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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
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
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
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.
08/25/2015
Pensacola, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
The naturalization indictment alleges that in November 2011, Herdeypal Singh Bhatti, 41, of Pensacola, knowingly and falsely indicated on his naturalization application that he never failed to file a required federal income tax return and that he did not owe overdue federal taxes.
08/25/2015
Fort Worth, TX
Child Exploitation
Mark Anthony Pape, 24, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 40 years in federal prison.
08/25/2015
Dallas, TX
Enforcement and Removal
Katherine Giselle Ortiz Gutierrez, 18, was flown to El Salvador Aug. 21 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, Ortiz Gutierrez was turned over to officials from the El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).
08/25/2015
Dallas, TX
Intellectual Property Rights
Arizona resident, Melek Ackay Portillo, 52, who owns Angelica's Record Distributors, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney to two counts of copyright infringement, stipulating that she willfully reproduced or distributed numerous copyrighted sound recordings on CDs without authorization from the copyright holders.
08/25/2015
New York, NY
Financial Crimes
Jeffrey Hurant, CEO of Rentboy.com, and six others were charged by criminal complaint, unsealed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court, with conspiring to violate the Travel Act by promoting prostitution.
08/24/2015
St. Thomas, VI
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
According to court records, Alain Rene Leichtnam, 71, was arrested April 29 when CBP and Coast Guard assets intercepted a sailing vessel heading toward Coral Bay in St. John, Virgin Islands. Leichtnam admitted that he transported the Cuban nationals to the United States for financial gain knowing that such conduct was illegal.
08/24/2015
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation
Claude L. Merced-Aponte, 49, was arrested without incident at his place of residence in Aguas Buenas.
08/24/2015
Gulfport, MS
Financial Crimes
Teslim Olarewaju Kiriji, 30, a Nigerian citizen residing in Brownsburg, Indiana, received the maximum penalty for his conviction on the felony charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
08/24/2015
Washington, DC
Operational
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08/24/2015
Dallas, TX
Financial Crimes
Reminco Zhangazha was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 93 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $2,648,334 in restitution.
08/21/2015
Lubbock, TX
Child Exploitation
According to documents filed in this case, beginning in March 2014 and continuing to about mid-December 2014, Jose Angel Zapata, 24, of San Angelo, Texas, engaged in a relationship with “Jane Doe 2.” He used Facebook chat, in which he knowingly attempted to persuade, induce and entice Jane Doe 2 to have sex with him.
08/21/2015
Laredo, TX
Child Exploitation
Edmundo Cardenas, 23, a U.S. permanent resident from Mexico, and Luis Pena-Rios, 45, a Mexican national, both residing in Laredo, were sentenced in separate cases for possessing child pornography.
08/21/2015
Corpus Christi, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Homero Gonzalez-Carranza, 30, citizen of Mexico, who resided in Houston, was sentenced to 151 months in prison. Eduardo Luis Pompa, 26, also of Houston, was sentenced to 63 months in federal prison. Co-conspirator Lisa Quintanilla, 46, of Premont, Texas, who had previously pleaded guilty for her role in the human smuggling operation, was sentenced Aug. 20 to 34 months in federal prison.
08/20/2015
Jefferson City, MO
Document and Benefit Fraud
Oleksandr Nikolayevich Druzenko, aka “Alex,” 35, a Jefferson City resident, pleaded guilty Aug. 20 to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. Co-defendant Patricia Anne Ewalt, 63, of El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty to the same charge Aug. 5.
08/20/2015
Newark, NJ
Child Exploitation
Armia Alber, 29, of New Brunswick, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty to distributing images of child pornography over the Internet.
08/20/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Child Exploitation
Jimmy Cantelmo, 26, admitted to conspiring with his brother, Sean Cantelmo, and others to persuade a minor to engage in prostitution from February through August 2014.

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