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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 laws is a losing proposition. Read about those who found that out the hard way.

August 2020

August 31

Yusniel Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 37, of Lexington, Neb. pleaded guilty with intent to tamper with/fabricate physical evidence.

A Fort Bend County district judge sentenced him to five years’ probation, 300 hours of community service, a $3,000 fine and more than $100 in restitution, plus court costs. The offense is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

In a plea agreement, Gonzalez-Rodriguez admitted to the felony offenses of credit card abuse, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years and up to a $10,000 fine, and tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The court issued two identical sentences to run concurrently. Gonzalez-Rodriguez also must write a letter of apology and testify truthfully against his co-defendant.

Charges of motor fuel tax evasion and the purchase of motor fuel with the intent to evade a tax were dismissed in conjunction with the plea deal.

In May 2019, a store employee reportedly observed Gonzalez-Rodriguez and another man using “cloned” credit cards to obtain diesel fuel and contacted Katy Police.

After Katy Police stopped the pickup truck occupied by Gonzalez-Rodriguez and the other man, officers discovered a modified tank mounted in the truck bed. The vehicle also was equipped with hoses and nozzles to receive, transport and dispense large quantities of fuel, according to reports.

August 26

Lazaro Mendez Calderon, 30, of Dallas was arrested for allegedly using a re-encoded card to fraudulently obtain 86 gallons of diesel fuel worth $146 from an Ennis chain convenience store.

Local police made contact with Calderon and arrested him. An investigation revealed that he intentionally and knowingly attempted to evade a tax imposed on motor fuel by failing to pay the backup diesel tax liability. Reports explain the suspect used “cloned” cards to purchase diesel fuel multiple times at the same location without being caught.

Calderon 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.

CID assisted the Ennis Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Ellis County.

August 21

Yunesky Contreras-Veitia, 38, of Mesquite was arrested for allegedly using a re-encoded charge card to fraudulently purchase more than 88 gallons of diesel fuel worth almost $150 from a chain convenience store in Ennis.

Local police arrested Contreras-Veitia soon after he left the premises. An investigation revealed that he intentionally and knowingly attempted to evade a tax imposed on motor fuel by failing to pay the backup diesel tax liability, and transported motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents.

The suspect is believed to have used “cloned” cards to purchase diesel fuel at the same location four previous times without being caught, according to investigators.

Contreras-Veitia is charged with motor fuel tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

CID assisted the Ennis Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Ellis County.

Ernesto Rodriguez-Martinez, 36, of Addison was arrested for allegedly using re-encoded cards to fraudulently obtain approximately 149 gallons of diesel fuel worth almost $300 from an Irving convenience store.

Local police arrested the suspect shortly after he departed the premises. An investigation revealed that he intentionally and knowingly attempted to evade a tax imposed on motor fuel by failing to pay the backup diesel tax liability, and transported motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents.

On Aug. 20, a local police detective contacted a CID investigator about testing confiscated cards using a specialized card reader. The investigator confirmed that all 27 cards in the suspect’s possession were “cloned” and used to purchase fuel.

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

CID assisted the Irving Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

August 20

Leodanis Ebanks Aragon, 38, of Houston was indicted for allegedly using stolen credit/debit card numbers loaded onto an electronic Fuze consolidation card to obtain 74 gallons of diesel fuel worth more than $149 from a Pearland convenience store in May.

Aragon 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. He is also charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a permit, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

A store manager reportedly witnessed the suspect using a re-encoded charge card to purchase the fuel. Local police responded and made contact with him.

Investigators found that the suspect’s truck had been outfitted with a modified tank in the bed, along with a pump, hose and a metered nozzle. A Fuze card in the suspect’s possession contained 27 credit/debit card numbers, only one of which was issued to him, reports show.

CID assisted the Pearland Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Brazoria County.

August 18

Maikel Fonseca Corzo, 31, of Round Rock was arrested for allegedly using re-encoded credit/debit card information to illegally acquire 49 gallons of diesel fuel from a chain convenience store in Austin.

A search of the suspect’s vehicle revealed a 160-gallon auxiliary tank in the truck bed outfitted with a pump, fuel hose, fuel nozzle and digital fuel meter. The suspect reportedly admitted that he did not have permits or shipping documents related to the fuel.

Officers also located nine “cloned” cards in his possession. A store receipt showed that one of the cards used in the purchase was a gift card. The suspect claimed to have utilized one of his two debit cards.

Corzo is charged with motor fuel tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without shipping documents, 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.

August 13

Abdiel Martinez-Viamonte, 24, of Houston pleaded guilty to motor fuel tax evasion and received deferred adjudication (no final conviction). He was sentenced by a Harris County district judge to five years’ probation and 120 hours of community service, plus court costs and fees. The offense is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

On June 19, an officer discovered a large auxiliary fuel tank concealed in the bed of the defendant’s pickup truck at a Katy gas station. It had been modified with hoses and nozzles for storing, transporting and dispensing fuel. The suspect did not possess any permits or licenses for the items, according to reports.

