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Overview

TWC administers unemployment benefits to workers who become unemployed through no fault of their own and are actively seeking work. Prevention, detection and elimination of fraud, waste and abuse of the unemployment insurance program are top priorities, ensuring that funds are available exclusively to those who meet the eligibility requirements. We regularly cross match benefit claims with employer wage reports and other databases to detect possible fraud. When fraud is detected, we work with local and federal agencies and district attorney offices to prosecute those who try to cheat the system.

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2015

State Prosecutions

Bell County

  • On 12/7/15, Lisa B. Hart, 54, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 186th District Court on the charge of State Jail Felony Theft.  Hart was ordered to make restitution as to be determined, to pay a $1,000 fine and $304 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 5/4/15, Joyce F. Hawkins, 55, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 27th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Hawkins was ordered to make $7,133 restitution, to perform 200 hours community service and to pay court costs of $251.

Bexar County

  • On 12/7/15, Lisa B. Hart, 54, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 186th District Court on the charge of State Jail Felony Theft.  Hart was ordered to make restitution as to be determined, to pay a $1,000 fine and $304 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.

Brazoria County

  • On 3/6/15, Allen L. Turner, 39, was convicted by the 300th District Court of State Jail Felony Aggregate Theft and sentenced to 10 months confinement in state jail.  Additionally, Turner was ordered to pay $224 court costs.
  • On 3/9/15, Kimberly H. Griffin, 39, received 4 years deferred adjudication probation from the 300th District Court on the charge of State Jail Felony Aggregate Theft and was ordered to make $5,721 restitution, and to pay a $500 fine, $285 attorney fees, and $224 court costs.

Dallas County

  • On 1/8/15, Martin R. Quarshie, 62, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 5 on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Quarshie made full restitution of $4,332 before sentencing and was ordered to pay court costs of $234.
  • On 2/6/15, Yamessie S. Dorsey, 34, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 265th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Dorsey was ordered to make $8,993 restitution, pay court costs of $236 and to perform 120 hours of community service.
  • On 3/17/15, Jose A. Hinojosa, 32, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 7 on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Hinojosa was ordered to make $6,050 restitution, pay a fine of $500 and court costs of $252, and to perform 80 hours of community service.
  • On 5/5/15, Marlo R. Sneed’s deferred adjudication probation was revoked by the 282nd District Court for violating the terms of probation and she was sentenced to 30 days in county jail. By way of memory, on 5/23/08, Sneed, 39, received 4 years deferred adjudication probation on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception and was ordered to make $4,054 restitution, to pay a $1,000 fine and $198 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 5/6/15, Tonya L. Sylmond, 38, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 7 on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Sylmond was ordered to make $10,800 restitution, to perform 120 hours community service, and to pay $240 court costs.
  • On 7/2/15, Cathy M. Ifeji, 52, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 363rd District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Ifeji was ordered to make $15,700 restitution, to pay $219 court costs and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 7/7/15, Marcus L. Mills, 39, was convicted by the 283rd District Court of State Jail Felony Theft and sentenced to 12 months confinement in county jail.  Additionally, Mills was ordered to make $3,512 restitution and to pay $249 court costs.
  • On 7/27/15, Lakeyia Jones, 31, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 194th District Court on the charge of Third Degree Felony Theft. Jones was ordered to pay $23,016 restitution, to pay a $2,000 fine and $244 court costs, and to perform 160 hours community service.
  • On 8/6/15, Paul K. Robinson, 55, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 6 on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Robinson was ordered to make $6,248 restitution, to pay $244 court costs, and to make a $250 donation to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry fund in lieu of community service.
  • On 8/21/15, Lewis E. Ware, 65, was convicted by the 262nd District Court of state jail felony Theft and sentenced to 120 days in County Jail.
  • On 9/22/15, Tracy Mitchell, 42, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 2 on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Mitchell made full restitution of $7,732 before sentencing and was ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and $267 court costs, and to perform 80 hours community service.
  • On 10/23/15, Stephanie R. Wilson, 32, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 282nd District Court on the charge of State Jail Felony Theft.  Wilson was ordered to make $3,512 restitution and to pay $299 court costs. 
  • On 11/19/15, Charles Getate, 62, made full restitution owed of $5,000 and received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 7 on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft.  Getate was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $267 court costs.
  • On 12/11/15, Carla Tome, 33, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 282nd District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft.  Tome made $2,000 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to make $6,034 additional restitution, to pay a $1,000 fine, and to perform 80 hours community service.

