a Crosby County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offenses of Selling and Storing Untaxed Motor Fuel, Evading Motor Fuel Tax and Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document. Lara's cases, filed as cause numbers 2016-3455, 2016-3456 and 2016-3457, are being prosecuted in Crosby County.

Feb. 12, 2016

Jose Luis Virgen Moreno, 47, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 5 years deferred adjudication. Virgen Moreno's case, filed as cause number F-1581022-L, was prosecuted in Dallas County.

Feb. 11, 2016

Niraj Thapa, 33, of Breckenridge, was indicted by the Eastland County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offense of Possession of Tobacco Products: Tax Due More Than $50.00. He was previously arrested for the offense and his case, filed as cause number 24268, is pending prosecution in Eastland County.

Feb. 4, 2016

Kyle Benjamin Cabe, 17, of North Carolina, was indicted by a Gaines County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Cabe's case, filed as cause number 16-4627, is being prosecuted in Gaines County.

Feb. 1, 2016

Jerry Dan Merrell, 51, of Springtown, pleaded guilty to the enhanced first-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication and his case, filed as cause number CR18183, was prosecuted in Wise County.


Jan. 29, 2016

Diane Lopez Figueroa, 36, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Tampering with Government Record License/Seal/Permit and was sentenced to 3 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Lopez Figueroa admitted to making, presenting, or possessing a governmental record with knowledge of its falsity, the document being a Texas Coin-Operated Machine General Business License. Lopez Figueroa's case, filed as cause number 1414092D, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.

Jorge Esquivel Wong, 57, of El Paso, was indicted by an El Paso County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Bribery. He was previously arrested for Bribery after intentionally or knowingly offering a benefit to a Texas State Comptroller employee as consideration for the recipient's decision as a public servant. Wong's case, filed as 20160D00378-168, is being prosecuted in El Paso.

Jan. 20, 2016

Randall L. Callan, 57, of Roby, was indicted by a Fisher County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Callan's case, filed as cause number 3501, is being prosecuted in Fisher County.

Jan. 12, 2016

Alfredo Camarillo, 49, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Concealing Motor Fuel. He was sentenced to 12 months' probation, a $1,000 fine, and 40 hours of community service. Camarillo's case, filed as cause number 66,075, was prosecuted in Howard County, Texas.

Jan. 5, 2016

Kenneth D. Cooke, 61, of Burleson, was arrested for the state jail felony offense of Failure to Pay Taxes Collected, $1,500 < $20,000, after the issuance of an arrest warrant. Cooke's case is pending indictment in Tarrant County.

2015

October - December

Dec. 23, 2015

Tony Lawrence Olsen, 38, of Fountain Green, Utah, pleaded nolo contendere to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to a $1,000 fine. Olsen's case, filed as cause number 153720, was prosecuted in Midland County.

Dec. 17, 2015

Alejandro Vega Torres, 32, of Hialeah, Florida, was indicted by a Midland County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Vega Torres' case, filed as CR46276, is being prosecuted in Midland County.

Dec. 16, 2015

Robert Lambright, 62, of Hobbs, New Mexico, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 3 days in the Ector County jail and a $1,500 fine. Lambright's case, filed as cause number 15-4409, was prosecuted in Ector County.

Dec. 9, 2015

Randall Keith Baxter, 62, of San Saba, was indicted by a San Saba County Grand Jury for the second and third-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Baxter's case, filed as Counts I, II and III, in cause number 5851, is being prosecuted in San Saba County.

Yoel Miguel Fajardo Crespo, 43, of Houston, was arrested for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents. This case is pending indictment in Montgomery County, Texas.

Dec. 8, 2015

Frederick Wayne Jones, 50, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 8 years deferred adjudication, $1,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. Jones' case, filed as cause number 147364301010, was prosecuted in Harris County.


Nov. 15, 2015

Guadalupe Rivera Vasquez, 56, of Garland, was indicted by a Dallas County Grand Jury on multiple counts for second and third-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Rivera Vasquez' case, filed as cause number F1500756, is being prosecuted in Dallas County.

Juan D. Hernandez, 62, of Garland, was indicted by a Dallas County Grand Jury on multiple counts for second and third-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Hernandez' case, filed as cause number F1581010, is being prosecuted in Dallas County.

Jose Luis Virgen Moreno, 46, of Dallas, was indicted by a Dallas County Grand Jury on multiple counts for second and third-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Virgen Moreno's case, filed as cause number F1581022, is being prosecuted in Dallas County.

Nov. 10, 2015

Cedric B. Pickard, 43, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Selling Fuel without Tax, a violation of motor fuel tax requirements. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, $500 fine and 120 hours of community service. Pickard's case, filed as cause number 147181501010, was prosecuted in Harris County.

Nov. 4, 2015

Johnathan D. Gwyn, 42, of Kingwood, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of selling unstamped cigarettes. He was sentenced to serve 2 days in the county jail. Gwyn's case, filed as cause number 205518901010, was prosecuted in Harris County.

Nov. 2, 2015

Jose Rodriguez-Hernandez, 25, of Seagraves, was indicted by a Yoakum County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was previously arrested under warrant prior to his indictment. Rodriguez-Hernandez' case, filed as cause numbers 3200 and 3201, are pending prosecution in Yoakum County.


Oct. 29, 2015

Jose Miguel Cuellar-Campber, 49, of Hialeah, Florida, was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document. He was previously arrested for the offense. Cuellar-Campber's case, filed as cause number 1484882, is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Carlos Rivelino Martinez, 39, of Houston was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document. He was previously arrested for the offense. Rivelino Martinez' case, filed as cause number 1484883, is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Thomas Bret Jackson, 59, of Hawley, was arrested after being indicted by a Jones County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offense of False Name, False Information and Forgery of a Title Application. Jackson's case, filed as cause number 011353, is pending prosecution in Jones County. He was indicted in May 2015 in the same county for an additional offense relating to title fraud.

Oct. 23, 2015

Milo K. Peterson, 51, of Austin, pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor offense of Attempted Computer Security Breach after previously being indicted for the state jail felony offense of Computer Security Breach. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, a $1,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. Peterson's case, filed as D1DC159000064, was prosecuted in Travis County.

Oct. 14, 2015

Andrew Sloan Robinson, 20, of Ackerly, pleaded true to a motion to revoke his probation for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was subsequently sentenced to serve 5 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Robinson's case, filed as cause number 14-7378, was prosecuted in Dawson County.

Oct. 13, 2015

Gilibaldo Puente, 50, of San Antonio, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was sentenced to serve 3 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Puente's case, filed as cause number D1DC14300744, was prosecuted in Travis County.

Oct. 7, 2015

Andrew A. Reynolds, 48, of Waxahachie, pleaded guilty during a jury trial to the third-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was subsequently sentenced to serve 12 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Reynolds' case, filed as cause number 1401818D, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.

Jesus Emilio Mireles, 38, of Mission, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 4 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice suspended to 5 years' probation. He was also ordered to pay an $8,000 fine and perform 160 hours of community service. Mireles' case, filed as cause number 3138, was prosecuted in Yoakum County.

Oct. 6, 2015

Donald Mayo, 80, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Accepting Delivery of Motor Fuel without Receiving a Shipping Document. He was sentenced to 4 years deferred adjudication and a $1,000 fine. Mayo's case, filed as cause number 147076501010, was prosecuted in Harris County.

Oct. 1, 2015

Treacy O'Brian Robbins, 42, of Tyler, was arrested after being indicted by a Gregg County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without Manifest or Shipping Document, a violation of motor fuel tax requirements, and for the state jail felony offense of aggregate theft of property over $1,500 or more but less than $20,000. Robbins' case, filed as Count I and II in cause number 45081-B, is pending prosecution in Gregg County.

July - September

Sep. 29, 2015

Kendra Kinney, 28, of Waller, pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of Forgery. She admitted to forging a state treasury warrant and cashing it to receive the monetary benefits. She was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication. Kinney's case, filed as cause number 146780801010, was prosecuted in Harris County.

Sep. 25, 2015

Ronald G. Martin, 67, of Abilene, pleaded true to a motion to adjudicate his guilt for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was subsequently sentenced to serve 2 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was also sentenced to serve 2 years for the third-degree felony offense of Driving While Intoxicated. Martin's case, filed as cause number 18471B, was prosecuted in Taylor County.

Luis Castro Alarcon, 41, of Austin, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 6 years deferred adjudication, a $750 fine and 450 hours of community service. Alarcon's case, filed as cause number 43044, was prosecuted in Burnet County. He also admitted guilt to the un-adjudicated second-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements pursuant to section 12.45 of the Penal Code and those counts were dismissed.

Sep. 24, 2015

Diego Fernando Pena, 25, of Mission, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Concealing Motor Fuel. He was sentenced to 1 year in the county jail, probated for 2 years, a $1,000 fine and 80 hours of community service. Pena's case, filed as cause number 66077, was prosecuted in Howard County.

Sep. 23, 2015

Yulier Tamayo-Benitez, 32, of Austin, was indicted by a Travis County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document. He was previously arrested and his case, filed as cause numbers D1DC15300037 and D1DC15300038, are pending prosecution in Travis County.

