Three Defendants Guilty of Tax Fraud Charges

HOUSTON – With the guilty plea of Tarmera Rene Wyckoff aka Toni Wyckoff today, three people have now been convicted in relation to a tax fraud scheme involving more than $2 million, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Wyckoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, conspiracy to make false claims to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and making a false claim to the IRS. Two others – Cheryl Reed Johnson aka Shawnee Reed or Cheryl Reed and Carey Jermaine Johnson aka Jermaine Johnson had previously entered pleas to the same charges.

The scheme for which they each now stand convicted involved the electronic submission of federal tax returns in the names of numerous individuals, each of which falsely claimed tax credits and resulted in a refund. The defendants directed most of those refunds into their bank accounts or those of their co-conspirators.

They claimed more than $2.26 million in false first time home buyer credits on the 2008 returns filed with the IRS which resulted in more than $2.3 million in fraudulent refunds. The United States is seeking restitution of at least $1.7 million for refunds distributed on these false claims.

Carey Johnson will be sentenced in December 2014, while Cheryl Johnson and Wyckoff are set for the following month. At their respective hearings, they each face up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail or wire fraud, a maximum of 10 years for conspiracy to make false claims to the IRS and another possible five years for making a false claim to obtain a tax refund. All convictions also carry a possible $250,000 fine.

This investigation was conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Annis is prosecuting.

 

Drive Thru Safety Clinic to be Held in Houston Thursday

For Immediate Release: Oct. 21, 2014 WHO: Harris County Sheriff’s Office, AAA Texas, Safe Kids Greater Houston, and Texas Department of Transportation. Additional support provided by: Texas Department of Transportation, Houston TranStar, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Houston METRO, SAFEClear Program, Deerbrook Mall and the Houston Car Dealers Association.

WHAT: Demonstration of car care inspection and car seat check-up the public can expect to receive at the Thurs., Oct. 23 event at Deerbrook Mall. Interviews with Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, AAA Texas Auto Technician Steve van Winkle, and SafeKids Greater Houston Kristin Beckworth also available.

A phone bank will precede the drive-thru clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and the public will be able to call in with their car maintenance and car seat safety questions before attending the event. English and Spanish techs will be answering callers’ questions. The public number to call for English is: (713) 866-7021 and for Spanish: (713) 866-7032.

WHY: Several community organizations are working together to hold a free drive-thru community Car Safety Clinic to equip community members with information about the importance of regular car care and basic maintenance to extend the life of their vehicles. The drive-thru Car Safety Clinic is set for Thursday, Oct. 23, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHEN: Wed., Oct. 22, 2014 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. WHERE (Media Only): TxDOT Houston Headquarters 7600 Washington Houston, Texas 77007 • Roof of parking garage for demos and interviews • Inside bldg. for B-roll of phone bank VISUAL: B-roll of the phone bank taking place, on site interviews with experts Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Motorist Assistance Program (MAP) Sgt. Jeff McGowen; AAA Texas Approved Auto Repair Service Specialist, Steve van Winkle; and Safe Kids Greater Houston member, Kristen Beckworth. B-roll of auto technicians and car seat technicians performing demos of car care visual inspections and car seat check-ups.

For full details, view this message on the web.

Grand Parkway Traffic Alert

Grand Parkway Traffic Alert

Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders wants to help you plan your travel. Upcoming major lane closures for the Grand Parkway Segments F-1, F-2 and G are listed below. Drive Safe!

SEGMENT F-1 (US 290 to SH-249)

US 290 EB total closure from Roberts Road to Mason Road 8 pm Wednesday, October 22 to 6 am Thursday, October 23.

US 290 WB total closure from Mueschke Road to Bauer Road 8 pm Wednesday, October 22 to 6 am Thursday, October 23.

SEGMENT F-2 (SH-249 to I-45 N)

Boudreaux EB and WB total closure from SH-249 to Old Boudreaux Rd. nightly 8 pm to 6 am Monday, October 20 to Wednesday, October 23.

Boudreaux East NB and SB total closure from FM 2920 to Pinewood Place from 8 pm Friday, October 24 to 6 am Monday, November 3.