Fort Bend County

  • On 3/25/15, Mark E. Richardson’s deferred adjudication probation was revoked for violating the terms of probation, his guilt was adjudicated, and he was sentenced to 330 days in county jail. By way of memory, on 5/10/13, Richardson, 44, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 434th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft.  Richardson was ordered to make $4,900 restitution, to pay $311 court costs, and to perform 50 hours community service.

Galveston County

  • On 11/10/15, Michael C. Boris, 46, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 405th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Boris was ordered to make $3,654 restitution, to perform 80 hours community service, and to pay $246 court costs.

Grayson County

  • On 6/11/15, Richard J. Burr, 45, received 4 years deferred adjudication probation from the 15th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Burr was ordered to make $4,994 restitution (he paid $1,500 before sentencing), to pay a $500 fine and $226 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.

Gregg County

  • On 2/19/15, Delbra L. Buchanan, 57, was convicted by the 124th District Court of Class A misdemeanor theft and sentenced to 10 days in county jail.

Harris County

  • On 1/22/15, Bridgette Henry, 42, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 338th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Henry made $3,482 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to make the remaining $10,160 restitution. Henry was also ordered to pay $212 court costs, attend an anti-Theft class, and perform 200 hours community service.
  • On 1/27/15, Robert G. Espinoza, Jr., 62, was convicted by the 248th District Court of Third Degree Felony Theft and sentenced to 10 years regular probation.  Espinoza was ordered to make $25,110 restitution and to perform 100 hours community service.
  • On 1/29/15, Wayne D. Gonzales, 43, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 182nd District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Gonzales made $600 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to make the remaining $5,010 restitution.  Gonzales was also ordered to pay $212 court costs, attend an anti-theft class, and perform 100 hours community service.
  • On 2/18/15, Lajuanna R. Scott, 49, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 177th District Court on the charge of Class A Misdemeanor Theft.  Scott was ordered to make $2,160 restitution, to pay $160 court costs, and to perform 50 hours community service.
  • On 3/6/15, Lakita Warren, 39, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 230th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Warren was ordered to make $3,560 restitution, pay $265 court costs, and perform 80 hours community service.
  • On 4/8/15, Maricela Burgos, 43, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 262nd District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor attempted Theft.  Burgos made $6,160 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to perform 50 hours community service and to pay $162 court costs.
  • On 4/20/15, Trashanna T. Davis, 27, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 182nd District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Davis was ordered to make $6,691 restitution, to perform 200 hours community service, and to pay $212 court costs.
  • On 5/22/13, Tavier Turner’s 3 year deferred adjudication probation was revoked and he was sentenced to serve 13 months in state jail.  By way of memory, on 6/11/10, Turner, 30, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 230th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Turner was ordered to make $4,241 restitution and to pay a $300 fine.
  • On 6/23/15, Glenn Jolivette, 49, received 8 years deferred adjudication probation from the 174th District Court on the charge of Third Degree Felony Theft.  Jolivette was ordered to make $22,718 restitution, to pay $212 in court costs, and to perform 240 hours community service.  Jolivette was also ordered to complete and anti-shoplifting/anti-theft program no later than 2/23/16.
  • On 7/7/15, Christene Sullivan, 31, received 9 months deferred adjudication probation from the 248th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Sullivan made $3,535 restitution before sentencing.
  • On 9/3/15, Christine Kinuthia, 32, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 182nd District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Kinuthia made full restitution of $6,727 before sentencing and was ordered to pay $162 court costs and to perform 24 hours community service.
  • On 9/8/15, Lorenza E. Edwards, 38, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 351st District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Edwards made $1,000 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to make an additional $7,096 in restitution.
  • On 11/5/15, Benito Martinez, 47, made full restitution owed of $5,112 and received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 183rd District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft.  Martinez was ordered to take an anti-Theft class.
  • On 11/13/15, Pedro Padron, 49, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 203rd District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Padron was ordered to make $15,852 restitution and to perform 180 hours community service.