Marlon J. Pina-Gonzalez, 24, of Austin, was indicted by a Travis County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was previously arrested and his case, filed as cause number D1DC15301645, is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Carlos Mendoza, 29, of Fort Stockton, was indicted by a Pecos County Grand Jury for 19 felony offenses ranging from the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, to the second-degree offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax, to the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License, to the state jail felony offense of Credit Card Abuse. The 19 cases, filed as cause numbers 3209, 3210, 3211, 3213, 3215, 3216, 3219, 3223, 3225, 3226, 3228, 3230, 3231, 3234, 3237, 3240, 3242, 3245 & 3246, are pending prosecution in Pecos County.

Luis Alberto Mendoza, 34, of Fort Stockton, was indicted by a Pecos County Grand Jury for two, state jail felony offenses of Credit Card Abuse, and two, second-degree felony offenses of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. The cases, filed as cause numbers 3212, 3214, 3227 and 3229, are pending prosecution in Pecos County.

Carlos Hernandez Mendoza, 60, of Eagle Pass, was indicted by a Pecos County Grand Jury for two, third-degree felony offenses of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, two, first-degree felony offenses of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, and two, third-degree felony offenses of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License. The cases, filed as cause numbers 3217, 3220, 3232, 3235, 3241 and 3243, are pending prosecution in Pecos County.

Paul E. Alvarez, 33, of Sunland Park, New Mexico, was indicted by a Pecos County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License. The cases, filed as cause numbers 3222, 3239 and 3244, are pending prosecution in Pecos County.

Elias Gutierrez Alvarez, 39, of Lynwood, California, was indicted by a Pecos County Grand Jury for two, third-degree felony offenses of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, and two, first-degree felony offenses of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. The cases, filed as cause numbers 3218, 3224, 3233 and 3238, are pending prosecution in Pecos County.

Jose Manuel Aguilar Castillo, 39, of Mesa, Arizona, was indicted by a Pecos County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. The cases, filed as 3221 and 3236, are pending prosecution in Pecos County.

Sep. 18, 2015

Denys Casalis-Roy, 35, of Houston, was indicted by a Polk County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License, the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document, and the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was previously arrested and his case, filed as Count One, Two & Three in cause number 24333, is pending prosecution in Polk County.

Sep. 17, 2015

Frederick Wayne Jones, 50, of Houston, was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents. Jones was previously arrested and his case, filed as cause number 1473643, is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Leonardo Garcia, 42, of Miami, Florida, was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents. Garcia was previously arrested and his case, filed as cause number 1473645, is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Sep. 15, 2015

Uriel Fraire, 24, of Arlington, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Theft of Property in the amount of $100,000 or more but less than $200,000. He was sentenced to 8 years deferred adjudication, $134,928.57 in restitution jointly and severally with other co-defendants, and 160 hours of community service. Fraire's case, filed as 6674, was prosecuted in Terry County.

Sep. 9, 2015

Tanea Shante Pennon, 28, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information 5 to 10 items. She was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication, a $2,000 fine, 200 hours of community service and restitution to the victim in the amount of $4,771.04. The second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and the state jail felony offense of Credit Card Abuse were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Pennon's case, filed as cause number CR15-0031, was prosecuted in Parker County.

Sep. 4, 2015

David Clarke, 44, of Elgin, pleaded guilty to a lessor included Class A misdemeanor offense of Concealing Motor Fuel after he was previously indicted for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, a $750 fine and 80 hours of community service. Clarke's case, filed as cause number D1DC14900198, was prosecuted in Travis County.


Aug. 27, 2015

Juan Valorias Mesa, 43, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity for the predicate offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was sentenced to 8 years deferred adjudication, restitution jointly and severally with co-defendant Jose Perez-Sanchez in the amount of $6,899.89, and 400 hours of community service. He also admitted guilt to the un-adjudicated second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax pursuant to section 12.45 of the Penal Code. Valorias Mesa's case, filed as cause number 17,041, was prosecuted in Washington County.

Aug. 26, 2015

Juan Enrique Maldonado-Castillo, 48, of Pflugerville, was indicted by a Travis County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and the state jail felony offense of Credit Card Abuse. Maldonado-Castillo's case, filed as Count I and II in cause number D1DC15900161, is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Aug. 25, 2015

Ray Lynn Wells, 36, of Gorman, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements and was sentenced to 10 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for each offense which will run concurrently. The case filed, as cause numbers 23705 and 23706, were prosecuted in Eastland County.

Cedric B. Pickard, 43, of Houston, was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offense of False or No Cargo Manifest and for the second-degree felony offense of Sell Motor Fuel without Tax. The case filed, as cause numbers 1471814 and 1471815, are pending prosecution in Harris County.

Aug. 14, 2015

Denys Casalis-Roy, 35, of Houston, was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offense of Escape. Casalis-Roy's case, filed as cause number 1472957, is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Aug. 5, 2015

Guilibaldo Puente, 50, of San Antonio, was indicted by a Travis County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License, the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and the third-degree felony offense of Theft of Property more than $20,000 but less than $100,000 aggregated amounts. Puente's case, filed as Counts I, II and III in cause number D1DC14300744, is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Alejandro Centeno Alvarez, 36, of Austin, was indicted by a Travis County Grand Jury for the state jail felony offense of Theft over $1,500 but less than $20,000 aggregated amounts and the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Alvarez' case, filed as Counts I and II in cause number D1DC14300745, is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Ramiro Centeno Jasso, 39, of Austin, was indicted by a Travis County Grand Jury for the state jail felony offense of Theft over $1,500 but less than $20,000 aggregated amounts and the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Jasso's case, filed as Counts I and II in cause number D1DC14300742, is pending prosecution in Travis County.


Jul. 31, 2015

Ivan Mari, 49, of Round Rock, was indicted by a Travis County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offenses of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and Accepting Delivery of Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document. He was previously arrested on the charge. The case, filed as Count I and II in cause number D1-DC-15-300036, is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Jul. 30, 2015

Arnulfo Rodriguez Aranda, 55, of Odessa, was sentenced to 2 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice after pleading true on a motion to adjudicate his guilt to the second-degree felony offense of Evades or Attempts to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. He was originally placed on 3 years deferred adjudication for this offense on March 27, 2015. Aranda's case, filed as cause number D-43,094, was prosecuted in Ector County.

Jul. 29, 2015

Freddy Olivas, III, 31, of Odessa, pleaded guilty the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License. He was sentenced to 3 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $10,675.74. He subsequently pleaded true to violating terms of his probation for the felony offense of driving while intoxicated. He was also sentenced to 5 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the probation violation which will run concurrently with his other judgments. Olivas' cases, filed as Information in cause numbers A-45,247 and A-45,248, were prosecuted in Ector County.

Cody Ray Graninger, 37, of Levelland, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evades or Attempts to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. He was sentenced to 6 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice which was suspended to 4 years probation. He was also ordered to pay $11,666.11 in restitution to the Levelland ISD. Graninger's case, filed as an Information in cause number 15078420, was prosecuted in Hockley County.

Jul. 23, 2015

Omar Hernandez Ruiz, 37, and Alma Evangelina Valenzuela, 40, both of Midland, were arrested after being indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The case, filed as cause number M015CR-171, is pending prosecution by the U. S. Attorney's office for the Western District of Texas, Midland-Odessa Division.

Jul. 20, 2015

Blake Blaha, 23, of Bedford, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements and to the state jail felony offense of Credit Card Abuse. He was sentenced to 6 years deferred adjudication, a $1,000 fine, 200 hours of community service and restitution totaling $3,533.22. Blaha's cases, filed as cause numbers CR44011, were prosecuted in Midland County.

Sarah Garcia, 49, of Tahoka, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Forgery of a Title Application. She was sentenced to 5 years deferred adjudication, a $1,000 fine and 300 hours of community service restitution. Garcia admitted to intentionally or knowingly providing false information on an application for a certificate of vehicle title, by falsely reporting a vehicle trade-in for an even trade to underreport the amount of motor vehicle tax due. The case, filed as cause number 15-3174, was prosecuted in Lynn County.

Jul. 17, 2015

Steve Craig Morris, 47, of Abilene, appeared in 104th District Court and pleaded true to a motion to adjudicate his guilt to the third-degree felony offense of False or No Cargo Manifest relating to motor fuel tax. He was sentenced to 5 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a $1,000 fine for violating terms of his probation. Morris' case, originally filed as cause number 18472B, was prosecuted in Taylor County.

Jul. 15, 2015

John P. Hibbeler, 24, of Caldwell, was indicted by a Burleson County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offenses of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents. He was previously arrested on the charges and is awaiting prosecution in Burleson County. Hibbeler's cases, are filed as cause numbers 14,862 and 14,863.

Jul. 10, 2015

Curtis L. Lockhart, 41, of Dalhart, pleaded guilty the Class A misdemeanor offense of Concealing Motor Fuel. He was accused of intentionally and knowingly concealing motor fuel with the intent of engaging in conduct proscribed by Chapter 162 of the Motor Fuels Tax Code. He was sentenced to a $2,000 fine. Lockhart's case, filed as cause number 4811, was prosecuted in Hartley County.

Juan Carlos Arrieta, 24, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, a $1,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. He admitted to concealing and storing untaxed diesel fuel, delivering and permitting the delivery of untaxed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for public highway use. Arrieta's case, filed as cause number 70025-D, was prosecuted in Potter County.

Jul. 2, 2015

Kaleb Shadle, 25, of Clarendon, pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, a $500 fine and 75 hours of community service. Shadle admitted to being a person required to have a license, under Motor Fuels Tax Code Chapter 162, intentionally and knowingly engaging in a motor fuel transaction without holding a license. Shadle's case, filed as cause number 70,022, was prosecuted in Potter County.

