Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Breaking the state's laws is a losing proposition. Read about those who found that out the hard way.


April 2023

April 28

Muhammad Naseer Khan, 52, of McKinney was arrested for allegedly possessing tobacco and e-cigarette products without state-issued permits.

An investigation confirmed that the suspect failed to keep accurate records for four years as required and possessed tobacco products without a permit posted. The investigation also determined that Khan received, possessed and sold e-cigarettes without having a permit.

Khan is charged with a cigars and tobacco products tax books and records violation, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. He is also charged with failure to have a tobacco permit and failure to have an E-cigarette permit, both Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine up to $4,000 or both.

The case is pending prosecution in Grayson County.

April 27

Miguel Daniel Camejo-Suarez, 28, of Houston pleaded guilty to using re-encoded gift cards to illegally purchase and conceal 111 gallons of diesel worth $330.

A Waller County district judge sentenced the defendant to 34 days in jail, and he was credited with 34 days’ jail time served.

Camelo-Suarez admitted to the lesser included offense of concealing motor fuel, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine up to $4,000 or both. The three charges of motor fuel tax evasion, transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest and unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., pickup truck) were dismissed.

In February 2019, an investigation revealed a store employee observing the defendant conduct a fraudulent transaction at the pump. Investigators discovered a black fuel bladder in the bed of Camelo-Suarez’s truck and located 15 counterfeit cards used to purchase the fuel. Upon further investigation, the defendant’s vehicle was outfitted with auxiliary pumps and nozzles to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel.

April 23

Obisike Ubani, 43, of Fort Worth was arrested for allegedly failing to pay motor vehicle sales tax and fees to the county tax assessor. An investigation revealed that the suspect allegedly failed to remit the taxes collected on motor vehicle sales and fees on titles and registrations to the county tax assessor from December 2021 through June 2022.

Ubani is charged with failure to remit taxes collected by a motor vehicle dealer of $20,000 or more but less than $100,000 and misapplication of fiduciary property valued at $30,000 or more but less than $150,000. Both charges are third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

April 19

Clarence Galo Ulat, 50, of Denver, Colorado was indicted for allegedly impersonating a public servant.

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

An investigation revealed that the defendant presented himself as a Comptroller’s office employee and tried to gain access to a restricted area at the Port of Houston. Ulat also had an active arrest warrant for impersonating a Texas Ranger. He further identified himself as a Comptroller’s office employee to a CID officer conducting an investigation, and he was also charged in this incident.

The case is pending prosecution in Liberty County.

April 18

Roaldis Alejo Cespedes, 41, of Irving; Ramon Perez-Torres, 29, of Mesquite; Duniesky Ondarza Gonzalez, 36; Camila Cruz Concepcion, 25; and Yasel Gonzalez Valdivia, 33, of Dallas were indicted for allegedly using stolen credit card information to illegally obtain large amounts of motor fuel.

The defendants are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

From June to August 2022, an investigation revealed that the defendants manipulated the fuel pump’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax. Each of their vehicles were modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel.

The case is pending prosecution in Smith County.

April 11

Bikal Dhakal, 37, of Euless was arrested for allegedly possessing e-cigarette products without the state-issued permit.

An investigation revealed that suspect received, possessed and sold e-cigarettes without having a permit.

Dahkal is charged with failure to have an E-cigarette permit, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine up to $4,000 or both.

The case is pending prosecution in Collin County.

April 7

Gary Wayne Little, 34, of Gainesville was arrested for allegedly acquiring and unlawfully appropriating 100 gallons of diesel fuel.

An investigation revealed the suspect evading motor fuel tax by failing to pay the backup tax as required for illegally appropriating diesel fuel and transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents.

Little is charged with transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents and evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Cooke County.

April 6

Raju Lama, 41, of Erath was arrested for allegedly possessing untaxed tobacco products.

A retail tobacco inspection revealed that the suspect displayed cigarettes, cigars and E-cig products for sale and did not have the required state-issued permits when confronted by the investigator. During questioning, Lama admitted that he did not possess any tobacco invoices.

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

The case is pending prosecution in Erath County.

April 5

Hoon Seop IM, 40, of Harrison was arrested for allegedly possessing untaxed tobacco products.

