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The United States has filed suit against Outreach Diagnostic Clinic and Outreach Eyecare, medical director Emelike Agomo M.D. and owner Mustapha Kibirige M.D., announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. The suit alleges the defendants knowingly charged for special eye pressure tests never performed on patients in order to receive reimbursement from Medicare.

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According to the complaint filed this week, Outreach Diagnostic and Outreach Eyecare performed standard eye pressure tests on Medicare patients during intermediate and comprehensive eye care services for which the defendants received reimbursement from Medicare. Simultaneously, these providers allegedly charged Medicare for a special eye pressure test claiming it was performed separately on the same day as the eye care services. However, the complaint alleges that Outreach Diagnostic and Outreach Eyecare never performed the special eye pressure test on Medicare patients. In fact, they did not even have the necessary equipment to perform the special eye pressure test, according to the allegations.

Kibirige allegedly started this false billing. Later, the allege he directed Agomo and his staff to continue to falsely charge Medicare for the special eye pressure tests that they knew were never performed on any Medicare patient, according to the complaint.

The original lawsuit was filed by Dr. Michael Sorensen under the qui tam, or whistleblower, provisions of the False Claims Act., which permit private parties to sue on behalf of the United States when they believe people are submitting false claims for government funds. The private plaintiffs, called “relators,” are entitled to receive a share of any recoveries in the lawsuit. The False Claims Act permits the government to recover three times its damages plus a civil penalty of $5,500 to $11,000 for each false claim.

Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Inspector General investigated and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jose “Joe” Vela Jr. is handling the case.

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The tragic death of a Splendora volunteer firefighter and his wife has prompted the community to support the couple’s two surviving children.

Brad and Shea Frazier were hit and killed by a man investigators say was driving drunk in Splendora two weeks ago. 

The couple also had their two children in the car but the girls survived. 

That’s why the community is coming together for a huge fundraiser.

It’s set for June 13 at Splendora high school at 10 am.

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The funds raise will go to the Frazier’s 7 week and 2 year old daighters.

Investigators have charged 23 year old Alejandro Guzman Lopez with intoxication manslaughter in the case. 
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To learn more about the fundraiser go to isiahfactor.com

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Update: A Harris County judge sentenced former Sharpstown High School teacher Ysidoro Rosales Motola to 10 years deferred adjudication on his indecency charge.

Motola was accused of improperly touching several male students.

The judge from alleged victims from Sharpstown as well as Westbury High.

The trial is over and now it’s up to a Harris County Judge and jury.  That group will decide how much time former HISD teacher Ysidoro Rosales-Motola will get behind bars. He pleaded guilty to an indecency with a child charge. The 56 year old worked as a teacher at Sharpstown High School when he was arrested last year.  School records also show Rosales-Motola was also accused of improper conduct at Westbury High when he was transferred to Sharpstown. Several witnesses are expected to testify against the former educator in court before his sentence is handed down.

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Update: Spoke with Dan Cordell this morning who represented Judge Sharp in this case. He says, “two words, not guilty.” So, there you have it – Jim Sharp was found not guilty of assault. The case is over!

Original report:

The Factor has learned Jim Sharp,  a former Justice of the First Texas Court of Appeals, is on trial today.

Our sources say Sharp, who served from 2009 to 2014, is on trial for assaulting a person.

Those familiar with the case say the trial is underway in Houston’s Municipal court.

According to court records Sharp is accused of grabbing the alleged victim by the face back in October 2014.

We placed a call to Sharp’s Houston based law firm for a comment but so far have not heard back.

We’re told the charge is misdemeanor assault which means if he is convicted he will likely get some sort of fine.

Stay tuned for details.

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Houston police have arrested a suspect charged in the fatal shooting of a woman found at 6215 Heatherbloom about 12:30 p.m. on Monday (June 1). 

The suspect, Chrisopher Hollie (b/m, 18) is charged with manslaughter in the 179th State District Court.  He is accused in the death of Brianna Knowles, 19, of the above address.  A photo of Hollie is attached to this news release.  

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant B. Harris and Officer W. Gilbert reported: 

HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at the above address and found Ms. Knowles deceased.  Hollie was detained at the scene.

Further investigation determined Knowles and Hollie were in a dating relationship. 

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The District Clerk’s jury operation will begin supplying all grand jurors through random selection in Harris County if Gov. Greg Abbott, as expected, signs a bill passed by state lawmakers May 31.

The bill will prohibit the current practice statewide of allowing judges to pick a key man, who in turn lines up people to serve on grand juries.

The practice came under fire after the Houston Chronicle and other media organizations reported that some grand juries have been led by current or former law enforcement personnel. In some instances, these grand juries decided whether police officers would face charges for shooting suspects.

The law likely would go into effect Sept. 1.

