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Dońa Ana County workers arrested in check fraud scheme

LAS CRUCES – Four employees of the Dońa Ana County clerk and three other people have been arrested in connection with an alleged scheme to cash U.S. Treasury tax refund checks using forged signatures and notarizations obtained at the clerk’s office.

Authorities said the scheme is believed to be one piece of a criminal enterprise involving millions of dollars.

The first of two busts came Friday evening, when sheriff’s deputies arrested four people in Anthony in southern Dońa Ana County. One of the four, Maria Ceniceros, works for County Clerk Lynn Ellins.

Those arrests turned up evidence and new information that led to another bust on Monday, according to sheriff’s Detective Ken Roberts, when authorities detained three more low-level employees at the clerk’s office after they arrived to work.

Read more: http://www.abqjournal.com/592955/news/county-workers-others-charged.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 02:15 AM (0 replies)

Tax holiday OK for guns, not so for storm and school supplies says Senate committee

A Louisiana Senate Committee spared a sales tax holiday for guns and hunting equipment -- including off-road vehicles -- while supporting the elimination of similar exemptions for hurricane equipment and school supplies next year.

The Louisiana Senate Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs voted 7-2* to the Second Amendment sales tax holiday during the first weekend in September. The measure eliminates the sales tax on all hunting equipment -- including firearms, ammunition, clothing, knives, ATVs and tree stands -- during a three-day period.

At the same time, the committee signed off on doing away with similar sales tax holidays aimed at back-to-school purchases in early August and hurricane preparedness supplies next May.

"It very hard for me to justify that we provide an exemption for guns, but not for hurricane equipment," said state Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, a committee member who voted against the change.

Read more: http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/06/louisiana_sales_tax_holiday_re.html
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 02:10 AM (2 replies)

For some tea party leaders, Legislature’s brew was weak

AUSTIN — Tea party leaders had high hopes for a game-changing legislative session, fueled by last year’s election of tea party-backed state officials and lawmakers. But they were largely unrealized, with modest victories in some areas and defeat in several of their priorities on immigration and other issues.

As the House and Senate closed out their regular session Monday touting a host of accomplishments — including tax cuts and beefed-up border security — unhappiness within the ranks of key tea party groups was evident.

In the closing days of the session, the groups tried to push and prod their allies in the Legislature to deliver on campaign promises to crack down on those in the country illegally, reinforce the state’s ban on gay marriage and provide new school choice options for parents. With those bills failing, many are pledging to help staunch conservatives challenge several incumbents in next year’s Republican primaries.

“With the condition our country is in, we’re in no mood for any stalling, slow walking or backtracking from Texas leaders,” various tea party leaders wrote in a letter distributed around the Capitol in late May.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20150601-for-some-tea-party-leaders-legislatures-brew-was-weak.ece
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 01:57 AM (1 replies)

A&M Health Science Center CEO "Heartbroken" Over Exit

Texas A&M Health Science Center CEO Brett Giroir knew that a shakeup could be coming with Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young’s arrival. Before Young started, Giroir and all the other vice president-level administrators at A&M were told that Young had leeway to build his own team.

But Giroir, who made national news last year for chairing a state task force on Ebola, wasn’t expecting to be sent packing during what he presumed was a routine Monday morning meeting with Young. That changed as soon as Giroir walked in the room.

“When you walk in the door for a private meeting and you see lawyers sitting around the table, you know it is not going to be good,” he said.

It wasn’t. Giroir said he was told to resign or he’d be terminated “within 30 minutes.” That ended a prominent and at times controversial career at A&M for Giroir. He garnered praise from state and community leaders for his effort to cultivate a biotechnology industry in Bryan-College Station. But he also dealt with suspicion from some faculty, who were wary of his proposed partnerships with private companies and his perceived closeness with former Gov. Rick Perry.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/06/01/biotech-leader-brett-giroir-leaving-texas-m/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 01:06 AM (0 replies)

Billionaire Tom Benson trial resumes in New Orleans

San Antonio and New Orleans billionaire Tom Benson appeared in a New Orleans civil court Monday to continue his legal fight to maintain control of his business empire.

He is being sued by his daughter, Renee Benson, and her children, who seek control of his companies, including the NFL New Orleans Saints and the NBA New Orleans Pelicans. Renee Benson claims her father, 87, is unable to make estate decisions. They also attended the trial Monday.

The civil court trial in New Orleans is expected to last several more days.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/Benson-trial-resumes-in-New-Orleans-6300261.php

Cross-posted in the Louisiana and Texas Groups.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 12:32 AM (0 replies)

Billionaire Tom Benson trial resumes in New Orleans

San Antonio and New Orleans billionaire Tom Benson appeared in a New Orleans civil court Monday to continue his legal fight to maintain control of his business empire.

He is being sued by his daughter, Renee Benson, and her children, who seek control of his companies, including the NFL New Orleans Saints and the NBA New Orleans Pelicans. Renee Benson claims her father, 87, is unable to make estate decisions. They also attended the trial Monday.