A retail tobacco inspection revealed several bags of loose pipe tobacco displayed for sale behind the counter. The suspect admitted that he purchased the tobacco from two unauthorized, out-of-state tobacco distributors.

IM is charged with two counts of possession of tobacco products with tax due along with books and records violation, both third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Harrison County.

Lazaro Mendez-Calderon, 32, of Dallas was arrested for allegedly obtaining and unlawfully appropriating 225 gallons of diesel fuel worth $1,095.

An investigation revealed the suspect manipulating the fuel dispenser’s pulsar device to deliver fuel into a concealed auxiliary fuel tank in the bed of the truck. The vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel. Mendez-Calderon did not have permits for the fuel.

Mendez-Calderon is charged with transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents and evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. He is also charged with unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., pickup truck), a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Grayson County.

April 4

Brandon Joe Cheek, 39, of Spring pleaded guilty to short loading large amounts of diesel fuel from his employer, a Cypress motor fuel distributor.

A Harris County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication and sentenced him to two years’ probation. He was also ordered to pay $7,000 in restitution along with $335 in court costs and fees.

Cheek admitted to theft in an aggregate amount over $2,500 but less than $30,000, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months to two years and a fine up to $10,000. The motor fuel tax fraud offense of forgery, falsifying or altering an invoice was dismissed in the plea agreement. In July 2022, a private investigator conducted surveillance on the defendant and observed him dispensing fuel to individuals on roadsides and parking lots. Video surveillance provided to the company confirmed his illegal activities on numerous occasions.

April 1

Ivan Gomez-Zayas, 29, of Houston was indicted for allegedly acquiring and illegally appropriating 167 gallons of diesel fuel.

Gomez-Zayas 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 a fine up to $10,000.

An investigation revealed the defendant manipulating the fuel dispenser’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax.

The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Rodney Wayne Cheatham, 38, of Spring was indicted for allegedly purchasing stolen, short-loaded diesel fuel from an employee of a fuel distributor.

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

Video surveillance revealed the defendant receiving stolen fuel dispensed into his vehicle from a motor fuel delivery driver. Cheatham was identified through further investigation.

The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Michael Brannon Hilbert, 38, of Houston was indicted for allegedly purchasing stolen, short-loaded diesel fuel from an employee of a fuel distributor.

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

Video surveillance revealed the defendant receiving stolen fuel dispensed into his vehicle from a motor fuel delivery driver. Hilbert was identified through further investigation.

The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Nicolas Miguel Quinones, 37, of Houston pleaded guilty to unlawfully obtaining 526 gallons of diesel fuel from a Colorado City convenience store.

A Mitchell County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication. Quinones was sentenced to three years’ probation and required to perform 160 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $4,500, $4,282 in restitution and $605 in court costs and fees.

Quinones admitted to evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, tampering/fabricating physical evidence with the intent to impair and electronic access interference, both third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

In November and December 2021, surveillance videos showed the defendant at the location with his truck tractor manipulating several pumps to illegally acquire the fuel. He used an electronic device to place the pumps into maintenance mode while allowing the pumps to dispense the fuel without any transaction details.


March 2023

March 30

Luis Enrique Chavarria, 26, of Midland pleaded guilty to storing and using untaxed, red-dyed diesel fuel.

A Midland County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication. Chavarria was sentenced to two years’ probation and required to perform 120 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $5,000 and $290 in court costs.

Chavarria admitted to one count of motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. The second count of motor fuel tax evasion was dismissed.

During a motor fuel tax inspection at the defendant’s residence, an investigator confirmed that two truck tractors fuel supply tanks contained approximately 60 and 90 gallons of dyed diesel. The investigation also revealed that Chavarria had two 300-gallon totes that contained dyed diesel. One tote contained approximately 275 gallons, and the other tote held 50 gallons. A records search revealed he did not possess a permit for purchasing the dyed diesel.

In Texas, non-taxable diesel is dyed red to distinguish it from taxable diesel. Red-dyed diesel is authorized almost exclusively for off-road, agricultural use by permit holders only.

March 29

Alexander Banguela Perez, 47, of Overton, Nev., was arrested for allegedly acquiring and unlawfully appropriating diesel fuel.

