A Texas Federal Grand Jury Has Indicted an Individual for Allegedly Aiming a Laser Pointer at an Aircraft

August 25, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 22, 2014 released the following:

Former Garland, Texas Man Indicted for Aiming a Laser Pointer at an Aircraft

DALLAS—A federal grand jury has indicted Steven Alexander Chavez, Jr., 23, on one count of aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Today, special agents with the FBI arrested Chavez in Lubbock, Texas, where he had recently relocated from Garland, Texas.

According to the indictment, returned earlier this week in Dallas, on or about August 24, 2013, in the Dallas Division of the Northern District of Texas, Chavez knowingly aimed the beam of a laser pointer at a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) helicopter.

A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. If convicted, however, the maximum statutory penalty is five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

The FBI, Texas DPS and Garland Police Department are investigating. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Burns is prosecuting.”

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Kenneth Wayne Brown, Duane Milford Stailey, and Sharon Ware Stailey are Indicted by a Dallas Federal Grand Jury and Are Each Charged Conspiracy to Commit Theft From a Program Receiving Federal Funds

August 25, 2011

The U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Texas on August 24, 2011 released the following:

“FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS ADDITIONAL DEFENDANTS FOR ROLE IN CONSPIRACY TO EMBEZZLE FROM CITY OF GARLAND, TEXAS

Former City of Garland Employee, Patricia Leathers, is Currently Serving a 57-Month Prison Sentence for Her Role in the Conspiracy

DALLAS — A federal grand jury in Dallas has indicted three defendants for their role in a conspiracy to embezzle from the City of Garland, Texas, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Kenneth Wayne Brown, 50, of Denison, Texas; Duane Milford Stailey, 44, and his wife, Sharon Ware Stailey, 45, both of Leonard, Texas, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit theft from a program receiving federal funds.

Patricia Leathers, 63, of Rowlett, Texas, a former risk management adjustor for the City of Garland, pleaded guilty in December 2010 to the same offense. She is presently serving a 57-month sentence at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas. Leathers was also ordered to pay $1,968,479 in restitution to the City of Garland. Leathers’ sister, Connie M. Powell, 60, of Garland, also pleaded guilty to her role in the conspiracy. She was sentenced to a three-year term of probation and ordered to pay $64,142 in restitution.

The indictment alleges that from August 1999 through March 2008, the three defendants conspired with each other and others to embezzle from the City of Garland by creating false claims for damage and repairs to personal and real property. The reimbursement checks, issued in the true names of the defendants, as well as fictitious names, were cashed by the defendants who then shared the proceeds with Leathers.

According to the indictment, Brown endorsed and negotiated at least 14 City of Garland checks, totaling more than $102,000. In addition, Duane and Sharon Stailey fraudulently negotiated and shared in the proceeds of City of Garland checks totaling at least $482,000 of which they deposited more than $129,000 into their joint bank account.

An indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury, and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. However, if convicted, each face a maximum statutory sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Restitution could be ordered.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, the Garland Police Department, and the Garland Offices of the City Attorney and Internal Auditor. Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Miller is prosecuting the case.”

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