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Former Cop Sentenced to Prison for Stealing Drugs from Dealers

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HOUSTON -- A former Harris County Sheriff's deputy was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for stealing drug loads from dealers and splitting the proceeds with others, according to federal authorities.

Richard Bryan Nutt, 45, has more than 20 years in law enforcement and military service, federal officials stated.

Nutt pleaded guilty in February 2011.

On December 15, 2010, then Deputy Nutt met with his co-conspirators and learned that a vehicle containing narcotics or narcotics proceeds would be driving through Houston, federal officials stated.

They agreed to stop the vehicle, a Chrysler Aspen SUV, with the assistance of Deputy Nutt. He was to conduct a traffic stop of the SUV, which was reportedly to be driven by a drug dealer from Mexico, and pretend to arrest the driver then release him while the co-defendants took the vehicle containing the drugs, state federal prosecutors.

The conspirators would then split the money from the sale of the drugs.

Later that day, federal authorities stated that Nutt, in full uniform and driving a silver pickup equipped with red and blue emergency lights, spotted and followed the Chrysler Aspen SUV as it drove into a parking lot of a Houston area shopping center.

Once parked, the SUV driver, actually an undercover HPD officer, abandoned the SUV. A package thought to contain cocaine was then transferred from the SUV to a blue Nissan Altima, according to federal officials.

Officials stated that Nutt entered the vehicle as it drove off the lot, and it was soon stopped by HPD officers. The package, which actually contained fake cocaine, was found and removed from under the passenger seat where Nutt sat.

Nutt and his co-defendants were arrested by law enforcement officers and subsequently charged federally.

Others involved in the scheme have all pleaded guilty and also been sentenced to prison.

The investigation was conducted by the Internal Affairs and Narcotics Divisions of the Houston Police Department with the assistance of the FBI.

 

 

Texas Chiropractor In Scheme That Cost Auto Insurance Companies $1.2 In False Claims

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HOUSTON--A Bryan chiropractor pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to defraud various automobile insurance companies of more than $3 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Chase Lindsey, 34, who is the co-owner of Lindsey Chiropractic Care located in Bryan, Texas, admitted that during two years he allowed fraudulent claims to be created under his name for treatments that were never performed and were used for fraudulent settlement demand letters sent to auto insurance companies.

The insurance companies paid at least $1.2 million in false claims during 2007-2009.

In some instances, federal officials stated that Lindsey either never evaluated the patient or did so after the patient had already begun receiving treatments. The treatments, if done, were done by unlicensed, untrained, and unqualified individuals whom Lindsey never supervised, federal authorities maintain.

Lindsey will be sentenced in April and is facing up to 30 years in prison and up to a $1 million fine.

Remaining defendants in this case are set for trial in April.

Texas Mexican Mafia Members and Associates Indicted for Drug and Other Criminal Charges

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HOUSTON - Twenty-five alleged members or associates of the Texas Mexican Mafia, a violent prison gang, were indicted for trafficking in heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine along with being charged with firearms violations and distributing explosive materials, federal authorities announced Thursday.

Among those charged included Michael Mares, 50, a police who knowingly provided firearms to a convicted felon on two occasions, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The four-year investigation resulted in a sealed indictment on Oct. 4, which was unsealed following the execution of arrest warrants early Thursday
The Court Reporter
Raul Hernandez has spent years writing stories about the drama that unfolds in the courtroom. Here he answers common questions, share some insights on the judicial system and passes along some of the little things that make the Ventura County courts an interesting place to be. You can contact him at rhernandez@vcstar.com.