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01/13/2016
Houston, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, was charged in a sealed indictment returned Jan. 6. These charges resulted from an investigation conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of the Houston Police Department.
05/27/2016
Alexandria, VA
Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

Three individuals – Ijaz Khan, 42, and Vera Lautt, 56, both of Sante Fe, New Mexico, and Ibrar Khan, of Pakistan – face charges for conspiracy to defraud the United States and naturalizing and procuring U.S. citizenship by fraud. Ijaz Khan, along with Fahad Khan, of Pakistan, face additional charges, including smuggling artifacts from Pakistan into the United States and obstructing justice.

01/10/2017
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Shilan Zhao, 53, of Newcastle, Washington, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiring with her ex-husband Jianjun Qiao, also known as Feng Li, 53, to commit immigration fraud by submitting false documents to federal authorities.

04/11/2013
Camden, NJ
Document and Benefit Fraud
Nicolas Gomez-Rua of Atlantic City, N.J., and Medellin, Colombia, admitted his role in aiding and assisting the preparation of false income tax returns, illegal use of Social Security numbers and unlawfully obtaining U.S. citizenship.
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.
01/28/2016
Worcester, MA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Patria Zuniga, 53, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty to eight counts of wire fraud. Zuniga’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 24, 2016.

12/21/2016
Boston, MA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Sandra McDonald, 51, a Jamaican national living in Fall River, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper to 27 months in prison. McDonald previously pleaded guilty in September 2016, to passport fraud, theft of public money, and misrepresenting a Social Security number.  She has been held in custody since her arrest in May 2016.

12/14/2017
Orlando, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud

“These criminals conspired to circumvent and exploit our nation's immigration laws for personal financial gain,” said HSI Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero. “This undermines the very objectives of our immigration laws and services, which are based on the honesty of the people who apply for immigration benefits.”

10/05/2011
Houston, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
A local 'insurer' pleaded guilty on Wednesday to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
05/07/2015
New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry, 62, received life imprisonment after a federal jury conviction for conspiring to commit murder in a foreign country, transmitting threats via interstate communications, and immigration fraud.
08/09/2012
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
The defendants have been in custody since their arrest and initial court appearance July 27.
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.
01/07/2014
Boise, ID
Document and Benefit Fraud
Jordan Schoo, 34, who resided in both Nampa and Grangeville, admitted that he knowingly possessed counterfeit Idaho driver's licenses, which he used to purchase goods on credit.
08/21/2014
Alexandria, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Mauricio Florian-Polanco faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 12.
02/19/2014
Orlando, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Walter Brown was sentenced Tuesday to two years and one day in prison, along with 25 hours of community service, for aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to produce fraudulently obtained driver's licenses.
09/18/2014
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Hayatullah Dawari, 62, of Philadelphia, is an Afghanistan national, who became a lawful permanent resident of the United States on or about Nov. 11, 2008.
11/18/2013
Boise, ID
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Ketchum woman, Simona Rus, who pleaded guilty Monday to immigration fraud, faces up to 10 years in prison, revocation of her U.S. citizenship and deportation to Romania, as a result of a probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
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.
04/23/2013
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Philippe Jeannard, 61, of La Rochelle, France, is charged with one count of fraud in connection with an identification document.
09/15/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
The federal judge also ordered Brandon Jones, 34, from Reading, Pennsylvania, five years of supervised release and a $300 special assessment. The fraud gang’s ringleader, Damian Gasdaska, was sentenced in May 2015 to 12 years in prison.
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.

03/03/2011
Orlando, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
True identity discovered when his employer submitted proposal for construction work on a Department of Homeland Security facility in Orlando
04/24/2017
Houston, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

A “sham” marriage is a marriage that is entered into for the primary purpose of circumventing U.S. immigration laws. All 11 defendants conspired together in connection with a marriage fraud ring involving arranging “sham” marriages between recruited U.S. citizens and recruited Nigerian nationals. Evidence at trial revealed Alabi searched for and recruited Nigerian nationals at nightclubs.

11/16/2018
El Paso, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
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Federico Garcia Jr., 44, who had worked for the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) at the ports of entry in the 1990s, faces up to 20 years in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to defrauding numerous legal and illegal aliens.

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

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