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07/27/2011
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes
Melvin Taplet, Jr., formerly of Elkton, Md., was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a federal charge stemming from a foiled murder-for-hire plot, following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The plot was unraveled with Taplet's arrest before anyone was harmed.
07/25/2011
Concord, NH
Financial Crimes
A New Hampshire woman was sentenced in federal court in Concord Monday in a drug smuggling and money laundering case investigated jointly with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
07/22/2011
Los Angeles, CA
Financial Crimes
Renjie Huang and Yong Xu, two Chinese nationals from the Los Angeles area, made their initial appearance in federal court Friday afternoon following their arrest on charges stemming from their role in a retail theft ring that used counterfeit credit cards to buy high-end electronics from Wal-Mart stores throughout the Los Angeles area.
06/23/2011
Ft Worth, TX
Financial Crimes
Christopher Blackwell, 32, of Colleyville, Texas, was arrested in Phoenix, Ariz., earlier this month on a charge outlined in a related federal complaint filed in the NDTX. Blackwell remains in custody; a date has not yet been set for his arraignment in U.S. District Court in Fort Worth.
06/20/2011
Mexico City, Mexico
Financial Crimes
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Mexico's customs authority, the Servicio de Administracion Tributaria (SAT), with assistance from the U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), seized over $2.4 million concealed within four large rolls of telephone cable for Caracas, Venezuela at the cargo facility of Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport.
06/14/2011
Santa Ana, CA
Financial Crimes
Arnold P. Nerenberg, a Whittier, Calif., psychologist, was arrested Tuesday morning following his indictment for allegedly orchestrating a scheme to bill the federal government for close to $1 million in costs involving fabricated psychological conditions and related medical treatments investigators say never took place.
06/10/2011
San Diego, CA
Financial Crimes
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The owner of two Tijuana dry cleaners was also ordered to pay more than $3 million after pleading guilty to charges in a 55-count indictment arising from an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that he violated U.S. anti-dumping laws by importing Chinese-made steel wire garment hangers to the U.S. without...
06/09/2011
El Paso, TX
Financial Crimes
Chad Eric O'Kelley was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a scheme to defraud the U.S. military and commit money laundering by allegedly selling stolen U.S. military ammunition. O'Kelley conspired with others while he was employed as the Iraq deputy in-country manager stationed at the Baghdad Operations Center by a U.S. Defense contractor...
06/07/2011
Alexandria, VA
Financial Crimes
Taesan Won, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to harboring illegal aliens for private financial gain for his business providing outcall companionship service to male customers at Annandale, Va. businesses such as karaoke clubs and bars, following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
06/02/2011
Millersville, MD
Financial Crimes
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"U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) shared over 470,000 dollars in ""asset sharing"" funds with the Anne Arundel County Police Department which were seized during an investigation into illegal gambling businesses. The investigation was led by ICE HSI, with the assistance of the Anne Arundel County Police Department."
05/27/2011
New York, NY
Financial Crimes
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ICE HSI agents and NYPD officers arrested 28 individuals for participating in a multi-million dollar sports-betting operation that used several locations in Staten Island, N.Y. A March 2009 tip led ICE HSI agents and NYPD detectives to Monte's Video store on Manor Road, in Staten Island, N.Y. Investigators soon learned that customers were not going to the store to rent videos.

05/24/2011
Boston, MA
Financial Crimes
Federal law enforcement authorities partially unsealed an indictment Tuesday naming 18 individuals, including a former police officer from Watertown, Mass., with drug, extortion and money laundering charges in a case investigated jointly with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
05/23/2011
Baltimore, MD
Financial Crimes
A federal grand jury has returned indictments charging two gambling businesses and three defendants with conducting an illegal gambling business and money laundering. 11 bank accounts and domain names associated with 10 Internet gambling sites were also seized today. The indictments are the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. ICE.
05/19/2011
San Diego, CA
Financial Crimes
A federal grand jury indicted Kathleen Wurts, 59, of Escondido, Calif., on 17 felony counts for conspiring to defraud individuals who made transactions on websites, including Craigslist and Yahoo. Wurts conspired to defraud individuals who used websites to find employment, buy and sell items, and rent or purchase property.
05/18/2011
Berkeley, CA
Financial Crimes
Special agents with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) returned $15,000 to an 80-year-old Berkeley man victimized by Quebec-based telemarketing con artists who persuaded him to send money to pay "taxes" on a sweepstakes prize they claimed he had won.
05/12/2011
Lubbock, TX
Financial Crimes
A federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment on Wednesday charging Oscar M. Escobar, 36, of Rocksprings, Texas with conspiracy to commit and attempted bulk-cash smuggling in a case is being investigated by Department of Public Safety (DPS), U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Brown County District Attorney's Office.
05/06/2011
Hartford, CT
Financial Crimes
"A citizen of China, who last resided in Bayside, Queens, N.Y., was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 18 months for operating a credit card ""bust-out"" scheme that defrauded financial institutions of more than $200,000. The case was investigated by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) along with a number of other agencies."
04/29/2011
Portland, OR
Financial Crimes
Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) returned $5,400 to an 84-year-old Portland-area woman victimized by Quebec-based telemarketing con artists, who called impersonating her grandson pretending to be in desperate need of cash.
04/21/2011
Nashville, TN
Financial Crimes
A Tennessee resident received $3,400 from local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and local law enforcement officers on Wednesday.
04/19/2011
Kansas City , MO
Financial Crimes
Zhe Li of Wichita, Kan. was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for passing over $100,000 worth of counterfeit casino chips at the Argosy Riverside Casino. The case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Gaming Division working jointly with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Missouri Department of Social Services.
04/07/2011
Baton Rouge, LA
Financial Crimes
A Louisiana resident received $6,497.07 from special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on Thursday, following a successful joint investigation against fraudulent telemarketers.
03/29/2011
Sterling, VA
Financial Crimes
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers turned over Libious Asefa, 42, of Columbus, Ohio after they arrested him to U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents on Saturday for allegedly lying about the amount of money he was carrying when questioned by federal authorities.
03/29/2011
Orlando, FL
Financial Crimes
David A. Smith, 41, a Jamaican citizen, pleaded guilty today to four counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, and 18 counts of money laundering following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the IRS, and the FBI. Smith led over 6,000 investors to believe that he was investing...
03/16/2011
Baltimore, MD
Financial Crimes
A federal grand jury has indicted a Chinese national, and a company he controls, Woncity Inc., for conspiracy, smuggling and other charges in connection with a scheme to smuggle large amounts of plastic bags into the United States from China. The indictment resulted from an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)...
03/10/2011
Tampa, FL
Financial Crimes
Richard Sinclair Pope, 53, of the United Kingdom, who was extradited from Spain earlier this year to face prosecution in this case, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.

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