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03/12/2019
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Federal authorities this morning arrested five defendants linked to a scheme that helped Chinese nationals obtain student visas by hiring individuals who used fake Chinese passports to take an English proficiency test for the foreign students.

02/27/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Bakary Camara, 32, bribed his co-conspirator Henry Gibbs (a former PennDOT agent) in order to unlawfully obtain Pennsylvania learner’s permits and non-commercial and commercial driver’s licenses for foreign nationals and others. Some of the individuals for whom the defendant assisted in getting a driver’s license did not speak English and could not pass the DMV knowledge tests.

01/31/2019
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
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The indictments charge operators and clients of three “maternity house” or “birthing house” schemes that were dismantled in March 2015 when federal agents executed 35 search warrants, which resulted from international undercover operations.

12/14/2018
Oklahoma City, OK
Document and Benefit Fraud

On Feb. 5, 2018, Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 35, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, was taken into custody by the FBI without incident, based on a criminal complaint signed in the Western District of Oklahoma. According to the complaint, the FBI found 15 of Alfallaj’s fingerprints on an application to an al Qaeda training camp, known as al Farooq, which was one of al Qaeda’s key training sites in Afghanistan.

11/20/2018
New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
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Andreea Dumitru, a/k/a “Andreea Dumitru Parcalaboiu,” an immigration attorney based in Queens, New York, was found guilty Nov. 19 in Manhattan federal court of asylum fraud, making false statements to immigration authorities, and aggravated identity theft.

11/16/2018
El Paso, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
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Federico Garcia Jr., 44, who had worked for the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) at the ports of entry in the 1990s, faces up to 20 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to defrauding numerous legal and illegal aliens.

10/01/2018
Scranton, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Lucas Hernandez-Torres, 47, pleaded guilty to the charges on April 25, 2017, and is awaiting sentencing, and faces a maximum penalty under federal law of 10 years imprisonment.

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.

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