Hufsmith-Kohrville NB and SB total closure from Fountain Bend Drive to Boudreaux Road nightly 8 pm to 6 am Thursday, October 23 to Saturday, October 25.

SH-249 NB total closure from Boudreaux Road to Old Boudreaux nightly 8 pm to 6 am Wednesday, October 29 to Friday, October 31.

SEGMENT G (I-45 N to US 59/I-69)

 

Hardy Toll Road NB total closure from FM 1960 to Riley Fuzzel nightly 10 pm to 5 am Friday, November 7 to Monday, November 10.

 

Hardy Toll Road SB total closure from I-45 to Riley Fuzzel nightly 8 pm to 5 am Friday, November 7 to Monday, November 10.

 

I-45 NB total closure from FM 2920 to Crossgate Blvd. 8 pm Thursday, October 23 to 6 am Friday, October 24.

 

I-45 NB total closure from FM 2920 to Crossgate Blvd. nightly 8 pm to 6 am Monday, October 27 to Saturday, November 1.

 

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF LANE CLOSURES PLEASE VISIT GRANDPARKWAY99.com ALL LANE CLOSURES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

 

FBI RELEASES PHOTOS OF ARMORED CAR ROBBERS

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The armed men kidnapped the driver and took the van, but got little cash

 The FBI is releasing photographs of two armed men who kidnapped an armed Loomis guard on Monday and stole the armored car that the guard was driving.  Despite their efforts, Loomis security measures activated during the robbery prevented the men from gaining access to the vehicle’s vault.  The robbers were only able to get away with money the guard was carrying in her hand at the time of the robbery.  The armed robbers remain at large and the FBI needs your help identifying them.  Photos of the two men are attached to the end of this press release. 

 

At about 7:40a.m., the armed men approached the guard after conducting business near the intersection of Reed and Cullen Road in Houston, Texas.  The armed robbers forced the guard inside the armored car, and took off down the street.  Security measures activated prevented the robbers from gaining access to the vehicle’s vault.  They quickly released the guard, abandoned the vehicle, and they were last seen getting into a light green metallic colored sedan.  The armed robbers got away with some cash, but only the cash the guard was carrying at the time of the robbery.  The guard was not physically hurt during the robbery.  

 

One of the robbers is described as a heavyset Black male with a goatee.  He wore a red “hoodie” during the robbery.  The other robber is described as a Black male with a medium build and a goatee.  He wore a gray “hoodie” and carried a two-tone pistol during the robbery.      

 

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000.00 for information leading to the charging and arrest of these armed robbers.  If you have information about this case, please call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 713-222-TIPS (8477), or the Houston office of the FBI at 713-693-5000.

 

Huntsville ISD Board of Trustees to Meet Wednesday Night

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HUNTSVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OCTOBER 22, 2014

6:30 PM

 

Notice is hereby given that a public meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Huntsville Independent School District will be held Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Hawkins Administration Building, 441 FM 2821 East, Huntsville, Texas 77320.

 

 

. The subjects to be discussed or considered, or upon which formal action may be taken, are as follovvs: :

 

  1. CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                                             ‘ ,
    1. Announcement by the President as to the presence of a quorum551.002 et. seq. of the Texas Government Code.
    2. 8. Certification that public notice of the meeting was given in accordance with the provision of Section
  2. ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
    1. Discussion with TASB consultant regarding superintendent search process
    2. Il l. CLOSED SESSION: Closed session will be held for the purposes permitted in Section 551.074 et. seq. of the Texas Government Code.
    1. Personnel (551.074): for the purpose of considering the appointment , employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee or hear complaints or charges against a public officer or employee.
      1. Discuss applicants for superintendent position
      1. RECONVENE FROM CLOSED SESSION
        1. Announcement by the President that the Board had concluded its closed session discussions as permitted by Texas Government Code, Section 551 .074 et. seq. of the Texas Government Code
      2. ACTION ITEM
      3.  Approve the number of applicants to be interviewed
      4. VI. ADJOURNMENT

If, during the course of the meeting covered by this Notice, the Board should determine that a closed or executive session of the Board should be held or is required to be held in relation to any item included in this Notice, then such closed or executive session as authorized by Section 551.001 et. seq. of the Texas Government Code (“The Open Meetings Act”) will be held by the Board at the date, hour or place given in this Notice or as soon after the commencement of the meeting covered by this Notice as the Board may conveniently meet in such closed or executive session concerning any and all subjects and for any and all purposes permitted by Sections 551.071-

551.084 and 39.030, inclusive, of the Open Meetings Act.