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District Clerk Chris Daniel said, “We will put the new law into practice when it goes into effect. The new selection process will instill more confidence in the justice system, and we welcome it for that reason.”

The law should have minimal effect on the District Clerk’s Office other than the jury wheel may be depleted a little more quickly because the DCO will be supplying jurors for grand juries, DCO Chief Deputy Kevin Mauzy said.

Under the law, the only method to empanel a grand jury will be for a judge to direct that 20 to 125 individuals be summoned as potential grand jurors. From those summoned, 16 would be selected for grand jury service (12 would be grand jurors, and four would be alternates).  The bill says the grand jurors and alternates should come from a cross section of the county.

Chief Deputy Mauzy said, “One purpose of the bill is to restore public confidence in the grand jury process by ensuring that grand juries represent a cross section of the community, something that could be lacking under the current method. Utilizing the jury wheel to select grand jurors could deplete the jury wheel at a quicker rate, causing the District Clerk’s Office to reconstitute the jury wheel sooner than it otherwise would have. But that effect would really be inconsequential.”

Some Harris County judges already were forming grand juries based on random selection. These judges have been coming to Jury Plaza to find grand jurors.

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The Houston Independent School District is recommending termination of the Hope Academy charter school contract after a recent review revealed irregularities in student records that could not be supported by documentation.

Of the 68 student records reviewed, 35 were found to have a total of 51 irregularities, including credit restorations, grade changes, course deletions, and course additions.

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As a result of the review, administrators determined that of the 21 seniors expected to graduate, only two were eligible as of May 29, 2015.

The district is now contacting all families directly to explain the situation and develop individual plans to ensure each student’s academic needs are being addressed.

Launched in August 2009, Hope Academy is an external charter school that contracts annually with HISD to provide educational services to at-risk youth in grades 9-12. The school, which has an enrollment of 136 students, is operated by Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Houston’s Third Ward.

Allegations of possible irregularities first surfaced in April, when the then-Hope superintendent reported concerns to an HISD administrator.

HISD completed its investigation on June 1. The recommendation to terminate the charter school contract for Hope Academy is scheduled to go before the HISD Board of Education on June 11.

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Letter from Sheriff’s office to me:

Isiah,

I spoke with medical personnel this morning , 7M2 is on quarantine for shingles (chicken pox) that consists of  a 21 day monitoring   .  The quarantine was in effect May 21, 2015 , and the release will be somewhere around the 9th or 10th of June.   The inmates are allowed to leave when they are ATW or bonded out.  They are also allowed to go to court with a mask , if the judge is ok with the precautions.

Their commissary privilege is also still in effect.      The cleaning of the tank is done by the inmates.  Cleaning products, mop and disinfectant are provided to each shift by HCSO personnel.

Lastly, we have the direct link on our website , for anyone with concerns to email command staff on an issue

Thanks, Gill

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Update: It appears Chad Holley was arrested Tuesday for violating 5 conditions of his 7 year probation sentence for a 2012 burglary.
Court records show the 21 year old failed to report to community supervision, did not keep employment, failed to get an offender identification card, ignored curfews, and he did not participate in an electronic monitoring program.

Documents show as a result of these violations a warrant was issued for his arrest on May 21, 2015 by Judge David Mendoza and he was arrested by the Houston Police department this afternoon.
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Original Report:

Sources tell the Factor that Chad Holley has been arrested again.  The Harris County Sheriff’s office confirms Holley was brought in on a warrant related to the burglary of a habitation.  That warrant was issued back in May. Deputy Thomas Gilliland says where the records aren’t clear just yet but his arrest could be related to a parole violation associated with a past burglary. A source close to Houston officers say no cop really wanted to pick up the 21 year old because of the controversy associated with him during his arrest five years ago.  Holley was a suspect in a burglary when Houston police officers were caught on video brutally beating the then high school student after a short foot chase. This will be Holley’s third arrest since that 2010 incident. 

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Houston Seaport seized a stolen 2011 Land Rover, May 28, set to be exported to Benin.

CBP officers seized the stolen vehicle because the exporter did not have the owner’s authorization to ship the vehicle. The vehicle was stolen from Tarrant County, Texas.

The vehicle owner alleges that he placed the Land Rover for sale and a buyer had issued a check to purchase the vehicle.  The buyer later placed a stopped payment on the check without returning the sport utility vehicle.  The owner filed a police report but was aware that the buyer may attempt to export the vehicle before it was recovered.

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The Land Rover’s owner filed a police report and then went online and filed a complaint with the CBP Info Center.  The CBP employee responding to questions, comments and complaints noticed the complaint and immediately replied asking for additional details.  The CBP Info Center employee determined the most likely port where the vehicle would be exported and alerted CBP officials in Houston.

“In this instance, the vehicle’s owner acted immediately to alert local law enforcement officials and took the initiative to alert CBP in an effort to recover his stolen property,” said CBP Port Director Dave Fluty.  “CBP officers located the stolen Land Rover while examining vehicles ready for export.”

