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08/01/2013
San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Evelyn Sineneng-Smith, 66, was indicted by a federal grand jury July 14, 2010.
09/15/2015
San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Jerry Wang, 34, appeared Monday before U.S. District Judge Edward J. Davila. Wang was ordered to surrender and begin serving his sentence by Nov. 3. In addition to the prison term, Judge Davila ordered the defendant to forfeit $700,000 in proceeds derived from the scheme.
05/06/2016
San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Sunitha Guntipally, 43, of Fremont; her husband, Venkat Guntipally, 47, of Fremont; Pratap “Bob” Kondamoori, 54, of Incline Village, Nevada; and his sister, Sandhya Ramireddi, 56, of Pleasanton, were named in a 33-count indictment filed Thursday charging them with conspiracy to commit visa fraud, use of false documents, mail fraud, and other offenses. 

04/10/2015
San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Jerry Wang, 34, the former Chief Executive Officer of Herguan University, admitted in court that he had submitted false documents to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
03/29/2013
San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Balarkishan Patwardhan is accused of providing fraudulent immigration documents to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in support of employment visa petitions for 19 Indian nationals.
07/03/2012
San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Two former Department of Defense employees, Adeba Sultana and Mohammad Ali Rabbani, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to attempting to illegally obtain and illegally obtaining U.S. citizenship following a probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Department of State.
08/18/2014
San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Balakrishnan Patwardhan, 54, pleaded guilty in March to 19 counts of visa fraud as originally charged in an indictment handed down last year.
08/02/2012
San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Jerry Wang, the chief executive officer of two Bay Area universities, was arrested Thursday following his indictment on charges stemming from a long-term probe spearheaded by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
09/04/2015
San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Ragini Vecham, 36, of Cupertino; Kishore Pallapothu, 42, of Cupertino; Satyanarayana Tota, 45, of Sunnyvale; and Ramana Reddy, 44, of Sunnyvale, were indicted Wednesday and turned themselves in to the U.S. Marshals Service the following day.
11/14/2012
San Juan, PR
Document and Benefit Fraud
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Fifty-three individuals charged with theft of government property and identity theft were arrested Wednesday in several municipalities of Puerto Rico following a joint Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (HSI) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) probe.
02/09/2016
San Juan, PR
Document and Benefit Fraud
According to the 10-count indictment, Luis R. Santos-Baez, 32, forged and agreed to use supposedly legal documents bearing the false signatures of U.S Bankruptcy Court judges Mildred Caban-Flores and Edward A. Godoy, for the purpose of authenticating said documents for the bankruptcy proceedings.
11/19/2012
San Juan, PR
Document and Benefit Fraud
Thirteen individuals indicted for document fraud and identity theft related charges were arrested Friday in the municipalities of Bayamon, San Juan and Carolina, Puerto Rico. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents worked jointly with the Internal Revenue Service, Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD)...
11/16/2017
San Juan, PR
Document and Benefit Fraud

Frank Vega-Marrero, 56, was arrested in Humacao following allegations that he was impersonating an HSI special agent in order to gain access to the Center for Emergency Management (CEM) of the municipal government of Humacao.

01/22/2014
San Juan, PR
Document and Benefit Fraud
Four individuals were sentenced this week for their respective roles in trafficking the identities and corresponding identity documents of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens.
03/27/2012
San Juan, PR
Document and Benefit Fraud
A principal component of the campaign is to alert DMV and DR employees, law enforcement and the public about fraud schemes perpetrated at DMV facilities. By adding education and outreach components, ICE is proactively taking steps to deter the crime from happening, encouraging people to report the crime, and developing strong partnerships.
06/14/2012
San Juan, PR
Document and Benefit Fraud
Victor Manuel Rivera, at large since January, is one of 50 individuals indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged participation in a conspiracy to commit identification fraud in connection with a scheme to traffic the identities of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens and their corresponding identity documents.
04/06/2011
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Three members of an Orange County family who operate an immigration consulting business that caters primarily to Indian nationals were arrested Wednesday morning on immigration fraud charges for allegedly filing bogus marriage and work visa petitions on behalf of aliens who paid fees as high as $60,000.
04/29/2015
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
As detailed in the affidavits in support of those search warrants, federal agents are investigating multiple Chinese maternity operations in Southern California for suspected immigration fraud and tax fraud, as well as failing to report foreign bank accounts in China and Hong Kong.
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.

10/07/2016
Santa Ana, CA
Financial Crimes

The identity theft charges to which the seven defendants have pleaded guilty carry a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

10/21/2015
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
The case, which is the result of a three-year undercover probe conducted by HSI with substantial assistant from the DMV’s Investigations division, revealed that many of the ring’s customers were previously deported felons. Federal prosecutors have filed charges against three people believed to be customers of the identity theft ring, and authorities are seeking to take those individuals into custody.
09/17/2019
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Dongyuan Li (李冬媛), 41, of Irvine, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and one count of visa fraud. Li was one of 19 defendants named in a series of indictments unsealed earlier this year which resulted from an massive probe by ICE's HSI Los Angeles and IRS Criminal Investigation.

02/09/2016
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Ken Zhiyi Liang, 39, of Irvine, was sentenced Monday afternoon by U.S. District Judge Andrew J. Guildford. Liang was found guilty in September of conspiring to obstruct justice, obstructing justice, and tampering with a witness, who is referred to in court papers as “D.L.”
05/06/2014
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Haoren Ma, 50, of San Gabriel, Calif., the owner of New Arrival Immigration Service, was sentenced April 28 to four-and-a-half years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy, immigration document fraud and aggravated identity theft. Ma's employee, Minghan Dong, 49, of San Gabriel, was sentenced Monday to one year and one day in prison for conspiracy to commit immigration document fraud.
06/13/2011
Santa Ana, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
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A federal judge here Monday sentenced a Korea-born pastor who operated a now defunct Orange County religious university to one year in prison and ordered him to forfeit to the government the $4 million property housing the school following his conviction on visa fraud and money laundering charges.

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