April - June

Jun. 30, 2015

William Bluitt, Jr., 41, of Crowley, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and was sentenced to 10 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The sentence was suspended to 7 years probation, a $1,000 fine and 480 hours of community service. Bluitt's case, filed as cause number 39475CR, was prosecuted in Ellis County.

Jun. 29, 2015

Luis Fiz Mejia, 25, of Amarillo, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, a $1,000 fine and 100 hours of community servicee. He admitted to concealing and storing untaxed diesel fuel, delivering untaxed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for use on a public highway, engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license and transporting motor fuel without a shipping document as required by law. Fiz Mejia's case, filed as cause number 70023-D, was prosecuted in Potter County.

Jun. 25, 2015

Gabriel N. Montiel, 73, of Dimmitt, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 5 years deferred adjudication, a $2,500 fine and $283 in restitution. Montiel's case, filed as cause number A3602-1501, was prosecuted in Castro County.

Jun. 23, 2015

Prentice L. Alexander, 74, of Montgomery, was arrested after being indicted by a Montgomery County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offenses of Fail to Pay Taxes Collected more than $20,000 but less than $100,000 and False Entry/Fail to Enter in Tax Records. Alexander's case, filed as Counts I and II in cause number 15-06-06232-CR, is pending prosecution in Montgomery County.

Jun. 18, 2015

Joe Edward Rivas, 26, of Lamesa, pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of Credit Card Abuse and was sentenced to 2 years in the state jail division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The court suspended the sentence to 3 years probation, a $750 fine and 200 hours of community service. Rivas' case, filed as cause number CR44937, was prosecuted in Midland County.

Jun. 19, 2015

Pedro Herrera-Casas, 40, of Hialeah, Florida, was indicted by a Kleberg County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offenses of Accepting Delivery of Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document and Evading or Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. The case, filed as cause number 15-CRF-0190, is pending prosecution in Kleberg County.

Jun. 12, 2015

Taher Merchant, 63, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to the lesser included offense of Possession of Tobacco Products with Tax Due Less than $50, a Class A misdemeanor. He was originally indicted for the third-degree felony offense of Possession of Tobacco Products with Tax Due more than $50. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, a $250 fine, restitution to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in the amount of $1,673.14, and 40 hours of community service. Merchant's case, filed as cause number 2014-1986-C2, was prosecuted in McLennan County.

Jun. 5, 2015

Angeline Offord, 39, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of Theft. The court assessed Class A misdemeanor punishment pursuant to Section 12.44 of the Penal Code and she was sentenced to 120 days confinement in the county jail. The second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document was dismissed as a part of the plea agreement. Offord's case, filed as cause numbers 14-02-01878 and 13-08-09156-CR, were prosecuted in Montgomery County.


May 28, 2015

Eslay Monzon, 41, of Amarillo, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violations of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was previously indicted in February 2015 for this offense. He was sentenced to 3 years deferred adjudication. Monzon admitted to intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by concealing and storing untaxed diesel fuel, delivering untaxed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for public highway use, engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license, and by transporting motor fuel without shipping documents as required by law. Monzon's case, filed as cause number 70024-D, was prosecuted in Potter County.

May 26, 2015

Ramon Aguilar, 47, of Seagraves, pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity with the underlying offense being theft. The second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax was adjudicated as part of the plea pursuant to Penal Code Section 12.45. He was sentenced to 8 years deferred adjudication, 160 hours of community service and was ordered to make restitution of $137,428.57 to be paid jointly and severally with other co-defendants. Aguilar's case, filed as cause number 6681, was prosecuted in Terry County.

Silverio Faire, 59, of Loop, pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity with the underlying offense being theft. The second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax was adjudicated as part of the plea pursuant to Penal Code Section 12.45. He was sentenced to 5 years deferred adjudication, 160 hours of community service and paid $40,000 in restitution on the day of the plea, with additional restitution of $108,908.45 ordered to be paid jointly and severally with other co-defendants. Faire's case, filed as cause number 6677, was prosecuted in Terry County.

May 20, 2015

Thomas Bret Jackson, 59, of Hawley, was arrested after being indicted by a Jones County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offense of False Information/Forgery of Vehicle Title Application. Jackson's case, filed as cause number 011248, is pending prosecution in Jones County.

Curtis Lacey, 54, of Little Elm, pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of Theft over $1,500 but less than $20,000, filed as an Information in 32nd District Court. He admitted to stealing untaxed diesel fuel from the Precinct One county maintenance yard. Lacey was sentenced to 2 years confinement in the state jail division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice probated for 3 years, a $3,000 fine, $2,000 restitution and 120 hours of community service. Lacey's case, filed as cause number 3483, was prosecuted in Fisher County.

May 18, 2015

Aaron Rowden, 28, of Odessa, pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of Theft less than $1,500 with 2 or more previous convictions for theft. He was sentenced to 12 months confinement in the state jail division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The court ordered restitution to the victim in the amount of $263.96. Rowden's case, filed as cause number B-41,900, was prosecuted in Ector County.

May 11, 2015

Trey Carl Smith, 30, of New Home, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document. He was sentenced to 3 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was accused of intentionally or knowingly transporting motor fuel for which a cargo manifest and shipping document is required to be carried without possessing and exhibiting on demand by an officer authorized to make the demand. Smith's case, filed as cause number 14-3132, was prosecuted in Lynn County.

May 5, 2015

Franklin Russ Padgett, 53, of Midland, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evades or Attempts to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, a $5,000 fine and 240 hours of community service. Padgett's case, filed as cause number 3400, was prosecuted in the Pecos County.

May 4, 2015

Joshua Clay Parker, 24, of Henderson, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Theft over $500 but less than $1,500. He was sentenced to 1 day in county jail, a $4,000 fine and $1,814 in restitution to the victim. Parker's case, filed as cause number CM-14-466, was prosecuted in Leon County.

Bradford R. Frizzell, 47, of Springtown, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 4 years deferred adjudication, and a $400 fine. He admitted to intentionally or knowingly evading or attempting to evade in any manner a tax imposed on motor fuel by Chapter 162 of the Texas Tax Code. Frizzell's case, filed as cause number 1402778D, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.


Apr. 30, 2015

Fernando Aguero, Sr., 48, of Dimmitt, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 7 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a $2,000 fine. He was accused of intentionally and knowingly evading and attempting to evade a tax imposed on motor fuel by Chapter 162 of the Texas Tax Code, by using and storing untaxed diesel fuel within this state on which the taxes imposed by this chapter are owed but have not been first paid to or reported by a license holder, another user, or any other person required to hold a license under statute, and by accepting a delivery of motor fuel by any means and does not at the same time accept or receive a shipping document relating to the delivery. Aguero's case, filed as cause number A3549-1406, was prosecuted in Castro County.

Apr. 16, 2015

Charles Hardin Camp, 73, of Abilene, was sentenced to 8 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice after being found guilty of False Entry or Failure to Enter Tax Records. Camp's sentence was suspended by the court and he will serve 8 years probation. The guilty verdict was returned by a jury in Taylor County on January 23, 2015. The offense is a third-degree felony. The case, filed as cause number 25,377-A, was prosecuted in Taylor County.

Julio Aguinaga, 39, of Dallas, pleaded guilty to the lesser included offense of Tampering with a Government Record, a Class A misdemeanor. He was originally indicted for False Information on a Vehicle Title. He was sentenced to 24 months deferred adjudication, a $500 fine, 80 hours of community service and $1,252 in restitution. The case, filed as cause number F-2014-0978-C, was prosecuted in Denton County.

Apr. 15, 2015

Ricky Wayne Moore, 48, of Lamesa, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was sentenced to 30 months deferred adjudication and $730 in restitution. Moore's case, filed as cause number 13-7287, was prosecuted in Dawson County.

Apr. 14, 2015

Melchor Muniz, 30, of Brownfield, pleaded guilty after previously being indicted for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was sentenced to 7 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice suspended to 10 years probation and restitution jointly and severally with other co-defendants in the amount of $137,428.57. Muniz admitted to intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by concealing, using, and storing untaxed diesel fuel on which taxes imposed by Chapter 162 of the Tax Code were owed and not first paid or reported by a license holder. Muniz' case, filed as cause number 6749, was prosecuted in Terry County.

Apr. 9, 2015

Christopher M. Rawls, 38, of Teague, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication, a $500 fine, 192 hours of community service and $64,000 in restitution to the victim. Rawls' case, filed as cause number CM-13-430, was prosecuted in Leon County.

Apr. 8, 2015

Eduardo Enriquez, 31, of El Paso, pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of Temporary Tag for Distribution to Unauthorized Person. The punishment was reduced from a state jail felony to a Class A misdemeanor pursuant to Penal Code Section 12.44B. He was confined 20 days in the county jail. He was accused by indictment of producing or reproducing a temporary tag or an item represented to be a temporary tag for the purpose of distributing the tag to someone other than a motor vehicle dealer or converter, as defined in the Transportation Code. The case, filed as cause number 20140D05421, was prosecuted in El Paso County.

