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01/30/2015
Washington, DC
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
“On its face, human trafficking is about as heinous and repugnant as a crime can be,” said Jorge Lopez, HSI section chief in the Illicit Finance and Proceeds of Crime Unit. “The banking and financial industry can be a powerful force in assisting HSI as we combat the horrible crime of human trafficking. We look towards financial institutions to be among our greatest allies in identifying interstate funnel accounts, as well as other money laundering methods used by human traffickers and smugglers.”
01/29/2015
Dallas, TX
Child Exploitation
Jeremiah Chayse Gardiner, 20, from Mesquite, Texas, faces a statutory penalty of not less than 15 years or more than 30 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for May 20. Gardiner remains in federal custody.
01/29/2015
Fairfax, VA
Enforcement and Removal
Edwar Alvarez-Garcia, 29, of El Salvador, illegally entered the United States near Laredo, Texas, in 2001.
01/29/2015
Houston, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Samuel Castro-Flores, aka “Chame” or “Chamuco,” 42, a Mexican national, was sentenced to life in prison plus an additional seven years for brandishing a firearm while committing the hostage-taking offenses.
01/29/2015
Phoenix, AZ
Intellectual Property Rights
Speaking at a NFL news conference, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah R. Saldaña, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director of Field Operations William K. Brooks, and NFL Counsel Dolores F. DiBella discussed the results of the initiative, dubbed “Operation Team Player.”
01/29/2015
St. Louis, MO
Intellectual Property Rights
Jack Frison Sr., of Frontenac, Missouri, and the owner of the Frison Flea Market, was sentenced following his Sept. 14, 2014 conviction for: one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, one felony count of aiding and abetting felony copyright infringement, and one felony count of aiding and abetting trafficking counterfeit goods.
01/28/2015
Tampa, FL
Child Exploitation
According to court documents, between June 2013 and July 2014, Jude Thaddeus Danahy, 35, of Buffalo, New York, communicated via email and text messages with an undercover agent that he believed was the mother of an 11-year-old girl. Danahy was arrested July 1, 2014, and pleaded guilty Aug. 27. At sentencing, he was also ordered to forfeit the equipment he had used to commit the offense.
01/28/2015
Ft Myers, FL
Child Exploitation
A sentencing date has not yet been set for Kevin Charles Kaszynski, 49, of Fort Myers. According to the plea agreement, while going through boxes that had been stored in a leased storage unit, Kaszynski’s estranged wife found a computer hard drive among other items belonging to her husband.
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