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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

October - December

December 2017

Dec. 28, 2017

Julio Ibarra Regalon, 38, of Houston pleaded guilty Dec. 12, 2017 in state district court to failure to pay backup motor fuel taxes on fraudulent purchases made at three Houston gas stations in March.

He was granted deferred adjudication (no final conviction) and sentenced to four years’ community supervision, fined $500 and ordered to perform 120 hours of community service and pay $1,600 restitution to the U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

Regalon was indicted Dec. 6 for motor fuels tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He was charged with unlawfully obtaining more than 170 gallons of diesel fuel using information stolen from a USPS fleet credit card. The fuel was stored in two plastic, 250-gallon bladders concealed inside a van.

CID assisted the U.S. Postal Inspection Service with the investigation, aided by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted in Harris County.

Dec. 27, 2017

Enmanuel Sierra Perez, 22, of Cleveland, Texas has pleaded guilty to theft for using one of 23 re-encoded gift cards to unlawfully dispense diesel fuel from the pumps at a discount department store into a 200-gallon auxiliary tank in the bed of a truck.

He was granted deferred adjudication (no final conviction) and sentenced in state district court to two years’ community supervision plus fees and court costs.

Perez had been charged earlier in 2017 with transporting motor fuel without proper shipping documents, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He was convicted of the lesser included offense of theft of property, a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000.

The case was prosecuted in Harris County.

Dec. 20, 2017

Maaz M. Moonis, 31, of Cleveland, Texas was indicted for unlawfully transporting untaxed tobacco products without required documentation to a Kirbyville tobacco store in 2015.

He is charged with a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The case is pending prosecution in Jasper County.

Rodrigo Ramos Guerrero, 41, of Fort Worth and Gabriel Monroy Corona, 25, Juan Carlos Chavira Carranza, 47, and Luis Miguel Ramos Moreno, 33, all of Kermit, were arrested for allegedly using a company credit card to unlawfully obtain numerous gallons of diesel fuel from a Kermit gas station.

On Dec. 19, CID investigators observed members of the foursome dispensing diesel into an auxiliary tank in the bed of a pickup truck. The fuel was transferred soon afterward into a welding truck at a recreational vehicle park in Kermit.

All four suspects are charged with motor fuel tax evasion. Guerrero also is charged with transporting motor fuel without proper shipping documents. Both offenses are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Winkler County.

Dec. 15, 2017

Angel Machado Sotolongo, 25, of Houston is accused of allegedly using an unlawfully obtained credit card to buy diesel fuel at a Baytown truck stop in September without paying back-up tax.

He is charged with motor fuels tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He also faces a credit card abuse charge in connection with the incident.

Sotolongo was arrested Dec. 11 in Baytown on an outstanding warrant.

A CID investigator assisted Baytown police with the investigation. The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.


Reynier Dominguez Alvarez, 30, of Katy was indicted for fraudulently purchasing diesel fuel at a Katy truck stop in late October without paying tax.

He is charged with motor fuels tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. He also faces a credit card abuse charge in connection with the incident.

A CID investigator assisted Katy police with the investigation. The case is pending prosecution in Fort Bend County.

Dec. 14, 2017

Antonio Ledaryl Kirkland, 29, of Big Spring was arrested Jan. 2 for allegedly defrauding a car buyer out of $10,000 last May by misrepresenting his ownership of the vehicle and providing a title to a different auto.

Evidence shows that a Florida finance company holds the title and a lien on the 2009 BMW that was sold. It is being repossessed due to missed payments.

Kirkland is charged with fraudulent transfer of a motor vehicle and theft of property, both valued at less than $30,000. Each offense is a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years.

The case is pending prosecution in Howard County.

Dec. 5, 2017

Alfredo Bardaji, 49, of Lewisville was arrested for allegedly receiving into his semi-tractor truck $500 worth of diesel fuel fraudulently obtained last May from a Carrollton propane company without paying back-up tax.

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

A CID investigator assisted Carrollton police with the investigation. The case is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

Angel Ramon Batista Rodriguez, 29, of Dallas was arrested for allegedly using a stolen credit card at an Irving gas station last July to obtain more than $220 worth of diesel fuel without paying back-up tax. It was pumped into an auxiliary tank mounted in the bed of a pickup truck.

