THE OWNER OF THIS AUTO PARTS SCHEME IS CARLOS ROJANO. HERE IS HIS STORY!!
Man charged in ‘bad’ check scheme
Rojano allegedly takes in more than $90, 000
By Ann McArthur
The Brownsville Herald
A federal jury will decide if a Brownsville man with an alleged six-year history of fraud has written his last bad check.
Indalecio “Indy” Carlos Rojano IV pleaded not guilty Tuesday to eight felony counts, including bank fraud, falsely representing Social Security number with intent to deceive, aggravated identity theft and wire fraud.
Rojano requested a jury trial and is being held without bond.
The 24-year-old pleaded guilty to theft in April and was convicted and sentenced to six months in jail.
On June 13 he was re-arrested on the federal level after the U.S. Secret Service completed an investigation into his alleged fraudulent check scheme that took in more than $90, 000.
According to the criminal complaint, Rojano admitted to the Secret Service and the Brownsville Police Department to making deposits to his personal and business bank accounts using checks he knew were closed. Rojano also admitted to fabricating checks with the use of his computer.
According to federal court reports, Rojano opened three bank accounts with Texas State Bank on Elizabeth Street, and within a month he deposited 104 bad checks totaling $91, 846.13.
Rojano used his father’s Social Security number to open the accounts in Brownsville. His father is a retired Brownsville police officer.
Rojano has a history of allegedly writing hot checks that goes beyond county limits.
Since 1999, state District Court records show Rojano has been charged with theft, issuing bad checks, and failure to appear in court in San Benito, South Padre Island, and Hidalgo County.
Rachelle Rankin, co-owner of S&S Elite, a Denton family business that provides marching band services for high school students, said her business is $3600 in debt after Rojano allegedly posed as a drum instructor and wrote the company bad checks for their services last December.
“It was a big loss for our company. Not only did we suffer money but we lost a lot of time trying to regain our losses, ” Rankin said. “It’s not safe for him to be in society.”
Rankin’s hopes of paying off her business’s debt with a payment of restitution of funds were dashed last week when she received a letter stating that Rojano would not be able to pay her back due to the large amount of money that he owes to a myriad of people he allegedly stole from.
Rick Canales, Rojano’s lawyer, said he expects the trial to be a lengthy one.
“It is a complicated case because the paper trails to follow are tremendous, ” said Canales. “Part of the problem is that no one can tell how much money is at stake.”
Lt. James Paschall recalls Rojano’s history with the police and said they have received many complaints regarding his activities.
“Indy is notorious and a menace. He has victimized numerous people throughout the country, ” Paschall said. “For the citizens of this country, he should be found guilty.”
Canales plans to make an appeal for bond later this week.
All eight counts are punishable by a minimum of 71 years and more than $1 million in fines.
Jury selection will be held on Aug. 11.