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01/10/2017
Chicago, IL
Child Exploitation

John C. Vastis, 54, of Lakemoor, Illinois, began communicating online with one of his victims in 2013. From the outset, the chats were sexually charged. For nearly a year Vastis encouraged the victim to record sexually explicit photos and videos of himself and transmit the images over the internet to Vastis.

01/10/2017
Houston, TX
Financial Crimes

Juan Jose Hernandez Comerma (Hernandez), 51, of Weston, Florida, pleaded guilty in federal court in Houston to one count of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and one count of violating the FCPA. Charles Quintard Beech III, 46, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the FCPA.

01/10/2017
Riverside, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Syed Raheel Farook, 31, of Corona, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud before U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal.

01/09/2017
Washington, DC
Operational

A critical part of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) mission is to increase local and national understanding of the agency and foster trust and collaboration in communities across the United States.

01/06/2017
Sacramento, CA
Child Exploitation

Theodore Allen Leleaux, 34, appeared for his sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court Friday.

01/06/2017
Hyattsville, MD
Human Rights Violators

Jose Mardoqueo Ortiz Morales, 54, was arrested by special agents from HSI’s Baltimore office. As a former member of an elite Guatemalan army unit known as the Kaibiles, Ortiz Morales is wanted in his native country on criminal charges for murder, war crimes, and crimes against humanity for his role in the Dos Erres massacre.

01/05/2017
Boston, MA
Financial Crimes
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Cleber Rene Rizerio Rocha, 28, a Brazilian national living in Westborough, Massachusetts, was charged via criminal complaint with one count of conspiring to commit money laundering.  Rocha was ordered detained following an appearance Thursday before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein.

01/05/2017
Las Cruces, NM
Child Exploitation

William Allen Patterson, 34, of Alamogordo, New Mexico, will be sentenced to 78 months in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court. Under the terms of his plea agreement, he will also be required to register as a sex offender when he completes his sentence.

01/05/2017
Albuquerque, NM
Narcotics

Luis Rangel Arce and his co-defendants Miguel Rangel Arce, 36, and Rogelio Santiago Quiroa-Valdez, also Mexican nationals, were among eight San Juan County, New Mexico, residents charged with federal narcotics trafficking.

01/05/2017
Albuquerque, NM
Narcotics

Massiel Segoviano-Fierro and his co-defendant Juan Carlos Nieblas-Ruelas, 28, also a Mexican national illegally residing in the United States, were arrested in November 2015.  Both were charged Nov. 23, 2015, by criminal complaint with conspiracy and possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. 

01/05/2017
Greenbelt, MD
Transnational Gangs

Eric Antonio Mejia-Ramos, aka “Flaco,” age 22, of Hyattsville, Maryland, was sentenced today to life in prison, for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, including participating in a murder. On January 4, 2017, Luis Guzman-Ventura, a/k/a “Casper,” age 23, of Hyattsville was sentenced to 360 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, on the same charge. 

01/04/2017
Nampa, ID
Child Exploitation

Troy A. Paul, 48, pleaded guilty Aug. 16 admitting to viewing images of child pornography on a Russian photo sharing website several times between January and June 2014. Paul further confessed to viewing child pornography emailed to him approximately 100 times using the iPhone assigned by his employer.

01/04/2017
Nampa, ID
Child Exploitation

Fernando Morales, 50, was initially contacted Aug. 23 at his residence by the Nampa Police Department after a 16-year-old called 911.

01/04/2017
Fort Worth, TX
Child Exploitation

On Dec. 30, 2016, U.S. District Judge John McBryde sentenced Robert Eugene Sanders, 74, of Hood County, Texas, to 360 months in federal prison, fined him $10,000, and ordered him to pay nearly $65,000 in restitution. Sanders pleaded guilty in July 2016 to one count of producing child pornography.

01/04/2017
Kansas City, KS
Document and Benefit Fraud

Goran Sabah Ghafour, 35, who had been living in Lawrence, Kansas, pleaded guilty to one count of visa fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

01/03/2017
Philadelphia, PA
Operational
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As special agent in charge, Miller, a 25-year veteran of federal law enforcement, oversees nearly 200 federal agents, intelligence analysts, and professional administrative staff across six HSI offices throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware. 

12/30/2016
Washington, DC
Operational

Overall, in FY 2016, the Department apprehended 530,250 individuals nationwide and conducted a total of 450,954 removals and returns. The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) reported 415,816 apprehensions nationwide, compared to 337,117 in FY 2015; and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 114,434 individuals, compared to 125,211 in FY 2015. 

12/28/2016
Houston, TX
Financial Crimes

In total, Ray, Valdez Pinon, Ramnarine, Perez and their co-conspirators paid more than $2 million in bribes to Mexican officials, including Hernandez Montemayor and Nevarez, in order to secure aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul contracts.

12/28/2016
Harrisburg, PA
Child Exploitation

Colonel Robert J. Rice, 58 was arrested in May 2014 following an HSI led investigation of his online activities.  In May 2016, following a five-day jury trial, Rice was found guilty for knowingly possessing child pornography from Aug. 2010 through Jan. 29, 2013, and receiving and distributing child pornography through the internet from Jan. 23, 2013 through Jan. 28, 2013.

12/28/2016
Washington, DC
Enforcement and Removal
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Emilio Coreas-Avelar, 24, an alleged MS-13 gang member, was arrested at his residence in Burke, Virginia, where he admitted he was a citizen of El Salvador and illegally present in the U.S. At that point in time, ERO officers served him a notice to appear in immigration court. In September, an immigration judge ordered Coreas-Avelar removed from the U.S. to El Salvador

12/27/2016
Philadelphia, PA
Enforcement and Removal
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Dandy Somwe Kapila, 29, has an active warrant for his arrest on charges of trafficking in stolen vehicles, fraud, forgery, and falsification charges, issued by Congolese law enforcement.

12/23/2016
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal

Manuel Fernando Cajamarca-Curillo, 25, the subject of an Interpol warrant of arrest in Ecuador for the rape of a minor, was ordered removed by a U.S. immigration judge in November. He is also under investigation in Ecuador for the rape and murder of another minor.

12/22/2016
Detroit, MI
Enforcement and Removal
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During the 11-day enforcement action, ERO officers apprehended 71 aliens with criminal convictions. The remaining three fall under the agency’s enforcement priorities as recent immigration violators. Those arrested had criminal histories with past convictions for drug trafficking, DUI, weapons violations, fraud, domestic violence, burglary and other serious criminal offenses.

12/21/2016
Boston, MA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Sandra McDonald, 51, a Jamaican national living in Fall River, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 27 months in prison. McDonald previously pleaded guilty in September 2016, to passport fraud, theft of public money, and misrepresenting a Social Security number.  She has been held in custody since her arrest in May 2016.

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