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

A CID investigator assisted Carrollton police with the investigation. The case is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

November 2017

Nov. 30, 2017

Deborah Guillory Harris, 55, of Houston was indicted for allegedly falsifying a vehicle title application.

Harris, who does business as Success Auto, is charged with tampering with a government record. The offense is a-second-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Her indictment was the culmination of an 18-month investigation prompted by a complaint from the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office in January 2016.

The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Alejandro Vega-Torres, 34, of Hialeah, Fla. and Jorge Manual Batista-Gonzalez, 38, of Odessa were sentenced in mid-November of using dozens of re-encoded credit cards to steal large quantities of diesel fuel for resale.

Both defendants were sentenced to a year in federal prison and three years’ probation (non-reporting supervision). A separate felony fraud charge pending against each of them was dismissed in the plea agreements.

Vega-Torres and Batista-Gonzalez are the last of 10 members of a Cuban theft ring to be convicted in U.S. District Court in Midland on federal fraud and conspiracy charges.

Four members of the ring, all of Tampa, Fla., were sentenced in September and received sentences ranging from a year’s imprisonment to three years’ non-reporting probation. In October, four other co-defendants were sentenced and received sentences ranging from 10 to 18 months in prison, plus three years’ non-reporting probation.

All the defendants also were ordered to pay restitution equally among themselves of almost $47,000, plus special individual assessments of $100 apiece.

These individuals were prosecuted by the U. S. Attorney’s office in the Western District of Texas. The FBI’s Permian Basin Oilfield Theft Task Force assisted CID with the investigation.

Robert Wayne Reaves, 48, of Wills Point was arrested for allegedly possessing and reselling untaxed pipe tobacco purchased online from out of state without paying substantial amounts of Texas tobacco tax.

Investigators reported finding more than 1,600 ounces of illicit tobacco at a retail location in Terrell in late September. He is charged with possessing tobacco products on which more than $50 in taxes are due, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine .

The case is pending prosecution in Kaufman County.

Carlos Miranda, 49, of Cleveland, Texas was indicted in mid-November for allegedly using a re-encoded gift card to unlawfully obtain diesel fuel at service stations in Caldwell in March.
The indictments charge Miranda with motor fuel tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without proper shipping documents. Each offense is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

CID assisted the Caldwell Police Department in the investigation. The case is pending prosecution in Burleson County.

Oscar David Alderete-Ortiz, 39, of Denver City was convicted of obtaining approximately 100 gallons of diesel fuel without paying tax in late March.

He received deferred adjudication (no final conviction) and was sentenced to six years’ probation, a $6,000 fine, almost $6,100 in restitution and court costs.

Alderete-Ortiz pleaded guilty to motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. The second case, engaging in a motor fuel transaction without having a motor fuel transporter’s license was adjudicated pursuant to Penal Code section 12.45

The case was prosecuted in Yoakum County.

Nov. 27, 2017

Danny Everett Jenkins, 60, of Satin was convicted in early November of unlawfully using red-dye diesel by means of storing the fuel in a 55-gallon drum in the back of his pickup truck and using the untaxed diesel in his motor fuel supply tank, as well as possessing a small amount of meth (aka "speed").

He pleaded guilty to motor fuel tax evasion and received deferred adjudication (no final conviction). He was sentenced to five years’ community supervision and fined $1,500. He also pleaded guilty to controlled substance possession. His 730-day sentence was suspended in lieu of four years’ probation, and he was fined $180.

Evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Dyed diesel fuel is untaxed diesel fuel for off-road use only and may not be used in vehicles operated on public roadways.

Possessing less than a gram of methamphetamine is a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years. The Texas Highway Patrol investigated the drug possession case and contacted CID for assistance on the discovery of the motor fuel tax fraud incident.

The case was prosecuted in Tom Green County.

Billy Gerald Hill, 74, of Edinburg, was indicted in early November for allegedly stealing several thousands of dollars in motor vehicle taxes collected and misappropriating several thousands of dollars in title and registration fees collected.

