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05/31/2013

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending May 31, 2013

May 28, 2013 – Charges filed against one of the largest digital currency companies, employees for running $6 billion money laundering scheme

The Manhattan U.S. attorney and representatives from several law enforcement agencies announced May 28 an indictment charging Liberty Reserve, one of the world’s largest digital currency companies, and seven of its principals and employees with money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. Full Story

May 29, 2013 – Fighting Spice, a growing epidemic

It's about as easy to buy as a soda, there is no age restriction, it's pseudo-legal and it's difficult to detect. Despite the overwhelming tide against them, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents continue the fight against this dangerous, and potentially lethal, drug. Full Story

 May 28, 2013 – Guatemalan man sentenced for sexually abusing teen human trafficking victim

A Guatemalan man illegally present in the United States was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison May 23 for sexually abusing a teenage Guatemalan girl he illegally trafficked across the Mexican border. The sentencing follows an initial arrest in July 2012 by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and subsequent investigation by HSI. Full Story

May 31, 2013 – HSI seizes $1 million in counterfeit merchandise from Baton Rouge store

HSI, along with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, seized 3,082 counterfeit items with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of more than $1 million from a Baton Rouge business May 30. The seized items included counterfeit designer clothing and electronics. Full Story

May 30, 2013 – Cyber-sting nets Chinese national in attempt to export sensitive technology

A Chinese citizen pleaded guilty May 30 at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act by attempting to export weapons-grade carbon fiber from the United States to China. The guilty plea follows an investigation by HSI, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Export Enforcement. Full Story