Kaufman County

  • On 5/20/15, Otis L. Ford, 60, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 86th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Tampering with Governmental Record With Intent to Defraud. Ford was ordered to make $15,538 restitution, to perform 60 hours community service, and to pay $284 court costs.

Liberty County

  • On 2/2/15, Carla A. White, 48, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 75th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. White was ordered to make $3,513 restitution, to pay a $1,000 fine and $450 attorney fees, and to perform 80 hours community service.

Montgomery County

  • On 2/4/15, Elizabeth L. Smith, 50, received 4 years deferred adjudication probation from the 221st District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Smith was ordered to make $4,752 restitution, to pay a $1,000 fine and $400 attorney fees, and to perform 120 hours community service. Additionally, Smith was ordered to pay $85 for the pre-sentence investigation report and $50 to Crime Stoppers.
  • On 4/22/15, Brenda L. Schneider, 32, was convicted by the 359th District Court of State Jail Felony Theft and sentenced to 9 months confinement in state jail. 
  • On 10/20/15, Juan B. Calvo, 33, was convicted by the 359th District Court of State Jail Felony Aggregate Theft and sentenced to 15 months confinement in state jail.  Calvo was ordered to pay $1,260 attorney fees and $349 court costs.

Nacogdoches County

  • On 8/27/15, Lisa L. Miller, 47, received 10 years deferred adjudication probation from the 420th District Court on the charge of 3rd Degree Felony Theft. Miller was ordered to make $30,838 restitution.

Nueces County

  • On 10/28/15, Michael C. Chapa, 53, received 4 years deferred adjudication probation from the 319th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Chapa was ordered to make $7,942 restitution.

San Jacinto County

  • On 10/15/15, Conrad A. Kortz III, 45, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 258th District Court on the charge of Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Kortz was ordered to make $8,736 restitution, and to pay a $250 fine, $339 court costs, and a $200 transfer fee for the case to be transferred to Colorado.

Smith County

  • On 10/22/15, Joseph L. McGill, 37, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 114th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. McGill was ordered to make $3,320 restitution and to pay $279 court costs.

Travis County

  • On 1/16/15, Daysha Howell, 35, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 331st District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Howell was ordered to make $3,591 restitution and to perform 100 hours community service.
  • On 3/18/15, Keith R. Wade, 45, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 299th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.
  • On 4/8/15, Derek H. Miller, 50, was convicted by the 299th District Court of Class A misdemeanor attempted state jail felony theft, and sentenced to 2 years regular probation. Miller made $1,400 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to make an additional $11,794 (Total Restitution Ordered = $13,194). Miller agreed to extend his probation for an additional 3 years, if necessary, in order to make the total restitution ordered.
  • On 7/2/15, Peter Abatte, 44, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 331st District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Abatte was ordered to make $7,207 restitution and to pay $353 court costs.
  • On 8/10/15, Lonnie M. Davis, 38, received 10 years deferred adjudication probation from the 147th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Davis was ordered to make $12,927 restitution, to pay a $200 fine, and to perform 50 hours community service.
  • On 10/27/15, Nancy Beam, 49, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 390th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Beam made full restitution of $10,200 before sentencing and was ordered to perform 40 hours community service.

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2014

Federal Prosecutions

  • On 5/5/2014, U.S. Postal employee Lee Grant, 60, pleaded guilty before the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division, to one felony count of 18 U.S.C. § 1920 – False Statement or Fraud to Obtain Federal Employees’ Compensation.  The Texas Workforce Commission worked with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General to investigate and bring the crime to light.  On 10/9/14, Judge Marcia Crone sentenced Grant to 4 years probation and ordered him to make $22,164 restitution. 