The two-count indictment charges the motor vehicle dealer with failing to remit more than $20,000 but less than $100,000 in taxes collected on 67 vehicles sold in 2016 and 2017. The offense is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

He also is charged with misapplication of fiduciary property for withholding more than $2,500 but less than $30,000 in fees. That offense is a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years.

The case is pending prosecution in Hidalgo County.

Nov. 21, 2017

Dilip Mahta, 53, of Rockwall was arrested in late November for allegedly possessing and selling illicit pipe tobacco at his Quinlan convenience store for slightly more than the amount of the applicable but unpaid state tax.

He is charged with possessing tobacco products on which more than $50 in taxes are due, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Proper invoices showing payment of tobacco tax were not provided, according to investigators.

The case is pending prosecution in Hunt County.

Nov. 13, 2017

Hector Suarez, 68, of Fort Stockton, a former Pecos County deputy tax assessor-collector, pleaded guilty to stealing almost $35,000 in motor vehicle sales tax payments over two years using falsified vehicle title applications.

He received deferred adjudication (no final conviction) and was sentenced in state district court to three years’ probation and 200 hours of community service. He also was ordered to pay court costs and $38,800 in restitution, of which $30,000 has been paid.

Suarez, who supervised the office’s motor vehicle tax section, pleaded guilty to all eight counts of tampering with a government record with intent to defraud or harm another , a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine; and to one count of theft by a public servant of more than $2,500 but less than $30,000, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The case was investigated jointly by the Texas Rangers and CID and prosecuted in Pecos County.

Nov. 9, 2017

Ahmad Ali Hasan, 54, of Carrollton was arrested for allegedly possessing illicit hookah tobacco at his non-permitted wholesale business in Dallas in June.

Hasan is charged with two tobacco products tax law violations alleging illegal possession and books & records violations. Each of them are third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Back taxes well in excess of $50 were due, and investigators allege no valid invoices for purchase of the tobacco were produced.

The case is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

Nov. 7, 2017

Mui Thi Doan, 61, of Arlington was arrested for allegedly possessing 11 packs of illicit imported cigarettes at her restaurant and failing to produce valid invoices for their purchase.

She is charged with two tobacco products tax law violations: books & records, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine; and possessing 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 case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

October 2017

Oct. 31, 2017

Nizar Noorali Raiyyani, 42, of Carrollton was sentenced in mid-September to 90 days in jail for operating an eight-liner machine without a license in February and lying to a state police investigator who was investigating the machine and its location.

The unlicensed device, similar to an electronic slot machine, was located in the "Lucky4Lucky" game room in Dallas. Raiyyani misled CID officers about the ownership of the business as well as some of the machines.

Raiyyani pleaded no contest and was convicted of operating a coin-operated amusement machine without a license, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both; and of making a false statement to a peace officer, a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000 or both. He received 38 days’ credit for jail time served.

The case was prosecuted in Dallas County.

Oct. 27, 2017

Daniel Lee Allen, 61, of Cleburne was arrested for allegedly using his son’s employer's company credit card to make several unlicensed purchases of dyed diesel fuel for a tractor truck in late 2016. Dyed diesel is nontaxable only for off-road or agricultural use by permit-holders.

Allen and his son, Jonathan Daniel Allen, 36, also of Cleburne, are each charged with motor fuel tax evasion and purchasing fuel with intent to evade tax, both second-degree felonies punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. They also are charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a permit, 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.

Oct. 26, 2017

Former lawman Michael Saavedra, 37, of El Paso pleaded guilty to 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.

The former Anthony police officer and association president was sentenced in state district court to 90 days in jail, five years’ probation and 250 hours of community service. He was ordered to pay $724 in court costs and restitution in an amount yet to be determined.

Saavedra received deferred adjudication (no final conviction) for two felony offenses: theft of property and misapplying fiduciary/financial property, both valued at more than $1,500 but less than $20,000. Each crime was punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years.

The case was investigated jointly by the Texas Rangers and CID and prosecuted in El Paso County.

Oct. 24, 2017

Yoandi Emiliano Quezada Valdez, 33, of Dallas was arrested on charges of using another person’s credit card last August to acquire more than 78 gallons of diesel fuel worth more than $184 from a fuel business in order to avoid paying tax.

