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Judge unseals wire fraud indictment

The recent unsealing of an indictment shines a little more light on the charges concerning a suspected Ponzi scheme. A suspect accused of committing wire fraud is also facing additional charges of three counts of identity theft. While he faces criminal charges in Texas, he is also the defendant of a civil suit in another state.

Police claim that at least one person in Texas was a victim of an investment fraud scheme that could have netted millions. The man accused of engaging in the fraudulent behavior allegedly attempted to sell royalties and investments from the oil and gas industry that he did not actually own. Some of the assignments that he supposedly tried to sell were actually owned by people in other states. He apparently also claimed that he had successfully invested in multiple businesses in the oil industry.

Local community thinks misdemeanor charge not warranted

A Texas man who is being hailed as a hero by his neighbors might have to face criminal charges soon. According to state law, hunting or killing an animal without a license is a misdemeanor charge. However, police have not released any definitive information as to whether he will actually be charged for his alleged actions.

The day before an experienced hunter killed an 11-foot long alligator, his friend had gone swimming in a local bayou. That same night, the swimmer's body was found after being attacked by the alligator. The attack apparently caused a great deal of unease in the area surrounding the bayou, and possibly dissatisfied with the reaction from authorities, the hunter decided to take action into his own hands. He killed the alligator with a single shot to the animal's head. 

Former Chase Power CEO and president indicted for wire fraud

A jury recently indicted two former employees of Chase Power CEO on allegations of fraud. The mail and wire fraud charges stem from what prosecutors claim was inappropriate use of company funds. Their former employer -- Chase Power -- is perhaps best known for its attempt to build a failed Texas gulf power plant. 

As the former president and CEO of Chase, the two apparently had relatively easy access to various company funds. The indictment accuses the pair of using company money to purchase personal memberships to country clubs or to buy plane tickets for personal travel. It is believed that expense reports were used to hide these types of purchases.

Volleyball coach accused of sexual assault with teen

Texas parents have accused a local business owner of acting inappropriately with their daughter, and police apparently suspect that more teenage girls might have been involved. The gym owner in question was also a volleyball coach to the girls. Arrested on drug and sexual assault charges, he is currently free on bond. 

The defendant established a volleyball club at the gym that he owned and welcomed teenage girls into the program, where he acted as their coach. However, parents claim that there were ulterior motives behind the volleyball club. Several different girls were allegedly supplied with marijuana before he engaged in sexual activity with them. Instances of sexual assault are believed to have taken place inside his vehicle, at various motels and at other undisclosed locations. The marijuana he gave the teens was possibly obtained in another state under the guise of medicinal use. 

Social advocate wins appeal for state crime charges

A Texas man who has spent the past three years standing up for victims of alleged corrupt behavior and misconduct by state police was recently arrested over an incident with his cell phone. By shining light on injustices and advocating for transparency from virtually all levels of government, community activists are often an essential part of any well-rounded area or neighborhood. Currently, all but one of his felony and state crime charges have been dropped.

In March 2013, the man was present in court while several minors were in attendance for allegedly being late or not showing up to school. At that point in time, this was a misdemeanor. The man was apparently upset by the way that the judge appeared to be scolding the teenagers, and so he pulled out his cell phone to record the incident. When the judge realized what was going on, she demanded the phone be turned over to her, and once in her possession, she retreated to her chambers for approximately two hours.

The importance of a criminal defense for traffic tickets

Receiving a citation for a traffic violation can often seem like just another part of life. For some drivers, it might even be akin to a rite of passage. However, the reality is that traffic tickets can actually have a significant impact on a person's life. In some instances, a solid criminal defense might the best approach to fight the accusations.

Traffic violations consist of much more than charges for speeding. Anything from a failure to yield to a right of way vehicle to driving recklessly can result in a traffic stop and subsequent ticket. While convention leads many people to believe that they need simply pay a fine, drivers should first consider how many points will be racked up on their driver's license. According to the point system used by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers can accrue points against their license that can ultimately lead to a suspension of driving privileges.

Texans some of hundreds arrested for health care fraud

At least 16 people in Texas were arrested following an investigation involving the FBI and multiple other agencies. Their charges involve allegations of health care fraud. The suspected cases of fraudulent health care claims include employees at least one clinic that provided rehabilitation and therapy services to children. 

Workers at the children's clinic have been accused of filing falsified claims of service to Medicaid. In addition to claiming that patients received services that may not have actually been provided, other patients might have been overbilled for the therapeutic services they received. It is unclear what authorities suspect might have happened with the alleged fraudulent payments.

Drunk driving suspected re fatal Texas accident

Following allegations of causing a fatal accident, police arrested a man upon his release from a Texas hospital. He faces allegations of intoxication manslaughter, a charge that could land him behind jail for up to 20 years if convicted. It is currently not known if the other charges he faces include any other drunk driving allegations.

Police accused the man of driving east in the westbound lanes of Interstate-10 just prior to striking another vehicle. Another vehicle was traveling west on the same roadway, and the two collided head on. Both vehicles caught fire, and it is strongly believed that the victim died immediately after impact. 

State accused of unfair misdemeanor charge against students

Some Texas students claim that they were unfairly targeted with misdemeanor charges simply for being disabled. The state has fairly strict rules for being absent without an excuse from school, also known as being truant. Many disabled students require more time out of school than their peers, although they can still face a misdemeanor charge for failing to go to school.

The Texas Education Agency and 13 different school districts were all named in a complaint filed by various nonprofit organizations on behalf of a group of disabled students. According to the complaint, many disabled students were unfairly targeted, charged as truant and then purposely pushed out of the school system. Instead, they were forced to take the GED. The GED program is not necessarily equipped to accommodate disabled students, and 1,200 disabled students failed their GED from 2010 to 2013. 

Investigator suspended following misdemeanor DWI

A Texas juvenile investigator was suspended following an arrest, although she is still receiving pay. Charged with a DWI, she has apparently not posted her bond yet. Although the local police chief noted that the woman has never had any type of criminal violation during her time on the force, a conviction could have an adverse impact on the future of her career.

Around 2 a.m., a patrolling police officer supposedly witnessed a vehicle fail to stop at a red light. When the officer turned on his flashing lights and pulled up behind the vehicle, the driver reportedly attempted to pull over but ended up striking the curb. The vehicle then went up onto the sidewalk, where it came to a rest.