State Prosecutions

Bexar County

  • On 11/19/13, Robert C. Taylor, 61, was convicted by the 399th District Court of state jail felony Theft and sentenced to 5 years regular probation.  Taylor was ordered to make $3,906 restitution, to pay a $1,500 fine, and to perform 200 hours community service.
  • On 10/31/14, Ralph Perez, 29, was convicted by the 187th District Court of Class A Misdemeanor Securing Execution of Document by Deception and sentenced to six months confinement in county jail. Perez was ordered to make $3,036 restitution and to pay a $2,000 fine.
  • On 10/30/14, James A. Simmons, 50, was convicted by the 186th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft and sentenced to 2 years regular probation.  Simmons was ordered to make $5,040 restitution and to perform 60 hours community service.
  • On 6/18/14, Henry Martinez, 46, received 4 years deferred adjudication probation from the 226th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Martinez was ordered to make $16,230 restitution and to pay $249 court costs.
  • On 4/9/14, Laura L. Limon, 30, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 144th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception.  Limon was ordered to make $17,856 restitution and to pay court costs of $319.

Brazoria County

  • On 12/1/14, Timothy A, Smith, 43, was convicted by the 412th District Court of third degree felony Theft and sentenced to 4 years incarceration in state prison (TDCJ Institutional Division).

Cameron County

  • On 10/15/14, Rosita Roa, 38, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 357th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Roa was ordered to make $3,783 restitution.

Dallas County

  • On 12/23/14, Lawanda M. Nnaji, 48, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 195th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception.  Nnaji was ordered to make $6,888 restitution, to pay a $1,500 fine and $223 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 11/14/14, Betty J Lyons, 65, was convicted by the 292nd District Court of state jail felony Theft and sentenced to 1 day incarceration in County Jail.
  • On 7/11/14, Teresa L. Van Winkle, 48, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 265th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Van Winkle was ordered to make $512 restitution and to pay a $500 fine and $211 court costs.
  • On 6/26/14, Juan R. Smith, 45, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 4 on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Smith was ordered to make $12,499 restitution, to pay $244 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 6/6/14, Michael P. Beachum, 45, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 282nd District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception.  Beachum made $5,600 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay $236 court costs and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 5/22/14, Rose H. McCain, 52, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 5 on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  McCain was ordered to make $9,440 restitution, to perform 120 hours community service, and to pay $240 court costs.
  • On 5/13/14, Antonio D. Henderson, 43, was convicted by the 292nd District Court of state jail felony Theft and sentenced to 1 year incarceration in a state jail.
  • On 3/6/2014, former Texas Workforce Commission employee Sharonda L. Freeman, age 40, pleaded guilty to State Jail Felony Theft before the 292nd District Court.  Freeman was sentenced to 2 years incarceration in a State Jail, which was suspended, and she was placed on regular probation for 5 years.  However, Freeman was ordered to serve 3 days incarceration in the Dallas County Jail before beginning probation.  As a condition of probation, Freeman was ordered to make $9,325 restitution and to pay a $1,500 fine. 
  • On 1/22/14, Sharon L. Young, 41, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 1 on the charge of 3rd Degree Felony Theft.  Young was ordered to make $20,363 restitution, to pay a $2,000 fine and $240 court costs, and to perform 160 hours community service.
  • On 1/14/14, Shelia Y. Poe, 56, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 194th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception.  Poe was ordered to make $4,704 restitution, to pay a $500 fine and $236 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.

Dawson County

  • Probation Revocation:  On 7/23/14, the 106th District Court revoked the probation of Billy J. Samora and sentenced him to 15 months state jail time.  By way of memory, on 12/3/06, Samora, age 34, was convicted of state jail felony Tampering With Governmental Record and was sentenced to 5 years regular probation.  Samora was ordered to make $6,716 restitution, to pay a $2,000 fine and $248 court costs, and to perform 400 hours community service.

Fannin County

  • Probation Revocation:  On 12-05-13, the 336th District Court revoked the deferred adjudication probation of Angel N. Brown (Crossland) for violation of the terms and conditions of probation, found her guilty, sentenced her to serve 2 years in a State Jail, and ordered her to present herself to the district clerk’s office once out of jail to make arrangements to pay any remaining restitution, fines, court costs.  By way of memory, on 3/13/08, Brown/Crossland received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 336th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception.  Brown/Crossland was ordered to make $7,304 restitution and to pay $283 court costs.

Galveston County

  • On 5/27/14, Ken O. Burch Sr., 51, was convicted by the 10th District Court of Class A misdemeanor Theft and sentenced to 4 months incarceration in the county jail.  Burch made $10,559 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay $313 court costs.