An investigation revealed the suspect and other individuals manipulating numerous pump pulsar devices and using stolen credit card information to obtain the fuel. Perez’s vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel.

Perez is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Smith County.

March 28

Roberto Lazaro Cervantes Gil, 30, of Irving was arrested for allegedly obtaining and illegally appropriating 230 gallons of diesel fuel.

An investigation revealed that the suspect’s vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents.

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

The case is pending prosecution in Denton County.

March 26

Michael Shawn Whatley, 42, of Bivins was arrested for allegedly storing and selling untaxed, red-dyed diesel fuel.

An investigation revealed a large fuel storage tank and pump system with red-dyed diesel in the bed of the suspect’s truck. Whatley stated that he drove around and sold the fuel to individuals. A search of records determined that the suspect did not hold a permit at the time of arrest.

In Texas, non-taxable diesel is dyed red to distinguish it from taxable diesel. Red-dyed diesel is authorized almost exclusively for off-road, agricultural use by permit holders only.

Whatley 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 a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Cass County.

March 21

Manuel Arnoldo Ogaz, 43, of Lubbock was arrested for allegedly obtaining and unlawfully appropriating 70 gallons of diesel fuel worth $150.

An investigation revealed that the suspect purchased the diesel fuel from another individual. The fuel was offloaded into the saddle tanks of Ogaz’s Freightliner. He could not provide a receipt or invoice when investigators asked for documents.

Ogaz is charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. The case is pending prosecution in Lubbock County.

Ronald Gene Davidson, Jr., 39, of Lubbock was arrested for allegedly using a stolen credit card to illegally purchase 228 gallons of diesel fuel worth $944 from a convenience store.

An investigation revealed the suspect using an employer’s credit card to make three fraudulent transactions. The fuel was dispensed into an auxiliary tank in the bed of Davidson’s truck. Investigators observed him offload approximately 70 gallons of diesel fuel into the saddle tanks of a Freightliner.

Davidson is charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Lubbock County.

Mohammed Mostafizur Rahman, 71, Pilot Point was arrested for allegedly possessing tobacco and e-cigarette products without state-issued permits.

An investigation revealed that the suspect possessed tobacco products without a permit posted. The investigation also determined that Rahman received, possessed and sold e-cigarettes without having a permit.

Rahman is charged with possession of tobacco products without a permit and failure to have an E-cigarette permit. The charges are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine up to $4,000 or both.

The case is pending prosecution in Denton County.

March 17

Manuel Ramos Benavides, 33, of Arlington was arrested for allegedly acquiring and unlawfully appropriating 100 gallons of diesel fuel.

An investigation revealed that Benavides’ vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents. The suspect also knowingly attempted to evade the tax imposed on motor fuel.

Benavides is charged with transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents and evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, and unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., pickup truck), a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County. Manuel Alejandro Alvarez Ibanez, 33, and Jatdiell Fernandez-Rodriguez, 34, both of Addison, and Angel Michel Pena-Palmero, 31, of Carrollton pleaded guilty to the predicate tax code felony offense which resulted in the offense of participating in organized criminal activity for unlawfully appropriating 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel from an Alvarado gas station.

A Johnson County district judge sentenced each defendant to two years in prison and ordered them to pay $3,234 in restitution. Ibanez was credited with 233 days’ jail time served. Fernandez-Rodriguez was credited with 212 days and Pena-Palmero was credited with 261 days.

The defendants admitted to evading motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. The state waived the engaging in organized criminal activity charge in the plea agreement.

In April 2022, an investigation revealed the defendants manipulating the fuel dispenser’s pulsar device to illegally obtain the fuel.

March 14

Yulier Garcia-Martinez, 43, Orlando, Fla., was arrested for allegedly possessing re-encoded credit/debit information and a criminal instrument.

During the execution of an evidentiary search warrant, an investigator discovered a 120-gallon fuel supply saddle tank in the rear interior of the vehicle. A test sample confirmed diesel fuel in the tank. The investigator also located a small green camouflage bag containing a small handmade motorized pulsar machine, several star drill bits (known as Torx screw bits) and a small hand-held, battery-operated drill along with two small pry bars. The suspect was in possession of six credit/debit cards at the time of his arrest. Three of the cards were found to be re-encoded with stolen credit and or debit card numbers.

