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11/04/2013

ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Nov. 1, 2013

Oct. 31, 2013 – Massive new cross border drug tunnel shut down south of San Diego

Three suspects are facing possible federal charges following the seizure of more than eight tons of marijuana and several hundred pounds of cocaine linked to an elaborate cross border tunnel shut down late at night Oct. 30 during an operation by federal and local law enforcement agencies. Full Story

Oct. 31, 2013 – Violent criminal alien sentenced for obstructing his removal from the US

An Albanian man illegally present in the United States was sentenced to four years in federal prison Oct. 29 for hampering his removal from the country. He refused to comply with instructions from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) to board removal flights to his country of origin. Full Story

 Oct. 30, 2013 – Indian corporation pays record $34 million fine to settle allegations of systemic visa fraud and abuse of immigration processes

Infosys Limited, an Indian company involved in consulting, technology and outsourcing, has agreed to a record $34 million civil settlement based on allegations of systemic visa fraud and abuse of immigration processes, and also agreed to enhanced corporate compliance measures. The $34 million payment made by Infosys as a result of these allegations represents the largest payment ever levied in an immigration case. Full Story

 Oct. 31, 2013 – 25 sentenced following Houston HSI Operation 'Prison Cell' RICO investigation

Fourteen former Texas Department of Criminal Justice correction officers and 11 others were sentenced to federal prison following their convictions related to a large-scale racketeering case involving the McConnell Unit in Beeville, Texas. Full Story

Oct. 28, 2013 – Missouri man pleads guilty to scheme to sell thousands of counterfeit DVDs

A southwestern Missouri man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to multiple charges related to a scheme to sell thousands of counterfeit DVDs via the Internet. Full Story