The operator of a tax preparation in Houston has entered a plea of guilty to one count of knowingly preparing a materially false claim against the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Special Agent in Charge Rick Goss of IRS-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). Adriana Lizette Luna pleaded guilty today, admitting she prepared a materially false 2011 U.S. Individual Income Tax return.

According to the written plea agreement filed in the record of the case, Luna operated an income tax preparation business known at times as Ruby’s Income Tax and Diaz Tax Service at other times. As part of the plea, Luna admitted preparing at least 23 false income tax returns for clients, including the 2011 return which the basis for her plea which claimed a false refund of approximately $11,724.

Luna admitted in the plea agreement that the intended tax loss on the 23 false tax returns she prepared was more than $235,000 and that she split roughly one-half of the false tax refunds with her clients. As part of the plea, she has agreed to pay restitution to the United States in the amount of $116,000.

U.S. District Judge Sim Lake, who accepted the plea, has set sentencing for Dec. 10, 2015. At that time, Luna faces up to five years and a possible $250,000 fine.

IRS-CI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles J. Escher is prosecuting the case.

The Humane Society of the United States investigated flea markets across the county and found in 10 different states and at 21 different flea markets and found that puppies sold at flea markets in fact do come from puppy mills.

“No, there’s no requirements, just bring ’em in and sell ’em.”

“The ones that are thrown out, they’re out there shooting them.”

These are actual statements said by flea market managers or vendors to an HSUS undercover investigator — and they’re talking about puppies.

For more than a year, our investigator traveled the United States to look into claims that inhumane, commercial dog breeders known as puppy mills sell at flea markets.

Many of the puppy dealers present themselves as small hobby breeders. When our cameras visited the sellers’ properties, we found a far different reality. With virtually no regulation, these dogs suffer in the mills, and then are dragged to open-air markets even in extreme temperatures.

Millions of animals are waiting in shelters for a home, yet puppy mills churn out an endless supply of puppies. Please tell the National Flea Market Association to urge flea markets to adopt humane policies and stop selling puppies.

More than 40 businesses, hospitals and advocacy organizations have joined the Houston Health Department to kick off the Houston Boots Smoking campaign and raise awareness about the smoking cessation resources available to help Houstonians kick the cigarette habit. The week-long event begins on Monday, September 21, with a news conference at the Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Village’s Community Center at 1600 Allen Parkway at 9:30 a.m. Faith Foreman, Ph.D., assistant director at the Houston Health Department, will be the keynote speaker for the event. Houstonians can keep up with the all of the week’s activities by following the hashtag #HoustonBootsSmoking.

“With more than 40 organizations and businesses participating in this effort, we have a real opportunity to ensure the 13 percent of adult smokers in our great city kick the habit,” said Dr. Foreman. “Quitting smoking is one of the most powerful changes a person can make for their health, but it’s not easy. Together we can make a clear, measurable difference — not just for ourselves and our generation, but for the generations that come after us.”

The Houston Housing Authority is hosting the event at the Historic Oaks of Allen Parkway Village Community Center where organizers are celebrating the second anniversary of the Houston Housing Authority going smoke-free this month. In addition to Foreman, there will be speakers at the news conference from the American Lung Association and the Houston Housing Department, two of the other organizations working together to help people quit smoking.

The American Lung Association has developed the Quitters Circle app which provides shareable resources and a support network for smokers who are trying to quit. The app includes: a customizable quit plan with goals and milestones; a quit fund tool to ask for support to help cover any costs of quitting and to celebrate the small wins along the way; a feed for sharing stickers and notifications; and tips, tools and articles on helpful information for staying smoke-free.

Another great statewide resource is the Texas Quitline. Available through a toll-free line or Web-based program to all Texans, the Texas Quitline provides tailored counseling sessions focused on long-term success, access to self-help booklets and advice about support programs in communities throughout the state.

“It is estimated there will be almost 2,000 new cases of lung and bronchus cancer in Harris County this year,” said Sandra Curphey Borne, executive director, American Lung Association. “The campaign will be showcasing so many of the fantastic smoking cessation resources that our city offers and we are excited be able to share our new app with Houstonians who are looking for additional resources to quit smoking.”