Garcia-Martinez is charged with fraudulent use or possession of less than five items of credit/debit card information and unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., pulsar machine), both felonies punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months to two years and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Ector County.

Jun Seop IM, 41, of Marshall was arrested for allegedly possessing untaxed tobacco products.

A retail tobacco inspection revealed several bags of loose pipe tobacco displayed for sale behind the counter. IM admitted that he purchased the tobacco from two unauthorized, out-of-state tobacco distributors. IM is charged with two counts of possession of tobacco products with tax due along with books and records violation, both third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Harrison County.

Tejpal Singh Sandhu, 53, of Southlake was arrested for allegedly possessing e-cigarette products without the state-issued permit.

A retail tobacco inspection determined that the suspect received, possessed and sold e-cigarettes without having a permit.

Sandhu is charged with failure to have an e-cigarette permit, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine up to $4,000 or both.

The case is pending prosecution in Hood County.

March 13

Adan Ricardo Naranjo Ramos, 31, of Odessa pleaded guilty to unlawfully appropriating 150 gallons of diesel fuel.

An Ector County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication and sentenced Ramos to five years’ probation. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $550, $3,138 in restitution and $1,215 in courts costs and fees.

Ramos admitted to motor fuel tax evasion and transporting motor fuel without shipping documents, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

In December 2021, the defendant acquired diesel fuel from an Odessa fuel station underground storage tank with the intent to evade motor fuel tax.

March 9

Jorge Rafael Pantoja-Norbert, 23, and Jose Alberto Duque de Estrada Gomez, 22, both of Houston, were arrested for allegedly using re-encoded charge cards with stolen credit card information to illegally purchase 734 gallons of diesel fuel worth $3,299 from a Luling truck stop.

An investigation determined that the suspects used three counterfeit cards to acquire the fuel. A vehicle inspection revealed the box truck outfitted with the following: a 2,400-gallon tank in the back, one 140-gallon saddle tank on the side, multiple fuel transfer pumps, and digital fuel meters. The vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel. Investigators also discovered that the large auxiliary tank contained approximately 2,341 gallons of diesel fuel.

Pantoja-Norbert and Duque de Estrada Gomez are charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, and unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., box truck), a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Caldwell County.

March 3

Candace Anderson, 50, of Marshall and Derrion Nolan, 38, of Karnack were indicted for allegedly using a company credit to illegally purchase 7,322 gallons of diesel fuel worth $18,458.

Anderson and Nolan are charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, and engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

An investigation revealed the defendants dispensing large amounts of diesel fuel into large tote-style storage tanks being pulled by a commercial motor vehicle and a pickup truck.

The case is pending prosecution in Marion County.

March 1

Suleman Sadruddin Ismail, 67, of Euless was arrested for allegedly possessing tobacco, e-cigarette and cigarette products without the state-issued permits.

An investigation determined that the suspect received, possessed and sold e-cigarettes without having a permit. Ismail also received and possessed tobacco and cigarettes without a permit. Texas statutes require these permits to be visibly posted inside businesses for public view.

Ismail is charged with possessing/selling tobacco, e-cigarettes and cigarettes without the permits posted. All three charges are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine up to $4,000 or both. The case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

Mohyadein Fauad Salaymeh, 62, of Sugar Land was indicted for allegedly making false entries related to sales and use tax exemption certificates. Salaymeh is charged with false entry or failure to enter in records, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

An examination of the business entity confirmed that the defendant failed to collect taxable sales from 2017 to 2020. The sales and use tax exemption certificates presented to the Comptroller’s audit office were fraudulently generated.

The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.


February 2023

Feb. 28

Sultan Masud Mohmand, 60, of Fort Worth was arrested for allegedly possessing untaxed tobacco products.

A retail tobacco inspection revealed the suspect possessing numerous bags of loose pipe tobacco without providing invoices as required by a records demand. Mohmand advised that he could not recall where the tobacco was purchased.

Mohmand is charged with a books and records violation along with possession of tobacco with tax due, both third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Parker County.

