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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Former Kerrville Lawyer Perry Cortese Indicted in Federal Court in Florida

The Killeen Daily Herald reports that Perry Cortese got busted in what sounds like a Nigerian type scam, with a co-defendant named Muhammed:
"Perry Don Cortese, a Bell County attorney practicing in Little River-Academy, and Priscilla Ann Ellis, a Harker Heights resident and businesswoman, were arrested Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service and placed in a federal facility in Waco.

"Cortese and Ellis were indicted Aug. 20 in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, on charges of wire fraud and international money laundering, according to federal court documents obtained by the Temple Daily Telegram. The indictment states Cortese and Ellis conspired with each other and with Muhammad Naji and other people to commit wire fraud by using wire communications to defraud lawyers and law firms across the U.S., and obtained funds under false and fraudulent pretenses. The duo allegedly used shell companies with fake names and opened bank accounts in the names of those shell companies at federally insured financial institutions."
I have to give the usual disclaimer here that being indicted doesn't mean someone is guilty, and is presumed innocent, etc. 
I would not be a good juror in a case like this. I get at least 20 of these Nigerian type solicitations every day that get through my scam/spam filter Barracuda. I'd probably be inclined to convict just because I resent the time I waste having to delete them. 


  1. I would say guilty given the fact that Ms. Ellis already has a felony conviction for Frauds and Swindles from 2001 in the Western District of Texas - Waco Division where she forged student loan documents at several banks and received $59,589. (United States of America v. Priscilla Ann Ellis, Criminal No. W-00-CR-070)

  2. All were found guilty this week in federal court.