Apr. 2, 2015

Jose Perez-Sanchez, 43, of Houston, pleaded guilty to the first-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity based upon his participation in a combination to commit violations of motor fuel tax requirements. He was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication and $6,899.89 in restitution to the victim. He also pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of Theft over $1,500 but less than $20,000 and was sentenced to 2 days in the county jail. Perez-Sanchez' case, filed under cause numbers 17,044 and 17,064, was prosecuted in Washington County.

January - March

Mar. 27, 2015

Arnulfo R. Aranda, 55, of Odessa, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evades or Attempts to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. He was sentenced to 3 years of deferred adjudication, $1,000 fine and $1,091.80 in restitution. Aranda's case, filed as cause number D-48,094, was prosecuted in Ector County.

Mar. 26, 2015

Javish Gurung, 32, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Operating Coin-Operated Machines without a License. He was sentenced to 12 months deferred adjudication and a $500 fine. He was accused by Information of intentionally or knowingly operating a business with a skill or pleasure coin-operated machine without a general business license or registration certificate issued by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. Gurung's case, filed as cause number 1397081, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.

Leonel Bedolla, Jr., 54, of Porter, pleaded guilty to the Class B misdemeanor offense of Obstructing Highway or Passageway and was sentenced to one year of deferred adjudication, a $2,000 fine and 40 hours of community service. He was originally indicted for the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License and subsequently pleaded guilty to the reduced misdemeanor charge. Bedolla's case, filed as cause number 143308601010, was prosecuted in Harris County.

Mar. 24, 2015

Angeline Offord, 39, of Houston, was indicted by a Montgomery County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without a Shipping Document. Offord's case, filed as cause number 14-02-01878, is pending prosecution in Montgomery County.

Mar. 23, 2015

Sarah Garcia, 49, of Tahoka, was indicted by a Lynn County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offense of Forgery of a Title Application. Garcia was indicted on two counts of intentionally or knowingly providing false information on an application for a certificate of vehicle title. The case, filed as cause number 15-3174, is pending in Lynn County.

Rogelio Puig-Barrios, 55, of Austin, was sentenced to 10 years in the institutional division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. The court suspended the sentence to 6 years probation, a $500 fine and 250 hours of community service restitution. He was also sentenced for the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License to the same punishment as the second-degree felony to be served concurrently. Puig-Barrios pleaded guilty on February 9, 2015, to both felony offenses. Puig Barrios' cases, filed respectively as cause numbers D1DC14-201133 and D1DC14-301589, were prosecuted in Travis County.

Adam Ray York, 43, of Lake Worth, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 4 years deferred adjudication and a $400 fine. He admitted to intentionally or knowingly accepting a delivery of motor fuel and not receiving or accepting a shipping document relating to the delivery of the motor fuel. York's case, filed as cause number 1402791D, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.

Mar. 12, 2015

Ramon Aguero Jr., 30, of Dimmitt, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. He was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication and a $500 fine. He was accused of intentionally and knowingly evade and attempt to evade a tax imposed on motor fuel by Chapter 162 of the Texas Tax Code, by using and storing motor fuel within this State on which the taxes imposed by this chapter are owed but have not been first paid to a license holder; by permitting delivery of untaxed diesel fuel into motor vehicles for the operation of the motor vehicle on public highways. Aguero's case, filed as cause number A3551-1406, was prosecuted in Castro County.


Feb. 6, 2015

Thong Van Nguyen, 64, of Arlington, was arrested after being indicted by a Tarrant County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Nguyen is accused of intentionally or knowingly accepting a delivery of motor fuel by any means and did not at the same time accept or receive a shipping document relating to the delivery. Nguyen's case, filed as cause number 1401820D, is pending in Tarrant County District Court.

Raymond Dennis Regnal, 66, of Fort Worth, was arrested after being indicted by a Tarrant County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements of which he is accused of intentionally or knowingly transporting motor fuel without having a shipping document relating to the delivery. He is also accused of the third-degree felony offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements in which he intentionally or knowingly transported motor fuel to a location in Tarrant County without delivering at the same time a shipping document relating to that shipment. Regnal's case, filed as cause number 1401816D, is pending in Tarrant County District Court.

Andrew Reynolds, 47, of Waxahachie, was arrested after being indicted by a Tarrant County Grand Jury for the first-degree felony offense of engaging in organized criminal activity and the third-degree offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Reynolds is accused of establishing, maintaining, or participating in a combination to commit theft, by unlawfully appropriating, by acquiring or otherwise exercising control over property, motor fuel, of the value of $100,000 or more, but less than $200,000, with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. The second count in the indictment accuses Reynolds of intentionally or knowingly transporting motor fuel to a location in Tarrant County without delivering at the same time a shipping document relating to that shipment. Reynolds' case, filed as cause number 1401818D, is pending in Tarrant County District Court.

Samuel Kimbrough, 56, of Keller, was arrested after being indicted by a Tarrant County Grand Jury for the first-degree felony offense of engaging in organized criminal activity, and the second-degree and third-degree felony offenses of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Kimbrough is accused of establishing, maintaining, or participating in a combination to commit theft, by unlawfully appropriating, by acquiring or otherwise exercising control over property, motor fuel, of the value of $100,000 or more, but less than $200,000, with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. He is accused in the second count of the indictment of intentionally or knowingly transporting motor fuel without having a shipping document relating to the delivery. The third count in the indictment accuses Kimbrough of intentionally or knowingly transporting motor fuel to a location in Tarrant County without delivering at the same time a shipping document relating to that shipment. Reynolds' case, filed as cause number 1401815D, is pending in Tarrant County District Court.

Herman Cade, 45, of Fort Worth, was arrested after being indicted by a Tarrant County Grand Jury for the first-degree felony offense of engaging in organized criminal activity and the third-degree offense of Violation of Motor Fuel Tax Requirements. Cade is accused of establishing, maintaining, or participating in a combination to commit theft, by unlawfully appropriating, by acquiring or otherwise exercising control over property, motor fuel, of the value of $100,000 or more, but less than $200,000, with the intent to deprive the owner of the property. The second count in the indictment accuses Cade of intentionally or knowingly transporting motor fuel to a location in Tarrant County without delivering at the same time a shipping document relating to that shipment. Cade's case, filed as cause number 1401819D, is pending in Tarrant County District Court.

Feb. 3, 2015

Blas Medelez, Jr., 41, of Plains, pleaded guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication, $421.90 in restitution, 140 hours of community service, and ordered to attend a theft intervention program. He admitted to intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by concealing, using, and storing untaxed diesel fuel on which taxes imposed by Chapter 162 of the Tax Code were owed and not first paid or reported by a license holder. The case, filed as cause number 6745, was prosecuted in Terry County.

Feb. 2, 2015

Janet Cam Lam, 48, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Gift to a Public Servant by Person in His Jurisdiction. She was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication and a $200 fine. She was originally indicted for Bribery before accepting a plea to the lessor included offense. Lam's case, filed as cause number 1362499D, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.


Jan. 23, 2015

Juan Valorias Mesa, 42, of Houston, was arrested after being indicted by a Washington County Grand Jury for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity relating to Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a first-degree felony. Mesa is accused of having the intent to establish, maintain, and participate in a combination and in the profits of a combination of three persons who collaborated in carrying out the offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. The indictment alleges that the defendant and others agreed with each other that one or more of them would engage in conduct that constituted the offense, and the defendant and one or more of them performed one or more overt acts in furtherance of the agreement. The case, filed as cause number 17041, is pending in Washington County. A second indictment, cause number 17042, is pending against Mesa for a related motor fuel tax violation.

Jan. 15, 2015

Barbaro Borrero, 42, of Austin, was arrested after being indicted by a Travis County Grand Jury for three motor fuel tax felonies on December 15, 2014. Borrero is accused of Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony; Transporting Fuel without Shipping Documents, a second-degree felony; and Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a Motor Fuel Transporter License, a third-degree felony. Borerro's cases, filed as cause numbers D1DC14-900207, -8, and -9, are pending in Travis County.

David Lee Hernandez, 21, of Henderson, entered a plea of guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Hernandez was accused in court documents of committing the offense by engaging in motor fuel transactions without a license. Hernandez was sentenced to 3 years deferred adjudication, and was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service, pay a $2,500 fine, and serve 30 days in the Midland County Jail. The case, filed as cause number CR44038, was prosecuted in Midland County.

Francisco Javier Aguero, 35, of Dimmitt, pled guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Aguero admitted to intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by using and storing untaxed dyed diesel fuel within Texas when such taxes were owed but not paid to a license holder, and by permitting the delivery of such fuel into a motor vehicle for use on a public highway. He was sentenced to 5 years of deferred adjudication, and ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and perform 400 hours of community service. The case, filed as cause number A3550-1406, was prosecuted in Castro County District Court.

Jan. 12, 2015

Zachary Laine Taylor, 35, of Buffalo, pled guilty to Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity relating to Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a first-degree felony. Taylor admitted to knowingly and intentionally engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license, while having the intent to establish, maintain, and participate in a combination and in the profits of a combination of three or more persons. Taylor was sentenced to 3 years of deferred adjudication, and was ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution to victim Byron Ryder on the day of sentencing, perform 100 hours of community service, and testify truthfully against all co-defendants. The case, filed as cause number CM-13-432, was prosecuted in Leon County.

Jan. 7, 2015

Fernando Baca, 57, of El Paso, was convicted of State Jail Felony Theft in a case involving over $1800 of motor fuel. Baca was sentenced to 1 year in the State Jail Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for 2 years, was ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and was ordered to pay $250 in restitution to the victim. Baca's case, filed as cause number 20140DO4540, was prosecuted in El Paso County.

