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08/03/2012
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Mexican national convicted for his role in a large-scale counterfeit document ring has been sentenced to seven years in prison following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the California Department of Motor vehicles.
02/12/2016
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Helaman Hansen, 63, of Elk Grove, is named in a 13-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud; 11 counts of mail fraud; and one count of wire fraud. The charges are the result of an investigation by the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
05/22/2014
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
The defendants include four Los Angeles County residents – Philip Tolentino Sarmiento, Laurence Viernes, German Zagada and Jude Dagza Leoncio; two individuals from Kern County – Juan Malaluan Tenorio, Jr. and Glyn Cordova Villegas; and an Orange County man, James Quijano Leoncio. All of the defendants applied for licenses to practice as registered nurses in California using false and forged nursing school transcripts from the Philippines. They now face up to three years in prison.
07/26/2011
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
A federal grand jury has indicted a former Sacramento immigration consultant and 13 other individuals alleging they participated in an elaborate immigration fraud scheme in which foreign nationals from Eastern Europe and Russia paid to enter into sham marriages with locally recruited U.S. citizens.
11/01/2013
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Silverio Raymundo Izehuatl-Sarmiento, a 37-year-old Mexican national living in Sacramento, was sentenced Friday to 15 months in federal prison for producing fake identification documents and possessing document making equipment.
03/07/2013
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Sacramento immigration consultant, Sergey Potepalov, pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges admitting he oversaw an elaborate scheme involving foreign nationals from Eastern Europe and Russia who paid up to five-figure fees to enter into sham marriages with locally recruited U.S. citizens.
08/06/2019
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Abhijit Prasad, 52, received multiple convictions Tuesday, including 21 counts of visa fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft from a federal jury. Prasad was previously indicted on related charges during 2016.

01/09/2013
Salt Lake City, UT
Document and Benefit Fraud
James Hector Alcala, a Salt Lake City immigration attorney who fled following his 2009 indictment on alien smuggling and visa fraud charges, is headed to back to Utah after being captured while attempting to re-enter the U.S. on Christmas Day at the San Ysidro Port of Entry near San Diego.
09/03/2015
San Antonio, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Linda A. Perez, 47, is charged by a federal grand jury indictment that was returned Sept. 3 with falsifying an identification document and four counts of using an interstate wire facility to aid an unlawful activity.
03/02/2017
San Antonio, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Jessica Rivas, 37 and Eric Job Alva, 39, from San Antonio admitted that between March and May 2015, the couple conspired to collect legal fees from incarcerated illegal aliens and/or their families under false pretenses.

06/17/2011
San Diego, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Carmen Tepper, 56, of Las Vegas, the owner of the San Diego International Academy of English (SDIAE) and Southern States University (SSU), is charged in the 11-count indictment handed down last month with conspiring to defraud the U.S. government, and with making false statements in documents submitted on behalf of foreign students.
03/08/2017
San Diego, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Eleno Quinteros, 45, of Chula Vista, allegedly assisted recruits with obtaining work visas to come to the U.S., and helped many of them pursue legal permanent residency in return for thousands of dollars apiece.

11/01/2012
San Diego, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
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So far, the probe has identified two victims who paid more than $5,000 for what they believed were legitimate immigration services.
03/07/2012
San Diego, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Armando Garcia, the former owner of an immigration consulting business who defrauded more than 150 clients from multiple states, has been sentenced to 81 months in federal prison following a probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
08/10/2017
San Diego, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Eleno Quinteros Jr., 45, of Chula Vista, admitted he falsely certified he had received no payments from the mechanics, when in fact he had illegally demanded and collected hundreds of thousands of dollars of fees from approximately 85 of them. 

07/31/2013
San Diego, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Following her arrest by HSI special agents in December 2012, Ruiz admitted to charging clients for legal services while posing as an immigration attorney. Ruiz promised to get the clients work permits and driver's licenses and other immigration benefits.
05/29/2013
San Diego, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Roberto J. Velasquez, 55, of National City, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz.
01/09/2020
San Francisco, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Ricardo Gabriele-Plage, 39, was sentenced to four years in prison by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley for an identity-theft scheme, announced Special Agent in Charge Tatum King of ICE's HSI San Francisco Field Office and U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott, Jan. 9.

07/13/2015
San Francisco, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Buyantod Thomas, 30, of Concord, was sentenced July 9 for aiding and abetting the submission of fraudulent asylum applications. The charges are the result of a multiyear probe by Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force headed by ICE's HSI.
12/10/2012
San Francisco, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Andrew Chojecki, a past applications-adjudicator for the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), has been indicted by a Bay Area grand jury on nine criminal counts stemming from his alleged role in a marriage fraud scheme.
01/29/2014
San Francisco, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Ramin Bibian, a Los Angeles-area man who admitted operating two websites that sold counterfeit IDs, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to 33 months in prison for transferring false identification documents.
08/17/2016
San Francisco, CA
Worksite Enforcement

Yaowapha Ritdet, 56, of Ukiah, admitted she knowingly hired Thai nationals who were illegally present in the United States to work at her restaurants, Ruen Tong Thai Cuisine and the Walter Café, both located in Ukiah.

03/24/2014
San Francisco, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
A federal jury Monday convicted Susan Xiao-Ping Su, the founder and former president of Tri-Valley University, of multiple federal criminal counts, including wire fraud, visa fraud, and money laundering, for her role in a large-scale visa fraud scheme involving foreign students.
11/02/2014
San Francisco, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Susan Xiao-Ping Su, 44, of Pleasanton, appeared in court before U.S. District Court Judge Jon S. Tigar. In addition to the prison term, Judge Tigar ordered Su to forfeit $5.6 million in proceeds generated by the fraud scheme and pay more than $900,000 in restitution. The case is the result of a probe by the multiagency Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force, overseen by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
09/09/2013
San Francisco, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Blessed Marvelous Herve, a San Francisco man who claimed his father was president of the Congo, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges stemming from a probe by the FBI and ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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