Jul 12

Stephen Bayliss Jones: Sentenced, 12 Years

Stephen Bayliss Jones of Corpus Christi was sentenced to 12 years in prison on July 12 for stealing money from investors in a building materials scam. Jones had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of felony theft.

Judge Nanette Hasette of the 28th District Court in Nueces County...

May 26

Dennis Woods Bowden: Indicted

Dennis Woods Bowden , one of the top executives at the now-defunct AmeriFirst Funding Corp. in Dallas, was indicted May 26 in U.S. District Court in Dallas on nine counts of securities fraud and six counts of mail fraud.

Bowden, on his own and through sales agents, allegedly sold...

May 19

Reginald Lee Clark: Indicted

A Limestone County grand jury indicted Reginald Lee Clark on May 19 on charges of theft and misapplication of fiduciary property..

Clark, who did business as Clark Investment Advisors, most recently in McLennan County, allegedly stole more than $400,000 from his clients.


May 14

Leland Anthony Patin: Sentenced, 7 Years

Leland Anthony Patin of Dallas was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay $172,500 in restitution for securities fraud.

Patin was a salesman for Edward Digges, the architect of a multistate fraudulent scheme involving the sale and lease of credit card and debit card...

May 10

Melissa Marie Ramon: Sentenced, 10 Years

Melissa Marie Ramon of Bellaire on May 10 was sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison for an investment scam that was investigated by the State Securities Board and prosecuted by the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Houston. U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore also ordered Ramon to pay...

May 6

Patricia Ann Noble: Indicted

A Denton County grand jury on May 6 indicted Patricia Ann Noble for securities fraud and selling securities without being a registered dealer or agent.

The indictment alleges that Noble, doing business as Noble Funds Asset Management, engaged in fraud by knowingly misrepresenting that...

Apr 19

Albert Anzaldua: Indicted

Albert "Andy" Anzaldua of McAllen was indicted on 14 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud for operating an allegedly fraudulent high-yield investment program.

The indictment was unsealed April 19 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern...

Apr 14

Jeffrey C. Bruteyn: Convicted

A U.S. District Court jury in Dallas convicted Jeffrey C. Bruteyn of securities fraud charges resulting from his scheme to defraud investors in Texas and Florida. Bruteyn was convicted on April 14, 2010, on all nine counts of an indictment returned by a grand jury in May 2009.


Mar 10

Jeffrey Scott Rand: Indicted

A federal grand jury indicted Jeffrey Scott Rand of Houston on 25 counts of securities fraud and mail fraud in connection with the offer and sale of investments in oil and gas well projects in Texas.

The grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, Hot...

Mar 5

George Elliott: Sentenced, 12 Years

George Elliott, a Belton-based salesman for a fraudulent scheme involving the sale and lease of credit card terminals, was sentenced to 12 years in state prison on one count of aggregated money laundering.

Judge Joe Carroll of the 27th State District Court in Bell County sentenced...

Mar 3

David Boyer Prince: Indicted

David Boyer Prince was indicted on 12 counts of wire fraud on March 3, 2010, in United States District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Division.

The indictment stems from an investigation by the Texas State Securities Board, which worked with the Federal Bureau of...

Feb 23

Martin Tyson Sr.: Deferred Adjudication

Martin Tyson Sr. of Horseshoe Bay on Feb. 23, 2010 was ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution to investors in an online gambling Web site that never launched.

Tyson pleaded guilty to a felony charge of sale of an unregistered security.

The Order of Deferred Adjudication and...

Feb 18

Edward S. Digges Jr.: Sentenced, 99 Years

A Collin County state District Court jury on February 18, 2010 sentenced Edward S. Digges Jr. to 99 years in state prison for organizing and leading a multistate, fraudulent scheme involving the sale and lease of credit card and debit card terminals.

The jury convicted Digges of...