Valdez is one of two suspects alleged to have pumped diesel into a tank in the bed of his pickup truck, which investigators say is not a diesel-powered vehicle.

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

CID is assisting the Carrollton Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending in Dallas County.

Cody Raymond-Michael Johnson, 27, of Caddo Mills was indicted for lying on a vehicle title application by understating its purchase price.

The owner of Big City Auto Sales allegedly entered incorrect information on applications for two of eight vehicles purchased from his dealership by a communications company.

Johnson is charged with falsifying a vehicle title application, 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 Rockwall County.

Oct. 23, 2017

Luis Ochoa Cabrera, 57, of Seguin pleaded guilty in September to motor fuel tax evasion and was sentenced last month to five years’ deferred adjudication (no final conviction), 200 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine, $353 in court costs and restitution in an amount yet to be determined.

Cabrera admitted to evading motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He used re-encoded credit cards to illegally acquire approximately 59 gallons of diesel fuel from a Pflugerville convenience store in 2016.

The case was prosecuted in Travis County.

Yonar Bello Lopez, 33, of Austin pleaded guilty to motor fuel tax evasion and was sentenced to eight years’ probation, 300 hours of community service and a $2,000 fine.

The offense is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Lopez was arrested in August for using a re-encoded charge card to pump approximately 60 gallons of diesel fuel worth $150 into an auxiliary tank in the bed of a pickup truck at an Austin convenience store without paying backup motor fuels tax.

An additional charge of transporting motor fuel without proper documentation and/or licensing was dismissed in the plea agreement, along with a separate, similar indictment.

The case was prosecuted in Travis County.

Oct. 20, 2017

Four members of a Cuban theft ring were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Midland after previously pleading guilty to federal fraud and conspiracy charges for allegedly using dozens of re-encoded credit cards to steal large quantities of diesel fuel for resale.

Convicted of conspiring to fraudulently use an access device were Michel Sarmiento, 37, of Miami, Fla; Andy Cruz-Leyva, 46 of Tampa, Fla.; and Livan Sanchez, 39, of Odessa. Sandra Alva Escobar-Carballosa, 31, also of Odessa, was convicted of access device fraud.

Sarmiento and Cruz-Leyva each were sentenced to 13 months in federal prison. Sarmiento will serve his term concurrently with another sentence in a related state motor fuel tax fraud felony case. Sanchez received 18 months in federal prison and Escobar-Carballosa, 10 months. Subsequently, all four defendants will be on three years’ non-reporting supervised release.

The defendants also were ordered to pay restitution equally among themselves of almost $47,000, plus special $100 individual assessments.

A separate fraud charge pending against each defendant was dismissed in the plea agreement.

Four other members of the ring, all of Tampa, Fla., pleaded guilty in September and received sentences ranging from a year in federal prison to three years’ non-reporting probation.

Roger Marcelo Garcia Rodriguez, 31, of Houston pleaded guilty to using a re-encoded credit card to fraudulently obtain diesel fuel in April and was sentenced to 170 days in jail.

Rodriguez originally was indicted for evading motor fuel taxes by failing to pay backup tax on a transaction, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Based on Rodriguez’ cooperation with authorities, prosecutors reduced the charge to fraudulent use of identifying information, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years. He received 87 days’ credit for jail time served.

The case was prosecuted in Harris County.

Oct. 19, 2017

Lazaro Abreu-Aliaga, 53, of Austin pleaded guilty in September to credit card abuse and was sentenced in October to two years’ deferred adjudication (no final conviction), a $1,500 fine and 80 hours of community service.

The offense is punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Abreu-Aliaga was under indictment for motor fuel tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without proper shipping documents, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Those charges were dismissed in the plea agreement.

He was arrested in April for using re-encoded gift cards to illegally acquire diesel fuel. The case was prosecuted in Travis County.

Oct. 13, 2017

Naser A. Yacoub, 39, of Sherman pleaded guilty Oct. 13 to concealing and/or destroying shipping records related to untaxed tobacco products he had purchased in 2010.

