A 31-year-old Pakistani national has been charged with multiple counts of mail and bank fraud for defrauding FedEx for shipping fees he incurred as part of his cell phone and electronics export business, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson.
The indictment alleges that Babar Butt, who resided in multiple locations in Houston and Spring, operated an electronics export business and routinely shipped items to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Butt was taken into custody this morning and is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson at 2:00 p.m. today.
The indictment alleges that from February 2015 through August 2016, Butt devised a scheme whereby he defrauded FedEx by opening various shipping accounts. He would allegedly ship one or more packages of cell phones and electronics to Dubai and elsewhere until the charges were declined and he could no longer ship on that account. According to the indictment, he would then open new accounts to continue his scheme and would again not pay his shipping invoices, causing significant losses to FedEx. He also cashed several checks drawn on a closed bank account which caused significant losses to Bank of Texas, according to the indictment.
Butt is charged with 14 counts of mail fraud and three counts of bank fraud. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison for a conviction of mail fraud. The bank fraud counts carry a maximum of 30 years imprisonment as well as a possible $1 million maximum fine. The indictment also seeks a money judgment equal to the total value of the property subject to forfeiture – estimated to be, but not limited to, approximately $287,679.
The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Heather Winter is prosecuting the case.
A Harris County Sheriff’s Office District 1 patrol deputy escaped serious injury after his patrol car was rear-ended by a DWI suspect this morning October 11, 2016, at around 1:00am.
Deputy A. Montoya was travelling in the 10700 block of South Main near the Medical center, when a black Dodge Charger driven by 31 year old Parisha Shantal Blade was approaching his patrol vehicle from behind at a high rate of speed.
Deputy Montoya attempted to change lanes to avoid her running into him, when the Charger struck his vehicle in the rear passenger side area forcing it into the center concrete wall.
Deputy Montoya exited the vehicle and tried to detain Blade; she then accelerated and drove away from the crash.
He then ran back to his vehicle , to pursue the Charger, but it sustained two blown tires in the initial crash.
The Houston Police Department was notified via dispatch, and a few moments later she was detained by officers in the 14400 block of Hiram Clark and brought back to the scene.
Deputy Montoya was transported to Sugarland Methodist Hospital for an injury to his elbow. He was later released in good condition.
Blade did not sustain any injuries and was transported to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Processing Center for driving while intoxicated and evading arrest in a motor vehicle.
KCOH TV 92.9 FM HD2 presents, The Big Payback thanksgiving parade, taking place on November 19, 2016! The parade will be located on 5011 Almeda Rd, and will be from 10am through 3pm. The event will give back to the community by providing five families in need with fully loaded turkey baskets. The parade will also give away gas cards to community members that come to the event on Saturday. The Big Payback is an effort arranged by KCOH program director and COO, Jerri P. Beasley, to bring the community of Houston together to help others this holiday season.
A great selection of local musicians will showcase their work during the parade. KCOH actively supports independent artists with immense talent who will now have a stage to perform on during The Big Payback Parade. Marcus Kemp, leader of Prayze Nation, will provide a wonderful and spirited show. The music acts range from genres touching on gospel, hip-hop, r&b, and jazz. KCOH is excited to provide for the community, and can’t wait to see you there!
The Verge: Samsung has announced it’s ending production of the Galaxy Note 7 around the world, pulling the plug on the phone after a months-long controversy over its defective, dangerous batteries. “Taking our customer’s safety as our highest priority, we have decided to halt sales and production of the Galaxy Note 7,” said Samsung in a statement. The announcement follows yesterday’s news that the company is recalling all Note 7 devices, including the supposedly safe replacement phones.
Samsung issued the worldwide recall yesterday after at at least five replacement Note 7 handsets caught fire over the past week. “Samsung will ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7,” said the company yesterday. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission commended the decision, with chairman Elliot Kaye saying: “It is the right move for Samsung to suspend the sale and exchange of all Galaxy Note 7s.”
Press Release: On October 3rd, 2016 at approximately 8:34 P.M. the Livingston Police Department received a complaint from a local Livingston Independent School District Student that a terroristic threat had been made against the school on a social media site. The individual making the threat had identified himself as “Larry Brown” on his Facebook page. The Livingston Police Department immediately opened a investigation into the threats and began working with the social media site and LISD administration to identify the subject and validity of the threat. The investigation continued into the night and at 12:57 A.M. Officers with the Livingston Police Department took a 14 year old juvenile into custody for Terroristic Threat which is a third degree felony. The Livingston Police Department considers any threats of this nature a very high priority and will aggressively pursue the investigation to insure the safety of the faculty and students of LISD.
This month, across the world, from New York to New Zealand, thousands of schools, communities, organizations, and individuals will come together to release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at raising awareness for bullying prevention. Nearly a decade old, Bullying Prevention Awareness month was initiated byPACER’s National Bullying Prevention Centerin October 2006. Since it began, the event has grown to an entire month of education and awareness activities, and is being recognized by schools and communities throughout the world. PACER recognized that students, parents, and people around the world need to become more aware of theserious consequences of bullying.
“National Bullying Prevention Month has grown more than we could have ever expected,” said Paula Goldberg, PACER’s executive director. “In less than 10 years, PACER has helped to create a bullying prevention movement with millions of individuals across the globe.”
PACER developed National Bullying Prevention Month to raise awareness and also to change the culture around bullying, which was historically considered a childhood rite of passage. “We know that bullying can lead to school avoidance, decreased self-esteem, depression, and even self-harm,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. “Bullying intervention and prevention is something in which everyone can play an important role.”
This year Bullying Prevention Awareness month features many new initiatives:
The You’re Not Alone campaign provides resources and education on ways that communities can show they care and are united together against bullying. PACER has created classroom and event toolkits to help raise awareness and provide support for those who have been bullying.
On Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 21, students, educators, families, TV personalities, and others will wear orange to make it end, hold events, and share stories, photos, and videos on social media. Thousands of people will wear the official 2015 Unity Day t-shirt and schools across the country will display the Unity Day posterand hold events.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center has created an array of innovative resources for students, educators, families, and communities, which are available on its three websites: PACER.org/bullying,PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org, andPACERKidsAgainstBullying.org. Videos, classroom toolkits, free bookmarks and posters, and other tools can be used to prevent bullying all year long.
October is a great time to help raise awareness for this important issue, but we know you’re working hard all year to do what you can to prevent bullying.