August 10

Manuel Batista-Torres, 35, of Houston was indicted for allegedly using stolen credit card numbers stored on an electronic Fuze consolidation card to unlawfully obtain more than 138 gallons of diesel fuel worth almost $281 on June 23.

Batista-Torres is charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, fraudulent use and/or possession of 10-50 items of identifying information and unlawfully purchasing fuel tax free. All three offenses are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Department of Public Safety (DPS) special agents reportedly observed the defendant making five separate transactions at three different gas stations. He allegedly used two different credit card numbers in the transactions. The Fuze card was loaded with 45 stolen credit and debit card numbers, reports show.

The defendant allegedly pumped diesel fuel into an auxiliary tank of a utility truck. It also contained a fuel pump, hose and nozzle concealed inside a compartment mounted on the passenger side of the truck bed.

CPA CID assisted DPS CID in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Fort Bend County.

Osley Alvarez-Morales, 33, of Hialeah, Fl. was arrested for allegedly using re-encoded gift cards to fraudulently obtain fuel.

The Comptroller’s CID investigators conducted a surveillance operation and observed the suspect dispensing fuel from a pump into an auxiliary tank in the truck bed. Upon further investigation, the vehicle was determined to be outfitted to function as a motor fuel transporter. Further investigation also revealed that Alvarez-Morales was in possession of 23 re-encoded gift cards, one of which was used to purchase the fuel.

Alvarez-Morales is charged with motor fuel tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without shipping documents, 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 Dallas County.

August 7

Todd Joel Martin, 27, of Magnolia was arrested on a recently filed indictment for illegally acquiring red-dyed diesel fuel from several locations in Brazos County.

Martin is charged with theft against an elderly individual of property valued at less than $2,500, further enhanced by a previous felony conviction. This charge is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop of the defendant’s vehicle, which had been connected to other thefts of dyed diesel fuel from several nearby farms and ranches. The defendant initially denied any involvement but later reportedly admitted that his truck contained dyed diesel in the primary fuel tank. He claimed to have acquired the vehicle from an unknown person.

Statements obtained from witnesses/victims in prior fuel thefts identified the defendant as the person they observed stealing dyed diesel from various farm and ranch fuel supply tanks. Most victims could not provide exact quantities, but at least four separate incidents were reported by members of the community.

CID assisted the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Brazos County.

Carlos Sablon De La Cruz, 30, of Dallas was arrested for allegedly using re-encoded debit/credit cards to fraudulently obtain sizable quantities of diesel fuel worth almost $400 from a convenience store in Irving.

An investigation revealed that the suspect intentionally and knowingly evaded or attempted to evade a tax imposed on motor fuel by failing to pay the backup diesel tax liability, and transported motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents.

The store manager contacted CID about the suspicious purchase. The investigator alerted local police to detain the suspect at the location. He allegedly was found dispensing fuel into an auxiliary tank located in the back of his vehicle. Nine other attempts to use different cards at the pumps were declined, according to reports.

De La Cruz is charged with motor fuel tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

CID assisted the Irving Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

August 6

Jimmy Leyva-Fuentes, 37, and Diosavany Anaya Fajardo, 41, both of Houston, were arrested for allegedly obtaining 123 gallons of diesel fuel worth $259 from a Pasadena gas station.

DPS special agents observed the suspects parking at diesel pumps on the far end of the station. Fuel from multiple pumps was dispensed into their modified pickup trucks; each truck bed was equipped with auxiliary fuel tanks and dispensary equipment.

After their arrest and detention, a CID investigator inspected the vehicles at the scene and confirmed that the trucks had been modified to function as fuel transport vehicles.

Leyva-Fuentes and Fajardo are charged with engaging in a fuel transaction without a license, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

CPA CID assisted DPS CID in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Harris County.

August 5

Kenneth Harris, 60, of Allen was indicted for allegedly using false information to apply for a coin-operated amusement machine general business license.

Harris is charged with attempting to obtain a license by fraud, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

In late October 2019, he entered the Dallas Comptroller’s Enforcement Office and allegedly submitted an application containing a fraudulent Social Security number. The enforcement officer who processed the application identified an account associated with the defendant that had outstanding civil penalties. When questioned about the discrepancies, the defendant allegedly insisted that his identity had been stolen and used to open the penalized account.

The case is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

Eddy Burgos Torres, 24, and Adrian Diaz, 34, both of Dallas, were arrested for allegedly using re-encoded gift cards to fraudulently purchase sizable quantities of diesel fuel for use in 18-wheeler trucks.

