Evangelist Sued by Disabled Woman Who Claims He Tricked Her Out of Settlement Money

Categories: Crime, Religion

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Nothing screams "proper evangelist" quite like a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle, right? Right.

According to a report by the Courthouse News Service, Marilyn Rupard's lawsuit against John David Crow, filed in Brazoria County earlier this month, claims that Crow, a Texas evangelist-slash-investment-advisor, tricked her out of hundreds of thousands of dollars she got due to a faulty hip replacement, and spent some of that money on -- you guessed it -- a Harley.

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Catholic Charities Accused of Covering Up Years of Sexual Abuse by Employees

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The family of a child who was abused by an employee at Catholic Charities has filed a lawsuit claiming that the charity has a long, troubling history of covering up sexual assault cases.

The family of the victim filed the lawsuit last week, naming Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and Carlos Valera, a former program coordinator at the charity who is now serving a 7 year jail sentence for child sexual assault, as defendants.

The lawsuit claims the organization has shown "willful disregard for the well-being of others" and has covered up abuse at the charity for nearly a decade.

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Local Youth Minister Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Member of Church Youth Group

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A former local youth minister has been arrested in New York City, accused of sexually assaulting a young girl at the local church where he once worked.

Police in New York arrested 33-year-old Jude Ramdial on charges of sexual assault of a child last week after the local victim reported the alleged assault to authorities in Harris County. Authorities say Ramdial was the pastor of a New York church at the time of his arrest.

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Houston Police Officer Charged With Raping Teen Girl He Met at Chick-fil-A

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A Houston police officer is out on $50,000 bond after being arrested on allegations that he raped a teenage girl he met while she was working at a local restaurant.

Ruben Anthony Carrera has been charged with sexual assault of a child under 17, a second-degree felony, according to court documents, after allegedly having sexual contact with a 15-year-old victim he met at a Chick-fil-A restaurant, where the girl worked.

A coworker at the fast-food place reported the sexual contact after seeing Carrera hugging and kissing the girl on multiple occasions at the restaurant, according to court documents.

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Former Constable Victor Trevino Avoids Jail Time, Sentenced to 10 Years Probation

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Longtime Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino won't face jail time but will remain a convicted felon.

Trevino, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to misapplication of fiduciary duty, a felony that could have put him behind bars for 10 years, will instead face 10 years probation, along with a $1,000 fine and 150 hours of community service, a judge ruled at his sentencing hearing Monday.

Prosecutors had claimed that Trevino siphoned cash from his well-known charity, Constable's Athletic Recreational and Education Events Inc. (CARE), to buy Lotto tickets and fund gambling trips to Louisiana casinos. Early this year, the Harris County DA's Office had offered Trevino what, to the rest of us regular non-elected folk, seemed like the deal of a lifetime: avoid four felony indictments by simply resigning and copping to the equivalent of a traffic ticket (a class C misdemeanor). Trevino, for whatever reason, rejected the deal, but then pleaded guilty to one felony count early this month after only one day of trial.

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HPD Shootout With Disgruntled Motel Guest Ends in Suspect Stealing, Crashing Cop Car

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Getting in a shootout with the Houston Police Department after getting kicked out of a motel is one thing. But getting in a shootout with HPD after getting thrown out of said motel, and then stealing and crashing a cop car? Well, that's a whole other ball of ballsy wax.

Apparently 26-year-old Patrick Ray Castro really didn't want to leave a motel off of Hempstead Road Wednesday morning after a motel employee tried to throw him and a woman with him out, according to an HPD report on the incident.

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Japanese Investor Claims Houston "Space Law" Expert's Private Space Flight Company Was a Scam

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Takafumi "Horiemon" Horie, the Japanese entrepreneur who founded the tech company Livedoor and later spent time in jail for securities fraud, is suing a Houston "space law" attorney, along with a number of related corporations, for allegedly duping him into investing $49 million dollars in a defunct space travel company, using Russian-made Almaz spacecraft as bait.

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Some Brave Soul Stole a Bunch of HPD-Issued Shotguns From an Officer's Truck Tuesday Night

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Stealing one gun from an officer is probably risky business, considering the potential consequences that could arise from such a deed.

Still, crooks on the North side of Houston took that risky gun-thieving business to the extreme Tuesday night when they stole a bunch of shotguns from a police officer's vehicle.

Thieves broke out the back window of an HPD officer's city-issued pickup truck Tuesday night and stole 10 HPD-issued Remington shotguns that were inside, according to reports.


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HISD Police Investigating Reported Sexual Assault by Nine Students at Bellaire High School

Categories: Crime

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A female student at Bellaire High School told authorities she was sexually assaulted by a group of males on campus last month, according to a report from the Houston Independent School District police department.

The girl, who has not been identified, was attacked on October 13 by a group of unknown males in the restroom of the science wing at Bellaire High School, according to reports.

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Convicted Riverside CEO Tells His Side of the Story

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Earnest Gibson III, former CEO of Riverside General Hospital, is in the process of appealing his conviction.

It's been two years since FBI agents burst into the Third Ward office of Riverside General Hospital's longtime CEO, Earnest Gibson III, and accused him conspiring to scam Medicare and Medicaid out of $158 million. Judge Lee Rosenthal ordered Gibson not to discuss Riverside business or speak to Riverside colleagues, so his side of the story went unheard. But since a jury convicted him on October 20, he's now filing a motion for a new trial and firmly maintaining his innocence as he awaits sentencing.

Federal prosecutors accused Gibson and others of paying illegal kickbacks to group homes owners to send their patients to Riverside so Riverside could then bill the government for medical services they it never intended to deliver. The hospital claimed to employ marketers who were really acting as patient bounty hunters, prosecutors said.

"The former president of Riverside Hospital, his son, and their co-conspirators systematically defrauded Medicare, treating mentally ill and disabled Americans like chits to be traded and cashed out to pad their own pockets," said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell in a statement. "For over six years, the Gibsons and their co-conspirator stuck taxpayers with millions in hospital bills, purportedly for intensive psychiatric treatment. But the 'treatment' was a sham - some patients just watched television all day."

Gibson, speaking out against his conviction, claims prosecutors and their witnesses took the jury for a ride. He says the government's witnesses were all confirmed criminals who stood to gain from falsely accusing him.

Gibson says he's rather "go down to Guantanamo Bay and be waterboarded to the point of death" than claim that Riverside ever paid for patients. "I want the jury to remember that, that one day I may be dead and gone, but it's gonna come up. Somebody will come out and tell the truth."

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