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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Mar. 15, 2013

Mar. 8, 2013 – Criminal alien child molester pleads guilty to illegally re-entering US

A Honduran criminal alien convicted of child molestation in Florida pleaded guilty to a felony charge of illegally re-entering the United States following a prior removal. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested the man March 26, 2012, in Jefferson Parish as part of Operation Cross Check, a national ICE initiative targeting fugitive aliens. Full Story

Mar. 11, 2013 – Raleigh victim of Jamaican lottery scam receives $45,000 in funds recovered by ICE

The family of an elderly Raleigh, N.C., woman defrauded of nearly $200,000 by Jamaican scammers received a $45,000 check for funds recovered on her behalf by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Jamaican Financial Investigative Division. Full Story

Mar. 12, 2013 – Oklahoma's first-ever federal human trafficking sentences announced in Tulsa

Oklahoma's first-ever federal human trafficking sentences, including six people sentenced over two days, were announced following their guilty pleas to sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, and coercion and enticement to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution. Full Story

Mar. 14, 2013 – ICE rescues abducted child in cross-border parental kidnapping case

A 17-month-old girl was rescued and reunited with her mother in Mexico Thursday afternoon after officers with ICE located her in a San Diego apartment where she was being held by her paternal grandmother. After receiving a request for assistance from Mexican authorities, ICE's ERO officers and HSI special agents on the National Security Task Force initiated an investigation. Full Story

Mar. 14, 2013 – HSI investigation leads to the arrest of more than a dozen members of an international money laundering scheme in the US and Colombia

More than a dozen members of an international money laundering scheme were indicted in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y. The indictment reveals 19 people conspired to launder tens of millions of dollars in narcotic proceeds from the United States to Colombia between 2006 and 2013. The indictments and arrests come as a result of an extensive investigation by ICE's HSI and the Colombian National Police. Full Story