Harris County

  • On 12/18/14, Quantara D. Williams, 29, received 10 years deferred adjudication probation, from the 232nd District Court on the charge of Third Degree Felony Theft.  Williams made $3,000 restitution before sentencing, and was ordered to make the $18,881 balance of restitution owed, to pay $212 court costs, to perform 100 hours community service, and to attend an anti-Theft class.
  • On 12/4/14, Pablo Garza, 40 received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 147th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Garza made $2,900 restitution before sentencing, and was ordered to make the $10,434 balance of restitution owed, to pay $212 court costs, and to perform 200 hours community service.
  • On 10/9/14, Brenda C. Davis, 46, received 4 years deferred adjudication probation from the 177th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Davis made $1,000 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to make an additional $6,000 restitution, to pay a $1,000 fine, and to perform 140 hours community service.
  • On 8/12/14, Elgin Amboree, 31, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 174th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft.  Amboree made $3,725 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and to attend an anti-theft class.
  • On 7/1/14, Jamerson T. Lewis, 28, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 338th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft.  Lewis made $10,723 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $210 in court costs, and to attend an antitheft class.
  • On 5/21/14, Leonard E. Polk, AKA Derrick White, 41, was convicted by the 351st District Court of third degree felony Theft and sentenced to 3 years incarceration in state prison (TDCJ Institutional Division).
  • On 5/13/14, Monica A. Moser, 35, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 177th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Moser made $3,000 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to make $14,308 additional restitution.
  • On 4/17/14, Karen L. Wheat, 46, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 208th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Wheat was ordered to make $14,708 restitution, to pay a $500 fine and $212 court costs, and to perform 160 hours community service.
  • On 3/28/14, Deroderick T. Fikes, 39, was convicted by the 184th District Court of Class A misdemeanor Theft and sentenced to 1 day incarceration in the county jail.  Fikes made $2,456 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay a $500 fine.
  • On 3/3/14, Krysten Sear, 39, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation, from the 263rd District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Sear made $7,244 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay a $500 fine, to perform 80 hours community service, and to attend an anti-Theft class.

Hidalgo County

  • On 8/27/14, Angela Reyes, 38, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 430th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Reyes made $6,640 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $313 court costs.
  • Probation Revocation:  On 10/11/12, the deferred adjudication probation of Raul Rodriguez was revoked.  Rodriguez was found guilty and sentenced to serve 25 days in the county jail.  By way of memory, on 5/26/06, Rodriquez, 50, was sentenced to 1 year deferred adjudication probation by the 398th District Court for Class A misdemeanor Theft.  The defendant was ordered to make $3,000.00 restitution.

Jefferson County

  • On 10/3/14, Lisa McDaniel, 55, was convicted by the Criminal District Court of State Jail Felony Theft and placed on 5 yrs. regular probation.  McDaniel was ordered to make $11,590 restitution, to pay $316 court costs, and to perform 400 hours community service.

Kaufman County

  • Probation Revocation:  On 4/9/14, the deferred adjudication probation of Tina M. Ortiz was revoked.  Ortiz was found guilty and sentenced to 8 months incarceration in a state jail.  The revoking judge ordered that restitution of $15,551 be withdrawn from the Inmate’s Trust Account in jail.  By way of memory, on 9/5/07, Ortiz, 44, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 86th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception.  Ortiz was ordered to make $15,551 restitution, to pay $310 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.

Moore County

  • On 11/3/14, Dennis W. Ostrander, 44, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 69th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Ostrander was ordered to make $11,046 restitution, to pay $370 in court costs, and to perform 200 hours community service.