Feb. 26

Rando Betancourt Barco, 42, of Houston was arrested for allegedly acquiring and unlawfully appropriating 15 gallons of diesel fuel.

An investigation revealed that the suspect’s vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents.

Barco is charged with transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, and unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., dually pickup truck), a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

Feb. 21

Jorge Felix Lopez-Barroso, 30, of Houston pleaded guilty to acquiring and illegally appropriating 450 gallons of diesel fuel.

A Harris County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication and sentenced him to two years’ probation. He was ordered to perform 20 hours of community service and pay $315 in court costs and fees.

Lopez-Barroso admitted to evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. In October 2022, an investigation revealed the defendant evading motor fuel tax by failing to pay the backup tax as required for illegally appropriating diesel fuel.

Feb. 18

Mostafa Mohmand, 37, Saginaw was arrested for allegedly operating coin-operated amusement machines without a license or certificate.

During an inspection, an investigator found nine, eight-liner coin-operated amusement machines. An investigation determined that the suspect owned and displayed the coin-operated amusement machines without a general business license or registration certificate.

Mohmand is charged with operating coin-operated amusement machines without a license or registration certificate, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine up to $4,000 or both.

The case is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

Feb. 16

Kenier Martinez Maceo, 38, of San Antonio and Miguel Alberto Pupo Remond, 32, of Katy were arrested for allegedly obtaining and unlawfully acquiring 338 gallons of diesel fuel worth $1,262 from a chain convenience store.

An investigation revealed the suspects manipulating the fuel dispenser’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax. A motor fuel tax inspection on both vehicles uncovered two fuel tanks in each bed of the trucks.

Maceo and Remond are charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Maceo is also charged with transporting motor fuel without shipping documents, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Bexar County.

Feb. 15

Jesus Perez Caballero, 33, of Cypress pleaded guilty to using re-encoded gift cards to fraudulently purchase 26 gallons of diesel fuel worth $125.

A Harris County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication. Caballero was sentenced to four years’ probation and required to perform 50 hours of community service and attend an anti-theft class. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, $126 in restitution and $250 to Crime Stoppers.

Caballero admitted to motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. The fraudulent use/possession of credit/debit card information was dismissed as part of the plea.

In March 2022, investigators reportedly observed the defendant purchasing the diesel fuel and approached Caballero to ask for the credit card used in the transaction. Twenty-one counterfeit cards were found in a wallet that did not belong to him.

Feb. 13

Jorge Edilberto Avila-Mojena, 37, Houston pleaded guilty to illegally appropriating 264 gallons of diesel fuel worth $1,158.

A Harris County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication. Avila-Mojena was sentenced to two years’ probation and required to perform 100 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, $1,158 in restitution and $315 in court costs and fees.

Avila-Mojena admitted to evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

In March 2022, an investigation revealed the defendant manipulating the fuel pump’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax. A motor fuel tax inspection uncovered a large fuel bladder equipped with a nozzle in the bed of the truck. Avila-Mojena did not have permits for the fuel.

Feb. 9

Junior Ulloa Sanchez, 44, of Pflugerville was indicted for allegedly obtaining and illegally appropriating 86 gallons of diesel fuel worth $395.

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

An investigation revealed the defendant inserting a hose into an underground storage tank and siphoning fuel into a dump truck. A motor fuel tax inspection uncovered three-cylinder auxiliary fuel tanks in the bed of the dump truck capable of holding approximately 300 gallons each. The vehicle was outfitted with a pump, hose and power lines to deliver the fuel.

The case is pending prosecution in Travis County.

Feb. 8

Darien Rodriguez Franco, 38, of Dallas was arrested for allegedly obtaining and illegally acquiring 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel.

An investigation revealed the suspect manipulating the fuel dispenser’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax by failing to pay the backup tax as required.

Franco is charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Parker County.

Feb. 6

Leonel Escalante Machin, 35, of Plano was arrested for allegedly acquiring and illegally appropriating 129 gallons of diesel fuel from a chain convenience store.

An investigation revealed the suspect manipulating the fuel dispenser’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax by failing to pay the backup tax as required. The suspect’s vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel without a cargo manifest.

Machin is charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, and unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., pickup truck), a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Denton County.

