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AG Ken Paxton to be tried in criminal court in May

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, 54, will be tried in criminal court on state securities fraud charges on May 1, 2017.

The schedule for Paxton’s trial coincides with the busiest month in Texas’ political season. May is the last month when state legislators can pass or kill bills, and it is shortly before politicians announce they will be campaigning for the next election season. Paxton is facing charges of two counts of felony securities fraud and one count of failing to register with the state as an investment adviser, charges that carry a potential prison sentence of 99 years and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

Paxton’s legal team is optimistic that they will win this case. Lawyer Dan Cogdell said, “I’m delighted to get this thing to trial and I’m confident that the right verdict’s going to happen and the general will be acquitted. We can’t wait to get to trial.”

The effects of a criminal conviction can leave serious marks on your reputation, personal, and professional life. It is essential to acquire the legal representation of our attorneys at Ian Inglis Attorney at Law if you have the misfortune of being accused of a crime in Austin or another area in Texas. Call our offices today at (512) 472-1950 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

Ken Paxton optimistic about his securities fraud trial in criminal court

A Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge, Judge Amos Mazzant III, dismissed the civil securities fraud case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday, October 7. The decision means Paxton must brace for the outcome of the similar case he is facing in criminal court, wherein the burden of proof for the prosecution is heavier.

A Collin County grand jury indicted Paxton last summer with two counts of securities fraud and one count of failing to register with the Texas State Securities Board. The charges come after Paxton allegedly neglected to tell investors of Servergy Inc. that he gets a commission when they invest in the firm. He also neglected to register with the state regulatory board when he was acting as an investor while at the same time serving as a state legislator from that county.

Ian Inglis Attorney at Law provides legal services for clients in Austin and other areas in Texas. He handles criminal defense cases including fraud and other white collar crimes. Call our offices today at (512) 472-1950 to learn more about your legal options.

Investor files lawsuit against ‘RHOA’ husband Peter Thomas for fraud

An Atlanta-based investor named Taylor Thomas filed a $150,000 lawsuit against Real Housewives of Atlanta star Peter Thomas in North Carolina for allegedly defrauding him in a business deal.

Taylor said the lawsuit concerns Thomas’ new club, Club One. Apparently, Thomas persuaded him to invest a huge sum into the business, promising the place would get a lot of publicity on Thomas’ new spin-off series, Bravos’ What’s Peter Doing Now.

According to Taylor, he was led to believe that there was no need to market the club because the supposed reality TV show should take care of that. However, no television show seems to have materialized. Taylor said Thomas contacted him multiple times regarding the investment, promising him a 15% return on his $150,000 investment. This fraud charge is not the first for Thomas regarding his business. In 2014, he was sued for $100,000 when he allegedly broke the lease on another one of his Atlanta nightclubs, Bar One.

A conviction for any kind of criminal offense – including fraud and forgery – has the potential to ruin your life. At Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, we can help you fight for your freedom, your reputation, your life. Call our Austin offices today at (512) 472-1950 to discuss your case and legal options.

Law firm ‘case runner’ scamming clients pleads guilty

Forty-seven-year-old Elpidio “Pete” Gongora, Jr., a case runner for a law firm in San Antonio, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection to several charges on Thursday, July 28. His crimes include mail fraud, tax evasion, and bankruptcy fraud in connection to stealing over $1.6 million that was meant to be given as settlements for lawyers’ clients.

The FBI said that Gongora used the money he stole to buy a $550,000 house on the far West Side, an $850,000 house in the Dominion subdivision, and a $600,000 house on the Texas coast. Gongora also allegedly purchased a $118,000 Ferrari, a $185,000 Lamborghini, a $28,000 Mercedes-Benz, as well as an $85,000 boat and trailer. He registered these assets in another name. He was also reported to have spent more than $28,650 on tickets to see the San Antonio Spurs play.

At Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, we understand the serious consequences a criminal conviction can have on someone’s life. We are here to help you fight charges such as theft, fraud, and white collar crimes. Call our Austin offices today at (512) 472-1950 to learn more about your legal options.

Texas AG Ken Paxton loses appeal in criminal case

Special prosecutor Brian Wice stated on Wednesday, June 1 the Dallas, Texas-based Fifth Court of Appeals allowed the case against Texas Attorney General Warren Kenneth “Ken” Paxton, Jr. to move forward as it upheld the charges of fraud against him.

Paxton was indicted in 2015 based on charges of allegedly defrauding investors regarding a technology startup company.

The Republican-dominated Texas Criminal Court of Appeals dismissed criminal charges against former Texas Governor James Richard “Rick” Perry earlier this year. Paxton will have one more opportunity to have these charges dropped if he files for an appeal at this highest court level. His legal counsel, Bill Mateja, stated they are currently considering this option. 

The consequences following a conviction of a criminal offense in Austin or other areas in Texas can be distressing, often drastically altering one’s life. It is important to have a strong and aggressive defense when going to court in order to fight your charges. If you are seeking legal help, please contact our legal team at Ian Inglis Attorney at Law by calling our offices today at (512) 472-1950.

Texas Attorney General files motion to dismiss fraud charges

The legal counsel of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion last Thursday, June 9 to dismiss the federal securities fraud charges against him in federal court.

In April 2016, Paxton was accused by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of misleading investors in a startup technology company via a civil complaint, following Texas criminal charges lodged against him by a Collin County grand jury. In a statement, Paxton emphasized that he did not commit any wrongdoing, saying, “I did not violate the federal securities laws, and I intend to defend myself vigorously against these allegations.”

A criminal record can have a permanent stain on someone’s life and all of the aspects surrounding it. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Austin or another area of Texas, employ the legal services of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law to ensure that you have a strong legal defense and have a better chance of getting your case dismissed. Call our offices today at (512) 472-1950 to discuss your situation.

Former San Antonio defense attorney sentenced to 10 years

Hilda Valadez, a former defense attorney in San Antonio, Texas, was sentenced on Monday, April 21 to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000 for forging the signatures of District Judges Sid Harle, Angus McGinty, and Sharon MacRae on attorney fee payment forms.

Bexar County assistant criminal district attorney Patrick Ballantyne said Judge Stephen Ables, who ruled on Valadez’s case, might be open to what is known as “shock probation”, in which a convicted individual spends the first part of their sentence in jail, but serves the rest of the sentence out of jail on probation.

Trey Banack, another Bexar County assistant criminal district attorney and white-collar crime division chief, said Valadez’s crimes were exposed when a suspicious clerk verified the authenticity of a judge’s signature on her form.

Individuals charged with forgery and other non-violent crimes can still face significant threats to their rights and their future. As such, if you have been charged with forgery or a similar crime in Austin, contact attorney Ian Inglis by calling (512) 472-1950 today for the experienced assistance you need.

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