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05/19/2014

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending May 16, 2014

May 12, 2014 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement honors fallen law enforcement officers

ICE employees, leadership, family members of ICE fallen officers and distinguished guests, including Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson and DHS Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, gathered at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 12 and gave a moving tribute to law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. Full Story

May 16, 2014 – Queens man sentenced to life in violent sex trafficking case

A Queens man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in connection with his leadership of a long-running sex trafficking conspiracy that employed force, fraud, and coercion to sell young women for sex against their wills. The investigation leading to this life sentence was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents assigned to New York. Full Story

May 15, 2014 – Paroled 'Wah Mee Massacre' conspirator deported to Hong Kong

A former Seattle-area man convicted of participating in one of Seattle's deadliest shootings was deported to Hong Kong Tuesday by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Full Story

May 16, 2014 – Clothing importers to pay $10 million settlement in customs fraud case

Two New York-based importers of women's apparel have agreed to pay $10 million in damages and penalties under the False Claims Act for cheating the United States out of millions of dollars in customs duties over the course of a decade. The court settlement results from an investigation by ICE's HSI with assistance from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Full Story

May 15, 2014 – Israeli citizen charged with violating US arms export laws

An Israeli citizen was indicted in Connecticut with selling arms including spare parts for fighter jets to Iran, in violation of U.S. arms export laws, following an investigation led by ICE's HSI and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. Full Story