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05/28/2013
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
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U.S. Attorney Charles M. Oberly III, District of Delaware, and Special Agent in Charge John P. Kelleghan, HSI Philadelphia, discussed some of these cases that have been investigated and prosecuted - or are in the process of prosecution - in Delaware since April 1 at a press conference today in Wilmington.
11/21/2012
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
Abraham Sacharow, 43, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor, in violation of federal law, at a hearing in U.S. District Court, District of Delaware.
01/17/2014
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
HSI special agents assigned to the Delaware Child Predator Task Force became aware of William Zimmerman during an investigation into another registered child sex offender.
03/16/2015
Wilmington, DE
Management and Administration
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Special Agent in Charge John Kelleghan presented the annual HSI "Exemplary Partnership Award" to Delaware Child Predator Task Force/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) members for their combined efforts to investigate a group of registered child sex offenders in Delaware involved in the distribution and production of child pornography.
07/23/2018
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation

Daniel Arthur Hill, 30, pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography on Nov. 9, 2017. A U.S. District Judge from the District of Delaware sentenced Hill to serve 300 months in prison followed by 15 years of supervised release.

08/27/2018
Wilmington, NC
Document and Benefit Fraud

Nineteen foreign nationals were charged with unlawfully voting in the 2016 elections Friday, and a U.S. citizen was charged with aiding and abetting an alien to falsely claim U.S. citizenship to register to vote.

09/12/2011
Wilmington, DE
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
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A California man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for attempting to export military items to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The sentence is the result of an extensive investigation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
11/16/2015
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
John Thomas Matthew Lee, 50, of Millsboro, Delaware, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Leonard P. Stark of the District of Delaware.
06/10/2013
Wilmington, DE
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Xiang Li, a Chinese national, was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison June 11 for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and criminal copyright infringement. Li operated a website used to distribute more than $100 million worth of pirated software around the world.
10/18/2019
Wilmington, DE
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Since September 2011, HSI has been conducting an international cultural property investigation relating to several historically significant, printed letters authored by explorer Christopher Columbus during his return trip from the New World in 1493.

10/28/2019
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation

According to court records and evidence presented at trial, on Oct. 5, 2017, authorities executed a search warrant at the home of Thomas Noble, 71, in New Castle, Delaware. When they arrived, officers found Noble's personal computer actively downloading child pornography files through a peer-to-peer file sharing network called BitTorrent. A forensic examination of Noble's computer found hundreds of files of child pornography.

02/01/2011
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
Jason Haldeman, 37, of Landenberg, Pa., was indicted by a federal grand jury Feb. 1, 2011, on one count of transportation of child pornography. Haldeman was identified by ICE HSI agents in Delaware during an online investigation into a computer network devoted to trading images of child pornography.
02/23/2012
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
Kenneth Houck of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced Thursday to 97 months in prison for transportation of child pornography in a case investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). A forensic analysis of his computer found almost 6,470 still images of child pornography.
04/17/2012
Wilmington, DE
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

More than $100 million in lost revenue to American companies

10/31/2013
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
Michael J. Barndt, a Pennsylvania man who was a youth football coach, school cook and summer camp counselor at the time of his arrest, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted enticement and coercion of a minor.
06/29/2016
Wilmington, DE
Counter Proliferation Investigation Unit
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On June 16, 2015, Kan Chen, 26, of Ningbo, China, in Zhejiang Province, was arrested by HSI special agents on the Northern Mariana Island of Saipan following an eight-month investigation into his illegal conduct and has remained in custody.

04/22/2014
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
William Zimmerman was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release following his prison sentence. He also will be required to continue to register as a sex offender in any jurisdiction in which he lives, works, or attends school.
03/23/2011
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
Eric Wayne Tindall, 51, originally came to the attention of ICE HSI in the summer of 2010 while agents investigated a commercial child pornography website. Tindall later responded to a fake advertisement created by law enforcement agents, which offered to sell child pornography movies.
10/10/2012
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
David Gellad, 44, of Rosemere, Quebec, pleaded guilty at a hearing in the United States District Court, District of Delaware. Charles M. Oberly, III, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced Gellad's guilty plea.
05/06/2013
Wilmington, DE
Contraband
Miguel A. Lavenant shipped over 50 kilos of cocaine from San Diego to the East Coast, some of which was later distributed in Delaware.
08/27/2015
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
Sean Mooney served as a senior airman stationed at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, when he was arrested by HSI special agents with assistance from OSI officials in January 2014 for charges of enticing a minor and transporting child pornography.
08/03/2011
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
Harold Love Springer of Wilmington, Del. was identified during an online investigation into a computer network devoted to trading images of child pornography. This case was investigated by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). An undercover HSI agent observed approximately 2,000 files depicting child pornography that Springer...
09/18/2013
Wilmington, DE
Child Exploitation
According to court documents, the CNCPO executed a search warrant on a child pornography website server and identified more than 900 United States-based users of the website. The CNCPO provided the identities of these users to HSI. Jason Jay Mills, 36, of Wilmington, was identified as on those users. HSI conducted similar investigations of the identified individuals across the United States.
01/22/2020
Wilmington, DE
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
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Following a lengthy investigation by HSI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware, and the Italian Carabinieri Command for Protection of Cultural Heritage, investigators determined that, sometime in or around 1875, the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice, Italy acquired a copy of the Columbus Letter-Plannck I, described above. At an unknown time between 1985 and 1988, the Columbus Letter-Plannck I was stolen from the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana.

05/14/2013
Wilmington, MA
Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Authorities allege that the extensive operation spanned multiple communities in Massachusetts including: Bedford, Billerica, Medford, Reading, Wilmington and Woburn.

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