2014

October - December

Dec. 22, 2014

Ramanlal Patel, 63, of Quitman, pled guilty to four counts of Possession of Tobacco Products with More than $50 in Tax Due. The offense is a third-degree felony. Patel was sentenced to 4 years of deferred adjudication on each count, and was ordered to pay restitution of $15,618 to the Comptroller of Public Accounts and pay a fine of $1,000. The case, filed as cause number 22314-2014, was prosecuted in Wood County.

Jayeshkumar R. Gheewala, 49, of Quitman, pled guilty to four counts of Possession of Tobacco Products with More than $50 in Tax Due. The offense is a third-degree felony. Gheewala was sentenced to 4 years of deferred adjudication on each count, and was ordered to pay restitution of $10,956 to the Comptroller of Public Accounts and pay a fine of $1,000. The case, filed as cause number 22,307-2014, was prosecuted in Wood County.

Dec. 18, 2014

Cesario Aguero, 59, of Dimmitt, pled guilty to Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. Aguero admitted to intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by using and storing untaxed dyed diesel fuel within Texas when such taxes were owed but not paid to a license holder, and by permitting the delivery of such fuel into a motor vehicle for use on a public highway. Aguero was sentenced to 5 years deferred adjudication, and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and perform 400 hours of community service. The case, filed as cause number A3547-1406, was prosecuted in Castro County District Court.

Rubin Aguero, 54, of Dimmitt, pled guilty to Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. Aguero admitted to intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by using and storing untaxed dyed diesel fuel within Texas when such taxes were owed but not paid to a license holder, and by permitting the delivery of such fuel into a motor vehicle for use on a public highway. He was sentenced to 5 years deferred adjudication, and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine and perform 400 hours of community service. The case, filed as cause number A3546-1406, was prosecuted in Castro County District Court.

Dec. 4, 2014

Christopher Charland, 26, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Obstruct, Hinder, Impede or Interfere with Property Seizure. He was sentenced to 42 days in the county jail. He was accused by Information to obstruct, hinder, impede, or interfere with the State of Texas Comptroller's seizure of property by removing or breaking a lock on a business location that had been seized by the Comptroller without the permission of the Comptroller or Comptroller's agents. Charland's case, filed as cause number 1393673, was prosecuted in Tarrant County.


Nov. 24, 2014

Isai Navarrete, 31, of Odessa, was indicted by an Ector County Grand Jury for Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents and of Evading Motor Fuel Tax, both second-degree felonies. Navarrete was previously arrested for the offenses. The cases, filed as cause numbers D-44,344 and -5, are pending in Ector County.

Nov. 18, 2014

Rickey Wayne Speer, 41, of Gorman, was indicted by an Eastland County Grand Jury for felony violations of motor fuel tax requirements. Speer is accused of intentionally or knowingly transporting motor fuel to a location without delivering shipping documents relating to the shipment, and of engaging in a motor fuel transaction without being licensed to do so as required by law. The offenses, both third-degree felonies, are enhanced to first-degree felonies with 25 year minimum sentences due to allegations of the defendant having habitual criminal status. The cases, filed as cause numbers 23735 and -36, are pending in Eastland County.

Nov. 13, 2014

Joe Garcia Flores, 62, of Morton, pleaded guilty to the state jail felony offense of Theft $1,500 or more but less than $20,000. He admitted guilt to the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License. This case was un-adjudicated and taken into consideration in the punishment of the other case pursuant to Section 12.45 of the Penal Code. He was sentenced to 3 years deferred adjudication, $17,500 in restitution to the victim with $6,800 paid up front and 120 hours of community service. Flores' case, filed as cause numbers 12-01-1412 and 12-01-1411 respectively, were prosecuted in Cochran County.

Nov. 3, 2014

Aaron Askins, 27, of Del Rio, pleaded guilty to the Class A misdemeanor offense of Concealing Motor Fuel. He was sentenced to 1 year deferred adjudication, a $300 fine and 30 hours of community supervision. Askins' case, filed as cause number 2014-478336, was prosecuted in Lubbock County.


Oct. 21, 2014

Joshua Troy Thomas, 27, of Bastrop, was served with notice of his August 28, 2014 indictment by a Leon County Grand Jury for second-degree felony motor fuel tax fraud. Thomas is accused of intentionally and knowingly purchasing unleaded gasoline with the intent to evade any tax imposed by the Tax Code and/or to have accepted deliveries of motor fuel by any means without at the same time accepting or receiving shipping documents relating to the delivery. The case, filed as cause number CM-14-338, is pending in Leon County.

Oct. 16, 2014

Jose Emilio Cruz-Martinez, 42, of Seagraves, was arrested after being indicted by a Terry County Grand Jury on September 8, 2014 for Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. Cruz-Martinez is accused of intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by concealing, using, and storing untaxed diesel fuel on which taxes imposed by Chapter 162 of the Tax Code were owed and not first paid or reported by a license holder. He is additionally accused of committing the offense by delivering untaxed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for its operation upon a public highway. The case, filed as cause number 6750, is pending in Terry County.

Oct. 15, 2014

Osama Shomali, 52, of Canton, was indicted by a Van Zandt County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offense of Books & Records violations. He is accused of intentionally or knowingly destroying or concealing a book or record required by Chapter 155 of the Tax Code regarding the purchase of tobacco products. Shomali's case, filed as cause number CR14-00486, is pending prosecution in Van Zandt County.

Bheaddin Alshoumali, 46, of Canton, was indicted by a Van Zandt County Grand Jury for the third-degree felony offenses of Possession of Tobacco Products with more than $50 tax due and for Books & Records violations pertaining to the tobacco products purchased. Alshoumali's cases, filed respectively as cause numbers CR14-00476 and CR14-00477, are pending prosecution in Van Zandt County.

Richard Sauseda, Jr., 38, of Odessa, was convicted upon a plea of guilty for a Class A misdemeanor violation of motor fuel tax requirements. Sauceda was accused of using dyed diesel fuel for the operation of a motor vehicle on a public highway in violation of state law . He was sentenced to 3 days in the Ector County Jail and fined $1,000. The case, filed as cause number 144031, was prosecuted in Ector County.

Jesus Emilio Mireles, 36, of Mission, was indicted by a Yoakum County Grand Jury for three motor fuel tax felonies after previously being arrested for the offenses. The charges include intentionally and knowingly purchasing dyed diesel fuel with the intent to evade motor fuel tax, operating a motor vehicle upon a public highway using dyed diesel fuel, and intentionally and knowingly furnishing to a licensed supplier or distributor a signed statement for the purchase of dyed diesel tax-free and then using the tax-free dyed diesel to operate a motor vehicle upon a public highway. The cases, filed as cause numbers 3138-40, are pending in Yoakum County.

David Lee Hernandez, 21, of Henderson, was indicted by a Midland County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Hernandez is accused in court documents of committing the offense by engaging in motor fuel transactions without a license. Hernandez was arrested previously on June 11 for the offense. The case, filed as cause number CR44038, is pending in Midland County District Court.

Oct. 8, 2014

Hector Cota, 48, of El Paso, was arrested for the second-degree offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Cota is accused of intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by purchasing gasoline tax-free when not authorized. Cota's case is pending indictment in El Paso County. U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the El Paso Constable's Office Precinct #1 assisted the Comptroller's Criminal Investigation Division with the investigation.

Oct. 7, 2014

Margaret Ulstrom Morris, 31, of Proctor, was arrested for the third-degree felony offense of Possession of Tobacco Products with more than $50 in Tax Due. The case is pending indictment in Comanche County.

Oct. 3, 2014

Leobardo Rodriguez, 41, of Pecos, pled guilty to a third-degree felony motor fuel tax violation and was sentenced to 2 years of deferred adjudication. Rodriguez admitted to delivering dyed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for its operation on a public highway in cause number 14-10-07895-CRR, filed in Reeves County. As part of the sentence, Rodriguez was ordered to pay a $7,000 fine and perform 500 hours of community service, and his original cause number, 14-07-07877-CRR, was dismissed.

July - September

Sep. 27, 2014

Jacob Wayne Spencer, 34, of Breckenridge, was arrested for motor fuel tax fraud. Spencer is accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly transporting motor fuel upon a public highway without a cargo manifest or shipping documents as required by law. The offense is a second-degree felony. Spencer's case is pending indictment in Howard County.

Sep. 23, 2014

Ray Lynn Wells, 35, of Gorman, was arrested for two third-degree felony motor fuel tax offenses. Wells is accused in court documents of intentionally transporting motor fuel without delivering shipping documents, and of transporting motor fuel without a motor fuel transporter's license. Both cases are pending indictment in Eastland County.

Rickey Wayne Speer, 41, of Gorman, was arrested for two third-degree felony motor fuel tax offenses. Speer is accused in court documents of intentionally transporting motor fuel without delivering shipping documents, and of transporting motor fuel without a motor fuel transporter's license. Both cases are pending indictment in Eastland County.

Sep. 19, 2014

Colton Joe Manning, 21, of Madisonville, was arrested for a second-degree felony motor fuel tax offense. Manning is accused in court documents of transporting motor fuel without valid shipping documents. Manning's case is pending indictment in Madison County.