The vehicle was discovered April 13 within two weeks of its owner contacting the CBP Info Center.  The Land Rover was set to sail the following day.

Once CBP officers located the vehicle, it was placed on hold barring it from export until the police investigation was fully able to determine the rightful owner.  Tarrant County Sherriff’s Office confirmed May 27 that the vehicle was stolen. 

CBP seized the vehicle and turned it over to Texas DPS.  The vehicle’s owner was notified May 29, that he could pick up his vehicle.

Learn more about director Michael Artis!

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“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done”. These words have never been more true to a generation full of dreamers and even more so achievers. Houston’s nationally renowned director and taste-maker Michael Artis is the manifestation of what is possible with natural talent, unshakable faith, humility, and the mentality of the ultimate hustler. Michael’s approach to forward thinking has not only helped him lay the foundation for his continuously growing empire, but has allowed him to be an integral influence in the lives of generations before and after him.

Originally from Beaumont, Texas, Michael Artis has always had a vision that surpassed his surroundings and current situations. Born September 13, 1981, Michael possessed the vital attributes of a Virgo. His keen eye, attention-to-detail, and industriousness would prove early on that success would follow anything he became involved with. The grounded upbringing and strong work ethic instilled in him by his family propelled Michael to supersede the expectations of his peers and community. His diligence and drive resulted in his high school creating and presenting him with a young entrepreneur award, the first of its kind. This recognition further fueled the flame of Michael’s ambition to become the self-made man he is today.

Entrepreneurship is not a new concept to Michael as he pioneered the nightlife scene in Southeast Texas, owning the most successful night club in the region at the age of 21. After conquering one industry, Mr. Artis set his sights on a new venture, taking interest in video and film production. He created his own media company Michael Artis Films (MAF). With no formal training, Michael taught himself the ins and outs, putting in more than the required 10,000 hours over the years; not only to perfect his craft, but to set himself apart as a stand out creative force within the entertainment industry.

Michael understands the formula to create something that is visually stimulating and complimentary to the subject matter. It takes an inventive mind to conceive just the right treatment to translate ideas from the pen and pad to the screen. Michael has mastered the art of storytelling, and has executed the most ground breaking visuals for some of the biggest names in entertainment. His vast resume includes work with Big K.R.I.T., Meek Mill, Propain, Rich Homie Quan, and Kirko Bangz. Michael’s ability to impeccably deliver one of a kind visuals are cause for hip-hop legends like Scarface, Bun-B, Paul Wall, and Slim Thug to entrust him to create videos for their major releases.

Michael Artis is more than just a director. His product and reputation have opened the door for him to build relationships with major media outlets such as MTV Jams, BET, XXL, Complex, The Source, Rap Radar, and World Star Hip Hop. Thus, making him a large influence in reviving and jump starting the careers of today’s hottest artists. In addition to his successful media company, Michael has his hands in a plethora of other businesses. The Michael Artisbrand continues to expand on a global scale with his signature clothing line, and his partnership with Deluxe Vodka where he recently traveled with the brand on a European tour.

A true visionary, Michael Artis without question has tunnel vision and a hustle that cannot be denied. He has garnered the respect of the masses while remaining humble and focused. This world is comprised of three types of people: those that dream, those that say, and those that DO. Michel Artis embodies all three as a man of action with the mind of a young mogul. As he continues to build his legacy as a premier director, business man, and philanthropist, Michel Artis will undoubtedly set the standard and inspire young visionaries for generations to come.

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Houston police have released a composite sketch and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted in two shooting incidents within a two-mile area on the southeast side of the city on April 30.

The suspect is described only as a black male in his 20s to 30s, about 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin to average build.  He was wearing eyeglasses in both cases.  A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this news release.

Gunshots were fired at two male victims, 21 and 51.  The younger victim was wounded and transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The first incident happened in the 5400 block of Scott Street about 9:50 a.m. when the victim, 21, was driving southbound on Scott Street and waiting at the light at the North MacGregor intersection.  The victim heard a “pop” and felt his arm go numb.  He looked to his left and saw an unknown black male (suspect) in a late model, black GMC or Chevrolet pickup truck.  The suspect was pointing a scoped rifle at him.  The victim pulled over and called 911.  Paramedics transported the victim to Ben Taub General Hospital for treatment.

The second incident occurred about 2:15 p.m. at 2523 Calumet as the victim, 51, was standing on the side of the road waiting for traffic to pass.  At that time, a pickup truck with the same description in the first incident stopped in front of him.  An unknown black male in the truck pointed a rifle at him.  The victim jumped and managed to avoid being struck as the suspect fired shots in his direction.  

Investigators in the Investigative First Responders Division are asking anyone with information on the identity of the suspect to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.