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02/15/2013
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Clearwater man, Mario Cabrera, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for committing immigration document fraud in a case investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
06/07/2013
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Nedal Faisal Ahmad fraudulently obtained U.S. Treasury checks and reloadable debit cards that contained tax refunds that did not belong to him. Ahmad cashed several fraudulent U.S. Treasury checks and swiped the reloadable debit cards at his business, Al-Wafaa Trading.
11/03/2016
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud

According to court documents, Jose Avianeda-Espinoza, 44, a citizen of Mexico, fraudulently used a U.S. citizen’s identity for nearly 17 years to obtain a number of government identifications and to avoid deportation.

07/23/2014
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Nerene Erica Harrison, 32, of St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23. Harrison was indicted Nov. 13, 2013, along with Robert Kenneth Scott Cruz.
12/07/2011
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Vencot Marean Maxwell, a Jamaican national living in Spring Hill, Fla., was found guilty Wednesday of making a false and fraudulent application for a U.S. passport, identity theft and aggravated identity theft in connection with that false passport application.
04/24/2019
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud

According to the indictment, Erika Paola Intriago, 44, of Tampa, who is not a licensed attorney, fraudulently portrayed herself as an immigration attorney offering immigration-related services on social media targeting persons from Spanish-speaking countries seeking immigration-related services.

01/31/2013
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
A federal indictment was unsealed Wednesday charging a Tampa man with making false statements in connection with his naturalization application.
06/12/2013
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Chavez faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.
07/24/2014
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
According to court documents, Cassandra Hamilton, 55, of Tampa, engaged in a marriage fraud conspiracy spanning several years and in excess of ten marriages.
01/31/2011
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Majdi Juma, 29, Hikmat Juma, 38, and Nidal Juma, 40, owners and operators of the Super Corner Food Mart in Bradenton, Fla., were arrested and charged Thursday in federal court for conspiracy and various charges of fraud, including food stamp and wire fraud.
05/23/2012
Toledo, OH
Document and Benefit Fraud
Eighteen people were charged Wednesday morning in a series of criminal schemes, including money laundering, identity theft, alien harboring and arson, involving seven IHOP restaurants in northwest Ohio and Indiana. The charges follow a joint investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service...
09/14/2012
Trenton, NJ
Document and Benefit Fraud
Bimbo Peter Oyewole, A Nigerian man who came to the U.S. in 1989 and assumed the identity of a murder victim to remain in the country illegally, has pleaded guilty to exhibiting a false government document in a case investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI),The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's Office of Inspector...
06/30/2015
Trenton, NJ
Document and Benefit Fraud
Marijan Cvjeticanin, 50, of St. James, New York, was convicted of nine counts of mail fraud following a one-week trial.
11/04/2019
Tulsa, OK
Document and Benefit Fraud

Cristian Alvarado Morales, 30, and Anderson Garces Lopez, 29, both of Tulsa, pleaded guilty Monday to selling fraudulent social security and U.S. permanent resident cards to individuals unlawfully living in the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.

04/02/2019
Tyler, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Baltazar Arrieta-Lara, 52, a resident of Rusk County, Texas, pleaded guilty April 2 to making a false statement in a passport application before U.S. Magistrate Judge K. Nicole Mitchell.

02/09/2017
Urbana, IL
Document and Benefit Fraud

Miguel Valencia-Sandoval, 33, of Champaign, Illinois, made his initial appearance in federal court in Urbana Thursday. The indictment charges Valencia-Sandoval with aggravated identity theft and making a false statement of U.S. citizenship in April 2012 on a U.S. passport application by allegedly using another person’s identity and stating he was a U.S. citizen when he was not.

07/20/2016
Washington, DC
National Security
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Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale unveiled a major renovation of ICE Homeland Security Investigations’ Forensic Laboratory.

02/20/2018
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud

Reynaldo Rodriguez-Canario, aka Reinaldo Rodriguez, aka Reynaldo Rodriguez, aka Reinaldo Canario, aka Jose Almonte, aka Jose Martinez, aka Matatan and and aka Ciego, 47, a citizen of the Dominican Republic residing in Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marcos O. Lopez of the District of Puerto Rico to one count of conspiracy to possess and transfer identification documents, one count of conspiracy to encourage an alien to reside in the United States for financial gain, and one count of aggravated identity theft. 

06/22/2015
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) identified a potential vulnerability in which DMV employees exploit their positions by selling DMV-issued identification documents for financial gain.
03/28/2017
Washington, DC
Human Rights Violators

According to the plea agreement, in 1993, Slobo Maric, 56, served as a shift leader of a detention facility in Bosnia that housed captured Bosnian-Croat soldiers. Many of the guards in the facility routinely subjected detainees to serious physical abuse and humiliation.

11/25/2012
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud

Jose Sergio Garcia-Ramirez, a Mexican national formerly of Rockford, Ill., was sentenced Monday to 54 months in prison for trafficking the identities of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens and corresponding identity documents.

12/20/2019
Washington, DC
Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Acting Deputy Director Derek Benner addresses the public misconceptions about ICE Homeland Security Investigations’ use of undercover schools – specifically the University of Farmington – to identify and disrupt attempts by foreign students and recruiters to exploit the nonimmigrant student visa system to remain in the country through fraud.

07/20/2016
Washington, DC
National Security
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“The men and women who work at this state-of-the art forensic laboratory are performing critical support on a wide variety of criminal investigations - including document fraud, drug and weapons trafficking, human smuggling, child pornography, cybercrimes and other issues important to national security,” said Johnson. “In Fiscal Year 2015, the lab processed over 35,000 pieces of evidence and its staff provided fraudulent document detection training to over 2,500 personnel from U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies. The renovation and expansion of this lab will help ensure that our forensic scientists have the right tools to accomplish their mission.”

06/09/2011
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud

This initiative targets immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL), which occurs when legal advice and/or representation regarding immigration matters is provided by an individual who is not an attorney or accredited representative.

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