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08/04/2015
Dallas, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Sherin Thawer, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft, and she faces a mandatory penalty of two years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
08/04/2015
St. Paul, MN
Enforcement and Removal
On June 17, the Des Moines Fugitive Operations Team arrested Ceu Awi Thang, 30, a citizen and national of Burma, who had been convicted for the sexual abuse of 15-year-old girl. He was sentenced to prison for ten years, two years of supervised probation and ordered to register as a sex offender on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry for the rest of his life.
08/03/2015
Albuquerque, NM
Child Exploitation
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Richard J. Dates, from Grants, New Mexico, faces being sentenced to five to 12 years in federal prison followed by not less than five years of supervised release.
08/03/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
HSI special agents arrested Manuel Fernandez-Gonzalez, 19, at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport when he was about to board a plane to the Dominican Republic. The arrest took placed without incident.
08/03/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending July 31, 2015
08/03/2015
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights
The following four men were indicted July 9: Iain Nigel MacKellar, 58, of the United Kingdom; Lam Ngoc Tran, aka Mark Tran, 40, of Fountain Valley, California; Allen Smith, 49, of Phoenix; and William Humphreys, 58, of Laguna Hills, California.
08/03/2015
Victoria, TX
Child Exploitation
In December 2014, HSI special agents executed a search warrant at the residence of Sean Patrick Mciver, 28 and seized various electronic devices. HSI special agents using peer-to-peer software were able to successfully download various files containing child pornography from an Internet Protocol address that was associated to Mciver.
08/03/2015
Trenton, NJ
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
The following individuals were charged by the Mercer County Prosecutor: Ying Lan Lu, 34 of Flushing, New York, was charged with promoting prostitution; Meihua Cui, 31 of Little, New Jersey, was charged with promoting prostitution and engaging in prostitution; Feng Rong Chen, 46 of Queens, New York, was charged with promoting prostitution; Dan Dan Lu, 29, of Queens, New York, was charged with engaging in prostitution; and Zhang Zhanping, 46, of Flushing, New York, was charged with promoting prostitution and engaging in prostitution.
07/31/2015
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
Rogelio “Roger” Cordero, 58, of New Castle, Delaware, will also be required to continue to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives, works or attends school.
07/31/2015
Scranton, PA
Child Exploitation
Rickie Sitler previously pleaded guilty to using a four-year-old child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images, admitting to committing the crime between late November and early December 2014.
07/31/2015
Columbus, OH
Child Exploitation
Jeremiah R. Malfroid, 34, of Hilliard, Ohio pleaded guilty to production of child pornography on April 2, 2015.
07/31/2015
Glynco, GA
Operational
The students, 12 from Honduras and 12 from the Dominican Republic, graduated Friday following training hosted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which has successfully trained hundreds of international law enforcement officials from about a dozen countries.
07/31/2015
Oklahoma City, OK
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
According to court records, on July 2, 2014, Majid Iranpour Mobarekeh, 45, illegally sent and exported 450 firearm shell casings from the United States to the Republic of Iran.
07/30/2015
Newark, NJ
Child Exploitation
Felix Restitullo, 40 of Jersey City, New Jersey, is charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child and one count of possession of child pornography.
07/30/2015
New York, NY
Child Exploitation
Kevin Barry O’Connell, 54, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography at his residence in Patchogue, New York. He faces a minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years, and a fine of $250,000.
07/30/2015
Shreveport, LA
Enforcement and Removal
Timoteo Gonzalez-Leiva, 42, of Honduras, was encountered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in January following the completion of his prison sentence for a battery conviction in Caddo Parish.
07/30/2015
Tucson, AZ
Operational
Ivan Alonso Samaniego-Valenzuela, 43, Mexico, was arrested July 23 for an outstanding warrant for the May 2000 murder of Juan Lara Salazar, 33.
07/30/2015
Helena, MT
Narcotics
The award, known as the National OCDETF Outstanding Investigation Award, is for Operation “White Rhino,” which involved investigating a large-scale cocaine and ecstasy smuggling organization that trafficked drugs across the U.S.-Canada border.
07/30/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Professional Responsibility
Gregory J. Chavez, 51, was taken into custody Wednesday at his Porter Ranch residence and is being held on $1.2 million bond pending his arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Chavez is charged with 40 felony counts, including residential burglary, grand theft by false pretense and attempted grand theft by false pretense.
07/30/2015
Oklahoma City, OK
Enforcement and Removal
Thirty fugitive or convicted criminal aliens were arrested in or around Oklahoma City, or around Guymon, Oklahoma, during a four-day initiative that ended Sunday, and was conducted by local officers from ICE ERO.
07/29/2015
Kansas City, MO
Intellectual Property Rights
Arunachalam Annamalai, 48, a resident of Las Vegas, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty to charges that he participated in the software piracy conspiracy. Annamalai is the owner and operator of Vegascart LLC.
07/29/2015
Washington, DC
Child Exploitation
A lot of child pornographers are drawn to the Tor, or the Onion Router. It’s very difficult to track and identify child predators going through the Tor because the network is routed through thousands of relays across the globe and, therefore, identities are masked.
07/29/2015
Tyler, TX
Financial Crimes
Heesham Broussard, 38, from Lake Charles, Louisiana, also known as Sudan, was found guilty by a jury for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, two counts of mail fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft following a four day trial before U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.
07/29/2015
Denver, CO
Child Exploitation
After serving his prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Raymond P. Moore also ordered Donnie Waldo Jr., 48, of Dover, Arkansas, to serve 10 years on supervised release. The defendant, who appeared at the hearing in custody, was remanded at its conclusion.

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