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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.

February 2019

Feb. 28

Miguel Daniel Camejo-Suarez, 24, of Katy was arrested for allegedly using re-encoded charge cards to fraudulently obtain almost 112 gallons of diesel fuel worth more than $330 from a Brookshire truck stop.

A store employee observed the transaction and alerted police.

Investigators discovered an auxiliary tank “bladder” containing diesel fuel that was concealed in the bed of the suspect’s pickup truck. Reports show that the vehicle had been outfitted to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel.

For failing to pay backup taxes, Camejo-Suarez is charged with motor fuel tax evasion. He also is charged with transporting motor fuel without proper shipping documents based on the truck’s modifications. Each offense is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Additionally, he is charged with unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., the truck), a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Local authorities also are charging Camejo-Suarez with felony credit card abuse.

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

Feb. 15

Anier Gamboa Rodriguez, 29, of Austin pleaded guilty in a Travis County district court to unlawfully transporting motor fuel without proper shipping documents in 2017.

He received deferred adjudication (no final conviction) and was sentenced to two years’ probation, fined $500 and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, plus pay court costs.

A related motor fuel tax evasion charge included in his September 2018 indictment was dismissed in the plea agreement.

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

Rodriguez had been observed purchasing large quantities of gasoline at an Austin convenience store. Eight re-encoded charge cards were found in his possession during a subsequent motor fuel tax compliance inspection. Investigators determined that he used one of the “cloned” cards to purchase numerous gallons of unleaded gasoline.

Feb. 14

Xavier Murguia Sandoval, 52, of El Paso was arrested for allegedly defrauding an El Paso woman last fall out of $3,250 for a vehicle he sold her on which he still owed money.

The suspect claimed to be an auto dealer, according to reports, and furnished the buyer with temporary dealer tags in exchange for a down payment and monthly installment payments. When he refused to register the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee or provide license plates, she contacted authorities.

Investigators learned that Sandoval had defaulted on his auto loan and an insurance company held a lien on the vehicle.

For withholding that information from the buyer and taking her money, he is charged with fraudulent motor vehicle transfer and theft. Each offense is a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months up to two years.

Department of Public Safety investigators and El Paso County constables assisted CID in serving arrest warrants in the case, which is pending prosecution in El Paso County.

Feb. 10

Yasmany Rodriguez Herrera, 31, of Dumas was arrested for allegedly using a fraudulent credit card to unlawfully acquire diesel fuel from an Amarillo retail supplier.

When the business owner approached the suspect’s vehicle at a pump island, he sped away and the owner pursued him. A brief chase ensued before Potter County sheriff’s deputies stopped the vehicle and arrested the suspect.

Herrera is charged 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. He also is charged with unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., the truck), 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 Potter County.

Feb. 8

Rodney Yoshmitsu Kuba, 64, of Abilene was arrested for allegedly possessing almost 400 packages of untaxed tobacco and failing to comply with bookkeeping requirements.

Kuba is accused of selling shisha/hookah tobacco on which he owed almost $600 in state taxes at his adult accessories and smoke shop last September. He allegedly did not keep records for the tobacco transactions dating back four years.

Kuba was indicted in early January for possession of tobacco on which more than $50 in taxes are past due and for books and records violations. Each offense is 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 Jones County.

Wilfredo Lorenzo Rodriguez, 47, of Odessa and Francisco J. Reyes, 32, of Homestead, Fla. were arrested for using re-encoded charge cards to unlawfully obtain almost 95 gallons of diesel fuel worth almost $300 and a sizable quantity worth more than $293, respectively, from a Monahans convenience store.

The suspects allegedly used pickup trucks modified with concealed auxiliary tanks, hoses, nozzles and pumps designed to receive, transport and dispense hundreds of gallons of fuel. Investigators confiscated more than 35 “cloned” cards from the suspects, reports show.

For failing to pay backup taxes, the pair each are 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. In addition, they are charged with unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., the trucks), a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Because he allegedly drove onto a public roadway with untaxed diesel, Rodriguez also is charged with transporting motor fuel without proper shipping documentation. The offense is a second-degree felony punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

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

Feb. 6

Kayla Nicole Simpson, 19, of Houston pleaded guilty in a Harris County district court in December to forgery and received deferred adjudication (no final conviction), two years’ probation, a $100 fine plus restitution and 80 hours of community service.