An investigation revealed that the pair allegedly engaged in a fuel transaction without a permit and intentionally and knowingly attempted to transport motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents.

Local police responded to a report that two trucks were involved in suspicious activity at a semi-tractor trailer parking yard in Grand Prairie. Officers observed trucks matching the description leaving the site, reports show.

Both suspects were stopped for traffic violations and arrested for failure to identify themselves and giving false/fictitious information. Both trucks had auxiliary fuel tanks in the beds, and officers seized multiple gift cards and debit cards.

A CID investigator tested the confiscated cards using a specialized card reader and confirmed that every one of them had been “cloned.”

Torres and Diaz, who were served arrest warrants in Dallas County Jail while in custody on the misdemeanor failure to identify to a peace officer charges, are charged with transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. They are also charged with engaging in a fuel transaction without a permit, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

CID assisted the Grand Prairie Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

August 1

Deivi Porrero, 29, of Carrollton was arrested for allegedly using re-encoded charge cards to fraudulently obtain 52 gallons of diesel fuel worth $111 from a Dallas chain convenience store.

An investigation revealed that he intentionally and knowingly evaded or attempted to evade a tax imposed on motor fuel by failing to pay the backup diesel tax liability, and transported motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents.

Local police officers covertly observed the suspect dispensing fuel from a pump into a large red auxiliary tank in the back of his flatbed truck. The officers confiscated 13 charge cards from the suspect and obtained copies of the fuel transaction receipts.

A CID investigator who tested the cards using a specialized card reader confirmed they had been “cloned” and were used to purchase the fuel.

Porrero is charged with motor fuel tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

CID assisted the Dallas Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

Ruben Alejandro Moreno Muriel, 35, of Farmers Branch was arrested for allegedly using re-encoded cards to fraudulently obtain 107 gallons of diesel fuel worth $220 from a chain convenience store in Dallas.

An investigation revealed that he intentionally and knowingly attempted to evade a tax imposed on motor fuel by failing to pay the backup diesel tax liability, and transported motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents.

The suspect allegedly drove from the store to a semi-tractor trailer parking yard. Local police observed him monitoring the nozzle as he was pumping fuel from an auxiliary tank concealed in his vehicle into three separate trucks’ supply tanks. Officers confiscated six charge cards in his possession.

A CID investigator who tested the cards using a specialized card reader confirmed that three of them had been “cloned” and used to purchase the fuel.

Muriel is charged with motor fuel tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

CID assisted the Dallas Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Dallas County.


July 2020

July 31

Osiel Caballero de la Cantera, 36, of Houston was indicted for allegedly using re-encoded charge cards to fraudulently obtain approximately 109 gallons of diesel fuel worth almost $243 from a store in Katy.

De la Cantera is charged with motor fuels tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He also is charged with credit/debit card abuse, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.

On May 13, a Katy Police Department detective witnessed the defendant dispensing fuel into a modified tank mounted in a truck bed along with a pump, hose, nozzle and meter. Another officer captured de le Cantera after a foot pursuit. He used a different card for each purchase; however, no cards were in his possession at the time of arrest.

CID assisted the Katy Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Waller County.

Yoel Mora, 37, of Houston was indicted for allegedly using encoded charge cards to illegally purchase 97 gallons of diesel fuel worth $258 and 21 gallons of premium gasoline worth $60.

Mora is charged with transporting motor fuel without shipping documents, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

In a sting operation organized by the Comptroller’s Criminal Investigation Division and Houston Police Department, officers witnessed Mora pumping fuel into a black tank mounted in a truck bed. The officers followed the suspect and conducted a traffic stop for the illegal fuel purchase. An interview was attempted to determine if Mora possessed a license to transport motor fuel or shipping documents for the fuel purchases.

The defendant had three encoded credit cards in his possession. Houston Police obtained and provided the re-printed receipt of the transactions.

The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Andy Nunez-Leon, 35, of Houston was indicted for allegedly using charge cards for unlawfully acquiring 37 gallons of diesel fuel in the amount of $99.

Nunez-Leon is charged with engaging in a fuel transaction without a license, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

An investigation revealed that he knowingly and intentionally delivered diesel fuel into an auxiliary fuel tank and acted as a motor fuel transporter without a required license. A Katy Policy detective found 22 re-encoded credit/debit cards in the defendant’s possession.

CID assisted the Katy Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Harris County.

July 28

Roberto Carlos Rodriguez Gonzalez, 27, of Irving was indicted for transporting approximately 109 gallons of illegally appropriated diesel fuel.

For failing to pay backup taxes, Gonzalez is charged with motor fuel tax evasion as well as transporting motor fuel without shipping documents. Both offenses are second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The defendant allegedly used re-encoded charge cards to illegally acquire diesel fuel from multiple locations throughout Dallas and Tarrant counties in May.

