FBI: “Former Executive at First Command Financial Services Pleads Guilty”

August 26, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 25, 2014 released the following:

“FORT WORTH, TX—A former executive at First Command Financial Services, an investment advisor and financial planning firm located in Fort Worth, Texas, pleaded guilty this morning before U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor to a felony offense stemming from a fraud scheme she ran while employed there, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Redonda Russell, 66, of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to a felony Information charging one count of wire fraud. She faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and restitution. She will remain on bond pending sentencing, which is set for December 8, 2014.

Russell worked for First Command for 22 years, before leaving the company in the spring of 2013. She is a registered Investment Advisory Representative and Broker-Dealer Agent. She is able to buy and sell securities, and she is authorized to give investment advice to clients. She is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), a designation she earned by completing a comprehensive course of financial education, examinations, and practical experience. Through First Command’s client database, Russell had access to clients’ personal identifying information (PII), investment/insurance account numbers, and balances for the account holder and beneficiaries.

According to plea documents filed in the case, beginning on approximately April 3, 2012, and continuing through April 18, 2013, Russell obtained PII for at least 18 First Command clients, eight of whom were deceased. Russell admitted using that information to forge, or otherwise present claims as the account holder, beneficiary, or legal representative of the account holder/beneficiary, to First Command’s affiliated investment and insurance partners to liquidate the targeted accounts.

Russell admitted that part of her scheme was to steal funds from inactive clients’ accounts, thus making the fraud harder to detect. She also targeted accounts that were maintained by First Command’s business partners that were part of an industry-standard, paperless signature program that eliminated the need for the verifying entity to send additional substantiating paperwork to the receiver. After Russell altered ownership/control of the targeted customers’ accounts, Russell sent a policy cancellation/disbursement form and W-9 tax withholding form and instructed the affiliated partner to either liquidate or take a loan against the targeted accounts.

Funds were subsequently wired into one of Russell’s 12 bank accounts or, if checks were mailed, Russell would endorse and deposit them. Checks were endorsed by Russell, Russell signing as her husband, Russell signing as her daughter-in-law, or an amalgam of signatures she used to perpetuate the scheme usually having the surname “Russell.”

Russell’s scheme resulted in the liquidation of more than $316,000 from First Command’s clients’ accounts.

The FBI investigated the case; Assistant U.S. Attorney Nancy Larson is in charge of the prosecution.”

More Information on Federal Wire Fraud Statutes, Jury Instructions, and Crimes
Federal Wire Fraud Crimes – 18 U.S.C. § 1343

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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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Christopher Stephens Charged in Federal Complaint Alleging He Made Threats to Blow Up Federal Courthouses

May 29, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on May 28, 2013 released the following:

“DALLAS—Christopher Stephens, 34, appeared in federal court today in Wichita Falls, Texas, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert K. Roach on a criminal complaint related to several threats he allegedly made to blow up federal buildings in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. Stephens, who resided at the North Texas State Hospital (NTSH) in Wichita Falls, was ordered detained, pending a probable cause and detention hearing that will be set at a later date and held before U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Horan in federal court in Dallas.

According to the affidavit filed with the complaint, the Wichita Falls Police Department’s (WFPD) communications center received telephone calls, one on March 5, 2013, and one the following day, from a caller who identified himself as “Gerald Adams.” In those calls, the caller threatened to blow up the U.S. Courthouse in Dallas. During the second phone call, the communications operator asked the caller if he was located at the NTSH, and the caller said that he was.

Law enforcement contacted an individual with a similar name who resided at the NTSH; however, it was determined that this individual was not the one who made the telephonic bomb threats. This individual stated that he believed the caller was another resident of NTSH, Christopher Stephens. He explained that Stephens became fascinated with his ex-wife, who had visited on several occasions and that Stephens had alluded to making contact with her upon his release. The individual believed that Stephens used his name to sabotage his release date.

On March 7, 2013, the WFPD’s communication center received a third bomb threat. During that call, Stephens advised that a bomb had been planted at the U.S. Courthouse in Fort Worth. The operator kept Stephens on the line long enough for WFPD officers to go to NTSH and observe Stephens on the phone speaking with the WFPD. Stephens did not deny making the bomb threat.

NTSH provided the officers with letters from Stephens. One letter was addressed to a WFPD officer and one was addressed to the FBI. Both letters provided a detailed description of how Stephens would blow up a federal courthouse, what materials he would use to make the bomb and how it would detonate. Stephens also wrote racial comments in the letter and included Nazi SS symbols.