Yacoub received three years’ deferred adjudication (no final conviction), a $500 fine and was ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution and perform 75 hours of community service. He could have been imprisoned for two to 10 years and fined up to $10,000 for the third-degree felony.

Four other felony charges against him were dismissed in the plea agreement accepted in state district court.

The case was prosecuted in Grayson County.

Oct. 2, 2017

Four members of a Cuban theft ring pleaded guilty September 15 in U.S. District Court in Midland to federal fraud and conspiracy charges for allegedly using dozens of re-encoded credit cards to steal large quantities of diesel fuel for resale.

Among those arrested in February in Midland are Juan Andelmo Bermudez, 47; Omero Lazaro Barbeito-Lastre, 44; Eduardo Tamayo-Pupo, 36; and Jose Angel Leyva-Oliva, 43, all of Tampa, Fla.

Bermudez and Tamayo-Pupo each were sentenced to a year in federal prison and Leyva-Oliva to six months in federal prison. Barbeito-Lastre to three years’ non-reporting probation. In addition, Bermudez and Tamayo-Pupo were sentenced to three years’ supervised release and Leyva-Oliva to three years’ non-reporting supervised release.

The defendants also were ordered to pay restitution equally among themselves of almost $47,000 plus special $100 individual assessments.

Oct. 1, 2017

Jesus Medeles-Jurado, 47, of San Elizario pleaded guilty September 21 to fraudulently using a stolen company gas card on several occasions to fuel his personal vehicle after quitting his job.

He was convicted in a Midland County district court of motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Under a plea agreement, Medeles-Jurado received deferred adjudication (no final conviction) and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation, fined $1,000 plus court costs and 250 hours of community service.

July - September

Sep. 25, 2017

Thu Le, 34, of Odessa was indicted September 11 for allegedly using an accomplice to unlawfully obtain a license on her behalf for gaming machines known as "eight-liners."

The one-count indictment charges her with attempting to obtain a coin-operated machine license by fraud, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The co-defendant, who was on felony probation at the time of this offense, pleaded guilty earlier this year and was sentenced to prison for violating terms of her probation and for this offense.

The case is pending prosecution in Ector County.

Sep. 20, 2017

Danny Everett Jenkins, 60, of Satin was indicted September 7 for using a 55-gallon drum to unlawfully put dyed diesel fuel into the tank of his pickup truck. Dyed diesel may only be used tax free in off-road vehicles.

The two-count indictment charges Jenkins with motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He also is accused of possessing less than a gram of methamphetamine, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years.

Department of Public Safety troopers discovered the use of the untaxed fuel and drugs during a traffic stop in May.

The case is pending prosecution in Tom Green County.

Sep. 14, 2017

Roberto Reinaldo Acosta, 24, of Odessa was arrested September 11 for allegedly using a re-encoded charge card to unlawfully obtain more than 95 gallons of diesel fuel worth almost $260 concealed in an auxiliary tank hidden in the bed of his pickup truck. Investigators believe he had 22 fraudulent debit/gift cards in his possession.

Andrews police apprehended the suspect at an Andrews convenience store and contacted CID for assistance in the investigation.

Acosta is charged with motor fuel tax evasion and fraudulent use of identifying information, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine; and with credit card abuse, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years.

The case is pending prosecution in Andrews County.

Anier Gamboa Rodriguez, 27, of Austin was arrested September 13 for allegedly using a re-encoded credit card to unlawfully obtain from more than 23 gallons of gasoline concealed in an auxiliary tank in the bed of his pickup truck at an Austin convenience store. Investigators reportedly found eight "cloned" credit and debit cards in his possession.

Rodriguez is charged with transporting motor fuel without a shipping document and evading motor fuel tax, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The case is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Sep. 13, 2017

Steven Cho, 25, of Coppell was arrested September 6 for allegedly operating 36 video game machines without a license or certificate at a Dallas game room. During an inspection, the suspect allegedly pushed a civilian Comptroller employee out of the business and locked the door, according to reports, but later allowed CID investigators to inspect the premises.

He is charged with violating a coin-operated amusement machine provision of the Texas Occupations Code, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

Dallas County Sheriff’s deputies assisted CID by transporting Cho to the county jail.

