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

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.

September 2017

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.

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 2017

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.

April 2017

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.

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.

March 2017

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.

February 2017

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.

January 2017

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.

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