The case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

July 27

Arcides Soca-Abad, 43, of Katy was indicted for allegedly using stolen credit card numbers from an electronic Fuze consolidation card to obtain 25 gallons of diesel fuel totaling $67 dollars.

Soca-Abad is charged with attempting to evade fuel tax, which is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He is also charged with fraudulent use or possession of less than five items of identifying information, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years and a fine of up to $10,000.

In a cooperative surveillance that included the Comptroller’s Criminal Investigation Division, Katy Police Department and Harris County Constable Precinct Five, officers observed the defendant dispensing fuel into an auxiliary fuel tank in a truck bed. Law enforcement officers followed Soca-Abad on foot to a local department store. Officers noticed that he shoplifted items valued at less than $100.

Katy Police conducted a traffic stop. During the vehicle search, a Fuze card in Soca-Abad’s possession showed the same credit card number used to purchase the diesel fuel. Four additional credit card numbers were found on the device.

The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Shanequeia Chante Hayward, 27, of Houston pleaded guilty to forging a state government check and received deferred adjudication (no final conviction).

A Harris County district judge sentenced her to two years’ probation and ordered her to pay $500 in restitution, plus reimbursement fees and court costs. The offense is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The defendant was indicted for altering a treasury warrant issued to her in the amount of $500 and tried to cash the forged warrant at a local grocery store.

Glaubely Vazquez Moreira, 34, of Houston was indicted for allegedly using re-encoded charge cards to fraudulently obtain more than 40 gallons of diesel fuel worth $100.

Moreira is charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He is also charged with fraudulent use/possession of more than 10 but less than 50 credit/debit cards, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

During a joint surveillance operation, investigators observed the suspect making suspicious transactions at two gas stations, the first of which was unsuccessful. Upon apprehension after the second attempt, a search reportedly yielded 12 “cloned” cards in the suspect’s wallet.

Investigators discovered an auxiliary fuel tank concealed in the bed of the suspect’s pickup truck. It had been modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel.

CID assisted the Houston Police Department in the investigation of the case, which is pending prosecution in Harris County.

July 24

Hung Nguyen, 29, of Garland was arrested for operating amusement machines in a Fort Worth game room without a license or certificate.

A CID investigator conducted an inspection of the game room and identified 21 “8-liner” electronic slot machines operating without proper authorization. Two machines had plastic tape covering the state tax decals, invalidating them. Nineteen other machines displayed no state tax decals.

A database search revealed that the owner of the decals was arrested for allegedly trafficking illegal decals for coin-operated amusement machines. The investigator also discovered the defendant and another owner of the machines were illegally owning, displaying and operating coin-operated amusement machines without a general business license or registration certificate. Nguyen is charged with a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine up to $4,000 or both. The case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

July 23

Larry Allen, 41, of Linden pleaded guilty to engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license.

A district judge in Harrison County sentenced him to three years’ probation and 150 hours of community service, and he was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $3,000 in restitution, plus court costs. The offense is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Allen and two other suspects were accused of unlawfully acquiring and delivering thousands of gallons of diesel fuel from a fuel distributorship for which they worked.

July 16

Yurkiel Gonzalez-Hernandez, 37, of Houston pleaded guilty to engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license or permit. He received three years of deferred adjudication (no final conviction) and was ordered to pay $150 in restitution by a Harris County district judge. The offense is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Store personnel at a convenience store chain witnessed the defendant making illegal fuel purchases. Baytown Police Department was contacted and conducted a traffic stop of Gonzalez-Hernandez’s service/utility vehicle. The fuel tank was located in the truck bed and concealed by building materials. One of the compartments was modified and outfitted with a fuel nozzle, which lead to the concealed fuel tank.

July 10

Chad Lee Puga, 35, of Big Spring previously pleaded guilty to a Class A misdemeanor for concealing motor fuel.

He was sentenced to serve one year in the county jail suspended to 24 months’ probation. The offense is punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine up to $4,000 or both.

In June 2019, a motion to revoke probation was filed in Howard County Court based on Puga violating the terms of probation. He was arrested and sentenced to time served.

An execution of a search warrant revealed untaxed stolen diesel fuel in a 55-gallon drum barrel and other stolen property recovered at his place of business.

July 9

Ali Ayad Sattar, 31, of Burleson pleaded guilty to tampering with a governmental record with the intent to harm or defraud. A district judge in Tarrant County sentenced him to 24 months’ probation and 120 hours of community service. The offense is a state jail felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months to two years and up to a $10,000 fine.

In a plea agreement, the charge was reduced to a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

The defendant was allegedly advising individuals buying cars from his used car dealership to provide an out-of-state address to avoid paying sales tax. He also entered a false out-of-state address on three motor vehicle title certificates.

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