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The man, in his late 80s, received information in the fall of 2013, that stated he had won a lottery prize. He was later contacted by a man who told him he owed taxes and other expenses ranging from $5,000 to $80,000 to receive his prize. The fraudsters cheated him out of nearly $150,000 before his son reported the scam to law enforcement.
Isaias Perez-Pineda, 43, was turned over to Mexican authorities at the top of El Paso’s Stanton International Bridge. Perez-Pineda is a suspect in the 1995 homicide of Juventino Rojas Sanchez, 33, in Mexico’s capital.
According to court records, Luz Zoraida Rojas-Delgado, 32, established communication with an individual to request assistance to smuggle a friend from Antigua to Puerto Rico. The criminal complaint also alleges that she engaged in communications with other people in an attempt to make a deal for the venture but did not agree with the price of $3,000 established by the alleged smuggler.
Ricardo Valentino Lee Mc Carthy, 43, was repatriated under ERO escort on board a commercial flight from McCarren International Airport. Upon arrival, ERO officers turned the suspect over to authorities from the Panamanian Judicial Police. Mc Carthy is wanted in Panama for a murder that occurred Aug. 27, 2002.
According to court documents, Ronet Blanc, 24, and Renet Blanc, 20, were involved in a scheme that used the stolen identities of Michigan and Florida residents to file fraudulent unemployment insurance claims in both of those states.
All 244 of the foreign nationals taken into custody by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers during the enforcement action, which concluded Thursday, had prior criminal convictions. The majority (56 percent) had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges and drug violations. The remaining arrestees had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo Hinojosa sentenced Mario Alberto Garcia-Balderas, 45, of Mexico, to 10 years in federal prison for being illegally in the United States, possessing a firearm, and as a felon possessing a firearm.
According to Salvadoran authorities Luis Antonio Garcia Garcia, 38, is a confirmed member of Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13. Among MS-13 members, Garcia goes by the moniker “El Shaggy”. He is wanted in El Salvador for aggravated homicide related to an incident on April 12, 2008 when Garcia allegedly shot a male victim multiple times, resulting in the victim’s death on the scene.
Mark Laurence Barlaan, 36, and Winnie Rabaya Barlaan, 65, pleaded guilty to marriage fraud and face a maximum penalty of five years each in federal prison. Peter Laforteza Barlaan, 63, pleaded guilty to immigration document fraud; and, Mary Helen Amaba Barlaan, 32, pleaded guilty to obtaining U.S. citizenship by fraud.
U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Rosa Melendez-Jimenez, 53, from Mexico, to 78 months imprisonment. Since she is not a U.S. citizen, she is expected to face deportation proceedings upon her release from federal prison.
Victoriano Enrique Larios, 30, was flown to El Salvador Aug. 27 onboard a charter flight coordinated by ICE’s Air Operations (IAO) Unit. Upon arrival, Larios was turned over to officials from the El Salvador’s Policia Nacional Civil (PNC).
Robert Ferraro, 45, previously pleaded guilty in May 2015 to using and persuading a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images. Between August 2013 and January 2015 Ferraro admitted to sexually abusing a 6-year-old child, videotaping the abuse, and uploading the video to the internet.
Sean Mooney served as a senior airman stationed at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, when he was arrested by HSI special agents with assistance from OSI officials in January 2014 for charges of enticing a minor and transporting child pornography.
Christina Cortez, 38, of Corpus Christi, allegedly produced child pornography while working at a day care facility in Corpus Christi. She further distributed them to Matthew Harbin, 29, of Brownsville, Texas, who was also indicted. The indictment charges both with producing child pornography.
Marseno Augusto Martins, 51, and Evandro Sergio Pais-Franca, 57, were turned over to Brazilian law enforcement authorities upon their respective arrivals at Belo Horizonte Airport in Brazil on Aug. 17 and 18.
The training, which was funded by Department of State's Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) program, included officials from Brazil's Federal Police, Attorney General's Office, Customs and Tax Authority, the Federal Highway Police, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
At trial, the government presented evidence that, on three occasions in September, October and November 2013, Charles Heath Stewart, 42, of Grand Ridge, knowingly enticed a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction. Additionally, evidence presented at trial showed that Stewart knowingly possessed pornographic images of children.