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08/27/2018
Wilmington, NC
Document and Benefit Fraud

Nineteen foreign nationals were charged with unlawfully voting in the 2016 elections Friday, and a U.S. citizen was charged with aiding and abetting an alien to falsely claim U.S. citizenship to register to vote.

08/07/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Armen Simonyan, 44, who was free on bond in the narcotics-trafficking case, was arrested after being named in a two-count indictment returned today by a federal grand jury.

07/23/2018
Boston, MA
Document and Benefit Fraud
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The arrests and charges announced were the result of  “Operation Double Trouble,” a long term, coordinated investigation by HSI’s Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF) comprised of local, state and federal agencies joining together to detect, deter and disrupt organizations and individuals involved in a wide range of document, identity and benefit fraud schemes

07/09/2018
Dallas, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Co-defendant Amna Cheema, 38, a Pakistani national, previously pleaded guilty to her role in the scheme and was sentenced to time served.

05/21/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
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Matthew Ryan Johnston, 26 of Fontana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson for possession of an unregistered destructive device. 

05/21/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Kanit Kunnaragthai, 49, of Palmdale, was found guilty Thursday following a three-day trial in U.S. District Court. The jury found Kunnaragthai guilty of three felony counts: two counts of making a false statement to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in relation to a house in Moreno Valley that he purchased under the Good Neighbor Next Door (GNND) Sales Program, and one count of making a false statement to an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) investigator to maintain his security clearance as a CBP officer.

05/17/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

The indictment alleges that Mexican farmworkers were charged illegal fees for transportation, room and board after the company arranging for the workers’ visas promised the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that the workers had not paid and would not have to pay for these expenses. In addition, the indictment alleges that the farmworkers were made to pay fees to obtain their visas, which is prohibited under the H-2A visa program.

05/17/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Eleno Quinteros, 46, of Chula Vista, Calif. previously admitted falsely certifying that he had received no payments from the mechanics, when in fact he had demanded and collected hundreds of thousands of dollars of unlawful fees from approximately 85 of them.

04/26/2018
Cedar Rapids, IA
Financial Crimes

Pedro Alvarez Rodriguez, 36, and Dunieski Santana Moreno, 27, both Florida residents, were sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand to prison terms of 42 and 40 months, respectively.

04/19/2018
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Ramesh Venkata Pothuru, 44, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison to the aforementioned violations. Mr. Pothuru collected over $450,000 in illegal filing fees and related expenses from more than 100 fraudulent visas and employer-sponsored green cards for nonimmigrant workers from his native India.

04/19/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Hee Sun Shim (also known as Leonard Shim and Leo Shim), 54, of Hancock Park, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu. Shim, who was ordered to begin serving his sentence in 60 days, and was further ordered to forfeit to the government $431,508 seized from bank accounts and $34,860 in cash seized during the execution of a federal search warrant at his former residence in Beverly Hills in March 2015.

04/19/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Jessica Godoy Ramos, 37, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee. After she completes the 15-month prison term, Ramos will spend six months in home detention.

04/11/2018
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud

The U.S. Department of Justice secured the denaturalization of two Somalis on Wednesday — one convicted of engaging in sexual contact with a minor, and the other fictitiously created a family to secure a Diversity Immigrant Visa, which concluded a concurrent case against three additional individuals.

03/19/2018
Cedar Rapids, IA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Jose Lopez-Morales, 36, a citizen of Guatemala illegally residing in Independence, Iowa, was sentenced to two months in federal prison following his guilty plea on Jan. 25, 2018, to one count of unlawfully using identification documents.  

03/02/2018
Seattle, WA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Alejando Gurany-Navarro, of El Paso, collected thousands of dollars from foreign nationals across the U.S. after telling them he worked for a government immigration office and could provide the immigrants with legal status for a fee.

02/21/2018
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Ying Huang, 23, a Chinese citizen, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of passport fraud, one count of mail fraud, and aiding and abetting.

02/20/2018
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud

Reynaldo Rodriguez-Canario, aka Reinaldo Rodriguez, aka Reynaldo Rodriguez, aka Reinaldo Canario, aka Jose Almonte, aka Jose Martinez, aka Matatan and and aka Ciego, 47, a citizen of the Dominican Republic residing in Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marcos O. Lopez of the District of Puerto Rico to one count of conspiracy to possess and transfer identification documents, one count of conspiracy to encourage an alien to reside in the United States for financial gain, and one count of aggravated identity theft. 

02/16/2018
Dallas, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Bilal Ahmed Khaleeq, 47, will remain on supervised release pending sentencing, which is set for June 4.  Co-defendant Amna Cheema, 37, a Pakistani national, previously pleaded guilty to her role in the scheme and was sentenced to time served.

02/13/2018
Boston, MA
Document and Benefit Fraud

David Brimage, 46, of Boston, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to eight months in prison and two years of supervised release. In October 2017, Brimage and co-conspirators Evelyn Medina, 56; Annette Gracia, 37, both of Boston; Kimberly Jordan, 33, of Randolph; and Bivian Yohanny Brea, 41, of Boston, agreed to plead guilty to one count of producing without lawful authority an identification document or a false identification document.

02/13/2018
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Leaford George Cameron, 65, of Burlington, New Jersey, was convicted of one count of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, and three counts of making false statements.

02/09/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Human Rights Violators

ICE HSI arrested Catalino Esteban Valiente Alonzo, 77, of Fontana, who was previously the chief of the National Police in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, after Valiente was charged in a one-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury.

12/14/2017
Orlando, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud

“These criminals conspired to circumvent and exploit our nation's immigration laws for personal financial gain,” said HSI Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero. “This undermines the very objectives of our immigration laws and services, which are based on the honesty of the people who apply for immigration benefits.”

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