Sheriff’s investigators received recent reports of scams and fraud including a case in which a man lost $130 to a supposed “government agency.”
Someone claiming to represent the “government agency” told the man he’d been selected to receive a $7,000 grant but he needed to pay $130 in processing fees, a report by deputy Shade Tidwell states.
The man told Tidwell he sent the money and has received nothing in return.
In an unrelated case, a man told deputy John Harper he received his Verizon telephone bill and discovered someone had used his identifying information to purchase four new iPhones and services in Alvin.
In other incidents:
• A man whose computers were seized by deputies during an Aug. 27 drug raid in Brownwood was arrested Wednesday on a 10-count indictment for possession of child pornography, Brown County Jail records state.
Deputy Valton Posey arrested David Ortega Jr., 44, on the sealed indictment, jail records state. Ortega remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Ortega has been in and out of jail since deputies served a search warrant on a home and two apartments in the 1100 block of Magnolia on on Aug. 27. Deputies found a small amount of methamphetamine and arrested Ortega that day on a charge of possession of a controlled substance under 1 gram.
A deputy arrested Ortega on Oct. 29 on a charge of child pornography, according to earlier records from the sheriff’s office and jail.
According to a complaint filed by investigator Nathan Land in Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Walter B. Croft's court:
Deputies seized several computer hard drives, three laptop computers and other memory cards that deputies believed could have contained narcotics evidence during the Aug. 27 drug raid. The items were seized from Ortega's bedroom.
Deputies also seized writings from Ortega's bedroom that appeared to have lists of underage pornography websites.
Investigator James Stroope searched the data and located "multiple images of child pornography" depicting children who appeared to be as young as for and up to their pre-teens, Land's complaint states.
• Deputy John Gramling made a traffic stop at Beaver and West Austin in Brownwood. “Nervous and deceptive” behavior from the driver led to a consent search, and Gramling arrested Caleb Stone, 23, of Bangs, on a charge of possession of marijuana, Gramling’s report states.
• Gramling took a report from a man who said someone stole copper from his property on County Road 411. The man named a suspect.
• A man told Harper a neighbor has been stealing water and electricity from his vacation home on County Road 569. A water hose was seen behind the neighbor’s home and an extension cord was connected to the neighbor’s home.
Others booked into the Brown County Jail between 8 a.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Wednesday were:
Gary Brown, 49, traffic warrants and failure to appear.
Monica Castenada, 36, Brownwood, indictments for burglary of a habitation, burglary of a building, theft, forgery.
Wendi Hatcher, 40, May, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest with a vehicle.
Tom Spruce, 58, Brownwood, burglary of a habitation, burglary of a building.
Felix Trevino Jr., 53, Brownwood, public intoxication.
Enemencio Delarosa, 24, San Angelo, bond withdrawal for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.
Mandi Hardin, 40, Brownwood, assault.
Danny Herrin, 32, Fort Worth, assault.
Ricky Rodriguez, 24, Sweetwater, obstruction or retaliation.
Stacey Ruiz, 30, San Angelo, theft by check.
Charlie Wheat, 54, Brownwood, failure to register as sex offender.