FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas -- Authorities took six people into custody during an FBI raid at a home near Cinco Ranch early Wednesday.
Authorities say the suspects are accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from people's bank accounts and filing false tax returns.
A federal judge granted all but one of the suspects bond Wednesday afternoon. Most of the suspects admitted to not having a steady source of income, certainly not enough to pay for their own attorneys.
Views from Air 11 showed agents looking through several high-end vehicles parked the driveway of a home in the Seven Meadows neighborhood. The federal raid went on for more than six hours. Houston Police were also on the scene.
The raid occurred before 7 a.m. with nearby residents reporting that SWAT officers were yelling as they swarmed the home. Some residents claim they even heard what sounded like gunshots, but authorities reportedly used 'flash bangs' as they made entry in the home.
The six suspects ranged in age from 26 to 44. Four are from Houston (James Michael Curtis Johnson, Donald Ray Perry, Enitra Shante Pickett, D'angela Devonne Domino) one is from Richmond (Joshua Jacquez Britton) and one is from Katy (Joseph Edward Johnson). A 32-count indictment says they committed wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, theft of public money and conspiracy to do so as well as aggravated identity theft.
Cyber-crimes detectives scoured the scene for evidence linked to two elaborate schemes. The indictment says that one preyed on innocent people - the suspect would allegedly pose as account holders to steal from people's bank accounts. The other scheme involved filing false tax returns.
Authorities allege four of the suspects would transfer money from victim's accounts or home credit equity lines into fake accounts they set up.
Each suspect potentially faces decades in prison if convicted.
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