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INSURANCE FRAUD SCHEME

2 sentenced in auto insurance fraud scheme

HOUSTON (AP) - Two individuals have been sentenced for their roles in a scheme that authorities say defrauded insurance companies of more than $3 million.

Earlie Dickerson, a former office manager, was sentenced Monday in Houston federal court to 14 years in prison for recruiting individuals involved in auto accidents to be represented by a Bryan business that falsely claimed was a law firm.

Federal prosecutors say Dickerson sent individuals he recruited to specific chiropractic clinics, where they received medically unnecessary therapeutic treatments.

Authorities say Dickerson used fraudulent bills from the treatments to obtain settlement checks from auto insurance companies.

Another individual convicted in the scheme, Marion Young, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday.

Two others were previously sentenced while a fifth defendant is set to be sentenced Oct. 14.

SON DEAD-BODIES FOUND

Note, pills found next to body in N. Texas home

DALLAS (AP) - Police in a Dallas suburb say they discovered a note and pills next to one of two people found dead in the same home where their 10-year-old son's body was discovered months earlier.

In documents released Monday, Frisco police describe what they found in the home of Sumeet and Pallavi Dhawan earlier this month.

Police say they found Pallavi Dhawan floating face-up in the backyard pool, and her husband in a downstairs bedroom. A note and pills were found next to Sumeet Dhawan's body, though police would not describe the note, who wrote it or what type of pills.

Pallavi Dhawan was being investigated for murder in the death of her 10-year-old son, Arnav. Authorities found Arnav's body wrapped in cloth in a bathroom.

SON DEAD-BODIES FOUND

Note, pills found next to body in N. Texas home

DALLAS (AP) - Police in a North Texas suburb say they discovered a note and pills next to one of two people found dead in the same home where their 10-year-old son was discovered months earlier.

In documents released Monday, Frisco police described what they found in the home of Sumeet and Pallavi Dhawan earlier this month.

Police say they found Pallavi Dhawan floating face-up in the backyard pool, and Sumeet in a downstairs bedroom. A note and pills were found next to Sumeet Dhawan's body, though police would not describe the note or what type of pills.

Pallavi Dhawan was being investigated for murder in the death of her 10-year-old son, Arnav. Authorities found Arnav's body wrapped in cloth in a bathroom.

CHILD REMAINS FOUND

Police: Woman misled authorities over son's death

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Authorities say the mother of a 2-year-old boy whose body was found in a shallow grave in Austin gave inconsistent statements to police as to what happened to the child and why he was missing for weeks.

An arrest affidavit released Monday shows 20-year-old Meagan Work gave conflicting accounts until investigators told her that her boyfriend, 29-year-old Michael Turner, had showed them where the boy, named Colton, was buried.

She then said Colton died July 7 after having a seizure the day before. Police were told last week that the boy was missing and his remains were found Friday.

Work and Turner each have been charged with tampering with evidence and remain in custody.

Authorities say prosecutors are discussing additional charges that may be filed in the case.

SEX TRAFFICKING-SENTENCE

Dallas man gets 15 years for minor sex trafficking

DALLAS (AP) - A 33-year-old Dallas man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for sex trafficking of a minor.

Dereck Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of children in June. He was accused of forcing a 15-year-old runaway he met at a bus station to engage in sex acts for money. The victim, who is now 18, said Johnson forced her to engage in several commercial sex acts at a Houston truck stop.

Johnson will also spend the rest of his life on supervised release following his 15-year sentence.

IMMIGRATION OVERLOAD-LOCKUP SCHOOL

Back to school - even in Texas immigration prison

KARNES CITY, Texas (AP) - For about 200 immigrant children held with their mothers, life inside a South Texas federal immigration prison means going to school eight hours a day.

The curriculum for pre-kindergarteners to 12th graders at Karnes County Residential Center is the same as bilingual schools across the state.

Days begin with the reciting of the pledges of allegiance in English to the Texas and American flags - even though many students are facing deportation.

Advocacy groups object to jailing families under any circumstances. And some wonder how much youngsters can learn during the relatively short time many will be held in detention.

But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement counters that school helps socialize kids, and could serve to acclimate some who may end up staying in the country.

BOMB THREAT-SOUTH TEXAS AIRPORT

Man admits to making bomb threat to avoid work

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a San Antonio man who did not want to go to work called a South Texas airport threatening that two bombs would be detonated.

Authorities said in a statement Monday that 40-year-old Steve M. Gutierrez III pleaded guilty to threatening to damage or destroy a structure using explosives.

Gutierrez in July was working at the construction site for a new U.S. Coast Guard facility at Corpus Christi International Airport. Prosecutors contend he called the general contractor saying officials should expect "two bombs to go off." The site was evacuated.

Investigators later linked the call to Gutierrez, who tried to avoid detection by destroying the cell phone he had used.

Gutierrez is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 15. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

WEALTH GAP-STATE TAXES-TEXAS

Texas' fast-paced growth hasn't reduced inequality

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - The energy boom and millions of new consumers have propelled revenue growth in Texas to nearly twice the national average. Yet, a Standard & Poor's report shows income inequality is putting a brake on the pace of expansion.

The report released Monday suggests the gains flowing to the top 1 percent around the U.S. come at a broader cost to society. That's because the affluent tend to save more of their income, and states such as Texas won't see much of it going toward sales tax.

Pia Orrenius with the Dallas Federal Reserve says Texas must eventually address the income equality issue that threatens to slow the state's growth rate.

A report by the Economic Analysis and Research Network shows the top 1 percent in Texas earned 26 times more than the bottom 99 percent.

DOCTOR POISONED-ASSAULT CHARGE

Houston doctor charged with poisoning her lover

HOUSTON (AP) - Prosecutors say a 43-year-old breast cancer doctor based at Houston's famed Texas Medical Center had a "fatal attraction" to a fellow physician who rejected her, prompting her to poison her lover by lacing his coffee with ethylene glycol.

The chemical is a common additive in automotive antifreeze but also is used by University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center labs where Ana Maria Gonzalez-Angulo and another cancer researcher and doctor, George Blumenschein, both worked.

Her attorneys said in opening statements Monday at her aggravated assault trial that evidence won't point conclusively to her, and that others may be responsible for his poisoning.

Prosecutors say Blumenschein survived kidney failure after she served him two cups of tainted coffee last year.

She could get 20 years in prison if convicted.

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