On March 25, 2013, the FBI Dallas Field Division received a letter, via the U.S. Postal Service, signed by Stephens. That letter read, “I will blow up the Federal Courthouse in Fort Worth, Texas.” On April 3, 2013, the WFPD received a mailed bomb threat from Stephens that mirrored the one sent earlier to the FBI, with the exception that the letter depicted three Nazi Swastikas and the words “White Power.”

A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offense charged and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The U.S. Attorney’s office has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment. Stephens is charged with one count of using to the mail to willfully make a threat to unlawfully damage or destroy a federal courthouse by means of an explosive. That offense as charged carries a maximum statutory penalty 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, per count.

The matter is being investigated by the FBI and the WFPD. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Pfeifle and Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay are prosecuting.”

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“Inmate Charged in Murder-for-Hire Plot Against Federal Judge”

May 16, 2013

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on May 15, 2013 released the following:

“FORT WORTH, TX— Phillip Monroe Ballard, 71, has been charged with murder for hire, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas announced today.

The indictment, returned just a short time ago, alleges Ballard solicited the murder for hire of a U.S. District Judge in the Northern District of Texas.

Ballard, currently in federal custody on unrelated charges in the Northern District of Texas, will remain in custody pending further criminal proceedings in this case. He is expected to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Fort Worth in the near future.

If convicted, Ballard faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being investigated by the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark McIntyre and Craig Feazel are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence. A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.”

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FBI Says Cartel Used Bank of America to Launder Money

July 9, 2012

Bloomberg Business Week on July 9, 2012 released the following:

“By Joe Schneider

The brother of the alleged leader of a Mexican cocaine-trafficking cartel used Bank of America Corp. (BAC) accounts to invest the organization’s drug proceeds in U.S. racehorses, a FBI agent said.

Jose Trevino-Morales, one of 14 people indicted by a federal grand jury in Texas on June 12, used a personal account and a business account under the name of Tremor Enterprises LLC to buy and sell horses using money generated from cocaine trafficking, extortion and bribery, Jason Preece, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said in a June 11 sworn statement filed in federal court in Dallas.

“The ultimate goal of this money laundering operation was to provide Jose Trevino with apparent legitimate assets purchased and maintained by illegally obtained money,” Preece said. Bank of America isn’t accused of any wrongdoing in the agent’s statement.

Details of the transactions were revealed in a probe of the Los Zetas drug cartel, which according to the filing, funnels thousands of kilograms of cocaine into the U.S. each year. Los Zetas is the biggest drug cartel in Mexico, in geographical presence, and controls 11 states in the country, generating millions of dollars of revenue, Preece said in the statement filed in a bid to gain a search warrant for Trevino’s property.

Strong Procedures
“We have strong anti-money-laundering procedures and work closely with the authorities when suspicious activity is discovered,” Larry Di Rita, a spokesman at Charlotte, North Carolina-based Bank of America, said in a phone interview today.

The bank doesn’t comment on any specific legal and customer cases, he said.

Preece filed the statement to support his request for court permission to search Trevino’s property in Balch Springs, Texas, a Dallas suburb, where he said investigators were likely to find horse ownership records, bank statements and cellular phones used to communicate with Los Zetas.

Trevino, who earned $29,000 in 2009 from Texas Stone and Tile LLC, had expenses of $200,000 a month the following year to support his horses, according to an FBI informant who isn’t named in the filing. The drug cartel had bought at least $4.2 million worth of quarter horses, which are used in short- distance races, over a four-year period, according to the indictment.

The two most well-known horses Trevino had were Tempting Dash and Mr. Piloto, according to the filing.

Mr. Piloto won the All American Futurity race in 2010 at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, with Tremor Enterprises’ bank account being credited with $968,440 as a result, Preece said.

Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, 38, leader of the Los Zetas drug cartel, and his brother Oscar Omar Trevino Morales were also indicted by the grand jury.

The defendants are charged in the May 30 indictment with conspiracy to launder monetary instruments. The crime carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

The criminal case is U.S. v. Morales, A-12-cr-210-SS, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (San Antonio). The application and affidavit for search warrant is 3:12-mj-255, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (Dallas.)”

