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08/17/2016
San Francisco, CA
Worksite Enforcement

Yaowapha Ritdet, 56, of Ukiah, admitted she knowingly hired Thai nationals who were illegally present in the United States to work at her restaurants, Ruen Tong Thai Cuisine and the Walter Café, both located in Ukiah.

08/17/2016
Muskogee, OK
Document and Benefit Fraud

The indictment alleged that on Dec. 12, 2012, Titus Ombina Aboge, 32, a citizen of the Republic of Kenya, and an alien in the United States, while living in Ada, Oklahoma, falsely and willfully represented himself to be a U.S. citizen on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.

08/12/2016
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Andrew Kimura, 31, of Sacramento, worked in the DMV’s Sacramento office where he processed applications for commercial and non‑commercial driver’s licenses. Kimura was convicted of conspiring with others and accepting bribes to obtain commercial driver’s licenses for individuals who had not taken or passed the necessary DMV examinations.

07/20/2016
Washington, DC
National Security
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“The men and women who work at this state-of-the art forensic laboratory are performing critical support on a wide variety of criminal investigations - including document fraud, drug and weapons trafficking, human smuggling, child pornography, cybercrimes and other issues important to national security,” said Johnson. “In Fiscal Year 2015, the lab processed over 35,000 pieces of evidence and its staff provided fraudulent document detection training to over 2,500 personnel from U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies. The renovation and expansion of this lab will help ensure that our forensic scientists have the right tools to accomplish their mission.”

07/20/2016
Washington, DC
National Security
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Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale unveiled a major renovation of ICE Homeland Security Investigations’ Forensic Laboratory.

07/14/2016
Albany, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud

Gaurav Mehta, 36, and Isha Mehta, 33, both citizens of India, were sentenced Wednesday to three  years of probation and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine, following jury convictions for marriage and immigration fraud.

07/01/2016
Fresno, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

The defendants - including Angelica Moreno-Velasquez, 31, Maria Victoria Perez-Vasquez, 30, Francisco Javier Hidalgo-Flores, 25, Lizet Amairani Ramirez-Zazueta, 26, and Veronica Rosales-Capitaine, 49, all of Fresno, and Fidel Vasquez-Velasquez, 22, of Madera - are charged with conspiracy; transferring false identification documents; possessing document-making implements; and fraud and misuse of alien registration receipt cards.

06/28/2016
Newark, NJ
Document and Benefit Fraud

Patria Zuniga, 53, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to 78 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $713,850.  In January 2016, Zuniga pleaded guilty to eight counts of wire fraud.

06/20/2016
Minneapolis, MN
Document and Benefit Fraud

Muhammed Fatty, 41 of Little Canada, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful procurement of naturalization and making false claims in relation to tax refunds. Fatty was previously charged with the crimes in August 2015.

06/03/2016
Dallas, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Atul Nanda, 46, and his brother, Jiten “Jay” Nanda, 45, were each sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn to 87 months in federal prison.  Each was convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, one count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, and four counts of wire fraud.

05/27/2016
Alexandria, VA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

Three individuals – Ijaz Khan, 42, and Vera Lautt, 56, both of Sante Fe, New Mexico, and Ibrar Khan, of Pakistan – face charges for conspiracy to defraud the United States and naturalizing and procuring U.S. citizenship by fraud. Ijaz Khan, along with Fahad Khan, of Pakistan, face additional charges, including smuggling artifacts from Pakistan into the United States and obstructing justice.

05/13/2016
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Andrew Kimura, 31, of Sacramento, was formerly employed by the DMV in Sacramento as a licensing-registration examiner where he processed applications for Class A and Class B commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and Class C noncommercial driver’s licenses

05/09/2016
Chicago, IL
Document and Benefit Fraud

Robert DeKelaita, 53, of Glenview, Illinois, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to commit asylum fraud, two counts of knowingly offering false statements in an asylum application, and one count of procuring perjury during asylum interviews. 

05/06/2016
San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Sunitha Guntipally, 43, of Fremont; her husband, Venkat Guntipally, 47, of Fremont; Pratap “Bob” Kondamoori, 54, of Incline Village, Nevada; and his sister, Sandhya Ramireddi, 56, of Pleasanton, were named in a 33-count indictment filed Thursday charging them with conspiracy to commit visa fraud, use of false documents, mail fraud, and other offenses. 

04/28/2016
Riverside, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Three people with family connections to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the perpetrators of the Dec. 2, 2015, terrorist attack at the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center (IRC), were arrested Thursday morning on federal conspiracy, marriage fraud and false statement charges.
04/27/2016
Alexandria, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
According to the indictment, Raju Kosuri, 44; his spouse Smriti Jharia, 45; and their co-conspirators fraudulently applied for more than 800 illegal immigration benefits under the H-1B visa program. Since 2008, and at much greater scale since 2011, Kosuri has built a staffing business that amounts to a visa-for-sale system, in violation of federal law.
04/05/2016
Newark, NJ
Student and Exchange Visitor Program
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Twenty-one brokers, recruiters, and employers were arrested Tuesday from across the United States, who allegedly conspired with more than a thousand foreign nationals to fraudulently maintain student and foreign worker visas through a “pay-to-stay” New Jersey college.
04/01/2016
Detroit, MI
Document and Benefit Fraud
According to court records, Rajinder Singh, 25, formerly of Jackson, Michigan, admitted that in May 2014, he conspired with others to intentionally set fire to his business in order to obtain insurance proceeds.
04/01/2016
Chicago, IL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Dr. Kostic, 59, and Pozdol, 47, both from Chicago, are each charged with one count of knowingly making false statements in a document submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Dr. Kostic is also charged with one count of attempted unlawful procurement of citizenship or naturalization. Both charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
03/22/2016
Bangor, ME
Document and Benefit Fraud
Robert Jerome Bond, 47, of Gardiner, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for theft of public money and an additional two years for aggravated identity theft.

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