Dec 19
2012

Arturo Gonzalez Salinas: Indicted

Arturo Gonzalez Salinas of McAllen was indicted Dec. 19 in Hidalgo County on charges of theft, securities fraud, and securing the execution of a document by deception.

Salinas was indicted in connection with his sale of interests in a company that said it would build a hospital in...

Dec 5
2012

Bruce Kyle Griffith: Guilty Plea

Bruce Kyle Griffith's guilty plea to federal conspiracy and securities fraud charges was unsealed Dec. 5 by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Griffith served as president and CEO of Always Consulting Inc., a Richardson company that sold investments in oil and...

Nov 29
2012

Norma Eltringham: Deferred Adjudication, Restitution

Norma Eltringham , a bookkeeper and tax preparer in Abilene, pleaded no contest Nov.29 to a charge of aggregate theft and was ordered to pay $67,792 in restitution to investors in an oil-related startup.

The sentence, issued in the 104th state District Court in Taylor County, includes...

Nov 17
2012

Sami A. London: Indicted

Sami A. London , a Euless resident, was arrested Nov. 17 in Tarrant County after being indicted in September on charges of securities fraud, theft, money laundering, and securing the execution of a document by deception.

The indictments charge London with stealing money from investors...

Nov 9
2012

Eddie Lacy Stivers III: Indicted

Eddie Lacy Stivers III was arrested Nov. 9 in Hood County, five days after being indicted for allegedly selling fraudulent stock and promissory notes.

The securities promised ownership and a share of future profits in companies called Patriot Insurance Co., Patriot Holding Co., and...

Oct 23
2012

Minor Vargas Calvo: Sentenced, 60 Years

Minor Vargas Calvo , a Costa Rican businessman with interests ranging from media to insurance to professional soccer, was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on Oct. 23 for perpetrating a $485 million bond fraud.

Vargas was the president of Provident Capital Indemnity Ltd., which...

Sep 24
2012

Richard M. Plato: Convicted

Richard M. Plato , a disbarred lawyer with three prior criminal convictions, was convicted Sept. 24 in U.S. District Court in Houston on five counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy related to an oil and gas scam.

Plato owned Momentum Production Corp. in Baytown, which sold...

Aug 22
2012

Michael D. Alexander: Indicted

Michael D. Alexander was indicted Aug. 22 for securities fraud in Rockwall County for allegedly selling investors shares in timber harvesting operation in the Amazon.

Alexander, a Rockwall resident, sold shares in Ecowood Recuperdore De Toras and Ecowood Resources International Inc....

Aug 9
2012

John Arthur Mertens: Indicted

John Arthur Mertens of Austin, who allegedly defrauded investors in a trading scheme, was indicted Aug. 9 in Bexar County district court on one count of securities fraud and one count of fiduciary misapplication.

According to the indictment, Mertens misrepresented to investors that he...

Jul 20
2012

D. Bowden, J. Priest, F. Howard: Sentenced

Three defendants in the wide-ranging AmeriFirst companies' fraud were sentenced to federal prison on July 20 in U.S. District Court in Dallas.

Dennis Woods Bowden of Farmers Branch, the chief operations officer of AmeriFirst, was sentenced to 16 years in prison and ordered to pay $23...

Jul 18
2012

Fred Howard: Sentenced, 5 Years

Fred Howard was sentenced to five years in federal prison on July 18 after pleading guilty to one count of securities fraud in U.S. District Court in Dallas.

Howard, a Florida resident at the time of his crime, was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release after prison and...

Jun 19
2012

Robert Joseph Mangiafico Jr.: Indicted

Robert Joseph Mangiafico Jr. of Dallas was indicted June 19 on a charge of tampering with a government record.

The indictment is related to the March 2011 indictment of Mangiafico on charges of theft, money laundering, and engaging in organized criminal activity. Mangiafico and a...

Jun 19
2012

Kelly Gordon Rogers: Indicted

Kelly Gordon Rogers was indicted June 19 on a charge of money laundering related to bank loans he received.

The indictment, issued by a Collin County grand jury, stemmed from the investigation into two other pending criminal cases against Rogers.

Rogers was indicted May 1 on...

May 1
2012

Kelly Gordon Rogers: Indicted

Kelly Gordon Rogers , an attorney in Frisco, was indicted May 1 in Collin County state District Court on two counts of aggregated theft, two counts of money laundering, and one count of securities fraud.

The charges stem from Rogers' alleged theft of $2.8 million from investors in two...

Apr 24
2012

Mary Alice Monteza and Alan Keith Nelsen: Sentenced

Mary Alice Monteza and Alan Keith Nelsen of San Antonio were sentenced to state prison terms on April 24 and April 2, respectively, after being convicted on charges related to a fraudulent overseas trading investment.

Monteza and Nelsen created a company called Castro International,...

Apr 12
2012

Robbie Dale Walker: Indicted

Robbie Dale Walker of Dripping Springs was indicted on additional charges for an alleged oil and gas fraud targeting elderly investors.

A Hays County grand jury on April 12 indicted Walker for securities fraud, money laundering, selling unregistered securities and acting as an...

Apr 12
2012

Terrence Riely: Community Supervision, Restitution

Terrence Riely , who pleaded no contest to misapplication of fiduciary property in Bexar County state District Court, on April 12 was ordered to pay restitution of $218,990, serve 10 years community supervision and perform 240 hours of community service.

Riely was an officer of the...

Mar 21
2012

William Erik Byrne: Community Supervision, Restitution

Corpus Christi adviser William Erik Byrne on March 21 was ordered to pay $719,000 in restitution and sentenced to 10 years community supervision and 30 days in jail. Byrne was sentenced in Nueces County state District Court.

At the time of his sentencing, Byrne had already paid $100,000...

Feb 24
2012

Michael K. Wallens Sr.: Sentenced, 4 Years and 5 Months

Michael K. Wallens Sr. of Spring was sentenced to four years and five months in federal prison for his role in raising $17 million from investors who thought they were putting their money into safe and secure promissory notes.

The sentence, issued Feb. 24 in U.S. District Court in...

Feb 15
2012

Tony Anthony Cruz Jr.: Indicted

Tony Anthony Cruz Jr. , the owner and operator of the Wealth Building Club Inc. (WBC) in San Antonio, was indicted Feb. 15 in U.S. District Court in San Antonio on eight counts of mail fraud. The indictment was unsealed March 6.

The indictment alleges Cruz sold fraudulent notes to...

Feb 8
2012

David Boyer Prince: Sentenced, 7 Years

David Boyer Prince , a former California attorney who ran two fraudulent investment funds, on Feb. 8 was sentenced to seven years in federal prison. He had been convicted on five counts of wire fraud in U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

The government's sentencing memorandum details...

Feb 2
2012

Michael Paul Harney: Indicted

A Bexar County grand jury on Feb. 2 issued four indictments of Michael Paul Harney on theft charges stemming from the sale of allegedly fraudulent promissory notes to four investors, three of whom are elderly.

Harney sold the securities through his company, Texas Senior Association of...

Jan 9
2012

Alan Nelson and Mary Alice Monteza: No Contest Plea

Alan Nelson and Mary Alice Monteza of San Antonio on Jan. 9 pleaded no contest to first-degree aggravated theft in Bexar County state District Court.

The pair raised about $850,000 from investors who thought their money was going into foreign high-yield investments. No investments were...