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JetBlue Pilot Charged with Alleged Interference with a Flight Crew

March 29, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on March 28, 2012 released the following:

“AMARILLO, TX—A federal criminal complaint was filed in the Northern District of Texas today that charges JetBlue pilot Clayton Frederick Osbon, 49, with interference with a flight crew, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Sarah R. Saldaña.

According to the affidavit filed with the complaint, Osbon, a pilot working JetBlue Flight 191 from New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport to Las Vegas, according to witnesses, arrived at JFK later than he should have for the flight and missed the crew briefing. As the plane was leaving JFK and climbing in altitude in its scheduled five-hour flight, Osbon said something to the first officer (FO) about being evaluated by someone, but the FO did not know what he meant. Osbon then talked about his church and the need to “focus” and asked the FO to take the controls and work the radios. Osbon began talking about religion, but, according to the FO, his statements were not coherent.

The affidavit goes on to say that the FO became concerned when Osbon said “things just don’t matter.” According to the FO, Osbon yelled over the radio to air traffic control and instructed them to be quiet. Osbon turned off the radios in the aircraft, dimmed his monitors, and sternly admonished the FO for trying to talk on the radio. When Osbon said “we need to take a leap of faith,” the FO stated that he became very worried. Osbon told the FO that “we’re not going to Vegas” and began giving what the FO described as a sermon.

The affidavit states that the FO suggested to Osbon that they invite the off-duty JetBlue captain who was on board the flight into the cockpit; however, Osbon abruptly left the cockpit to go to the forward lavatory, alarming the rest of the flight crew when he didn’t follow the company’s protocol for leaving the cockpit. When flight attendants met Osbon and asked him what was wrong, he became aggressive and banged on the door of the occupied lavatory, saying he needed to get inside.

While Osbon was in the lavatory, at the request of the FO, a flight attendant brought the off-duty captain to the cockpit, where he assisted the FO with the remainder of the flight. When Osbon exited the lavatory, he began talking to flight attendants, mentioning “150 souls on board.” Osbon walked to the rear of the aircraft but along the way stopped and asked a male passenger if he had a problem. Osbon then sprinted back to the forward galley and tried to enter his code to re-enter the cockpit. When the FO announced over the public address system an order to restrain Osbon, several passengers assisted and brought Osbon down in the forward galley, where he continued to yell comments about Jesus, September 11, Iraq, Iran, and terrorists.

The FO declared an emergency and diverted the aircraft to Amarillo, landing with passengers still restraining Osbon in the galley. Osbon was removed from the aircraft and taken to a facility in the Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo for medical evaluation, where he remains.

A federal complaint is a written statement of the essential facts of the offenses charged and must be made under oath before a magistrate judge. A defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The maximum penalty, upon conviction, for interference with a flight crew is a 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas has 30 days to present the matter to a grand jury for indictment.

The ongoing investigation is being led by the FBI with the assistance of JetBlue, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Amarillo Police Department, and the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport Police Department.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Christy L. Drake, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Amarillo, is in charge of the prosecution.”

Clayton Osbon – Federal Criminal Complaint

49 U.S.C. § 46504

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“Rockwall Doctor Charged In Biggest U.S. Healthcare Fraud Ever”

February 28, 2012

CBS DFW on February 28, 2012 released the following:

“ROCKWALL (CBSDFW.COM) – A North Texas doctor has been arrested and charged in what’s being described as the largest healthcare fraud case in U.S. history.

Between January, 2006 and November of last year, Dr. Jacques Roy is accused of cheating Medicare and Medicaid, and ultimately taxpayers, nearly $380 million dollars.

Top U.S. Justice department officials have flown to Dallas Tuesday to make the announcement along with the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, and the Special Agent in charge of the Dallas FBI, Robert Casey.

Roy will make an appearance in federal court Tuesday afternoon.

Six other people have also been indicted in the massive fraud case. They include Dr. Roy’s office manager Teri Sivils, and the owners of North Texas home health care agencies.

CBS 11 cameras were rolling last June 2nd, when agents from the FBI and the Office of Health and Humans Services Inspector General executed search warrants at Roy’s Rockwall house and at one of the healthcare agencies, Charry Home Care Services in Dallas.

These other six defendants will appear today before a judge in federal court as well.

As of this writing at 1:08 p.m. on February 28, Roy’s Texas medical license is still active. However, the Texas Medical Board typically suspends the licenses of doctors who are charged with felonies.”

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