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12/20/2011
El Paso, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
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Esteban Santos Gutierrez-Pineda, the general manager of a local fast-food restaurant, is in federal custody after ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents arrested him Dec. 19 for illegally using someone else's immigration documents and unlawfully re-entering the United States after being previously deported.
12/21/2011
Pittsburgh, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 18, 2009, Dwight R. Spaulding, 42, of Duquesne, Pa., produced false identification documents. On April 15, 2010, Spaulding had in his possession imitation U.S. Marshals Service credentials
01/05/2012
Corpus Christi, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Two former employees of a local pizzeria pleaded guilty Thursday to immigration document fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
01/10/2012
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud
Fifty individuals were charged in an indictment unsealed today in Puerto Rico with conspiracy to commit identification fraud in connection with their alleged roles in a scheme to traffic the identities of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens and corresponding identity documents.
01/11/2012
Kansas City, MO
Document and Benefit Fraud
Fourteen people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for participating in a $5 million conspiracy to provide more than 3,500 fraudulent identity documents to illegal aliens across the United States.
01/12/2012
New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Seven members of an identity theft ring were arrested and charged for allegedly using stolen identities of more than 180 people with active store credit accounts at Home Depot, Sears, Kmart, Kohl's, and other retail stores to charge merchandise and gift cards and obtain store credit.
01/13/2012
Chicago, IL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Maria F. Cruz, formerly of Chicago, was sentenced Thursday to federal prison for arranging sham marriages to evade immigration laws, and enabling foreign nationals to illegally become U.S. citizens. This sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
01/17/2012
Brownsville, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
The owner of a south Texas grocery store was sentenced Tuesday to nearly four years in federal prison for defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamp fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
01/19/2012
Alexandria, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Yong Hyon Kim pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and making false statements to federal agents, following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Kim admitted he recruited the general manager of his business to enter into a fraudulent marriage with Kim's girlfriend so that she could remain...
01/26/2012
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Sippy Lal, Mamta Sharma, and Rani Rachana Singh-Lal were indicted Thursday for their involvement in an elaborate immigration fraud scheme involving foreign nationals from India who paid to enter into sham marriages or engagements with locally recruited U.S. citizens in an effort to legalize their immigration status.
01/26/2012
New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Earl Seth David, the alleged ringleader of a massive immigration fraud mill through a Manhattan-based law practice, was extradited from Canada to face charges in Manhattan Federal Court. This extradition stems from an investigation led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General.
02/02/2012
El Paso, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Juan Contreras-Arballo, a previously deported Mexican national with an aggravated felony conviction was arrested Wednesday after special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted an employment verification audit of the local business where he worked.
02/03/2012
Richmond, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Virginia man was sentenced Friday to 108 months in prison for his participation in a highly sophisticated and violent fraudulent document trafficking organization, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
02/09/2012
South Bend, IN
Document and Benefit Fraud
A man from Elkhart, Ind., Paulino Ascencion-Apolino, was sentenced Thursday to nearly three years in prison on charges of mail fraud and harboring over 100 illegal aliens. The sentence resulted from an investigation conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the U.S. Postal Inspection Service & the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
02/10/2012
St. Louis, MO
Document and Benefit Fraud
Robert Brake and Brake Landscaping & Lawncare Inc. in St. Louis were indicted Friday on charges of fraudulently obtaining H-2B worker visas to support the business. The indictment resulted from an investigation conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Inspector General (DOL-OIG).
02/12/2012
Newark, NJ
Document and Benefit Fraud
Four members of a large-scale and sophisticated identity theft scheme have been sentenced to prison terms for their respective roles in the fraud, in a case investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the FBI, IRS - Criminal Investigation, Bergen County Prosecutor's Office and the office's Chief of Detectives.
02/14/2012
Hattiesburg, MS
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Mexican citizen, Leticia Rodriguez, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and social security fraud. Rodriguez and nine co-defendants were arrested on Aug. 9 for operating a fraudulent document manufacturing and distribution network based in Laurel, Miss. and Mobile, Ala.
02/15/2012
Chicago, IL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Manny Aguja and Marc Aguja, a former immigration attorney and his twin brother, were sentenced Wednesday to federal prison for facilitating 27 sham marriages that evaded immigration laws and enabled foreign nationals to illegally become U.S. citizens. The sentences resulted from an investigation conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations.
02/16/2012
Baltimore, MD
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Maryland resident, Victor Lopez Escamilla, was convicted Wednesday on charges of manufacturing, selling and transferring fraudulent identification documents, including permanent resident cards and Social Security cards, following an investigation led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
02/21/2012
New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
"Two members of an organized crime family, Alphonse Trucchio and Christopher Colon, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges for their participation in a scheme to recruit illegal aliens to work in adult entertainment clubs controlled by ""La Cosa Nostra."" The guilty pleas are a result of an investigation conducted by ICE's HSI."
02/28/2012
Austin, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
The head of a local staffing business was sentenced on Tuesday to 41 months in federal prison in connection with an H-2B visa fraud scheme, announced U.S. Attorney Robert Pittman, Western District of Texas.
02/28/2012
Springfield, MO
Document and Benefit Fraud
Additional charges have been filed against Edward John Maher, a fugitive from England who was arrested in Ozark, Mo., and indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally possessing firearms, document fraud and identity theft. The charges resulted from an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Ozark Police Department...
02/29/2012
New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Ying Wai Phillip Ng, 47, and his wife, Pui Kuen Ng, 47, allegedly helped an undercover agent (UC) cheat on the written commercial driver's license (CDL) test offered by the DMV.
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).
03/07/2012
Syracuse, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Moises Velazquez-Jacobo, 36, an illegal alien from Mexico, who had been previously removed from the United States in 2007 and 2008, sold fraudulent identification documents, which included U.S. legal permanent resident cards and U.S. social security cards.

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