Feb. 1

Wilver Rodriguez Benitez, 46, of Dallas was arrested for allegedly acquiring and illegally appropriating 313 gallons of diesel fuel from a chain convenience store.

An investigation revealed the suspect dispensing fuel into an auxiliary fuel tank concealed in the vehicle’s cargo area from an underground storage tank. Benitez’s vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents.

Benitez is charged with transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents and evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, and unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., minivan), a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Ellis County.

Pedro Ismael Serrano Echevarria, 43, of Dallas was indicted for allegedly acquiring and unlawfully appropriating 187 gallons of diesel fuel.

Echevarria is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

An investigation revealed the defendant evading motor fuel tax by failing to pay the backup tax as required for illegally appropriating diesel fuel. His vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents.

The case is pending prosecution in Wise County.

Yoan Fundora-Leon, 37, of Houston pleaded guilty to illegally appropriating 1,389 gallons of diesel fuel worth $5,958.

A Harris County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication. Fundora-Leon was sentenced to two years’ probation and required to perform 30 hours of community service. He was also ordered to pay a $50 fine and $305 in court costs and fees.

Fundora-Leon admitted to engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a license, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

An investigation revealed the defendant manipulating the fuel pump’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax and acting as a motor fuel transporter without a license.

Alejandro Martinez Hernandez, 32, of Dallas pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining 498 gallons of diesel fuel.

A Hill County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication and sentenced him to seven years’ probation. He was ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution and $372 in court costs and fees.

Hernandez admitted to evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

In May 2022, an investigation revealed the defendant manipulating the fuel pump’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax. Hernandez threatened a gas station employee by showing a firearm.


January 2023

Jan. 30

Roaldis Alejo Cespedes, 41, of Irving; Duniesky Ondarza Gonzalez, 36; Camila Cruz Concepcion, 25; and Yasel Gonzalez Valdivia, 33, of Dallas were arrested for allegedly using stolen credit card information to illegally obtain large amounts of motor fuel.

From June to September 2022, an investigation revealed that the suspects also manipulated the fuel pump’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax. Each of their vehicles were modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel.

The suspects are charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Smith County.

Raul Milanes-Lahera, 49, of San Antonio pleaded guilty to using re-encoded credit cards to unlawfully purchase diesel fuel from a chain convenience store.

A Fort Bend County district judge sentenced the defendant to 2 years in prison probated for two years; ordered to perform 100 hours of community service; and pay a fine of $1,000 along with a letter of apology.

Milanes-Lahera admitted to credit or debit card abuse punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months to two years and a fine up to $10,000. The fuel tax and unlawful use of a criminal instrument felony offenses were dismissed in a plea agreement.

In April 2019, a store employee witnessed the defendant using counterfeit cards to illegally obtain diesel fuel. Local police stopped and identified Milanes-Lahera. During the vehicle stop, an investigation revealed that his vehicle was outfitted with a modified tank mounted and welded in the bed of the truck, complete with hoses and nozzles.

Jan. 25

Matthew Ian Kelton, 25, of Euless was arrested for allegedly falsifying information on government records related to vehicle sales.

An investigation revealed that the suspect submitted numerous false entries on vehicle inventory tax forms and filed them on different occasions with the Bosque County Tax Assessor. Kelton is charged with three counts of tampering with a governmental record, felonies punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months to two years and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Bosque County.

Froilan Mujica Garcia, 33, of Austin was indicted for allegedly using re-encoded charge cards to unlawfully obtain 45 gallons of diesel fuel worth $93 from a convenience store in Salado.

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

An investigator observed the defendant illegally acquiring diesel fuel. During a subsequent traffic stop conducted by local police and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts’ Criminal Investigation Division (CID), an inspection revealed an approximately 150-gallon tank in the back seat of the truck, concealed as a covered bench seat. Nineteen counterfeit cards were recovered after Garcia consented to a vehicle search.

The Salado Police Department assisted CID with the traffic stop. The case is pending prosecution in Bell County.

Luis Doval-Hernandez, 23, of Grand Prairie and Rafael Basulto-Rubio, 54, of Desoto pleaded guilty to unlawfully appropriating diesel fuel.

