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Document and Benefit Fraud
10/20/2009

Federal jury convicts Jamaican labor broker of money laundering

NORFOLK, Va. - A federal jury on Tuesday found a man from Jamaica guilty on one count of conspiracy and five counts of money laundering. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) acting as part of a larger task force.

According to evidence and trial testimony, Clover May Robinson-Gordon, 44, of Montego Bay, Jamaica, conspired with the Viktar Krus organization in Virginia Beach, Va., in "H-2B" visa fraud and then internationally laundered the unlawful proceeds. Viktar Krus and 21 other foreign nationals and U.S. citizens were indicted on Jan.13, 2009 for massive immigration-related fraud. Krus, the organizer and leader, was sentenced on July 17 to 87 months imprisonment after being convicted on conspiracy, visa fraud and tax-evasion charges.

This case was investigated by a dedicated task force focused on dismantling the Krus criminal organization. In addition to ICE, the task force investigating this case included the following agencies: the Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation, the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the FBI's Norfolk Field Office, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the Virginia Beach Police Department. The Jamaican Constabulary Force (JCF), Jamaican Ministry of Labor (MOL) and the ICE Attaché Office in Kingston, Jamaica, also provided significant assistance to the task force during this investigation.

Immigration fraud poses a severe threat to national security and public safety because it creates a vulnerability that may enable terrorists, criminals, and illegal aliens to gain entry to and remain in the United States. ICE uproots the infrastructure of illegal immigration by detecting and deterring immigration fraud.

Individuals and criminal enterprises often use fraudulent documents to obtain driver's licenses and social security cards. Traffickers and alien smugglers use these documents to facilitate movement into and within the United States, and they are also used to shield illegal aliens from detection within our society. Fraudulent documents may be used to illegally obtain government financial benefits and entitlements intended for U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents, and to obtain unauthorized employment.