A Friendswood man is accused of using pay phones to make money by fraudulently programming them to call toll-free numbers.

The Daily News previously reported that multiple federal and local agencies executed a search warrant in 2015 on the Friendswood home owned by David and Lourdes Grudzinski.

David Grudzinski was later charged with four counts of mail and wire fraud and two counts of monetary transactions in criminally derived property, federal court records show.

Grudzinski is accused of using his businesses, D&L Grudzinski and Coin Telecom Systems, and the 450 pay phones the company operates, to collect about $1.8 million in toll-free charges, the indictment asserts.

“It was part of the scheme to defraud that Grudzinski used a ‘polling’ computer maintained at his residence and business located in Friendswood to program his pay phones to robotically place repeated telephone calls to toll-free numbers, for the purpose of fraudulently acquiring the compensation for each phone call,” the complaint asserts.

The scheme, which Grudzinski is accused of operating from 2005 to 2015, used pay phones in Houston, Friendswood, League City and Tomball, among other places, and collected about 49 cents a call, the complaint asserts.

Coin Telecom Systems was a pay phone service provider regulated by the Federal Communications Commission, which stipulates the companies are compensated for each toll-free telephone call completed, the complaint asserts.

“As part of the scheme to defraud, Grudzinski programed his pay phones to robotically dial toll-free telephone numbers assigned to various federal agencies,” the complaint asserts.

The case is in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Cracked toe at

Cracker Barrel

A League City couple is suing Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant, asserting a server dropped a plate on a woman’s toe and broke it in 2015.

Betty and Gary Murphy filed the lawsuit against Cracker Barrel, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Cracker Barrel Partnership and CBOCS Texas, among others, Sept. 22 in the Galveston County Court at Law No. 2, court records show.

The couple visited a restaurant Dec. 20, 2015, in League City when the incident happened, the lawsuit asserts.

“As the server brought her food, he dropped a plate on her right big toe,” the lawsuit asserts. “The impact and severity of the injury caused a persistent fracture beneath the nailbed of her big toe.”

The couple is asking for more than $1 million in damages, the lawsuit asserts.

The defendants filed an answer Oct. 11, generally denying the accusations, court records show.

UTMB fall

A Jefferson County woman is suing the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, asserting she slipped and fell because of a puddle of liquid while at the hospital for a routine procedure.

Brenda Jackson filed the lawsuit against the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and UTMB Healthcare Systems Oct. 5 in the 122nd District Court, court records show.

Jackson was at the hospital Oct. 8, 2015, for a procedure when she was walking from the preparation room to the procedure area and slipped and fell in a puddle of liquid, the lawsuit asserts.

The medical branch was negligent for not cleaning up the puddle, the lawsuit asserts.

Jackson is seeking between $200,000 and $1 million in damages for the incident, the lawsuit shows.

Attorneys representing the medical branch filed an answer Oct. 23, asserting the organization isn’t liable for the damage.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

(1) comment

Randy Chapman

Lists no injuries, but expects to get paid by UTMB? Wonder if she paid for the procedure she was there for?

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