A Dallas County district judge sentenced the defendants to 10 years in prison probated to three years. They were also ordered to pay $286 in court costs along with a fine of $2,000 that was probated.

Doval-Hernandez and Basulto-Rubio admitted to evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

In November 2022, an investigation revealed that the defendants manipulated the fuel pump’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax.

Jan. 23

Roberto Ledesma, 37, of Houston was indicted for allegedly obtaining and unlawfully purchasing 91 gallons of diesel fuel from a chain convenience store in Stafford.

Ledesma is charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. An investigation revealed that the defendant manipulated the fuel dispenser’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax. Ledesma’s flatbed truck was modified to hold a fuel tank that possibly held a few hundred gallons. The vehicle was equipped with an electric pump, hose, nozzle and meter.

The case is pending prosecution in Fort Bend County.

Jan. 22

Leonel Escalante Machin, 35, of Plano was arrested for allegedly obtaining and illegally appropriating 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel.

An investigation revealed that the suspect manipulated the fuel pump’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax at a Springtown convenience store.

Machin is charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Parker County.

Jan. 20

Jesus Diaz Hernandez, 51, of Dallas was indicted for allegedly obtaining and unlawfully appropriating 255 gallons of diesel fuel worth $1,307.

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

An investigation revealed that Hernandez manipulated the fuel dispenser’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax. The fuel was dispensed into an auxiliary fuel tank concealed in the bed of a truck operated by the defendant.

The case is pending prosecution in Dallas County.

Jan. 18

Yosdel Sausdre-Fenea, 34; Raudel Rodriguez-Lebran, 47; and Yunisan Drake- Jardines, 29, all of Irving, were arrested for allegedly acquiring and illegally appropriating 750 gallons of diesel fuel.

An investigation revealed that the suspects manipulated the fuel pump’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax. The three are charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Tarrant County.

Jan. 17

Jorge Felix Lopez-Barroso, 30, of Houston was indicted for allegedly acquiring and illegally appropriating 450 gallons of diesel fuel.

Lopez-Barroso is charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second- degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

An investigation revealed the defendant evading motor fuel tax by failing to pay the backup tax as required for illegally appropriating diesel fuel.

The case is pending prosecution in Harris County.

Juan Carlos Rodriguez-Lozada, 28, of Dallas pleaded guilty to using a re-encoded credit card to unlawfully appropriate 92 gallons of diesel fuel.

A Dallas County district judge sentenced the defendant to 10 years in prison and to pay a fine of $2,000 along with $286 in court costs. Rodriguez-Lozada’s prison sentence was probated to three years in lieu of the prison sentence and fine.

Rodriguez-Lozada admitted to motor fuel tax evasion, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

In May 2022, an investigation revealed the defendant using a counterfeit card to illegally obtain diesel fuel and make fraudulent purchases. The fuel was delivered into aftermarket fuel tanks concealed in two vehicles.

Jan. 13

Carlos Maldonado, Jr., 40, of McAllen was indicted for allegedly possessing untaxed tobacco products.

Maldonado is charged with possession of tobacco with tax due, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

An investigation revealed that the defendant purchased and possessed untaxed tobacco products from four unpermitted distributors with the intent to evade tax being paid from February 2020 through July 2021. The case is pending prosecution in Hidalgo County.

Jan. 12

Luis Enrique Chavarria, 26, of Midland was indicted for allegedly storing untaxed, red- dyed diesel fuel.

Chavarria is charged with two counts of motor fuel tax evasion, both second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

During a motor fuel tax inspection of the defendant’s residence, an investigator confirmed that two red and white tractor trailers’ supply tanks had approximately 60 and 90 gallons of dyed diesel. The investigation also revealed that Chavarria had two 300- gallon totes that contained dyed diesel. One tote contained approximately 275 gallons, and the other tote held 50 gallons. A records search revealed he did not have a permit for the dyed diesel.

In Texas, non-taxable diesel is dyed red to distinguish it from taxable diesel. Red-dyed diesel is authorized almost exclusively for off-road, agricultural use by permit holders only.

The case is pending prosecution in Midland County.

Jan. 10

Nada Albasry, 39, of Waco was arrested for allegedly possessing e-cigarette products without the state-issued permit.

