Texas Digest: Former lawyer’s sentence is six years, $3 million fine


SAN ANTONIO

Ex-lawyer gets 6 years for fraud

An ex-lawyer in San Antonio who faked court documents and forged the signatures of judges must serve six years in federal prison and repay nearly $3 million to his victims.

Todd Prins was sentenced Tuesday in San Antonio. Prosecutors say the 52-year-old Prins, who surrendered his law license amid the investigation, pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud.

The scam started in 2013 and ran through 2016.

Authorities say Prins forged court rulings, faked signatures from judges and used emails and text messages to deceive clients and get money from them.

Prins acknowledged defrauding several victims, including falsely telling clients that they won court judgments. In one case a client provided about $2.4 million for a trust account, but Prins moved the money to a bank account he controlled.

NORTH TEXAS

Feds: Airport workers in meth operation

Federal authorities say 10 people who worked at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport used commercial flights to distribute methamphetamine that was flown to Arizona, New Jersey and elsewhere.

Prosecutors announced Tuesday that the 10 were arrested a day earlier and each was indicted on a count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Authorities say that beginning in 2016 they used their positions to bypass security and place the meth on flights. They are accused of having 145 pounds of the drug transported to domestic destinations.

At least one defendant had said he would transport firearms on commercial flights but it’s not clear whether that actually was done.

The bulk of the meth was sent to Newark, N.J., and other shipments were flown to Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C.

SOUTH TEXAS

Doctor faces fraud charges

A South Texas doctor has been charged in a $240 million health care fraud and international money laundering scheme.

An indictment unsealed Monday accuses Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada of falsely diagnosing patients with degenerative diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. It also alleges that the 61-year-old physician and his co-conspirators administered chemotherapy and other toxic medications to patients.

John Cronan, assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department’s Criminal Division, alleged that Zamora-Quezada orchestrated the fraud scheme and put the health of children and elderly and disabled patients in jeopardy.

The indictment says the excessive medical procedures were used to fund Zamora-Quezada’s lavish lifestyle, including a million-dollar private jet and a Maserati, both emblazoned with his initials.

Zamora-Quezada didn’t respond Tuesday to a telephone message from The Associated Press.



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