The campaign is hosting a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, September 23, at 10 a.m. Participants in this conversation will be representatives from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Memorial Hermann, and MD Anderson. To join the conversation, use the Twitter Chat hashtag #HoustonBootsSmoking.

“As the largest city in Texas with the largest medical center in the world, we have a responsibility to set an example not only in our state, but throughout the United States and beyond when it comes to raising awareness about the health risks associated with tobacco use,” said Dan Wolterman, president and CEO, Memorial Hermann. “We’re known for our amazing art and culture, international cuisine and Texas flair, but what if we could be known for being the city that puts an end to smoking? Together we believe it is achievable.”

Houston Boots Smoking partners include: American Lung Association in Texas, Houston Health Department, MD Anderson Center, Memorial Hermann, Go Healthy Houston,, State of Texas Kidney Foundation, Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, Texas Renal Coalition, Texas Heart Institute, Texas Health Institute, Sisters Network Inc., Texas AHEC East, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Dia de la Mujer Latina, Renaissance Physician Organization, Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, Pfizer, North Cypress Medical Center, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Houston Business Coalition on Health, Leadership Women, One Voice Texas, Harris Health System, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Houston Area Community Services, Houston Housing Authority, Houston Methodist, Harris County Public Library, City of Houston-Discover Health with the Wellness Connection, Harris County Academy of Family Physicians, United Healthcare, Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practices, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, Texas Department of State Health Services, Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas, Urban Harvest, HOPE Clinic, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, Vets Kick Butts, CHI St. Luke’s Health, Clinton Foundation, & Harris County Medical Society.

The Black Heritage Society and Houston’s Junior Achievers are demanding assistance to the approx., 180 families, that’s over 500 individuals who have just learned that the entire apartment complex is officially shutdown. The Press Conference in front of Crestmont Village Apartment Complex 5638 Selensky Street immediately.

The Black Heritage Society and Junior Achievers believe more could be done to force “Slum Lords”, to be held accountable criminally and humanitarily. These Families are economically poor families and are only being given three days (3 days ) to move all of their worldly possessions, when many don’t have adequate employment and income nor appropriate transportation in order to accoumplish the task at hand.

“These people deserve a clean safe place to live with consistently working electricity, clean running water and properly flowing sewage. This has not be the case for quite some time here at Crestmont Village Apartments”. – (Sandra Massie Hines founder of Junior Achievers and Vice Chair of The Black Heritage Society).

“I believe that the City of Houston and Harris County should conduct a thorough investigation into behavior of the owners and management namely Denise Vatnin, Abe Vatnin and Teresa Gutierrez, in the meantime these people need assistance regarding their current and very personal plights.”- (Barry Thompson Senior Advisor of the Black Heritage Society).

“We call on the Mayor and City Council of Houston to do all that’s possible in addressing and fixing this humanitarian crisis, now, for these 180 Families. In addition, please remember that like all families, Black Families do matter, there for these families matter too”. – (Ovide Duncantell Founder of the Black Heritage Society).

Multiple interviews will be available upon request prior to and following the event.
For more information regarding the event or interviews please contact Barry Thompson at 832.894.3542. Or email: or Twitter @HtownMLKStatue
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This fantastic event is scheduled for Saturday, September 19th from 7:30 to midnight at Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058.

In attendance will be community leaders and elected officials from the community.

We are also honoring several community leaders including Congress Woman District 18, Sheila Jackson Lee, State Representative, Sylvester Turner, Pastor Keion Henderson of Light House Church, Faye Clinton and Kathy West.

We are expecting approximately 100 guest from the community, local businesses, partners, sponsors, schools, and churches.

Launch Point CDC is non-profit 501c3 tax deductible organization, providing information, education and resources to develop and advance the betterment of youth, adults and communities, since 1993. The organization offers skill building project-based training and programs for youth, job training, job placement and social services for adults. Over the last 10 years we have reach over 7000 adults and 20,000 youth and were nominated as one of President Obama’s Whitehouse Champions of Change organizations in 2013. Launch Point’s mission is to bridge the gaps in services for those who are marginalized, overlooked and under-served in the Houston, Harris County areas.


