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08/30/2017
Washington, DC
Operational
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The nation’s premier federal law enforcement agency focused on protecting America from cross-border crime and illegal immigration launched an enhanced careers section on its website Aug. 29 to help top candidates apply for a variety of jobs.

08/29/2017
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Henry Gibbs, 54, a United States citizen, is charged with conspiracy to produce identification documents without lawful authority and bribery concerning agencies receiving federal funds.  The charge of conspiracy carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; and the charges of bribery concerning agencies receiving federal funds carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

08/29/2017
Kingman, AZ
Financial Crimes

Diane Maxine Richards, 60, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of theft. According to documents filed in the case, in September 2015 HSI began investigating Richards after financial institutions reported seeing unusual activity in her bank accounts.

08/29/2017
Washington, DC
Operational
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ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan and DSI Director General Paisit Wongmuang signed the MOU in a ceremony held at ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. Additional participants from ICE and DSI were in attendance.

08/29/2017
San Francisco, CA
Operational

Job Torres Hernandez, 47, of Hayward, is accused of harboring at least five people whom he allegedly knew had come to the U.S. illegally. According to the indictment, which was handed down last week and unsealed Tuesday, the defendant had harbored and employed the illegal aliens since at least July 2015.

08/28/2017
New York, NY
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Through a review of operational case studies, best practices and industry perspectives, the 11th annual International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference also aims to shape effective enforcement strategies.

08/25/2017
Ehrenberg, AZ
Child Exploitation

Alejandro Ledesma, 20, from La Paz County, will remain in custody pending his arraignment on four counts of sexually exploiting a minor. The criminal charges resulted from an investigation by HSI Phoenix in collaboration with the La Paz County Sheriff's Department. This case is being prosecuted by the La Paz County Attorney’s Office.

08/24/2017
Minneapolis, MN
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
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Lili Huang, 36 of Woodbury, Minnesota, was sentenced for withholding documents, as well as enslaving, starving and beating a victim in a forced-labor case.

08/23/2017
Detroit, MI
Narcotics

In Oct. 2013, Khaophone Sychantha, 32, aka Kao, whose last known residence was Lakeshore, Ontario, was charged in a four-count federal indictment with distribution of a controlled substance following an investigation by ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

08/23/2017
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal
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In September 2013, Walter Yovany-Gomez, 33, aka “Cholo,” was indicted by a Newark grand jury for murder in aid of racketeering and conspiracy to commit murder in an indictment that named 14 alleged members of Plainfield Locos Salvatrucha (PLS), a New Jersey branch of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) transnational gang.

08/22/2017
Norfolk, VA
National Security
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The center will focus on identifying intellectual property rights violations, public health and safety threats, and compliance with import and export laws. It will work with a variety of federal agencies including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transportation to enforce these laws. The Virginia TECC is the 12th in the country.

08/22/2017
Phoenix, AZ
Enforcement and Removal
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Ysidro Mendoza-Guzman, 33, was transferred to the custody of representatives from Mexico’s Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR) and Mexican immigration officials by ERO Special Response Team (SRT) officers at the Nogales DeConcini Port of Entry. He came into ICE custody July 7 following his release from federal prison. 

08/22/2017
Ft. Worth, TX
Child Exploitation

Matthew Anthony Keller, 25, of Watauga, Texas, who, according to police reports, taught at Southwest High School in Fort Worth, pleaded guilty to one count of producing child pornography in October 2016.  He has been in custody since his arrest in July 2016.

08/22/2017
Dallas, TX
Child Exploitation

Elmer Franky Ortiz, 42, from Honduras and who lived in Carrollton, Texas, pleaded guilty in April 2017 one count of receiving a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

08/21/2017
Plano, TX
Child Exploitation

Joel Linden, 29, from Denton, Texas, pleaded guilty to producing and distributing child pornography on Apr. 20, 2017.  He was sentenced to a total of 600 months in federal prison on Aug. 18, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Marcia Crone.

08/19/2017
Philadelphia , PA
Child Exploitation

On Aug. 19, Eduardo Angulo Medina, 32, an unlawfully present Peruvian citizen, was encountered by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) attempting to depart the United States via a United Airlines flight to Lima, Peru, at Newark Liberty International Airport.

08/18/2017
Midland, TX
Operational

David Oscar Limon, 47, was also ordered to pay a $13,200 fine and perform 100 hours of community service while on three years of supervised release after he completes his prison term.

08/18/2017
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal
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Ziming Zhou, 47, entered the United States lawfully on May 6, 2014, in Los Angeles s a non-immigrant visitor for pleasure with authorization to remain in the country until Nov. 5, 2014. Zhou failed to depart within the allotted time frame. On Feb. 11, 2016, ERO Newark arrested Zhou at his place of residence.

08/18/2017
San Antonio, TX
Child Exploitation

Kenneth Lee Briggs, 43, from Kyle, Texas, was arrested after a criminal complaint was filed in federal court on Aug. 16. On Thursday, he made his initial appearance in U.S. Magistrate Court in Austin, Texas.

08/18/2017
Detroit, MI
National Security

Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 70, lost her United States citizenship, and will be deported from the United States for having obtained her United States citizenship unlawfully, Daniel L. Lemisch, acting United States Attorney announced. 

08/17/2017
Orlando, FL
Enforcement and Removal

Anner Javier Maldonado-Reyes, 39, of Largo, and Maria Guadalupe Maldonado, 38, of Largo, are both citizens of Honduras. According to the indictments, Anner Maldonado-Reyes, who has operated under several aliases over the years, including “Jose Martinez-Reyes,” “Juan Martinez,” and “Pedro Vargas-Monteramos,” has previously been removed from the U.S. on at least two occasions: February 1999 and February 2008.

08/17/2017
Dallas, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Smith Olsola Akin, 34, of Plano, Texas, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in May 2016. Judge Lynn sentenced Akin to 135 months in federal prison.

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