The case is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

Sep. 12, 2017

Alexander Tamayo Cabrera, 29, of Austin was arrested September 11 for allegedly using a re-encoded gift card to unlawfully obtain approximately 105 gallons of diesel fuel worth almost $264 from a North Austin convenience store and concealed it in an auxiliary tank hidden in the bed of his pickup truck.

The suspect reportedly sped away when confronted by a CID investigator, who was thrown to the ground after stepping on the truck’s running board to avoid being struck by the fleeing vehicle. A passenger said the suspect, who is employed delivering diesel fuel to truckers, threw "cloned" cards out the driver’s side window.

Tamayo Cabrera is charged with transporting motor fuel without a shipping document and evading motor fuel tax, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine; and with tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The Austin Police Department (APD) and the store’s loss prevention personnel assisted in the investigation. APD also charged Tamayo Cabrera with assaulting a public servant and evading arrest in a motor vehicle, both third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The case is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Sep. 8, 2017

Luis Castillo Fernandez, 32, of Austin pleaded guilty to attempted motor fuel tax evasion, a class B misdemeanor, for illegally acquiring almost 4 gallons of diesel fuel worth $6.70 with a fraudulently obtained, re-encoded credit card at a Pflugerville convenience store in April 2016. The store manager stopped the pump when he recognized the vehicle as belonging to a known fuel thief.

Under a plea agreement, Fernandez was convicted in a Travis County district court of a lesser charge included in his felony indictment, which was dismissed. He received deferred adjudication (no final conviction) and was sentenced to two years’ probation, 80 hours of community service and fined $3,000 plus court costs.

Israel Lara, 34, of Pecos was indicted in late August for unlawfully acquiring, storing and concealing untaxed diesel fuel in May. It was contained in a 55-gallon drum, a 150-gallon tank, a welder and a generator. He allegedly did not have the requisite license or permits and failed to pay backup tax.

The one-count indictment charges Lara with motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The case is pending prosecution in Reeves County.

Sep. 7, 2017

Jose Alberto Nunez-Morgado, 47, of Austin was indicted Aug. 30 for allegedly using a re-encoded charge card to pump 89 gallons of diesel fuel worth $200 into an auxiliary tank in the bed of a pickup truck at an Austin convenience store in November 2016. Investigators reported that he threw six "cloned" credit and debit cards out of the vehicle during a traffic stop.

The four-count indictment charges him with transporting motor fuel without a shipping document and evading motor fuel tax, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine; and with tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He also was indicted for credit card abuse, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years.

The case is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Sep. 5, 2017

James Clayton Hunt, 55, of Granbury was arrested in late August for allegedly operating 13 coin-operated video game machines without a license or certificate in July at a hidden Fort Worth game room he owns.

He is charged with violating a coin-operated amusement machine provision of the Texas Occupations Code, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

The Fort Worth Police Department assisted in the investigation.

The case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

Aug. 31, 2017

Rito Salgado Jr., 35, of Midland was convicted Aug. 24 in a Midland County district court of motor fuels tax evasion and sentenced to three years’ probation, a $1,500 fine and 200 hours of community service.

He received deferred adjudication for pleading guilty to using a misappropriated gasoline card to unlawfully obtain fuel for two vehicles without paying taxes on March 8-14. The second-degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Yusdel M. Lloret, 28, of Houston was indicted Aug. 23 on a charge of evading motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Lloret allegedly used a re-encoded ("cloned") credit card to obtain almost 41 gallons of diesel fuel pumped into a concealed auxiliary tank in the bed of his pickup truck. He also has been indicted for credit card abuse, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years.

Both cases are pending prosecution in Harris County.

Aug. 28, 2017

Luis Manuel Proenza Sanchez, 46, of Galveston pleaded guilty Aug. 24 in a Hidalgo County district court to engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license in November 2016. The investigation revealed that he unlawfully purchased diesel fuel on several occasions while using re-encoded ("cloned") credit cards.