Sep. 12, 2014

Gaspar Fraire, 50, of Arlington, was arrested after being indicted by a Terry County Grand Jury on September 8, 2014 for Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. Fraire is accused of intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by concealing, using, and storing untaxed diesel fuel on which taxes imposed by Chapter 162 of the Tax Code were owed and not first paid or reported by a license holder. He is additionally accused of committing the offense by delivering untaxed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for its operation upon a public highway. The case, filed as cause number 6743, is pending in Terry County.

Hernan Fraire, 37, of Meadow, was arrested after being indicted by a Terry County Grand Jury on September 8, 2014 for Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. Fraire is accused of intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by concealing, using, and storing untaxed diesel fuel on which taxes imposed by Chapter 162 of the Tax Code were owed and not first paid or reported by a license holder. He is additionally accused of committing the offense by delivering untaxed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for its operation upon a public highway. The case, filed as cause number 6746, is pending in Terry County.

Uriel Fraire, 30, of Arlington, was arrested after being indicted by a Terry County Grand Jury on September 8, 2014 for Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. Fraire is accused of intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by concealing, using, and storing untaxed diesel fuel on which taxes imposed by Chapter 162 of the Tax Code were owed and not first paid or reported by a license holder. He is additionally accused of committing the offense by delivering untaxed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for its operation upon a public highway. The case, filed as cause number 6748, is pending in Terry County.

Sep. 11, 2014

Norberto Vasquez, 58, of Loop, was arrested after being indicted by a Terry County Grand Jury on September 8, 2014 for Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. Vasquez is accused of intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by concealing, using, and storing untaxed diesel fuel on which taxes imposed by Chapter 162 of the Tax Code were owed and not first paid or reported by a license holder. He is additionally accused of committing the offense by delivering untaxed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for its operation upon a public highway. The case, filed as cause number 6742, is pending in Terry County.


Aug. 25, 2014

David Lamar Rollins, 27, of El Paso, was arrested after being indicted by an El Paso Grand Jury for possessing tobacco products with more than $50 in tax due and for books and records violations relating to tobacco products. The offenses are third-degree felonies. The case, filed as cause number 9237069, is pending in El Paso District Court.

Aug. 22, 2014

Adrian Barragan Muniz, 26, of Pecos, was convicted on a plea of guilty of a Class A violation of motor fuel tax requirements. Muniz admitted to intentionally and knowingly concealing dyed diesel motor fuel with the intent of using or holding it for a use other than a non-taxable use. Muniz was sentenced to pay a $500 fine. The case, filed as cause number CR 148781, was prosecuted in Midland County.

Aug. 19, 2014

Salvador Rosa Garza, 42, of Stanton, was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for Wire Fraud after pleading guilty to the offense on December 17, 2013. Garza, a fuel delivery driver, was accused of delivering fuel to his employer's client, Standard Sales, but intentionally reporting to his employer and the client the delivery of a larger amount, resulting in the overbilling of the client through an e-billing system in an amount over $800,000. Garza was ordered to serve 3 years of supervised release after release from prison and to pay $800,000 in restitution to Standard Sales Company. Garza's case, filed as MO13CR0289, was investigated by the FBI and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office - Western District of Texas.

Aug. 14, 2014

Zacorian Deandre White, 21, of Corrigan, pled guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading and Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. White was accused in court documents of committing the offense by conducting motor fuel transporter activities without a license, transporting motor fuel without possessing shipping documents required by law, and by failing to collect and remit backup tax imposed on motor fuel by Chapter 162 of the Tax Code. White was sentenced to 10 years of deferred adjudication, was ordered to pay restitution of $2727 and $993 to two victims, and was ordered to perform 480 hours of community service. The case, filed as cause number 19142, was prosecuted in Cherokee County.

Aug. 12, 2014

Cresencio Avalos, 51, of Morton, was convicted of the second-degree felony offense of Evading or Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax upon a plea of guilty. Avalos was accused of concealing, delivering, and using dyed diesel fuel for the operation of a motor vehicle on a public highway, to intentionally evade or attempt to evade motor fuel tax. He was sentenced to serve 4 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for 3 years, and to pay $14,400 in restitution to Silvers Butane Company and the Comptroller of Public Accounts. The case, filed as cause number 12-01-11410, was prosecuted in Cochran County.

Aug. 11, 2014

Arif Humayun, 48, of Sugarland, pled guilty to the offense of felony Theft in a case relating to motor fuel. Humayun was sentenced to 5 years of deferred adjudication and was fined $500. The case, filed as cause number 71939, was prosecuted in Brazoria County.

Aug. 8, 2014

Luis Castro Alarcon, 39, of Austin, was arrested after being indicted by a Burnet County Grand Jury on July 8 for violating motor fuel tax requirements. Alarcon is alleged in the multi-count indictment to have intentionally or knowingly transported motor fuel on a public highway without shipping documents; intentionally or knowingly concealed and stored untaxed diesel fuel within Texas when motor fuel tax was owed but not paid by a person required to hold a license under Chapter 162 of the Tax Code; purchased motor fuel tax free when not authorized to do so by Chapter 162 of the Tax Code; and engaged in a motor fuel transaction without the required license. The offenses are second- and third-degree felonies. The case, filed as cause number 43044, is pending in Burnet County District Court.

Aug. 6, 2014

Rogelio Puig-Barrios, 55, of Austin, was arrested for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Barrios is accused of committing the offense by intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents required by law, and by engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license. The case is pending indictment in Travis County.

Aug. 5, 2014

Alvie Paul Sisk, Jr., 37, of San Angelo, was sentenced to 6 years in prison after entering a plea of guilty to a second-degree felony motor fuel tax violation. According to court documents, Sisk transported motor fuel without the shipping documents required by law. Sisk will serve the sentence in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was ordered to pay $896 in restitution as part of the disposition. The case, filed as cause number A-14-0014-SA, was prosecuted in Tom Green County.

Aug. 1, 2014

Steve Craig Morris, 46, of Abilene, pled guilty to a third-degree felony motor fuel tax offense. Morris was accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly transporting dyed diesel motor fuel without delivering shipping documents. Morris was sentenced to 5 years of deferred adjudication, and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and perform 160 hours of community service. The case, filed as cause number 18472B, was prosecuted in Taylor County District Court.


Jul. 22, 2014

Eddychel Rodriguez, 29, of LeHigh Acre, Florida, pled guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading and Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax and was sentenced to 8 years of deferred adjudication. Rodriguez was accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly using a device to bypass a fuel dispensing meter. Rodriguez was ordered to pay a $7,000 fine and perform 240 hours of community service as conditions of the deferred adjudication. The case, filed as cause number 3405, was prosecuted in Pecos County.

Jul. 11, 2014

David Hernandez, 21, of Henderson, was arrested for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Hernandez is accused in court documents of stealing tax-free dyed diesel fuel and reselling it on Craig's List to consumers for taxable use without a license and without payment of back-up tax. The case is pending indictment in Midland County.

Leobardo Rodriguez, 41, of Pecos, was arrested after being indicted by a Reeves County Grand Jury on July 10th for Evading Motor Fuel Tax. The offense is a second-degree felony. Court documents allege that Rodriguez concealed, used, and stored untaxed diesel fuel upon which taxes were owed but not paid. Rodriguez is also accused of delivering untaxed diesel fuel into the tank of his motor vehicle for its operation upon a public highway. The case, filed as cause number 14-07-07877-CRR, is pending in Reeves County District Court.

Jul. 3, 2014

Fernando Aguero, Sr., 47, of Dimmitt, was arrested after being indicted by a Dimmitt County Grand Jury for motor fuel tax fraud. Aguero is accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by using and storing untaxed dyed diesel fuel within Texas when such taxes were owed but not paid to or reported by a license holder, and by permitting the delivery of such fuel into a motor vehicle for use on a public highway. The offense is a second-degree felony. The case, filed as cause number A3549-1406, is pending in Dimmitt County District Court.

Jul. 2, 2014

Andrew Sloan Robinson, 18, of Ackerly, was convicted of Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony, upon a plea of guilty. Robinson was sentenced to 10 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, probated for 10 years. As conditions of probation, he was ordered to pay $3,264 in restitution and to perform 300 hours of community service restitution. Robinson's case, filed as cause number 14-7378, was prosecuted in Dawson County.

April - June

Jun. 26, 2014

Jose Luis Suarez, 41, of Odessa, was sentenced to a federal prison term for Wire Fraud. Suarez pled guilty to six counts of Wire Fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343, in March of 2014. He was sentenced to 21 months confinement, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, on each count, to run concurrently. In addition, Suarez is ordered to forfeit $264,314. Court documents alleged Suarez, as owner of Air One Mobile Welding Supply, filed or caused to be filed tax returns to the Comptroller of Public Accounts over the internet which materially and fraudulently underreported the amount of the company's taxable sales. The fraudulent returns resulted in an underpayment of sales tax estimated to be $264,314. The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, IRS Criminal Investigation, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller. The case, filed as cause number MO13CR-274, was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas - Midland-Odessa Division.

Joe Octavio Granado, 41, of Midland, and Juan Antonio Meza, 58, of Odessa, were arrested after being indicted by a federal grand jury in Midland for Wire Fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1343, and Conspiracy, 18 U.S.C. 1349. Court documents allege that Granado, an employee of SC Fuels, would regularly divert a portion of a fuel order destined for his employer's client to a third party business, Red X Truck Stop. Unaware of the diversion, SC Fuels continued to electronically bill the client for the entire order of fuel and accept wire transfer payment for it. Granado would then sell the diverted load to Red X, owned by Meza. Court documents allege that over a two and a half year period, Granado received $774,612 from Meza for the fraudulently diverted fuel, and SC Fuel's original client paid $965,142 for the same fuel it never received. The case was investigated by the FBI's Oilfield Theft Task Force, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller, and Baker-Hughes corporate security. It is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas - Midland-Odessa Division as cause number MO14CR-153.

