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12/10/2010

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Dec. 10, 2010

Dec. 8, 2010 - ICE and local law enforcement arrest 9 in Wyoming during drug operation

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents executed three federal search warrants in Jackson, Wyo. related to an ongoing narcotics investigation. Nine individuals were arrested on drug and immigration charges. Full Story

Dec. 7, 2010 - 3 Colombian nationals sentenced to 23 months for alien smuggling and visa fraud charges

Heliber Toro Mejia, Humberto Toro Mejia and Luz Elena Acuna Rios operated an extensive and sophisticated visa fraud ring that helped otherwise inadmissible Colombian nationals fraudulently procure visas from the U.S. Embassy in Bogota. Full Story

Dec. 7, 2010 - Nigerian man stripped of his U.S. citizenship following his conviction for marriage and naturalization fraud

An ICE HSI investigation uncovered that Ibraheem Adeneye, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria, brokered false marriages between Nigerian nationals and U.S. citizens. Once married, the Nigerians would obtain immigration benefits, ultimately leading to U.S. citizenship. Full Story

Dec. 6, 2010 - ICE Charleston document fraud case yields arrests in Boston, New York and Philadelphia

ICE HSI agents uncovered a document fraud operation where individuals were illegally obtaining genuine South Carolina driver's licenses. Ten individuals were arrested in connection with the operation. Full Story

Dec. 6, 2010 - Owners of Bay Area restaurant chain charged with hiring illegal aliens and tax violations

Marino and Nicole Sandoval, owners of El Balazo restaurants, were arraigned in federal court this week on various charges related to tax and immigration violations. They are charged with knowingly hiring more than 10 illegal aliens to work at their restaurants in a 12-month period, submitting false social security numbers for their employees, filing false tax returns, evading taxes and more. Full Story