Travis County

  • On 12/19/14, Chancellor Wade, 40, received 7 years deferred adjudication probation from the 390th District Court on the charge of Third Degree Felony Theft.  Wade was ordered to make $27,363 restitution and to perform 120 hours community service. 
  • On 11/22/13, Terence Henderson, 48, was convicted by the 427th District Court of Class A misdemeanor Securing Execution of Document by Deception and sentenced to 2 days incarceration in the county jail.  Henderson made $6,375 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay $267 court costs.
  • On 12/19/14, Chancellor Wade, 40, received 7 years deferred adjudication On 11/6/14, Lasharn A. Hansley, 39, received 6 months deferred adjudication probation from the 331st District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft.  Hansley made $4,101 restitution before sentencing.
  • On 11/3/14, Soraia McElveen, was released from community supervision after making full court ordered restitution of $4,425.  By way of memory, McElveen, a federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from Travis County Court No. 3 on the charge of Class B misdemeanor Fraudulently Obtaining Unemployment Insurance Benefits.  The court ordered McElveen to make $4,425 restitution and to pay $65 court costs.
  • On 9/26/14, Ricardo Lechuga, 51, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 403rd District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Securing Execution of Document by Deception.  Lechuga was ordered to pay a $500 fine and to perform 80 hours community service. 
  • On 6/3/14, Reginald L. Davis, 40, was convicted by the 390th District Court of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception and sentenced to 110 days incarceration in the county jail.
  • On 5/27/14, Joe E. Williams, 57, was convicted by the 331st District Court of Class A misdemeanor attempted Securing Execution of Document by Deception and sentenced to 90 days incarceration in the county jail.
  • On 4/7/14, Andrew B. Caraway, 49, pleaded guilty before the 390th District Court to Class C Misdemeanor Theft and was ordered to pay a $300 fine and $267 court costs. Caraway made $10,450 restitution before sentencing. 

Waxahachie County

  • On 6/24/14, Shanna L. Lemley, 40, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 40th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception.  Lemley was ordered to make $8,300 restitution, to pay a $2,000 fine and $279 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.

Willacy County

  • On 2/6/14, Orlando Perez, 36, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 197th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Perez was ordered to make $12,435 restitution, to pay $261 court costs, and to perform 125 hours community service.

Williamson County

  • On 8/23/13, Rodney Penn, 48, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from County Court No. 2 on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft.  Penn was ordered to make $5,586 restitution and to perform 80 hours community service.

Wood County

On 7/6/12, John S. Bedford, 41, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 402nd District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft.  Bedford was ordered to make $3,850 restitution, to pay a $500 fine and $272 court costs, and to perform 160 hours community service.

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2013

Federal Prosecutions

  • On 4/24/13, former U.S. Postal Service employee Courtney A. Kyles was convicted of Theft of Government Property (18 U.S.C. § 641) by the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division (Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cureton) and ordered to make $6,012 restitution. A joint investigation by the Texas Workforce Commission’s Office of Special Investigations, the U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Inspector General and the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General revealed that Kyles filed false information with the TWC to obtain Unemployment Insurance benefits.
  • On 1/8/13 and 1/9/13, the following individuals were sentenced upon conviction for Mail Fraud Conspiracy (18 U.S.C. § 1349) by the United States District Court, Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division (Judge Xavier Rodriguez). A joint investigation by the Texas Workforce Commission’s Office of Special Investigations and the U.S. Dept. of Labor Office of Inspector General revealed that the following individuals colluded with TWC employee Sylvia Ann Hawkins AKA Sylvia Saenz to file false information with the TWC to obtain Unemployment Insurance benefits. They were sentenced as follows:

State Prosecutions

Bee County

  • On 7/16/13, Martin J. Garcia, 48, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 156th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Garcia was ordered to make $7,560 restitution, to pay a $1,000 fine and $676 court costs, and to perform 40 hours community service.

Bell County

  • On 4/18/13, Kevin A. Christian, 52, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 27th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Christian was ordered to make $8,573 restitution, to pay $242 court costs, and to perform 320 hours community service.

Bexar County

  • On 9/23/13, Sergio I. Rios Hernandez, 36, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 226th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Hernandez was ordered to make $15,169 restitution, and to pay a $1,500 fine and $310 court costs.
  • On 7/15/13, Kyle Powles, 38, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 175th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Powles was ordered to make $7,688 restitution, to pay a $1,000 fine and $314 court costs, and to perform 100 hours community service.
  • On 5/3/13, Jessica L. Johnson, 33, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 144th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Johnson was ordered to make $12,304 restitution and to pay $344 court costs.
  • On 4/8/13, Charles E. Snell, 46, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 437th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Snell was ordered to make $19,514 restitution and to pay a $1,500 fine and $302 court costs.

