Four Jefferson County Men Indicted on Federal Criminal Charges Alleging Federal Mail Fraud Crimes

March 29, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on March 27, 2013 released the following:

“BEAUMONT, TX— Four Port Arthur, Texas men have been indicted and arrested in connection with a mail fraud scheme in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

An indictment was returned by a federal grand jury on March 6, 2013, charging Christopher Thomas, 41; Lawrence Thomas, 42; Haleem Collins, 35; and Quarmi Garlington, 25, with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

The indictment, which was unsealed today, alleges that from November 6, 2006 to March 8, 2012, the defendants conspired with each other to defraud numerous auto insurance companies by submitting fraudulent insurance claims for personal injury and economic loss through the U.S. Postal Service. According to the indictment, the defendants repeatedly staged automobile collisions in Port Arthur after having purchased policies on the vehicles involved. Once the defendants either actually crashed the vehicles or staged a collision, they would contact police and assume the roles of drivers and passengers for emergency personnel. The indictment also alleges that the defendants would use aggressive driving tactics to induce automobile accidents with other unsuspecting drivers. Following these collisions, the defendants would falsely claim to be injured and submit, by means of the mail, fraudulent accident claims.

The defendants were taken into custody and made initial appearances this week before U.S. Magistrate Judge Zack Hawthorn.

If convicted of the conspiracy charge, the defendants each face up to 20 years in federal prison.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Port Arthur Police Department; and the National Insurance Crime Bureau and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Baylor Wortham.

A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys Videos:

Federal Crimes – Be Careful

Federal Crimes – Be Proactive

Federal Crimes – Federal Indictment

Federal Crimes – Detention Hearing

Federal Mail Fraud Crimes

————————————————————–

To find additional federal criminal news, please read Federal Criminal Defense Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition Defense, OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal, International Criminal Court Defense, and US Seizure of Non-Resident, Foreign-Owned Assets. Because we have experience dealing with INTERPOL, our firm understands the inter-relationship that INTERPOL’s “Red Notice” brings to this equation.

The author of this blog is Douglas C. McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.


Former El Paso County Judge Indicted in Alleged Public Corruption Investigation

December 19, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on December 16, 2011 released the following:

“United States Attorney Robert Pitman and FBI Special Agent in Charge Mark Morgan announced that former El Paso County Judge Antonio Guillermo Cobos, a.k.a. Anthony Cobos, faces federal charges stemming from a “pay-to-play” scheme in the ongoing public corruption investigation.

A three-count indictment which was returned on December 14, 2011, and unsealed today–charges Cobos, age 44, and 61-year-old Lorenzo Hilario Aguilar with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and the deprivation of honest services; one count of mail fraud and the deprivation of honest services; and, one count of mail fraud.

The indictment alleges that during 2007, the defendants and others devised a fraudulent scheme which deprived the citizens of El Paso County of the intangible right to honest services of public officials. The indictment further alleges that Cobos accepted bribes in the form of cash money and other benefits, including campaign contributions to Cobos-supported individuals running for the El Paso City Council, in exchange for his vote and influence in refinancing approximately $40 million of El Paso County debt and to terminate the then El Paso County financial advisor’s contract and replace with another company.

“The citizens of El Paso County expect, and are entitled, to have their elected representatives make decisions on the basis of the merits of what they are voting on, not whether or how they can personally benefit. This indictment attempts to hold those who breach that trust accountable for their conduct,” stated United States Attorney Robert Pitman.

Each of the charges contained in the indictment call for up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine upon conviction.

“These indictments and arrests represent the FBI’s commitment to the citizens of El Paso that we will vigorously continue to investigate allegations of public corruption regarding elected or appointed public officials. The hard work and dedication of the El Paso FBI agents, professional staff, and U.S. Attorney’s Office is prevalent in today’s charges. The citizens of this community deserve to have a sense of confidence that their tax dollars are being spent honestly,” stated FBI Special Agent Mark Morgan.

This is the eighth indictment stemming from a large-scale FBI investigation which began in 2004. Assistant United States Attorneys William F. Lewis, Jr., and Juanita Fielden are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

————————————————————–

Douglas McNabb – McNabb Associates, P.C.’s
Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys Videos:

Federal Crimes – Be Careful

Federal Crimes – Be Proactive

Federal Crimes – Federal Indictment

Federal Crimes – Detention Hearing

Federal Mail Fraud Crimes

————————————————————–

To find additional federal criminal news, please read Federal Crimes Watch Daily.

Douglas McNabb and other members of the U.S. law firm practice and write and/or report extensively on matters involving Federal Criminal Defense, INTERPOL Red Notice Removal, International Extradition and OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal.

The author of this blog is Douglas McNabb. Please feel free to contact him directly at mcnabb@mcnabbassociates.com or at one of the offices listed above.