Some cases go as far back as 1997

Christopher Maher

Jim Wells County Correspondent

A Duval County grand jury recently returned six indictments for forgery, with some of those cases dating back 10 years.

Assistant District Attorney Jon West said Thursday he submitted the indictments, which in some cases included charges from 1997, in part to send a message to the community.

"Forgery is an act of deception. People are either honest or they're not, they're either deceptive or their not," West said. "What concerns me about forgery and fraud cases is that that is the exact case that if somebody gets away with it, they are going to do it again."

West said the cases he presented were within the statute of limitations and he is able to prosecute them.

"Forgery, because it's an act of stealing someone's identity, has a ten year statute of limitations," West said. "As long as it is presented to the grand jury within 10 years of the commission of the offense, we are allowed to prosecute them."

When asked why the cases had not been presented to the grand jury earlier, West said in the past non-violent cases had not received priority. Now, West said, all cases are being presented to the grand jury in a timely fashion.

Forgery cases such as those included in Thursday's indictments are considered state jail felonies, West said, and can result in a sentence of up to two years in prison.

West said all options for punishment, including probation and deferred adjudication, were available to him, but he said he would evaluate each case individually.

The following grand jury indictments were released by the 229th District Clerk's office Thursday.

Selma Hinojosa was indicted for forgery in connection with a May 2, 1997 incident in which she allegedly forged a check. Javier Soliz was indicted on two counts of forgery in connection with a Sept. 4, 1997 incident and a Sept. 5, 1997 incident in which he allegedly forged two checks. Eusebia Soliz was indicted on two counts of forgery in connection with a Sept. 4, 1997 incident and a Sept. 5, 1997 incident in which he allegedly forged two checks. Robert Guerra was indicted for forgery in connection with an Oct. 12, 1999 incident in which he allegedly forged a check. Jose Alfredo Alaniz was indicted for forgery in connection with a June 13, 1999 incident in which he allegedly forged a check. Gilma Saenz was indicted for forgery in connection with a June 20, 2001 incident in which she allegedly forged a check. Rogelio Fernandez was indicted for burglary of a building in connection with a Dec. 20, 2002 incident in which he allegedly broke into a convenience store and stole some lottery tickets. Chris Anthony Lopez was indicted for burglary of a habitation in connection with a Sept. 28, 2002 incident in which he allegedly broke into a home and attempted to assault a woman. Guadalupe Jesus Perez was indicted for theft in connection with a July 26, 2002 incident in which he allegedly stole jewelry valued at more than $1,500. Newleen Perez was indicted for theft in connection with a July 26, 2002 incident in which she allegedly stole jewelry valued at more than $1,500. Blenda Villarreal was indited for prohibited substance in a correctional facility in connection with an April 6, 2005 incident in which she allegedly was found to be in possession of marijuana while in the Duval County Jail. David G. Trigo was indicted for prohibited substance in a correctional facility in connection with an Aug. 21, 2005 incident in which he allegedly was found to be in possession of marijuana while in the Duval County Jail. Ramiro Gonzalez IV was indicted for prohibited substance in a correctional facility in connection with an Aug. 21, 2005 incident in which he allegedly was found to be in possession of marijuana while in the Duval County Jail. Claudio Arredondo was indicted for aggravated assault in connection with a Sept. 24, 2005 incident in which he allegedly struck another man on the head with a metal flashlight. Diana Briones Garza was indicted for possession of cocaine in connection with a Sept. 16, 2006 incident in which she allegedly was found to be in possession of more than four grams of cocaine. Roberto Fuentes was indicted for robbery in connection with a Sept. 5, 2002 incident in which he allegedly pushed a woman to the ground and stole property from her. Roel Ramirez was indicted for prohibited substance in a correctional facility in connection with an Aug. 21, 2005 incident in which he was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana while in the Duval County jail.