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01/23/2015
Asheville, NC
Child Exploitation
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger also ordered James Thomas Lifsey, 59, of Warne, N.C. to serve under court supervision the rest of his life upon release from prison and to register as a sex offender. Lifsey was also ordered to pay $46,057 as restitution to the victims.
01/23/2015
Spingfield, MO
Child Exploitation
Erik Leroy Clark, 35, of Joplin, Missouri, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison without parole.
01/23/2015
Rome, Italy
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Over 5,000 looted artifacts valued at more than $50 million Euros were illicitly traded by Gianfranco Becchina, an Italian national and one of Italy’s most prolific traffickers of illicit cultural property. HSI became involved in one of the Becchina investigations after receiving a lead from Carabinieri TPC regarding looted objects being offered for sale by a New York auction house.
01/23/2015
Rockford, IL
Financial Crimes
Patty Cordoba, 42, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and seven others were arrested and each charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States by obtaining payment after filing false claims for tax refunds, and at least one count of mail fraud.
01/23/2015
Toluca, Mexico
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Approximately 55 representatives from the State of Mexico and the Mexican Federal Police participated in the seminar, the first ever state-level training of its kind. The Instituto Mexiquense de Seguridad y Justicia and the Comisión de Seguridad Estatal del Gobierno del Estado de México assisted with hosting the seminar.
01/23/2015
Atlanta, GA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Arturo Rojas Coyotl, 28, of Tenancingo, Mexico, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release and a $600 special assessment. Odilon Martinez Rojas, 43, of Tenancingo, Mexico, has been sentenced to 21 years, ten months in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release and a $600 special assessment. Each defendant was ordered to pay restitution in amount of $190,000, which will be divided between three victims.
01/23/2015
San Antonio, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Human trafficking victims are not specific to age, race, nationality or gender, although most sex-trafficking victims are women. By definition, human trafficking victims become modern-day slaves through force, fraud or coercion. Those targeted by traffickers are often perceived as vulnerable. Undocumented migrants, runaways and at-risk youth, and oppressed or marginalized groups are among the high-risk population of human trafficking victims.
01/22/2015
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
Harry K. Roche, 44, of Millsboro, Delaware, was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervised release following his prison sentence and will be required to continue to register as a sex offender in any place he lives, works or attends school.
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