Ramon Aguero, Jr., 29, of Dimmitt, was arrested after being indicted by a Dimmitt County Grand Jury for motor fuel tax fraud. Aguero is accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by using and storing untaxed dyed diesel fuel within Texas when such taxes were owed but not paid to a license holder, and by permitting the delivery of such fuel into a motor vehicle for use on a public highway. The offense is a second-degree felony. The case, filed as cause number A3551-1406, is pending in Dimmitt County District Court.

Jun. 25, 2014

Francisco Javier Aguero, 34, of Dimmitt, was arrested after being indicted by a Dimmitt County Grand Jury for motor fuel tax fraud. Aguero is accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by using and storing untaxed dyed diesel fuel within Texas when such taxes were owed but not paid to a license holder, and by permitting the delivery of such fuel into a motor vehicle for use on a public highway. The offense is a second-degree felony. The case, filed as cause number A3550-1406, is pending in Dimmitt County District Court.

Cesario Aguero, 48, of Dimmitt, was arrested after being indicted by a Dimmitt County Grand Jury for motor fuel tax fraud. Aguero is accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by using and storing untaxed dyed diesel fuel within Texas when such taxes were owed but not paid to a license holder, and by permitting the delivery of such fuel into a motor vehicle for use on a public highway. The offense is a second-degree felony. The case, filed as cause number A3547-1406, is pending in Dimmitt County District Court.

Rubin Aguero, 53, of Dimmitt, was arrested after being indicted by a Dimmitt County Grand Jury for motor fuel tax fraud. Aguero is accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax by using and storing untaxed dyed diesel fuel within Texas when such taxes were owed but not paid to a license holder, and by permitting the delivery of such fuel into a motor vehicle for use on a public highway. The offense is a second-degree felony. The case, filed as cause number A3546-1406, is pending in Dimmitt County District Court.

Jun. 9, 2014

Wayne Keith Johnson, Jr., 37, of Marlin, was arrested after being indicted by a Leon County Grand Jury for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Johnson is alleged in court documents to have been involved with others in the theft of dyed diesel and its transport without shipping documents or a cargo manifest required by law. The offense as charged is a first-degree felony. The case, filed as CM-14-172, is pending in Leon County District Court.

Jun. 5, 2014

Maxwell Hardy Winn, 38, of Bryan, was arrested after being indicted by a Leon County Grand Jury for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Winn is alleged in court documents to have been involved with others in the theft of dyed diesel and its transport without shipping documents or a cargo manifest required by law. The offense as charged is a first-degree felony. Winn is also charged with Evading and Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony, by knowingly and intentionally purchasing motor fuel fuel without receiving shipping documents relating to the delivery or paying backup tax required by law. The case, filed as CM-14-169, is pending in Leon County District Court.

Jun. 2, 2014

Jesus Cervantes, 23, of El Paso, was arrested for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Cervantes is accused of committing the offense by purchasing unleaded gasoline tax-free when not authorized to make a tax-free purchase. The case is pending indictment in El Paso County. The U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and the El Paso Constable's Office Precinct #1 assisted the Comptroller's Criminal Investigation Division with the investigation.

Vanessa Rodriguez, 29, of El Paso, was arrested for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Rodriguez is accused of committing the offense by purchasing unleaded gasoline tax-free when not authorized to make a tax-free purchase. The case is pending indictment in El Paso County. The U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and the El Paso Constable's Office Precinct #1 assisted the Comptroller's Criminal Investigation Division with the investigation.


May 28, 2014

Stephanie Munoz, 30, of Lubbock, was convicted of the state jail felony offense of Credit Card Abuse and was sentenced to 6 months' imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - State Jail Division. Munoz was ordered to pay $5,181 in restitution to the victim, Arctic Glacier. The case, filed as cause number C-43,537, was prosecuted in Ector County.

May 16, 2014

Muhammad Asif Raza, 34, of Odessa, was convicted and sentenced to 12 months and 1 day in federal prison for Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 2320(a). A three year term of supervised release will follow the prison term. Raza pled guilty to the offense on January 29th. He was accused in court documents of trafficking goods with counterfeit brand markings for brands registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, knowing the marks were counterfeit and likely to deceive. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas - Midland as cause number MO13-CR-267-01.

Raja Zafar Iqbal, 42, of Odessa, was convicted and sentenced to 4 years of federal probation for Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 2320(a). Iqbal pled guilty to the offense on January 21st. He was accused in court documents of trafficking goods with counterfeit brand markings for brands registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, knowing the marks were counterfeit and likely to deceive. Iqbal also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and to pay restitution to Nike, jointly and severally with Javed Iqbal Raja, of $1,326. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas - Midland as cause number MO13CR-268-01.

Javed Iqbal Raja, 51, of Odessa, was convicted and sentenced to 4 years of federal probation for Trafficking in Counterfeit Goods, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 2320(a). Raja pled guilty to the offense on January 21st. He was accused in court documents of trafficking goods with counterfeit brand markings for brands registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, knowing the marks were counterfeit and likely to deceive. Raja also was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and to pay restitution to Nike, jointly and severally with Raja Zafar Iqbal, of $1,326. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas - Midland as cause number MO13CR-268-02.

May 15, 2014

Rogelio Puig-Barrios, 55, of Austin, was indicted by a Travis 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. Puig-Barrios was arrested previously for the offenses. The cases, filed as cause numbers D1DC14-201133 and -32, are pending in Travis County District Court.

May 10, 2014

Fred Earl Winstead, 50, of Marquez, was arrested for Evading or Attempts to Evade Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. According to arrest documents, Winstead intentionally and knowingly evaded or attempted to evade motor fuel tax by concealing dyed diesel fuel and using it for the operation of a motor vehicle on the public highway. Winstead's case is pending indictment in Concho County.

May 8, 2014

Guillermo Mendoza, Jr., 46, of Odessa, was arrested after being indicted by an Ector County Grand Jury on March 18 for Evading Motor Fuel Taxes, a second-degree felony. Mendoza's case, filed as cause number B-43,493, is pending in Ector County.

May 7, 2014

Vincent Michael Violante, 25, of San Angelo, entered a plea of guilty the second-degree felony offense of Evading and Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. Violante was sentenced to 2 years of deferred adjudication. Violante was ordered by the court to pay a $3,500 fine and perform 300 hours of community service. Violante's case was investigated jointly by the Glasscock County Sheriff's Office and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. It was prosecuted as cause number 449 in Glasscock County.

May 2, 2014

William Alexander Sewell, 41, of Midland, was arrested after being indicted March 5th, 2014 by a Midland County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. The accusations in the indictment include that Sewell evaded and attempted to evade the tax by intentionally and knowingly using and delivering dyed diesel for the operation of a motor vehicle upon a public highway, and furnishing to a licensed supplier a signed statement to purchase dyed diesel tax-free and then using it to operate a diesel powered motor vehicle upon a public highway. The case, filed as cause number CR42994, is pending in Midland County.


Apr. 30, 2014

Waymon Lynn Black, 41, of Amarillo, pled guilty to a second-degree felony motor fuel tax offense. Black was sentenced to 10 years of deferred adjudication, and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, pay restitution of $16,514 to Center Gas Fuels, and perform 100 hours of community service. The case, filed as cause number 68,331-A, was prosecuted in Potter County.

Apr. 29, 2014

Eric Celso Duran, 31, of Brownfield, pled guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Court documents alleged that Duran intentionally and knowingly evaded motor fuel tax by delivering and permitting the delivery of untaxed, unleaded fuel into personal vehicles, selling gasoline tax-free to a person not licensed as an aviation fuel dealer, and by using motor fuel within Texas upon which taxes imposed by law were due and not paid. Duran was sentenced to 8 years of deferred adjudication, and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, perform 160 hours of community service, and pay $5,564 in restitution to Occidental Petroleum Corporation. As part of the plea, Duran admitted guilt to a state jail felony Credit Card Abuse case. The Texas Rangers and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts jointly investigated the case. Filed as cause number 6619, the case was prosecuted in Terry County.

Apr. 16, 2014

Andrew Sloan Robinson, 18, of Ackerly, was arrested after being indicted by a Dawson County Grand Jury for second-degree felony motor fuel tax fraud. Robinson is accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly transporting motor fuel without documents required by law, using motor fuel upon which taxes are owed and unpaid, and using untaxed dyed diesel for personal and recreational use in a personal vehicle upon a public highway. The case, filed as cause number 14-7378, is pending in Dawson County.

Apr. 11, 2014

Daniel Lee Rodriguez, 31, of Abilene, pled guilty to Failure to Pay Tax on Tobacco Products, a third-degree felony. Rodriguez was sentenced to serve 2 years of deferred adjudication, pay a $500 fine, pay $767 in restitution to the Comptroller of Public Accounts, and perform 160 hours of community service. The case, filed as cause number 18962B, was prosecuted in Taylor County.