In the plea bargain, the charge of forging a government instrument was reduced from a third-degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine, to a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

Simpson admitted cashing a phony $500 Hurricane Harvey relief check at a Houston supermarket in September 2017.

Feb. 1

Manuel Eugenia Civil, 52, a Tyler auto dealer, pleaded guilty in a Smith County district court to falsifying motor vehicle registration documents and received deferred adjudication (no final conviction) and three years’ probation. He also was ordered to pay court costs and perform 400 hours of community service.

Civil, who owns and operates Galaxie Autoplex, admitted to forging five vehicle title applications filed with the Smith County tax office between November 2016 and June 2017. He understated the sales prices and pocketed the difference in motor vehicle sales taxes collected from the buyers.

A sixth case was dismissed in the plea agreement.

Providing false vehicle registration information is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

January 2019

Jan. 31

James Wesley King, 53, of Forney was arrested for allegedly threatening to attack a Comptroller employee over civil actions taken as required by the state Tax Code.

In response, the suspect allegedly left six voicemail messages for a CPA enforcement officer in Dallas. In them, the caller threatened more than once to punch her in the face. Claiming that locating her residence would not be difficult, the caller warned her to “watch your back.”

King is charged with making a terroristic threat against a public servant. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $4,000 or both.

Kaufman County sheriff’s deputies assisted CID in locating and arresting the suspect. The case is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

Jan. 29

Maikel Avila-Perez, 38, of Houston was arrested for allegedly using a re-encoded credit card to unlawfully obtain approximately 30 gallons of diesel fuel in Katy.

Katy police observed the suspect pumping diesel fuel into an auxiliary tank hidden in the bed of his pickup truck. A subsequent search revealed that the vehicle had been modified with pumps and nozzles to receive and dispense large quantities of motor fuel. Officers confiscated four “cloned” credit cards, according to reports.

Avila-Perez is charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license or cargo manifest, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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

Gabriel Aleman Palmero, 30, of Channelview was indicted for allegedly using re-encoded gift cards to unlawfully obtain diesel fuel from a Katy convenience store in mid-December.

For failing to pay the required 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. He also is charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license or cargo manifest and unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., the truck), both third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Investigators claim that the defendant pumped almost 54 gallons of diesel fuel worth almost $140 into an auxiliary "bladder" hidden in the bed of his pickup truck. A subsequent search revealed that the vehicle had been modified with pumps and nozzles to receive and dispense large quantities of motor fuel. Multiple “cloned” gift cards were confiscated as well, according to reports.

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

Aliam Lazar de Armas Correa, 30, of Houston was arrested for allegedly using a re-encoded charge card to unlawfully obtain $100 worth of diesel fuel from a Hempstead grocery store.

A deputy sheriff observed the suspect pumping diesel directly into an auxiliary “bladder” hidden in the bed of his pickup truck. A search revealed that the vehicle had been modified with hoses, nozzles and pumps to receive, transport and dispense large quantities of fuel. Several “cloned” gift cards were confiscated, according to reports.

For failing to pay the required backup tax, De Armas Correa is charged with motor fuel tax evasion, along with transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping document. Both offenses are second-degree felonies, each punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. He also is charged with unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., the truck), a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Local authorities also charged him with felony credit/debit card abuse and fraudulent use/possession of identifying information.

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

Jan. 24

Brandon Alexander Maravella, 20, of Houston was arrested for allegedly using a re-encoded charge card to unlawfully obtain almost 54 gallons of diesel fuel from a Katy convenience store.

A store employee reported observing the suspect using multiple cards to pump diesel fuel into a pickup truck for the third time in less than an hour. When city police confronted the suspect, he allegedly admitted being paid by an unidentified relative to use fraudulent cards to purchase and transport diesel fuel.

A search revealed that the vehicle contained two, 100-gallon, auxiliary tanks in the truck bed. It had been further modified to receive, transport and dispense large quantities of fuel. Several “cloned” gift cards were confiscated, according to reports.

For failing to pay the required backup tax, Maravella 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. He also is charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license and unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., the truck), both third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Local authorities also charged him with felony credit/debit card abuse.

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

Jan. 23

Yoandri Trujillo, 32, of Houston was arrested for allegedly using a re-encoded credit card to unlawfully obtain almost 31 gallons of diesel fuel worth $75 from a Katy convenience store.

