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09/01/2015
Albany, NY
Financial Crimes
The man, in his late 80s, received information in the fall of 2013, that stated he had won a lottery prize. He was later contacted by a man who told him he owed taxes and other expenses ranging from $5,000 to $80,000 to receive his prize. The fraudsters cheated him out of nearly $150,000 before his son reported the scam to law enforcement.
09/01/2015
El Paso, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Isaias Perez-Pineda, 43, was turned over to Mexican authorities at the top of El Paso’s Stanton International Bridge. Perez-Pineda is a suspect in the 1995 homicide of Juventino Rojas Sanchez, 33, in Mexico’s capital.
09/01/2015
Washington, DC
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
“This operation was the direct result of the partnerships we’ve built and we will continue working to reinforce and grow these partnerships,” said ICE Director Sarah R. Saldaña.
09/01/2015
San Juan, PR
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
According to court records, Luz Zoraida Rojas-Delgado, 32, established communication with an individual to request assistance to smuggle a friend from Antigua to Puerto Rico. The criminal complaint also alleges that she engaged in communications with other people in an attempt to make a deal for the venture but did not agree with the price of $3,000 established by the alleged smuggler.
09/01/2015
Las Vegas, NV
Enforcement and Removal
Ricardo Valentino Lee Mc Carthy, 43, was repatriated under ERO escort on board a commercial flight from McCarren International Airport. Upon arrival, ERO officers turned the suspect over to authorities from the Panamanian Judicial Police. Mc Carthy is wanted in Panama for a murder that occurred Aug. 27, 2002.
09/01/2015
Miami, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
According to court documents, Ronet Blanc, 24, and Renet Blanc, 20, were involved in a scheme that used the stolen identities of Michigan and Florida residents to file fraudulent unemployment insurance claims in both of those states.
08/31/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Enforcement and Removal
All 244 of the foreign nationals taken into custody by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers during the enforcement action, which concluded Thursday, had prior criminal convictions. The majority (56 percent) had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges and drug violations. The remaining arrestees had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.
08/31/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
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08/31/2015
Denver, CO
Contraband
The two arrested, Alfonso Rodriguez-Vazquez and Nestor Fabian Sinaloa-Sinaloa, are due back in court Sept. 3 for a detention hearing and a preliminary hearing. Both are currently in custody.
08/31/2015
McAllen, TX
Contraband
U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa sentenced Mario Alberto Garcia-Balderas, 45, of Mexico, to 10 years in federal prison for being illegally in the United States, possessing a firearm, and as a felon possessing a firearm.
08/28/2015
Baltimore, MD
Enforcement and Removal
According to Salvadoran authorities Luis Antonio Garcia Garcia, 38, is a confirmed member of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. Among MS-13 members, Garcia goes by the moniker “El Shaggy”. He is wanted in El Salvador for aggravated homicide related to an incident on April 12, 2008 when Garcia allegedly shot a male victim multiple times, resulting in the victim’s death on the scene.
08/28/2015
Jacksonville, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Mark Laurence Barlaan, 36, and Winnie Rabaya Barlaan, 65, pleaded guilty to marriage fraud and face a maximum penalty of five years each in federal prison. Peter Laforteza Barlaan, 63, pleaded guilty to immigration document fraud; and, Mary Helen Amaba Barlaan, 32, pleaded guilty to obtaining U.S. citizenship by fraud.
08/28/2015
Brownsville, TX
Contraband
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Rosa Melendez-Jimenez, 53, from Mexico, to 78 months imprisonment. Since she is not a U.S. citizen, she is expected to face deportation proceedings upon her release from federal prison.
08/27/2015
Laredo, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Victoriano Enrique Larios, 30, was flown to El Salvador Aug. 27 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, Larios was turned over to officials from the El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).
08/27/2015
Scranton, PA
Child Exploitation
Robert Ferraro, 45, previously pleaded guilty in May 2015 to using and persuading a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images. Between August 2013 and January 2015 Ferraro admitted to sexually abusing a 6-year-old child, videotaping the abuse, and uploading the video to the internet.
08/27/2015
Abilene, TX
Child Exploitation
After sentencing, Chief U.S. District Judge Jorge A. Solis remanded Charles Coci, 26, of Abilene, Texas, who had been released on bond, into the custody of the U.S. Marshal.
08/27/2015
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
Sean Mooney served as a senior airman stationed at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, when he was arrested by HSI special agents with assistance from OSI officials in January 2014 for charges of enticing a minor and transporting child pornography.
08/26/2015
Pecos, TX
Child Exploitation
Javier Carlos Arteta Franco, 57, has been in custody since Aug. 19 when HSI special agents based in Alpine, Texas, arrested him at his apartment in Fort Stockton, Texas.
08/26/2015
Corpus Christi, TX
Child Exploitation
Christina Cortez, 38, of Corpus Christi, allegedly produced child pornography while working at a day care facility in Corpus Christi. She further distributed them to Matthew Harbin, 29, of Brownsville, Texas, who was also indicted. The indictment charges both with producing child pornography.
08/26/2015
Washington, DC
Enforcement and Removal
Marseno Augusto Martins, 51, and Evandro Sergio Pais-Franca, 57, were turned over to Brazilian law enforcement authorities upon their respective arrivals at Belo Horizonte Airport in Brazil on Aug. 17 and 18.
08/26/2015
Sacramento, CA
Enforcement and Removal
Diego Oswaldo Jauregui-Rosales, 31, was transferred by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers to the custody of representatives from the Mexican Attorney General’s Office.
08/26/2015
Newark, NJ
Document and Benefit Fraud
Ho-Man Lee, 43, of Alexandria, Virginia, previously pleaded guilty to one count of a superseding indictment charging him with conspiring to unlawfully produce identification documents.
08/25/2015
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Operational
The training, which was funded by Department of State's Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program, included officials from Brazil's Federal Police, Attorney General's Office, Customs and Tax Authority, the Federal Highway Police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
08/25/2015
Seattle, WA
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
Yue Wu, 41, was arrested Oct. 23, 2014, at San Francisco International Airport as he prepared to leave the United States.
08/25/2015
Panama City, FL
Child Exploitation
At trial, the government presented evidence that, on three occasions in September, October and November 2013, Charles Heath Stewart, 42, of Grand Ridge, knowingly enticed a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction. Additionally, evidence presented at trial showed that Stewart knowingly possessed pornographic images of children.

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