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08/26/2011
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Michael Choi, an attorney who is a naturalized citizen and Korean native, was found guilty in federal court for conspiring with his client, Jong Soon Park, to violate federal immigration laws. The investigation is being conducted by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force (DBFTF).
08/24/2011
Brownsville, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Parviz Sheikh Rezaei, the owner of a local supermarket, pleaded guilty to defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamp fraud. The case was investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Inspector General.
08/23/2011
Fresno, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
A former technician with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Alfonso Casarez, and 14 others are under indictment after a probe involving ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) revealed the defendants conspired to sell official California driver's licenses to ineligible individuals. Casarez electronically altered DMV records...
08/18/2011
New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Investigators arrested 51 commercial drivers, including bus drivers, in and around New York City during a crackdown on individuals who fraudulently obtained multiple driver licenses using an alias.
08/15/2011
New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Wilch Dewalt, the leader of a New York-based identity fraud ring, was sentenced to 85 months in prison last week. This sentencing was the result of an ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) joint investigation with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYS-DMV).
08/15/2011
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud
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ICE investigations are often complex, requiring significant examination and analysis. That's when the honed skills of the staff at the agency's Forensic Document Lab (FDL) come into play. Established in 1978, the lab serves as the authority on determining the authenticity of travel and identity documents.
08/12/2011
Seattle, WA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Biodun Okunnuo, 39, was arrested Feb. 18 at the Blaine, Wash., Port of Entry after she was refused entry into Canada. At that time, Okunnuo presented a false U.S. passport, which she had obtained by using a stolen identity. Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discovered an outstanding Florida State warrant for her arrest under the alias used on the fake document.
08/11/2011
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
A former supervisor with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and his son were sentenced Thursday on federal corruption charges to 60 months and 48 months in prison, respectively, following an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General.
08/09/2011
Providence, RI
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Dominican national, who illegally re-entered the United States, was sentenced to three years in jail followed by three years of supervised release for identity theft and falsely representing his citizenship. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
08/01/2011
Richmond, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Oscar Zaraut-Correa, 26, who was arrested in November 2010, pleaded guilty on Jan. 27, 2011, to conspiring to produce and transfer false identification documents and possess a document-making implement.
07/27/2011
White Plains, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Isabel Wilson a.k.a. Isabel Freeman, a former live-in home healthcare aide for an elderly couple suffering from dementia, was convicted on Wednesday of various identity theft-related crimes. The guilty verdict was a result of a joint investigation by U.S. ICE's Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) and the U.S. Secret Service.
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.
07/21/2011
Clearwater, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
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Two individuals were making thousands per month selling packages of fraudulent documents for about $150 to $200.
07/21/2011
Richmond, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Two members of a highly sophisticated and violent fraudulent document trafficking organization based in Mexico, with cells in 19 cities within the United States and 11 states, including three cells in Virginia, have been sentenced for their roles in the operation.
07/21/2011
Fresno, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Three individuals were indicted Thursday on federal criminal charges for operating two document mills in Fresno and Madera counties that were used to produce phony immigration and identity cards.
07/12/2011
McAllen, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Mexican man was indicted on Tuesday for passport fraud and falsely claiming U.S. citizenship, announced U.S Attorney Jose Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas.
07/12/2011
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Los Angeles-area man pleaded Monday to visa fraud for filing bogus paperwork on behalf of businesses seeking temporary work visas and for fraudulently charging prospective immigrants in Mexico thousands of dollars for visas.
06/20/2011
Memphis, TN
Document and Benefit Fraud
Mary Ann Smith, 42, pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of a multi-count indictment charging mail fraud and wire fraud arising from a business out of Virginia that purported to be able to assist individuals obtain student visas for a fee. The case was investigated by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)...
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.
06/16/2011
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
The last of 22 defendants in a fraudulent driver's license scheme was sentenced Thursday to 60 months in federal prison.
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.
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.

06/07/2011
Richmond, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Diego Cortez-Angel was a cell leader for a deadly criminal organization based in Mexico that produced high-quality false identification cards to illegal aliens. The group used brutal violence to eliminate rivals, protect its turf, and enforce discipline against its own members.
06/03/2011
Pittsburgh, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Paid a woman to marry him in order to get status as permanent resident alien.
06/01/2011
Ft Morgan, CO
Document and Benefit Fraud
Eleven people were arrested on outstanding warrants on Wednesday after they were indicted on state criminal charges of criminal impersonation and possessing fraudulent documents after an investigation being conducted by one of the 18 Document and Benefit Fraud Task Forces (DBFTFs) nationwide led by ICE.

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