Dallas County

  • On 10/31/13, Roger Pippens Jr., 47, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 283rd District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Pippens was ordered to make $8,620 restitution, to pay $244 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 8/21/13, Bobby Glen Thomas Jr., 32, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 6 on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Thomas was ordered to make $14,928 restitution.
  • On 7/19/13, Robert Section, 54, was convicted by Criminal District Court No. 6 of Class A misdemeanor Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Section was ordered to serve 90 days in the county jail and to pay $248 court costs.
  • On 7/3/13, Kimberly R. Smith, 43, was convicted by the 283rd District Court of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Smith made full restitution of $7,430 before sentencing.
  • On 6/26/13, Tonya L. Williams, 37, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 6 on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Williams was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $240 court costs, and to make a $200 donation to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in lieu of community service.
  • On 5/14/13, Jill Horvath, 46, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 1 on the charge of third degree felony Theft. Horvath was ordered to make $23,777 restitution, to pay a $1,500 fine and $244 court costs, and to perform 160 hours community service.
  • On 4/17/13, Penney Moore, 39, received 6 months deferred adjudication probation from the 203rd District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Moore was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $230 court costs.
  • On 4/4/13, Tonia L. Foreman, 42, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 265th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Foreman was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $259 court costs.
  • On 4/2/13, Nadia A. Allen, 34, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 293rd District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Allen was ordered to make $14,556 restitution, to pay a $1,500 fine and $240 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 1/15/13, Yvette L. Richmond, 53, received 4 years deferred adjudication probation from Criminal District Court No. 5 on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Richmond was ordered to make $11,172 restitution, to pay $240 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.

Fort Bend County

  • On 9/16/13, Robert J. Lucas, 31, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 434th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Lucas was ordered to make $15,059 restitution, to pay $269 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 5/10/13, Mark E. Richardson, 44, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 434th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Richardson was ordered to make $4,900 restitution, to pay $311 court costs, and to perform 50 hours community service.

Harris County

  • On 12/2/13, Laquanza R. Bryant, 36, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 263rd District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Bryant made $3,700 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to make $11,359 remaining restitution, to pay a $500 fine, to perform 150 hours community service, and to complete an anti-theft class.
  • On 11/7/13, Earsel Halcomb, 42, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 180th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Halcomb was ordered to make $9,591 restitution, to pay a $200 fine, to perform 180 hours community service, and to complete an anti-theft class.
  • On 10/2/13, Jacinta Prince, 43, received 6 months deferred adjudication probation from the 179th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Prince made $4,550 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay a $200 fine and $212 court costs, and to perform 80 hours community service.
  • On 9/25/13, Lalita Dixon, 38, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 351st District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Dixon made $500 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to make the remaining $14,116 restitution, to pay a $500 fine, to perform 160 hours community service, and to take an anti-theft class.
  • On 7/22/13, Stephen Joseph, 31, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 230th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Theft. Joseph made $11,633 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay a $500 fine and $204 court costs, and to perform 80 hours community service.
  • On 7/8/13, Linda D. Krisman, 59, was convicted by the 351st District Court of state jail felony Theft and sentenced to serve 6 months in jail.
  • On 7/2/13, Jeremy D. Russell, 30, received 3 years deferred adjudication probation from the 174th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Russell was ordered to make $8,151 restitution, to pay a $500 fine and $279 court costs, and to perform 150 hours community service.
  • On 6/7/13, Byron A. Johns, 35, received 10 years deferred adjudication probation from the 177th District Court on the charge of third degree felony Theft. Johns was ordered to make $20,330 restitution, to pay $207 court costs, and to perform 180 hours community service.
  • On 6/4/13, Trottie McQueen, 29, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 351st District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. McQueen was ordered to make $11,328 restitution, to pay a $200 fine and $207 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 4/29/13, Kipling Assenheimer, 46, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 351st District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Assenheimer made $13,000 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to make $3,787 additional restitution, to pay a $100 fine and $155 court costs, and to perform 80 hours community service.
  • On 4/22/13, Fobang N. Achimbi, 33, received 4 years deferred adjudication probation from the 185th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Achimbi was ordered to make $15,170 restitution, to pay a $200 fine and $207 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 3/26/13, Michael Brown, 40, was convicted by the 185th District Court of third degree felony Theft and sentenced to 5 years in prison. Collection of the $22,101 fraudulent overpayment will be pursued via the statutory assessment process.
  • On 2/25/13, Marvin A. Campos, 35, was convicted by the 262nd District Court of Class A misdemeanor Theft and sentenced to 1 day in Harris County jail. Campos made $11,020 restitution before sentencing, and was ordered to pay a $300 fine and $267 court costs.
  • On 1/31/13, Anna L. Dukes, 40, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 230th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Dukes was ordered to make $13,277 restitution, to pay $207 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.
  • On 1/9/13, Delores Van, 48, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 167th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Van was ordered to make $13,087 restitution, to pay a $300 fine and $207 court costs, and to perform 120 hours community service.