Sanchez was sentenced to three years’ probation, a $500 fine plus court costs and 50 hours of community service. He received deferred adjudication for the third-degree felony, which is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

A related, second-degree felony indictment alleging motor fuels tax evasion was dismissed in the plea bargain.

Aug. 23, 2017

Carlos Brun, 47, a San Antonio car dealer, was indicted July 17 for allegedly failing to remit between $20,000 and $100,000 in motor vehicle taxes and between $2,500 and $30,000 in title and registration fees collected on 105 vehicles sold by National Auto Credit between October 2015 and July 2016.

He is charged in two separate indictments with failure to remit motor vehicle tax collected, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, and misapplication of fiduciary property, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years.

The case is pending prosecution in Bexar County.

Aug. 16, 2017

Thomas Bret Jackson, 61, of Hawley pleaded guilty Aug. 8 in a Jones County district court to forgery and falsifying title documents for signing another person’s name as the seller on a vehicle title in 2015.

Jackson was sentenced to five years’ probation, fined $1,500 plus court costs and ordered to pay $4,500 in restitution to the victim. He also must perform 160 hours of community service. He could have received from two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine for the third-degree felony conviction.

A companion case alleging a similar offense was dropped in the plea bargain, as was a theft case. Jackson also had been accused of filing false title applications for vehicles sold through his car dealership in Hawley.

The case was prosecuted in Jones County.

Albert Martinez Barrera, 44, of Snyder was indicted Aug. 9 for unlawfully obtaining 700 gallons of diesel fuel in April from a motor fuels transportation company where he worked as a delivery truck driver. He allegedly withheld some diesel from delivery loads and sold it off site to third parties.

The two-count indictment charges Barrera with motor fuels tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without a license or shipping documents. Both offenses are second-degree felonies each punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Barrera allegedly committed this latest crime while under indictment for a previous charge to which he has since pleaded guilty.

The Texas Rangers and CID jointly investigated the case, assisted by staff of the defendant’s employer.

The case is pending prosecution in Sterling County.

Aug. 15, 2017

Yonar Bello-Lopez, 32, of Austin was arrested Aug. 8 for allegedly using a re-encoded ("cloned") charge card to pump approximately 60 gallons of diesel fuel worth $150 into an auxiliary tank in the bed of a pickup truck at an Austin convenience store without paying backup motor fuels tax.

He is charged with motor fuels tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without proper documentation and/or licensing. Both offenses are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Records show that the suspect was arrested previously on similar charges.

The case is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Mohammad Sado Bassam Lulu, 29, and Mohammed Darwish Bassam Lulu, 30, both of El Paso, were indicted Aug. 2 and subsequently arrested for allegedly purchasing large amounts of tobacco products from an unlawful supplier in Illinois, dating back to 2014, thereby evading several thousands of dollars in Texas tobacco taxes. They also are accused of not maintaining accurate purchase records and filing a false and/or incomplete return or report with the Comptroller’s office this past March.

Both offenses – possession of tobacco products on which more than $50 in taxes are due and failure to keep books and records – are third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The Illinois Department of Revenue alerted CID about a non-permitted tobacco distributor with whom the two brothers allegedly were doing business. The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division assisted CID in the investigation.

The case is pending prosecution in El Paso County.

Aug. 10, 2017

Van Phat Le, 46, of Mansfield was arrested June 21 for allegedly moving several coin-operated amusement machines that he unlawfully owns to a storage facility in Arlington.

He is charged with two counts of operating coin-operated amusement machines without a license. Each offense is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

CID assisted the Arlington Police Department vice unit in the investigation.

The case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

Jose Alberto Nunez-Morgado, 47, and Jose Arnoldo Llanso Varona, 42, both of Austin, were arrested Aug. 9 for allegedly using a re-encoded charge card to pump 89 gallons of diesel fuel worth $200 into an auxiliary tank in the bed of a pickup truck at an Austin convenience store to avoid paying backup motor fuels tax.

During a traffic stop, the suspects threw 17 "cloned" credit and debit cards out the passenger window of the vehicle, according to investigators. CID officers reportedly observed them earlier attempting to use some of the cards to acquire fuel at a service station in Bastrop County.