Today, State Representative Ron Reynolds (D-Fort Bend County Texas, District 27) announced his intention to run for another term. Elected in 2010 as the first African American State Representative in Fort Bend County since Reconstruction, Reynolds has made a lasting positive impact on the constituents of District 27.  

“My commitment to the people of District 27 continues to be unwavering and I plan to carry on effectively representing their causes and concerns with dedication and fervor,” Representative Reynolds said. “I am seeking another term because there remains much work to be done and I will apply my resources and resourcefulness to get the job done.”

Reynolds is committed to serving the residents in Fort Bend County by advocating for high quality education, criminal justice reforms, public safety, affordable healthcare, and economic empowerment in the community. He continues to fight for small, minority and women-owned businesses to have fair access to state contracts through the HUB program.


Tomorrow, Civil Rights Organization to Put Up Billboard in Waller County Condemning Lack of Charges Following Death of Sandra Bland

ColorOfChange Billboard Asks DA Mathis: “What’s the Hold-Up?”

Tomorrow the billboard will go up only a 6 minute walk from Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis’ office.

Rashad Robinson, executive director of ColorOfChange issued the following statement:

“The fact that not one person has been fired or prosecuted following the tragic death of Sandra Bland is unconscionable. DA Mathis had no problem jailing and charging protester Black protestor and former Judge DeWayne Charleston a few weeks ago, yet it’s taken him nearly two months to “look into” Sandra’s death. This is not an investigation, it’s a cover-up. And we’ve seen this time and time again with local prosecutors who work too closely with police to hold them accountable.”


“On top of facing unimaginable grief, DA Mathis’ failure to do his job has forced Sandra’s family to do it for him. An independent investigation, fighting day in and day out for justice, that’s what a prosecutor is supposed to do for victims. But all too often Black families are forced to spend their own resources fighting for equal justice under the law. It’s a travesty.”

 “The billboard aims to hold DA Mathis’ feet to fire at a time when he is doing everything possible to slip under the radar. While the news cameras may have left Waller, local residents and more than 500,000 ColorOfChange members and their allies across the country are still here, demanding justice. It’s time for Attorney General Lynch to stop standing on the sidelines and take definitive action to investigate Sandra’s death and the ongoing corruption in Waller County. Without her leadership it’s likely DA Mathis will succeed at denying Sandra’s family the justice they deserve.”


Jermall Charlo, a native of Houston, arrived on the scene as a top junior middleweight today on NBC demolishing defending IBF titleholder Cornelius “K9” Bundrage with four knockdowns in less than three rounds to win his first world title and stay undefeated.

Charlo (22-0, 17 KO) put Bundrage down in the opening round with a counter right hand over an attempted jab to the body from Bundrage, and in the second round on a stiff jab that caught Bundrage coming in. Both of those were flash knockdowns, but gave Charlo a pair of 10-8 rounds to open, putting the defending titlist in a major hole right out of the gate.

Jermall Charlo, a native of Houston, arrived on the scene as a top junior middleweight today on NBC demolishing defending IBF titleholder Cornelius “K9” Bundrage with four knockdowns in less than three rounds to win his first world title and stay undefeated.

Charlo (22-0, 17 KO) put Bundrage down in the opening round with a counter right hand over an attempted jab to the body from Bundrage, and in the second round on a stiff jab that caught Bundrage coming in. Both of those were flash knockdowns, but gave Charlo a pair of 10-8 rounds to open, putting the defending titlist in a major hole right out of the gate.


Houston rapper Slim Thug was surrounded by friends and family as he celebrated his birthday in Houston.

The private event was attended by everyone from politicians to Slim’s personal fitness trainer at The De Gaulle on Washington Avenue.

Some of the people at the event were:

State Representative Sylvester Turner, Bun B, City Controller Ronald Green, City Councilman Jerry Davis, Queenie Freeman, music video director Michael Artis, Rico Boss Life, Milton Harris, and many more!

The event was sponsored by Remy Martin.











Congratulations to my Fox 26 news coworker Katie McCall.

The reporter/anchor has announced she is getting engaged.

Her fiancé is Houston attorney David Noll.

She says she’s still working on a date for the wedding.

The Factor will keep you updated!