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Three Valley Residents Enter ‘Guilty’ Plea for Medicare Fraud

RGV (KFXV) — Three valley residents have all entered “guilty” pleas for receiving illegal kickbacks before a U.S. district judge. Today, 39-year-old Brenda De La Cruz, pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud. Two other individuals — identified as 51-year-old, Sonia Garcia and 39-year-old, Luis Manuel Garza — also entered “guilty” pleas. All three were charged earlier this month after the FBI, and the Medicaid fraud unit of the Texas Attorney General’s office investigated, and during their hearings, all three admitted to engaging in conspiracies to defraud the government. They all face a maximum of five years in a federal...

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Man Issued Life Sentence for Sexually Assaulting Teen

Edinburg (KFXV) — Last week, a judge handed a man a life sentence for sexually assaulting a teenager. A jury found 32-year-old, Lionel James Gonzalez guilty for assaulting the daughter of his sister-in-law in June of 2016. Gonzalez — who served a previous sentence in Indiana for one count of sexual misconduct of a minor, and had another dismissed — began to “manipulate” a 15-year-old that lived in the house he stayed in. After an investigation, Gonzalez later divulged that he touched the teen “above her clothing.” He turned down various plea deals, and because of his previous charges...

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Woman Enters ‘Guilty’ Plea for Lesser Charge

RGV(KFXV) — A woman who initially placed blame on her aunt, sister and grandmother in the death of her baby girl accepts a 25-year prison sentence. 22 year old, Fabiola Lopez, accepted an offer from the state to avoid a trial. Lopez agreed to plead guilty to one count of injury to a child in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence in connection to the November 2015 incident where she allegedly struck her daughter with an unknown object, causing blunt force trauma and subsequently her death. As part of her plea deal, capital murder and murder – were...

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Twitter challenges US order for anti-Trump user records

BY BARBARA ORTUTAY NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter defied a U.S. government request for records that could identify users behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump, and is challenging that order in court. The company filed its lawsuit Thursday in a San Francisco federal court against the federal Department of Homeland Security and its Customs and Border Protection office, charging that their efforts to “unmask” the people behind the account violate the First Amendment. Twitter said its users have a constitutional right to disseminate such “anonymous and pseudonymous political speech.” It declined to comment beyond the lawsuit. DHS...

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Woman Pleads ‘Guilty’ to Medicaid Fraud

McAllen (KFXV) — The owner of a medical equipment company pleads guilty of defrauding medicaid of millions of dollars. 55 year old, Anna Ramirez-Ambriz originally of McAllen, admitted that she filed false claims for medicaid reimbursement from the state department in the amount of more than 3 million dollars. This, between the years of 2007 and 2013 under a company she owned, located in edinburg. She requested higher quantities and more expensive products that were actually delivered. The federal judge has scheduled her hearing for June 13th. Ramirez-Ambriz could be facing a penalty of up to 10 years in...

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