Jan 20

Penelope Lefaucheur and Matthew E. Rager: Indicted

Penelope Lefaucheur and Matthew Earl Rager were indicted on Jan. 20, 2010, for the fraudulent sale of interests in a commercial property in San Antonio.

A Bexar County grand jury indicted both Lefaucheur – also known as Jacqueline Penelope Judge – and Rager on numerous counts, including...

Dec 17

William Leon Fenoglio: Sentenced, 6 Years

William Leon Fenoglio of Bowie was sentenced on December 17, 2009, to six years in state prison for second-degree securities.

Fenoglio, a licensed insurance agent at the time, sold one-year debt securities totaling $122,000 to six elderly investors. He promised an annual return of 15...

Nov 30

Robert Chet Noel: Indicted

A Harris County Grand Jury on Nov. 30 indicted Robert Chet Noel of Sugar Land on nine counts of securities fraud.

Noel, the president of Integrity Petroleum Group, received $154,200 from investors in Harris County for working interests in oil and gas wells.

According to the...

Nov 30

Jeremy McGilvrey: Sentenced, 20 Years

Jeremy McGilvrey of San Antonio was sentenced to 20 years in state prison on two counts of misapplication of property by a fiduciary.

McGilvrey, the former CEO of Hill Country Wealth, a money management firm, pleaded guilty to the counts on October 22 and was sentenced Nov. 30 by Bexar...

Nov 24

Alfred Renteria: Sentenced, 10 Years Deferred Adjudication

Alfred Renteria of San Antonio was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication on November 24, after pleading nolo contendere to charges of misapplication of fiduciary property and securing the execution of a document by deception.

Renteria was indicted by a Bexar County Grand Jury on...

Nov 16

William N. Kirshner: 2 Years Probation

William N. Kirshner , a Corpus Christi financial adviser, pleaded no contest to second-degree felony theft and was sentenced to five years in prison on Nov. 16 for stealing approximately $103,000 from clients who invested in promissory notes issued by his company, W.N. Kirshner & Co....

Nov 10

John F. Langford, Jimmy Don King: Indicted

A Potter County grand jury on Nov. 10 returned multiple indictments against John F. Langford and Jimmy Don King , principals in an Amarillo insurance agency.

Landford and King are charged with the sale of unregistered securities and fraudulent securities.

Langford was indicted on...

Oct 14

Alan Keith Nelsen, Mary Alice Monteza: Indicted

Alan Keith Nelsen and Mary Alice Monteza of San Antonio were each indicted on Oct. 14 on four felony counts for allegedly selling fraudulent high-yield investment products.

The pair allegedly sold investments through a business called Castro International. The Bexar County grand jury...

Oct 12

Stanley James Jr.: Sentenced, 15 Years

Stanley James, Jr. , of Richmond pleaded guilty on Oct. 12 to charges of theft, money laundering and misapplication of fiduciary property in connection with a fraudulent investment company that took in more than $385,000 from investors. Fort Bend County state District Judge Clifford Vacek...

Oct 2

Bruce E. Hammonds: Sentenced, 57 Months

Bruce E. Hammonds of San Antonio was sentenced to 57 months in federal prison on Oct. 2 after his conviction on two counts of securities fraud.

Judge Xavier Rodriguez of the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, also imposed three years of supervised release and ordered...

Aug 13

William June Fletcher Jr.: Indicted

William June Fletcher Jr. of Plano, who pleaded guilty to investment-related fraud charges in 2006, was indicted by a Collin County Grand Jury on Aug. 13 for securities fraud in connection with the sale of investments in oil and gas projects.

The indictment alleges that Fletcher failed...

Aug 12

Charles Scott Goist: Sentenced, 46 Months

Charles Scott Goist of Plano was sentenced to 46 years in state prison on Aug. 12 after being convicted on charges stemming from his theft of $1.7 million from investors in a fraudulent real estate scheme.

A Collin County State District Court sentenced Goist to 46 years on each of four...