PLAYERS IN ROBERT'S CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
(Story As Told By John Mecom, Jr.)
Approximately September 30, 1991 - An arrest warrant is issued for Robert and Sandra Swanson
for Theft by Receiving, both bonds are set at $125,000.00 each, and this is a 3rd Degree Felony.
Robert is arrested on this date at his Galleria store by Danny and HPD and taken to the Houston
Police Department. He is then transferred to the Harris County Jail, where he later bonded out.
Sandra surrendered via her bondsman and bonded out.
On many occasions during the next several years Danny contacted Robert in attempts to ascertain
where the coins came from, how he got them, and where the remainder were. Robert basically
laughed in Danny's face and stated he did not know what he was talking about. During these years
Danny uncovered a interstate check kiting scheme Robert was doing, Danny then worked that
investigation up and presented to several of his associates at the FBI. They rubber stamped his
investigation and Danny, along with the FBI presented the case to the US Attorney, where charges
were accepted. Robert was later arrested for this by the FBI and was convicted on June 13, 1994
to 30 months in Federal Prison and 5 years of Probation/Parole. He served his time at the El Paso
Federal Prison Camp. Just prior to this in early 1992, Sandra at Robert's instruction gave all of
my coins and jewelry they had in the Safety Deposit box to Alvin Edward Martin, Jr. from
Livingston. Martin, knowing the property was stolen, then took my coins and jewelry home, and
kept them for the Swanson's.
April 28, 1994 - Sandra files Divorce on Robert, which is granted March 14, 1995.
March 20, 1995 - Sandra pled Deferred Adjudication of Guilt and received 2 years probation,
ending March 19, 1997. Sandra's probation was terminated early due to good conduct, on March
14, 1996. While Robert is serving his sentence, Sandra is running the store, which has moved to
6464 Westheimer, near Voss Road and is renamed "The Watch Shop". Danny keeps in touch with
Sandra during the entire period Robert is imprisoned.
May 31, 1995 - Robert pled Nolo-Contendre and received I year jail to run concurrent with the
federal time he was serving.
December 5, 1995 - Sandra Swanson marries John Hamrick.
Approximately March 13, 1996 - Robert is paroled to Comell Correction in downtown Houston.
This is a halfway house. Robert takes the store back over from Sandra, which is against his parole
terms, and puts the ownership into his mothers name who lives in California. He tells his Parole
Officer that he is only an employee there.
Approximately May 27, 1996 - Robert is released from the halfway house and moves into a condo
at 5150 Hidalgo #903, Houston, TX 77056. This is located directly behind the Galleria. Sandra
leased the condo for Robert and it is still in her name. She paid 1 years rent in advance and fully
furnished the condo. He also purchases a new Lexus 2 door coupe for cash.
Approximately May 29, 1996 - Alvin Edward Martin, Jr. at Robert's request brings the rest of
the jewelry, and approximately half of my coins, to Robert and turns them over to him at the store.
Robert locks them in the store safe.
June 29, 1996 - Alvin Edward Martin, Jr. is arrested at an apartment he has leased in Houston and
charged with Theft. A Plea Bargain occurs and he pleads guilty to Deferred Adjudication of Guilt
& receives 10 years probation, ending June 30, 2006. He advises Danny that Robert still has
approximately half of my coins and jewelry and the other half is still in his safe in Livingston.
Martin, along with Houston Police Officer Gene Hensley, go to Robert's store. Martin states to
Robert that he is under arrest and needs the coins back that he gave him approximately a month
ago. Robert then goes into his office at The Watch Shop. Martin and Hensley follow, where
Robert turns over the coins and jewelry to Martin. They then leave the store and Danny along with
HPD then proceed to Martin's home in Livingston where the remainder of my coins are recovered.
July 1, 1996 - Danny then contacted the Federal Parole Board authorities, told them of the
investigation that was ongoing against Robert and that depending on the July 4th holiday schedule
could be indicted Friday, July 5th or Monday, July 8th for a 1st Degree Felony, Theft over
$100,000.00. The Parole Board Official stated they were going to pick Robert up as a "Flight
Risk" and he would be in the Harris County Jail, (where he is currently being held as a federal
prisoner). On Monday July 8, 1996, he was indicted by a Harris County Grand Jury and the
Detainer was sent to US Attorney Jimmy Sledge, Jr. and Federal Parole Board authorities.
Swanson now awaits trial on the 1st Degree Felony. He still will not confess to any wrong doing,
or his involvement in this case. As of June 1, 1999, this case stil has not been to trial. Mr
Swanson has appealed the decision of the Harris County District Court, in reference to the
Courts decision that the second charge filed in 1996 was NOT Double Jeopardy.
In September, 1999, while awaiting trial on my case, Robert Swanson was re-arrested in an
undercover operation coordinated between Lang Investigations, Inc., the Houston Police Department
and the US Secret Service. Mr. Swanson purchased 3 gold "Presidential" Rolex watches, from a source
knowing they were stolen. He is currently out on another $50,000.00 bond.
On October 29, 1999, while out on bond for my case as well as the September 1999 case, Robert was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on 13 counts of Wire Fraud, Money Laundering, Conspiracy, Trafficking Counterfeit Goods and Aiding & Abetting. In January, 2000 he was convicted on all counts and on May 30, 2001 Mr. Swanson was sentenced to 87 months in Federal Prison, full restitution, and upon completion of the prison sentence he will serve 3 years supervised Parole. He was also fined $10,000.00 for each of the 13 indictments, and waived all rights to an appeal. This is Mr. Swanson's second federal conviction.
He still is awaiting trial on the second coin case & the Secret Service's "Rolex" case.
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