Karel Gonzalez Hernandez, 42, of Miami, Florida, was arrested after being indicted by a Pecos County Grand Jury for Evading and Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. Hernandez is accused of committing the offense by delivering and permitting the delivery of untaxed diesel fuel into motor vehicles and operating them on public highways without having paid the tax. The case, filed as cause number 3403, is pending in Pecos County.

January - March

Mar. 25, 2014

Joseph Verne Oglesby, 49, of Jonesboro, was indicted by a Coryell County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. He had been arrested for the offense previously. Oglesby is accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly concealing and storing untaxed diesel fuel, engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license, and transporting motor fuel without shipping documents. Oglesby's case, filed as cause number FO-14-22198, is pending in Coryell County District Court.

Mar. 14, 2014

Rogelio Florez, 57, of Midland, pled guilty to the second-degree offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Florez was accused of transporting dyed diesel fuel on public highways without a cargo manifest, concealing and storing untaxed diesel fuel without permits, and permitting the delivery of dyed diesel into a motor vehicle for its operation upon a public highway. Florez was sentenced to 4 years deferred adjudication, ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, and ordered to perform 150 hours of community service. The case, filed as cause number CR42383, was prosecuted in Midland County.

Mar. 12, 2014

Jose Luis Suarez, 41, of Odessa, pled guilty to six counts of Wire Fraud, a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1343. Suarez, as owner of Air One Mobile Welding Supply, was accused by federal indictment of filing or causing to be filed sales tax returns to the Comptroller of Public Accounts over the internet which materially and fraudulently underreported the amount of the company's taxable sales. The fraudulent returns resulted in an underpayment of sales tax estimated to be $264,314. Suarez case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, IRS Criminal Investigation, and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller. The case, filed as cause number MO13CR-274, is pending sentencing in the United States District Court, Western District of Texas, in Midland.

Mar. 11, 2014

Christopher Ray Hall, 39, of Odessa, was convicted of Evades or Attempts to Evade Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. The plea came after a plea of guilty. Hall was sentenced to serve 2 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Institutional Division. Hall's case, filed as cause number C-38,778, was prosecuted in Ector County.


Feb. 27, 2014

Audrey Linette Johnson, 42, of Odessa, pled guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Crime. Johnson was accused in court documents of participating in a continuing scheme to steal diesel fuel with other individuals valued at $1,500 or more but less than $20,000. Johnson was sentenced to 4 years of deferred adjudication, ordered to pay a $500 fine, and ordered to pay $5,180 in restitution to Arctic Glacier of Lubbock, Texas. The case, filed as cause number A-42,711, was prosecuted in Ector County.

Joe Kaithamattom Mathew, 42, of Sherman, was convicted of a third-degree felony tobacco tax offense and sentenced to 5 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Institutional Division, probated for 5 years. Mathew was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and perform 160 hours of community service. The case, filed as cause number 64029, was prosecuted in Grayson County.

Feb. 24, 2014

Zacorian Deandre White, 21, of Corrigan, was indicted by a Cherokee County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evading and Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. He previously was arrested for the offense July 25, 2013. White is accused in court documents of committing the offense by conducting motor fuel transporter activities without a license, transporting motor fuel without possessing shipping documents required by law, and by failing to collect and remit backup tax imposed on motor fuel by Chapter 162 of the Tax Code. The case, filed as cause number 19142, is pending in Cherokee County.

Feb. 19, 2014

Brent Hamilton, 41, of Lamesa, was sentenced to 4 years in prison for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Hamilton's conviction was based on his plea of guilty, in which he admitted to intentionally and knowingly using dyed diesel fuel for the operation of a motor vehicle on a public highway, and selling dyed diesel for that purpose. Hamilton will serve his sentence in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was also ordered to pay a $750 fine. The case, filed as cause number 13-7281, was prosecuted in the 106th District Court in Dawson County.

Ronnie Motley, 45, of Lamesa, pled guilty to the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax and was sentenced to 2 years deferred adjudication. Motley will pay a $1,500 fine, pay restitution of $730 to individual victims, and complete 300 hours of community service as conditions of the plea. Motley was accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly using and selling dyed diesel fuel for the operation of a motor vehicle on a public highway, and of intentionally and knowingly selling, using, and storing motor fuel in Texas on which taxes were owed but not paid. Motley's case, filed as cause number 13-7280, was prosecuted in the 106th District Court in Dawson County.

Feb. 10, 2014

Eddychel Rodriguez, 29, of LeHigh Acre, Florida, was arrested after being indicted for Evading and Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax by a Pecos County Grand Jury on December 18, 2013. Rodriguez is accused of committing the offense by intentionally and knowingly using a device to bypass a fuel dispensing meter. The case, filed as cause number 3405, is pending in Pecos County.

Feb. 6, 2014

Franklin Russ Padgett, 51, of Midland, was arrested after being indicted December 18, 2013 by a Pecos County Grand Jury for Evading Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. Padgett is alleged to have intentionally and knowingly evaded and attempted to evade motor fuel tax by concealing, storing, and using untaxed diesel fuel in his vehicles on public highways, and by delivering and permitting the delivery of dyed diesel fuel into the supply tanks of motor vehicles under his control for their operation on public highways. Padgett's case, filed as cause number 3400, is pending in Pecos County.


Jan. 27, 2014

Trey Carl Smith, 29, of New Home, was indicted by a Lynn County Grand Jury for motor fuel tax fraud and arrested. Smith is alleged to have committed the offenses of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents and Evading and Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax. The offenses as charged are first-degree felonies. Smith's case, filed as cause number 14-3132, is pending in Lynn County District Court.

Jan. 17, 2014

Lorenzo de Jesus Boscan-Rodriguez, 40, of Houston, was arrested for motor fuel tax fraud. Boscan-Rodriguez is accused of purchasing motor fuel with intent to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony. His case is pending indictment in Brazoria County.

Jose Leandro Nunez Molina, 29, of Houston, was arrested for motor fuel tax fraud. Nunez is accused of purchasing motor fuel with intent to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony. His case is pending indictment in Brazoria County.

Mailkel Torres-Pantoja, 35, of Houston, was arrested for motor fuel tax fraud. Torres-Pantoja is accused of purchasing motor fuel with intent to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony. Torres-Pantoja's case is pending indictment in Brazoria County.

Fernando Polanco, 47, of Katy, was arrested for motor fuel tax fraud. Polanco is accused of purchasing motor fuel with intent to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony. Polanco's case is pending indictment in Brazoria County.

Jan. 16, 2014

Peter Jacob Tello, 42, of Lubbock, pled guilty to the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in Organized Crime and was sentenced to serve 4 years in prison. Tello was accused by indictment of participating in a continuing scheme with other individuals to steal diesel fuel. Tello also admitted committing the third-degree felony offense of Engaging in a Motor Fuel Transaction without a License, and the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents. He was sentenced to serve 4 year prison terms on those cases, to run concurrently with the first case. Tello was ordered to pay $5,180 in restitution to Arctic Glacier, the victim of the organized crime case, and fined a total of $1,000. The University of Texas System Police-Permian Basin assisted the Comptroller's Criminal Investigation Division with the investigation. Tello's cases, cause numbers A-42,765, -64, and -63, respectively, were prosecuted in Ector County.

Jan. 14, 2014

Luis Fiz Mejia, 24, of Amarillo, was arrested for Evading and Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. Fiz is accused of committing the offense by concealing and storing untaxed diesel fuel, delivering untaxed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for public highway use, engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license, and transporting motor fuel without shipping documents required by law. The case is pending indictment in Potter County.

Eslay Monzon, 40, of Amarillo, was arrested for Evading and Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. Monzon is accused of committing the offense by concealing and storing untaxed diesel fuel, delivering untaxed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for public highway use, engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license, and transporting motor fuel without shipping documents required by law. Monzon's case is pending indictment in Potter County.

Juan Carlos Arrieta, 23, of Fort Worth, was arrested for Evading and Attempting to Evade Motor Fuel Tax, a second-degree felony. Arrieta is accused of committing the offense by concealing and storing untaxed diesel fuel, and delivering and permitting the delivery of untaxed diesel fuel into a motor vehicle for public highway use. Arrieta's case is pending indictment in Potter County.

Jan. 10, 2014

Eric Celso Duran, 31, of Brownfield, was arrested after being indicted by a Terry County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Duran is alleged in court documents to have intentionally and knowingly evaded motor fuel tax by delivering and permitting the delivery of untaxed, unleaded fuel into personal vehicles, selling gasoline tax-free to a person not licensed as an aviation fuel dealer, and by using motor fuel within Texas upon which taxes imposed by law were due and not paid. The Texas Rangers and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Comptroller's Office jointly investigated the case. Filed as cause number 6619, it is pending in Terry County District Court.

Jan. 8, 2014

Alvie Paul Sisk, Jr., 36, of San Angelo, was indicted by a Tom Green County Grand Jury for the second-degree felony offense of Transporting Motor Fuel without Shipping Documents after being arrested for the offense on November 22nd. Sisk's case, filed as cause number A-14-0014-SA, is pending in Tom Green County District Court.

Jan. 3, 2014

Joseph Verne Oglesby, 49, of Jonesboro, was arrested for the second-degree felony offense of Evading Motor Fuel Tax. Oglesby is accused in court documents of intentionally and knowingly concealing and storing untaxed diesel fuel, engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license, and transporting motor fuel without shipping documents. Oglesby's case is pending indictment in Coryell County.

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