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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.
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.

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.

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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
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.”

Alexandria, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Mauricio Florian-Polanco faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 12.
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
The defendants have been in custody since their arrest and initial court appearance July 27.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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
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.
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.
Norfolk, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Mexican national was sentenced to 46 months in prison for his role as the cell leader of a highly sophisticated and violent fraudulent document trafficking organization.
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.
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.
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
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.

Chicago, IL
Document and Benefit Fraud
After a five-day trial in federal court, the jury convicted Enkhchimeg Ulziibayar Edwards, aka “Eni Edwards,” on two counts of witness tampering and two counts of making false statements to the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
The people charged in the superseding indictment are: Adolphus William Cato, 33, Michael Ross, 49, both of Sicklerville, New Jersey; Jared Hayes, 37, Quanda Anthony, 43, both of Willingboro, New Jersey; Sean Finn, 31, of Mount Holly, New Jersey; Rushawn Woodall, 38, of Trenton, New Jersey; Leonard Herrington, 41, Zabrina Jobe, 39, both of Philadelphia; and Warren Moore, 41, of Bordentown, New Jersey.