An investigation determined that the suspect received, possessed and sold e-cigarettes without having a permit.

Albasry is charged with failure to have an e-cigarette permit, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine up to $4,000 or both.

The case is pending prosecution in McLennan County.

Jan. 5

Frank Dayan Perez Reyes, 33, of Venus pleaded guilty to attempting to evade motor fuel tax. A Tarrant County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication and sentenced him to five years’ probation. He was also ordered to pay $355 in court costs and fees.

Reyes admitted to evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. A case of engaging in organized criminal activity and other motor fuel tax code violations against him were waived as part of a plea agreement.

An investigation revealed the defendant transporting motor fuel without a cargo manifest or shipping documents with the intent to establish, maintain or participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination by evading motor fuel tax.

Javiel Fernandez Gutierrez, 32, of Dallas pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a criminal instrument.

A Tarrant County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication and sentenced him to two years’ probation. He was also ordered to pay $355 in court costs and fees and to perform 160 hours of community service.

Gutierrez admitted to unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., flatbed dually pickup), a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months to two years and a fine up to $10,000. All counts and motor fuel tax code violations against him were waived as part of a plea agreement.

In February 2021, an investigation revealed the defendant evading motor fuel tax by failing to pay the backup tax as required for illegally appropriating and transporting 33 gallons of diesel without a cargo manifest. Gutierrez’s vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel.

Yudiel Infante Garcia, 41, of Irving pleaded guilty to fraudulent use or possession of identifying information.

A Tarrant County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication and sentenced him to two years’ probation. He was also ordered to pay $355 in court costs and fees and to perform 120 hours of community service.

Garcia admitted to fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, a felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for six months to two years and a fine up to $10,000. All charges and motor fuel tax code violations against him were waived as part of a plea agreement.

In February 2021, an investigation revealed the defendant evading motor fuel tax by failing to pay the backup tax as required for illegally appropriating and transporting 50 gallons of diesel without a cargo manifest. Garcia’s vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel. Jan. 3

Juan Carlos Rodriguez, 28, of Dallas was arrested for allegedly obtaining and illegally appropriating 313 gallons of diesel fuel worth $848 from a chain convenience store.

An investigation revealed the suspect dispensing diesel fuel from an underground storage tank into an auxiliary fuel tank concealed inside the cargo area of the van. The vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel.

Rodriguez is charged with evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, a second- degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, and unlawful use of a criminal instrument (i.e., passenger van), a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

The case is pending prosecution in Ellis County.

Bruce Allen Marshall, 45, and Justin Mathis, 27, both of Levelland were indicted for allegedly obtaining large amounts of diesel fuel from a storage tank.

Marshall and Mathis are 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 a fine up to $10,000.

An investigation revealed the defendants entering the premises and Marshall dispensing diesel fuel into the vehicle’s gas tank and two plastic barrels. Marshall and Mathis abandoned the pickup truck after the vehicle broke down. A motor fuel tax compliance inspection determined that fuel samples extracted from the two plastic barrels contained diesel fuel.

The case is pending prosecution in Hockley County.

Onnis Alvarez Rubio, 51, of Dallas pleaded guilty to illegally appropriating 231 gallons of diesel fuel.

A Dallas County district judge granted the defendant deferred adjudication and sentenced him to two years’ probation. He was also ordered to pay $286 in court costs.

Rubio admitted to transporting motor fuel without shipping documents and evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, and engaging in a motor fuel transaction without a permit, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

In June 2020, an investigation revealed the defendant evading motor fuel tax by failing to pay the backup tax as required for transporting motor fuel without shipping documents. Rubio did not have a permit for fuel transactions. His vehicle was modified to receive, transport and dispense motor fuel.

Angel Pena Palermo, 31, of Addison pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully appropriating diesel fuel.

A Dallas County district judge sentenced the defendant to two years in prison. The two sentences will be served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay $286 in court costs and was credited with 189 days’ jail time served.

Palermo admitted to transporting motor fuel without shipping documents and evading or attempting to evade motor fuel tax, second-degree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

An investigation revealed that the defendant manipulated the fuel pump’s pulsar device to evade motor fuel tax.