Jefferson County

  • On 9/16/13, Christopher E. Kittling, 40, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 252nd District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Kittling was ordered to make $13,277 restitution and to perform 400 hours community service.
  • On 7/15/13, Eric F. Thames, 48, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the Criminal District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Thames was ordered to make $20,157 restitution, to pay a $100 fine, and to perform 600 hours community service.
  • On 6/10/13, Curtis J. Richard, 45, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the Criminal District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Richard was ordered to make $13,491 restitution, to pay a $100 fine, and to perform 400 hours community service.
  • On 2/6/13, Tommy L. Harrison, 63, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the Criminal District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Harrison was ordered to make $8,874 restitution, to pay a $500 fine, and to perform 400 hours community service.

Johnson County

  • On 8/12/13, Thomas D. Bevly, 54, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 249th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Theft. Bevly was ordered to make $11,656 restitution and to pay $271 court costs.

Rockwall County

  • On 4/18/13, Leslie D. Holloway, 48, was convicted by the 382nd District Court of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception and sentenced to 5 years regular probation. Holloway was ordered to make $9,865 restitution, and to pay a $500 fine and $318 court costs.

San Augustine County

  • On 3/27/13, Shirley Dennis, 41, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation, from the 1st District Court on the charge of third degree felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Dennis was ordered to make $24,011 restitution, as well as to serve 30 days in the San Augustine Co. Jail at the Judge’s discretion and to pay a $100 fine and $308 court costs.

Travis County

  • On 9/30/13, Samantha E. Nelson, 42, was convicted by the 167th District Court of Class A misdemeanor Theft and sentenced to serve 2 days in the Travis County jail. Nelson made full restitution of $5,985 before sentencing and was ordered to pay $267 court costs.
  • On 9/19/13, Daniel Flores, 45, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 403rd District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Flores made $5,615 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay a $200 fine and to perform 80 hours community service.
  • On 4/17/13, Nicholson Scott III, 37, received 1 year deferred adjudication probation from the 167th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Scott made $3,746 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to pay $271 court costs and to perform 80 hours community service.
  • On 4/1/13, Eidde C. Fuentes, 33, was convicted by the 299th District Court of Class A misdemeanor Securing Execution of Document by Deception and sentenced to 2 years regular probation. Fuentes was ordered to perform 200 hours community service.
  • On 3/19/13, Arturo Casso, 39, received 2 years deferred adjudication probation from the 147th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Casso was ordered to make $1,084 restitution, to pay a $300 fine and to perform 60 hours community service.
  • On 1/29/13, Chad Lyons, 38, received 6 months deferred adjudication probation from the 390th District Court on the charge of Class A misdemeanor Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Lyons made $4,302 restitution before sentencing and was ordered to perform 10 hours community service.
  • On 1/16/13, Johnny R. Foster, 46, received 5 years deferred adjudication probation from the 167th District Court on the charge of state jail felony Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Foster was ordered to make $4,410 restitution, to pay a $500 fine, and to perform 200 hours community service.
  • On 1/15/13, Troy E. Gunther, 44, was convicted by the 390th District Court of Class A misdemeanor Attempted Securing Execution of Document by Deception. Gunther made $4,600 restitution before sentencing and was sentenced to 1 day in the Travis County jail, and ordered to pay a $400 fine and $262 court costs.

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