After a brief chase, the suspect was apprehended and brought to the Katy police station. Investigators discovered a large auxiliary fuel tank concealed beneath the bed cover of the pickup truck driven by the suspect. The vehicle had been modified with a switch, pump, hose and nozzle to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel, according to reports. Officers also confiscated 10 “cloned” credit cards.

For failing to pay the required backup tax, Trujillo is charged with motor fuel tax evasion, along with transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping document, both second-degree felonies punishable by imprisonment for two to 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. He also is charged with unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., the truck), a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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

Jan. 18

Mohammad Tahir Khan, 59, of Waco was arrested for allegedly buying almost $20,000 worth of tobacco from an out-of-state distributor in the fall of 2017 without paying several thousands of dollars in Texas tobacco taxes.

Khan is charged with eight counts of possessing tobacco products on which state taxes are due, along with books and records violations for not producing invoices for the transactions. Both offenses are third-degree felonies each punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

An official with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Criminal Tax Investigations alerted CID to the illicit purchases allegedly made by the suspect. The products were shipped for resale to a Bellmead tobacco retailer, according to reports.

The case is pending prosecution in McLennan County.

Jan. 15

Victor Milton Jimenez, 50, of Fort Worth was arrested for allegedly giving officers a phony birth date while being wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Investigators inspecting a Fort Worth convenience store asked the suspect, a store employee, for identification. He initially provided a false birth date, and officers subsequently learned of a warrant for his arrest on a misdemeanor drug charge, according to reports.

Jimenez is charged with failure to identify himself as a fugitive from justice by intentionally giving false information, 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.

Jan. 11

Alexander Rosales Guerrero, 31, of Houston was indicted for allegedly using re-encoded charge cards to unlawfully obtain diesel fuel from a Katy service station in late October.

For acting as a motor fuel transporter without the required permit, Guerrero is charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license. The offense is a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Investigators discovered a "bladder" containing diesel fuel in the bed of the suspect's pickup truck, reports show. The vehicle had been modified with auxiliary pumps and nozzles enabling it to receive, transport and dispense fuel, according to investigators. They also reported confiscating multiple “cloned” gift cards.

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

Jan. 10

Santiago Guerra Arteaga, 31, of Houston was arrested for allegedly using a re-encoded gift card to unlawfully obtain diesel fuel from a Katy service station.

Investigators discovered a fuel “bladder” in the bed of the suspect's pickup truck, which had been modified with pumps and nozzles to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel. They also reportedly confiscated multiple "cloned" gift cards.

Arteaga is charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a transporter's license or cargo manifest, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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

Ana Marys Tapanes-Iglesias, 33, and Inalbys Lopez-Estrada, 35, both of Houston, were indicted for allegedly transporting diesel fuel in Katy without proper documentation in late September.

They are charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license. Each offense is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

After observing the co-defendants’ pickup truck on a public roadway and approaching it, a city police officer detected a diesel fuel odor and conducted a search. Concealed beneath the covered truck bed was an auxiliary fuel "bladder" connected to one of several hoses and nozzles, as well as pumps. The apparatus was designed to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel, according to reports.

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

Yudeyvis Rodriguez-Galban, 40, of Houston was indicted for allegedly using a re-encoded credit card to unlawfully obtain diesel fuel at a Katy service station.

For acting as a transporter, Rodriguez-Galban 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. Local authorities also are charging him with felony credit card abuse.

The suspect was caught pumping diesel into the modified fuel port of a box truck, according to investigators. The fuel tank also had been modified to pull fuel into a plastic tote tank located beneath the vehicle's enclosed rear cargo area.

Officers found 35 "cloned" credit cards in the suspect's possession, reports show, but no permits or cargo manifests.

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

Jan. 9

Roberto Arizon-Marin, 40, of Houston was arrested for allegedly using a re-encoded credit card to unlawfully obtain diesel fuel for resale from a Baytown convenience store.

Investigators discovered that the defendant's pickup truck and cargo trailer had been modified with auxiliary tanks to receive and transport motor fuel. They also reportedly confiscated approximately 30 "cloned" charge cards in his possession. The suspect allegedly admitted re-selling diesel fuel to commercial truckers, according to reports.

Arizon-Marin is charged with engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a transporter's license or cargo manifest, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Local authorities also filed a credit card abuse charge against him.

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


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