Both men are charged with motor fuels tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without proper documentation and/or licensing, both of which are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000. They also are charged with tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Records show that Nunez-Morgado was arrested previously on similar charges.

The case is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Jul. 27, 2017

Yusdel M. Lloret, 28, of Houston was indicted June 30 for allegedly using a "cloned" credit card to obtain almost 41 gallons of diesel fuel pumped into a concealed auxiliary tank in the bed of his pickup truck.

Lloret is charged with credit card abuse, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for from six months up to two years. He was also recently arrested on a charge of evading motor fuel tax by engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license and failing to pay the backup 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 Harris County.

Octavio Garcia, 41, of Houston pleaded guilty in June in a Harris County district court to class A misdemeanor theft. He received deferred adjudication and was sentenced to two years' probation and ordered to pay $1,250 restitution.

Garcia was accused of making unauthorized fuel deliveries without proper shipping documents and failing to pay motor fuels taxes in May 2016.

Jul. 13, 2017

Luis Manuel Proenza Sanchez, 45, of Galveston was indicted June 29 for unlawfully acquiring 100 gallons of diesel fuel, which he allegedly put into the auxiliary tank of his pickup truck, in November 2016 near Edinburg.

The two-count indictment charges him with transporting motor fuel without proper documentation and conducting a motor fuel transaction without a permit. The offenses are second- and third-degree felonies, respectively, punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine and two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, respectively.

The case is pending prosecution in Hidalgo County.

Jul. 12, 2017

Rito Salgado Jr., 35, of Fort Worth was indicted June 28 on one count of motor fuel tax evasion. He allegedly used a misappropriated gas card to unlawfully obtain fuel for two vehicles without paying taxes on March 8-14.

The offense is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The case is pending prosecution in Midland County.

Jesus Medeles-Jurado, 47, of San Elizario was indicted June 28 for allegedly using a misappropriated gas card to unlawfully obtain fuel for two vehicles without paying taxes from March 8 through April 2.

Medeles-Jurado is charged with motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The case is pending prosecution in Midland County.

Jose Gamboa Infante, 28, of Houston and Ernesto Carbo Lastre, 46, of Austin were arrested June 28 in Austin with 113 gallons of diesel fuel in the auxiliary tank of a pickup truck and four containers in the truck bed. They allegedly used "cloned" credit/debit/gift cards to obtain the fuel unlawfully.

Both suspects are charged with transporting motor fuel without proper documentation and motor fuel tax evasion. Each offense is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

The Austin Police Department assisted in transporting those arrested to the Travis County Jail. CID is actively continuing the investigation. The case is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Jul. 11, 2017

Luis Ivan Gutierrez-Prieto, 33, of Amarillo pleaded guilty June 26 in a Potter County district court to one count of motor fuel tax evasion. He received deferred adjudication and was placed on three years' probation and fined $1,500.

Osmar Ramirez Santisteban, [cq] 34, and Conrrado [cq] Gonzales Torres, 45, both of Austin, were arrested June 28 for allegedly transporting 159 gallons of diesel fuel worth $200 in the auxiliary tank of a pickup truck. The fuel had been unlawfully obtained from an Austin gas station.

The suspects each are charged with transporting motor fuel without proper documentation and motor fuel tax evasion. Each 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 Travis County.

Jul. 10, 2017

Yulier Tamayo-Benitez, 34, and Roberto Talavera-Guerra, 36, both of Austin, were indicted June 29 for unlawfully acquiring 177 gallons of diesel fuel worth $400 using a "cloned" credit card and putting it into a pickup truck on March 21.

They each are charged with motor fuel tax evasion (transporting fuel without proper documentation) and credit card abuse. The former offense is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000; the latter, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office collaborated with CID in the investigation. The case is pending prosecution in Williamson County.

Rubber [cq] Guerra Rios, 31, of Austin was arrested for allegedly using a "cloned" credit card to unlawfully obtain 98 gallons of diesel fuel worth $212 from an Austin gas station and putting it into the auxiliary tank of a pickup truck on June 26.

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

The Austin Police Department transported those arrested to the Travis County jail for CID, which is actively continuing the investigation. The case is pending prosecution in Travis County.

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.

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