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02/10/2017
Albuquerque, NM
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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According to the indictment, from March 2014 through October 2015, the four defendants conspired to violate the IACA by displaying and offering for sale jewelry manufactured in the Philippines in a manner that suggested that it was Indian-produced and the product of American Indian tribes.

02/09/2017
New York, NY
Enforcement and Removal
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Martires Molvan-Figeureo, 54, was escorted by ERO officers via an ICE Air Ops charter flight to Louisiana, where he then boarded a flight to the Dominican Republic, where he was turned over to local authorities.  He entered the United States legally, but failed to depart the U.S. as required.

02/09/2017
Detroit, MI
Operational

Forty-four BESTs currently exist throughout the country at major gateways to the United States like the Miami Seaport, the Southwest Border and the New York Seaport/Canadian Border.

02/09/2017
Corpus Christi, TX
Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Joseph Edmond Cleveland, 25, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janis to 15 months in prison. In handing down the sentence, Judge Jack noted an aggravating factor that Cleveland attempted to use his status as a serviceman to avoid detection.

02/09/2017
Urbana, IL
Document and Benefit Fraud

Miguel Valencia-Sandoval, 33, of Champaign, Illinois, made his initial appearance in federal court in Urbana Thursday. The indictment charges Valencia-Sandoval with aggravated identity theft and making a false statement of U.S. citizenship in April 2012 on a U.S. passport application by allegedly using another person’s identity and stating he was a U.S. citizen when he was not.

02/09/2017
Houston, TX
Child Exploitation

Andrew Craig Sustaita, 30, of Spring, Texas, was indicted by a federal grand jury Feb. 1 on charges of producing child pornography.

02/09/2017
Washington, DC
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

According to evidence presented at trial and court records, Ijaz Khan, 42, of Sante Fe, New Mexico, was part of a conspiracy that smuggled ancient artifacts into the U.S., including pottery and bronze weapons stolen from burial sites and coins from a cave temple in Pakistan called the Kashmir Smast.

02/09/2017
Norfolk, VA
Child Exploitation

According to court documents, Bruce Lee Scott, 30, received numerous images of child pornography through an internet-based file sharing program. After conducting a search warrant on his residence, investigators found that Scott possessed more than 1,000 pictures and 46 videos of child pornography on his laptop. 

02/09/2017
San Juan, PR
Child Exploitation

According to the one-count criminal complaint charging Misael Medero-Garcia, 29, with production of child pornography, from July 2015 through Nov. 2016, Medero-Garcia allegedly employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced a 15-year-old female identified as “Minor Female 1”, to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct.

02/09/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Hee Sun Shim (also known as Leonard Shim and Leo Shim), 53, of Beverly Hills, the owner and manager of the schools, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to conspiracy and immigration document fraud.

02/09/2017
Riverside, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Tatiana Farook, 32, of Corona, pleaded guilty Thursday morning before U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud. 

02/08/2017
Albuquerque, NM
Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

According to court filings, Anthony Lee Gambino, 44, from Farmington, New Mexico, was the owner and operator of Gambino Security Safety Corp., a security company based in Aztec, New Mexico.

02/07/2017
Rochester, NY
Human Rights Violators

Isaac Kannah, 51, of Philadelphia, is charged in an October 2012, indictment with perjury and obstruction of justice. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

02/06/2017
Fargo, ND
Child Exploitation

Paul Bradley Meagher, 43, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to serve 10 years in prison.  Meagher had previously pleaded guilty plea to receiving and distributing child pornography via the internet.

02/06/2017
Chicago, IL
Child Exploitation

Joseph Gould, 31, of McHenry, Illinois, was charged in McHenry County Circuit Court with three counts of disseminating child pornography (Class X felonies punishable by six to 30 years in prison), and seven counts of possessing child pornography (Class 2 felonies punishable by three to seven years in prison).

02/06/2017
Washington, DC
Human Rights Violators
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI are joining with U.S. and foreign government partners, non-governmental organizations and local communities in calling for the eradication of female genital mutilation and cutting.

02/06/2017
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights

Allen Smith, 50, of Phoenix, Arizona, was sentenced Feb. 6 by U.S. District Judge David Hittner of the Southern District of Texas.  In addition to his prison term, Smith was ordered to pay $867,150 in restitution and to forfeit $42,269 worth of illicit proceeds.

02/03/2017
Tucson, AZ
Narcotics

Pedro Ojeda-Ramirez, 24, and Ulises Alaim Saijas-Zamorano, 22, both of Mexico, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to prison terms of 140 months and 60 months, respectively.

02/03/2017
El Paso, TX
Financial Crimes

Clarence Counterman, 59, owner of an income tax return preparation business known as Taxrite, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. Counterman’s co-defendant, Robert Loya, 52, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release.

02/02/2017
Honolulu, HI
Intellectual Property Rights

Bu Young Kim, 40, and Chan Hui Cho, 40, both of Brooklyn, New York, appeared in court Jan. 25 to answer to the charges, which stem from a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Food and Drug Administration.

02/02/2017
Houston, TX
Child Exploitation

Jebediah Dishman, 70, of Freedonia, Kansas, was arrested Nov. 8 in Houston and originally charged by criminal complaint.

02/02/2017
Houston, TX
Intellectual Property Rights
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The results from Operation Team Player, a year-round effort developed by the HSI-led National IPR Center to crackdown on the illegal importation of counterfeit sports apparel and merchandise, were revealed at a press conference hosted by the NFL with participation from ICE, CBP, Houston Police Department, Harris County District Attorney’s Office and Harris County Constable’s Office.

02/01/2017
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal
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Javier Atlixqueno-Vaquero, 37, a citizen of Mexico, was arrested late Tuesday night after ERO identified Vaquero leaving his residence. Atlixqueno is a convicted felon for the crimes of sexual assault with a minor, felony sale of hallucinogen/narcotic controlled substance, and felony failure to appear.

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