Guilty

Shannon Tecoko Mays

After five years of running from justice, this week a Dallas tax preparer pleaded guilty to his role in heading a tax scam that netted more than $6 million by stealing the identity of elderly and disabled victims nationwide.

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Brian David Haney, 37-year-old partial owner of Vidor Family Pharmacy, pleaded guilty in Austin on Dec. 14 to federal bribery and tax charges in connection with a health care fraud scheme.

Appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane, Haney pleaded guilty to a two-count Information charging him with willful offer and payment of illegal remuneration in relation to a federal health care program and one count of making and filing a false income tax return.

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Ryan Clayton and Lee Austin Senegal

After pleading guilty to robbery, Ryan Clayton, 34, of Beaumont was sentenced to 12 years in prison Oct. 17 in the 252nd Judicial District Court.

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Thomas Anthony Guerriero's mugshot (inset) and happier times

In the summer and fall of 2014, “international financier” Thomas Anthony Guerriero, along with Diana P. Lovera and Victor Lovera, brought a blitz of media bravado to Southeast Texas as he announced his role as the owner of Beaumont’s new indoor soccer league, Oxford City Football Texas, operating out of Jefferson County’s Ford Park.

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Patricia Adams Lambert and her husband enter the federal courthouse in Beaumont

Admitted embezzler and former Beaumont Independent School District assistant superintendent Patricia Adams Collins Lambert could lose more than just her freedom when she answers to the federal government regarding the hundreds of thousands of dollars she is accused of stealing from the students of the school district that paid her in excess of $100,000 annually for her services.

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Jose Esquivel

Jose Esquivel, 24, of Port Arthur, was able to elude police after his initial capture in July 2015, escaping from a handcuff while already inside a patrol car, but justice finally caught up with him in Judge John Stevens' Criminal District Court on Monday, Feb.

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Jose Esquivel

Jose Esquivel, 24, of Port Arthur, was able to elude police after his initial capture in July 2015, escaping from a handcuff while already inside a patrol car, but justice finally caught up with him in Judge John Stevens' Criminal District Court on Monday, Feb.

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David Carl Smith and attorney

A man originally charged with murder for the 2012 death of Vidor resident Amber Nicole Guillory and later extradited from the Netherlands pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter in Judge John Stevens Criminal District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 12. David Carl Smith, 42, was sentenced to 10 years in prison relative to a plea agreement made with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

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Patricia Adams Lambert and her husband enter the federal courthouse in Beaumont.

From “absolutely not guilty” to a complete about-face less than a year later, former Beaumont Independent School District assistant superintendent Patricia Adams Collins Lambert finally fessed up to lying, cheating and stealing as outlined in this newspaper for years when she stood before a federal judg

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Patricia Adams Lambert and her husband enter the federal courthouse in Beaumont.

UPDATE: Former BISD administrator pleads guilty to theft, conspiracy

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