Former high-ranking Z-43 cartel member pleads guilty to trafficking tons of cocaine into US; facing life in prison
A former high-ranking member of the Los Zetas cartel has entered a guilty plea to a conspiracy to import tons of cocaine into the United States, the United States Department of Justice announced Thursday.
Man, woman sentenced after breaking into British Consul General’s home, causing more than $56K in damages
A Houston man and woman have been sentenced for breaking into the home of the Consul General for Great Britain causing nearly $56,000 in property damage, the United States Department of Justice said.
Repeat offender from Pearland sent back to prison for having sadomasochistic child pornography images
Investigators found a total of 831 images of child pornography, 736 of which contained prepubescent minors. Approximately 100 included sadomasochistic activity. Evidence shows that the suspect has had sexual interest in children since the late 1980s.
Company in Harris County to pay $5.7M after submitting false claims to Medicare to receive travel reimbursements
BestCare Laboratory Services LLC, will pay $5.7 million to settle an outstanding False Claims Act judgment after the company lied to Medicare to receive travel reimbursements, the United States Department of Justice said in a news release.
3 men sentenced for smuggling women from Cuba into the US, making them work in Houston-area strip clubs
Three men were sentenced to prison for smuggling women into the United States from Cuba and making them work in Houston-area strip clubs, the United States Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
Richmond man sentenced to nearly 5 years in Medicare home health fraud scheme, agrees to pay back $1.4M in restitution
A 47-year-old home health company owner has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for a $1.4 million Medicare home health fraud scheme, the United States Department of Justice announced Tuesday.
25-year-old Houston man sent to prison for soliciting sexually-explicit videos of minors
Law enforcement officials found 3,765 images and 746 videos of young children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The images and videos include children under the age of 12 participating in sexual acts such as bondage, bestiality, and acts of violence such as the penetration of the young victims.
DOJ: Houston area pharmacy owner pleads guilty to dispensing 1.5 million doses of controlled substances, laundering money
A local pharmacy owner was found guilty by a federal jury Monday for distributing controlled substances and laundering money from his now-shuttered pharmacies, according to a release sent by the United States Department of Justice.
“It’s Not Over”: Brazoria Co. NAACP calls DOJ to investigate jury tampering allegations
On Friday, the Brazoria County NAACP submitted an eight-page letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, asking for an independent investigation into allegations that former district clerk Rhonda Barchak altered the jury pool by race for more than a decade.
Fort Bend County courts reach a settlement with Justice Department resolving language access and retaliation investigation
The United States Department of Justice announced a settlement agreement with Fort Bend County to improve access to court for people with limited English proficiency (LEP), resolving an investigation into allegations that the county courts’ requirements discriminated against LEP people.
Houston man sentenced to 40 years for leading string of armed robberies targeting Asian families
A Houston man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for leading an armed home invasion robbery crew that targeted families of South Asian and East Asian descent, the United States Department of Justice confirmed Friday.