The civil court trial in New Orleans is expected to last several more days.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/Benson-trial-resumes-in-New-Orleans-6300261.php

Cross-posted in the Texas and Sports Groups.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 12:32 AM (0 replies)

Billionaire Tom Benson trial resumes in New Orleans

San Antonio and New Orleans billionaire Tom Benson appeared in a New Orleans civil court Monday to continue his legal fight to maintain control of his business empire.

He is being sued by his daughter, Renee Benson, and her children, who seek control of his companies, including the NFL New Orleans Saints and the NBA New Orleans Pelicans. Renee Benson claims her father, 87, is unable to make estate decisions. They also attended the trial Monday.

The civil court trial in New Orleans is expected to last several more days.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/Benson-trial-resumes-in-New-Orleans-6300261.php

Cross-posted in the Louisiana and Sports Groups.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jun 2, 2015, 12:32 AM (0 replies)

'Mr. Conservative' May seeks to depose sexual harassment accuser, files petition



LUBBOCK -- A local politician seeks to depose a Texas Tech law student and her father regarding sexual harassment claims they’ve made against him.

Dr. Donald R. May is seeking to obtain testimony for a potential defamation lawsuit, according to a petition filed Monday in the 99th District Court.

A hearing on the petition is set for June 26.

“Dr. May wants to clear his name,” said Fernando Bustos, May’s attorney. “It is unfortunate he has to go to these lengths to do it.”

May writes conservative blogs on Lubbockonline.com under the title Mr. Conservative, and writes a regular debate column in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s opinion pages.

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/filed-online/2015-06-01/mr-conservative-may-seeks-depose-sexual-harassment-accuser-files-petition

The comments are delicious...
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 11:56 PM (0 replies)

Clock is ticking for possible indictment of Attorney General Ken Paxton

A lingering question in the legal troubles of Attorney General Ken Paxton is how much time remains on the three-year prosecutorial statute of limitations for his acknowledged state securities violations. Paxton has admitted in writing and paid an administrative fine for failing to register with the state before accepting commissions on client referrals he made for McKinney investment adviser Frederick “Fritz” Mowery.

The violations carry the possibility of criminal prosecution, provided an indictment is handed down before the statute of limitations expires. Attorney Ty Clevenger has dug into this question and determined that the deadline could be as soon as June 14, three years to the day that Paxton recruited his last client for Mowery without being registered as required by law.

The violation was inexcusable for Paxton, not just because he is an attorney and understands that ignorance of the law is not excuse, but also because, as a state legislator, Paxton helped pass the law that made such violations a crime.

Clevenger has posted online a 1,067-page transcript of hearings conducted by the State Securities Board into Mowery Capital Management LLC, which includes detailed questions about Paxton’s role in steering clients to Mowery. I’m amazed that Clevenger managed to stay awake all the way to page 285 of the transcript, where Mowery testifies about one particular set of clients who apparently were asked in 2014 to sign a backdated document declaring that they had been advised on June 14, 2012, that Paxton was collecting a fee for sending clients to Mowery.

Read more: http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/2015/06/clock-is-ticking-for-possible-indictment-of-attorney-general-ken-paxton.html/
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 11:16 PM (1 replies)

Follow-up: Wife of ex-Collin Street Bakery exec pleads guilty to her role in swindling $16 million

More than a year after Kay Jenkins was indicted for her role in stealing $16 million from the Collin Street Bakery in Corsicana, the 64-year-old has agreed to plead guilty to a single count of money laundering. Where once she was looking at decades behind bars, it’s likely she’ll now spent no more than three years in a federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Thirteen months ago, Kay’s husband Sandy — the bakery’s longtime corporate controller — pleaded guilty to several counts of wrongdoing, including money laundering and mail fraud. Sandy, a Dallas Baptist University graduate, remains in federal custody while awaiting sentencing in Dallas on June 24.

According to the feds and court documents filed last week, Sandy worked for the bakery from 1998 until he was fired in 2013, after the owners figured out he’d been baking the books. And during that time he never made more than $50,000 in annual salary.

Yet, somehow, the couple lived an extraordinary lavish lifestyle that included everything from a vacation home in Santa Fe to a car and jewelry collection worth millions. And, somehow, they managed to book more than 200 trips on private planes to Aspen and Santa Fe and Napa Valley. They also put $11 million worth of charges on a collection of American Express card, another $2 million on CitiBank cards, and another $1.2 million on a Neiman Marcus charge card.

Read more: http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2015/06/wife-of-ex-collin-street-bakery-exec-pleads-guilty-to-her-role-in-swindling-16-million.html/

Related threads:
Follow-up: Ex-Collin Street Bakery controller pleads guilty to embezzling $16M from historic bakery
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107818183
FBI Searches Home Of Former Collin Street Bakery Official in Corsicana; $17 million allegedly stolen
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107810697
Former Executive for Fruitcake Bakery Indicted
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107812011
Follow-up story: A tale of trust betrayed at landmark Corsicana Bakery ($17M Embezzlement Case)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/107816085
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jun 1, 2015, 11:11 PM (0 replies)
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