 

Should any final action, final decision, or final vote be required in the opinion of the Board with regard to any matter considered in such closed or executive session, then such final action, final decision, or finalvote shall be at either:

  1. the open meeting covered by this Notice upon the reconvening of this public meeting, or
  2. at a subsequent public meeting of the Board upon Notice thereof, as the Board shall

The items listed in this Notice may be considered in any order at the discretion of the Board or the Board President.

 

 

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U.S. Chamber to Host Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair for Veterans and Military Spouses in Houston Wednesday

 
 
HOUSTON, TX—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, along with lead sponsors Aon Corporation and Call of Duty Endowment (CODE), will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Houston,” a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses. More than 40 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America’s biggest employers to dozens of small companies from the region. The event will also include a free Hiring Our Heroes employment workshop sponsored by Aon Corporation. The workshop will focus on resume writing, interview skills, and job search techniques for all military members and their spouses. Since Hiring Our Heroes began in March 2011, more than 1,500 companies have hired 24,000 veterans and military spouses as a result of more than 800 hiring fairs. In March 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Capital One launched Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. Thus far, more than 1,400 businesses of all sizes have pledged to hire 460,000 heroes toward this goal. To date, 275,000 hires have been confirmed toward this goal.

AVAILABLE TO PRESS: Julie Russell, Great Lakes Regional Associate, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
WHAT: Hiring Our Heroes – Houston
WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Ellington Field Joint Base

10949 Aerospace Avenue

Houston, TX 77034

RSVP: Interested job seekers should pre-register online at www.hiringourheroes.org. Veterans must provide proof of service.

Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. To register, media should e-mail Kim Morton at kmorton@uschamber.com or call 202-463-5725.

This hiring event is also being supported by the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission, the Texas Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), the U. S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Goodwill Industries International, The American Legion, and other local partners. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.

HiringOurHeroes.org            @hiringourheroes           FreeEnterprise.com

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U-S Chamber to Host Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair in Houston Wednesday

 
 
HOUSTON, TX—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, along with lead sponsors Aon Corporation and Call of Duty Endowment (CODE), will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Houston,” a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses. More than 40 employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America’s biggest employers to dozens of small companies from the region. The event will also include a free Hiring Our Heroes employment workshop sponsored by Aon Corporation. The workshop will focus on resume writing, interview skills, and job search techniques for all military members and their spouses. Since Hiring Our Heroes began in March 2011, more than 1,500 companies have hired 24,000 veterans and military spouses as a result of more than 800 hiring fairs. In March 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Capital One launched Hiring 500,000 Heroes, a national campaign to engage the business community in committing to hire half a million veterans and military spouses by the end of 2014. Thus far, more than 1,400 businesses of all sizes have pledged to hire 460,000 heroes toward this goal. To date, 275,000 hires have been confirmed toward this goal.

AVAILABLE TO PRESS: Julie Russell, Great Lakes Regional Associate, Hiring Our Heroes, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
WHAT: Hiring Our Heroes – Houston
WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CDT
WHERE: Ellington Field Joint Base10949 Aerospace AvenueHouston, TX 77034
RSVP: Interested job seekers should pre-register online at www.hiringourheroes.org. Veterans must provide proof of service.Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. To register, media should e-mail Kim Morton at kmorton@uschamber.com or call 202-463-5725.
This hiring event is also being supported by the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Veterans Commission, the Texas Committee of the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), the U. S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service (DOL VETS), the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Goodwill Industries International, The American Legion, and other local partners. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment.HiringOurHeroes.org            @hiringourheroes           FreeEnterprise.com###