May 1
2009

William Lester Seelye

William Lester Seelye of McKinney was convicted of theft of property May 1, in the 219th District Court of Collin County. Seelye was sentenced to 99 years in state prison and fined $10,000 for stealing money from investors in oil and gas exploration projects. In August, Seelye was sentenced to...

Apr 24
2009

Kevin Dennis Hays

In a related case, Kevin Dennis Hays of Euless was charged with selling unregistered securities, acting as an unregistered dealer or agent, securities fraud, and engaging in organized criminal activity in cause nos. 25590, 25591, 25592, and 25593.

Apr 24
2009

Chad Michael Hays

Chad Michael Hays of McKinney was indicted April 24, in the 196th District Court of Hunt County, TX, in cause nos. 25585, 25586, 25587, 25588, and 25589 on charges of selling unregistered securities, acting as an unregistered dealer or agent, securities fraud, engaging in organized criminal...

Apr 22
2009

Michael R. Rouse

Michael R. Rouse of Wellington , Fla., was indicted April 22, in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, in cause no. 3:09-CR-00113-B on charges of securities fraud, mail fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to commit such acts. The charges stem from sales of...

Apr 9
2009

Michael Eugene Dannelly

Michael Eugene Dannelly of Denton was indicted April 9, in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, in cause No. 4:09-CR-00067-RAS-DDB on charges of mail fraud and money laundering. Dannelly allegedly obtained over $16 million from investors based on fraudulent...

Mar 27
2009

Carl Tinsley Ratner

Also, Carl Tinsley Ratner of Trophy Club was charged with securities fraud, selling unregistered securities, acting as an unregistered dealer or agent, and engaging in organized criminal activity in cause nos. 25561, 25562, 25563, and 25564.

Mar 27
2009

Michael David Lamont

In related cases, Michael David Lamont of Allen was charged with selling unregistered securities, acting as an unregistered dealer or agent, and engaging in organized criminal activity in cause nos. 25543, 25544, and 25545.

Mar 27
2009

Donald Joseph Dean

Donald Joseph Dean of Tyler was indicted March 27, in the 196th District Court of Hunt County in cause nos. 25526, 25527, 25528, and 25529 on charges of securities fraud, selling unregistered securities, acting as an unregistered dealer or agent, and engaging in organized criminal activity in...

Mar 13
2009

William Leon Fenoglio

William Leon Fenoglio of Bowie pleaded guilty and was convicted of one count of theft against an elderly individual on March, 13, in the 142nd District Court of Midland County in cause no. CR34548. Fenoglio, a licensed insurance agent, persuaded the individual to invest $30,000 in his agency...

Mar 13
2009

Michael Ray Gee

Michael Ray Gee , also known as Michael Ray Wright, pleaded guilty on March 13, to charges of securities fraud and misapplication of fiduciary property in Dallas County Criminal Court. The court ordered deferred adjudication for Gee, placed him on probation for 10 years, fined him $3,500, and...

Feb 26
2009

Dean Lee Elliott

Dean Lee Elliott of Dallas was indicted February 26, in the 219th Judicial District Court of Collin County in cause nos. 219-80412-09 and 219-80413-09. Elliott was charged with Securing Execution of Documents by Deception and Theft of Property relating to sales to investors in oil and gas well...

Jan 23
2009

Ronald Keith Owens

Ronald Keith Owens of Mineral Wells was sentenced January 23, in the 29th Judicial District Court of Palo Pinto County, in cause No. 13609, to serve 60 years in state prison. Owens sold investment contracts in New Life Trading Group and Executive Investors Joint Venture, representing that funds...

Dec 17
2008

Ronald Keith Owens

Ronald Keith Owens of Mineral Wells, TX, was sentenced December 17, 2008, in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, Cause No. 3-08CR-243-M, after previously pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false tax return. Owens sold...

Nov 20
2008

Saulo Abraham Muñoz

Saulo Abraham Muñoz of El Paso, TX, was sentenced November 20, 2008, in the 41st District Court, El Paso County, Cause No. 2007-ODO-0480, after pleading guilty to one count of securities fraud. Muñoz offered and sold securities, representing to pool investors' funds into the stock market....

Nov 18
2008

Edward Digges

Edward Digges of Cambridge, MD, James Oglethorpe Bowling of Dallas, TX, and George Neil Elliott of Belton, TX, were indicted November 18, 2008, by the Grand Jury of the 219th District Court of Collin Co., TX, in Cause Nos. 219-82769-08, 219-82768-08 and 219-82771-08 for the charge of engaging...

Oct 27
2008

Melissa Marie Ramon

Melissa Marie Ramon , 33, of Bellaire, Texas was indicted by a grand jury on October 27, 2008, in connection with her alleged operation of a fraudulent investment scheme in a company known as JaxTrece. Ms. Ramon was charged with 10 counts of wire fraud and 3 counts of mail fraud. Alleged...

Oct 20
2008

Chris Fraley

Chris Fraley of Houston, TX, was indicted October 20, 2008, by the Grand Jury of Harris Co., TX, in Cause No. 1188310 for the charge of theft in the aggregate. Fraley allegedly appropriated money by deception in connection with the offer and sale of interests in an oil and gas lease from March...

Oct 6
2008

Benny Lynn Holland

Benny Lynn Holland , of Katy, Texas, pled guilty in the 91st District Court of Eastland County, Texas, to one count of selling unregistered securities in CR-05-20773 and to one count of selling securities without being registered as a dealer or agent in CR-04-20774. Holland sold securities that...

Sep 25
2008

Richard Allen Wilson

Richard Allen Wilson , of Pearland, Texas, was indicted on September 25, 2008 for acting as a dealer/agent without registration and selling unregistered securities. Both indictments involve the sale of interests in Brazos Valley Capital, LLC, and each indictment has multiple victims. David...

Sep 4
2008

Stephen B. Jones

Stephen B. Jones , of Corpus Christi, Texas, was indicted on September 4, 2008, by a Grand Jury in Nueces County, Texas, in Cause Nos. 08-CR-2903-A, 08-CR-2906-A, 08-CR-2907-A, and 08-CR2908-A, on charges of securities fraud, the sale of unregistered securities, the sale of securities without a...

Sep 2
2008

George O. Houseman

George O. Houseman , of Carrollton, Texas, pled guilty on September 2, 2008, in Collin County, Texas, to a felony information charging him with engaging in fraud in connection with the sale of securities, working interests in oil and/or gas leases in the state of Texas, in an amount of $100,000...

Jul 22
2008

Dean Lee Elliott

Dean Lee Elliott , of Dallas, Texas, was charged with engaging in fraud in connection with the sale of securities in Cause No. 219-81596-08 in an indictment handed down by a Collin County Grand Jury on July 22, 2008. The indictment alleges Elliott sold working interests to the public in oil and...

Jul 1
2008

Blake Lang Cummings

Blake Lang Cummings , of Lucas, Texas, was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $50,219,049.00 to defrauded investors. Cummings previously pled guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud on July 31, 2007, in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas...

Jul 1
2008

Ulric Jack Sweesy

Ulric Jack Sweesy , aka Jack Taylor, of Richardson, Texas, was sentenced on July 1, 2008 to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $63,095,560.32 to defrauded investors. Sweesy previously pled guilty to mail fraud on October 24, 2007, in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District...

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