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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.

San Jose, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Balarkishan Patwardhan is accused of providing fraudulent immigration documents to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in support of employment visa petitions for 19 Indian nationals.
Riverside, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Mariyah Chernykh, 26, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal to charges of conspiracy, perjury, and false statements related to her sham marriage to Enrique Marquez Jr. As a result of her guilty pleas, Chernykh faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

Fresno, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Yadwinder Singh pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to conspiring to unlawfully produce California driver's licenses, following a probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Investigations Division, Office of Internal Affairs.
Seattle, WA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Dalia Ivette Singh, aka Dalia Pena, 61, who most recently resided in Clearwater, Florida, defrauded more than 40 immigrants from the Caribbean and Latin America. Singh charged some families as much as $36,000, claiming she had a contact with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) who could provide the immigrants with legal status in the United States.
Detroit, MI
Document and Benefit Fraud
According to court records, Rajinder Singh, 25, formerly of Jackson, Michigan, admitted that in May 2014, he conspired with others to intentionally set fire to his business in order to obtain insurance proceeds.
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).
New Haven, CT
Document and Benefit Fraud
Julio Lara Trinidad, 28, of Waterbury, pleaded guilty to a tax refund scheme that authorities believes resulted in a loss of more than $7.5 million from the U.S. Treasury.
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.
Jefferson City, MO
Document and Benefit Fraud
Oleksandr Nikolayevich Druzenko, aka “Alex,” 35, a Jefferson City resident, pleaded guilty Aug. 20 to conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. Co-defendant Patricia Anne Ewalt, 63, of El Paso, Texas, pleaded guilty to the same charge Aug. 5.
Wichita, KS
Document and Benefit Fraud
A federal grand jury indicted 13 people Tuesday in two related cash-for-food-stamp benefit fraud cases involving a total of more than a $580,000 in food stamps. The indictments resulted from an investigation conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Inspector General, with assistance from U.S. ICE's Homeland Security...
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Claudia Arreola, 35, of El Monte, who owns California Immigration Services (CIS), and her business associate, Leticia Gutierrez, 35, Pico Rivera, were taken into custody by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The two women were charged in a six-count indictment returned Tuesday by a federal grand jury.
Oxford, MS
Document and Benefit Fraud
Two Mexican nationals using false identities were arrested today in Coldwater, Miss., following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Security Service. They are accused of using the identification of other individuals to obtain credit cards, bank loans and bank accounts.
Martinsburg, WV
Document and Benefit Fraud
Jesse Antonio Garcia, 28, of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 15 months in prison. He pleaded guilty in July 2014 to aiding and abetting unlawful production of identification document.
Buffalo, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
A resident of North Carolina pleaded guilty in Buffalo to conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with identification documents. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
El Paso, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
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ICE's HSI and CBP's USBP began the Family Fraud Initiative in El Paso to identify individuals fraudulently presenting themselves as families when making an asylum claim in order to be released into the United States.

Baltimore, MD
Document and Benefit Fraud
Two men unlawfully residing in Maryland were sentenced to federal prison Friday for aggravated identity theft and conspiring to sell fraudulent identification documents. Antonio Abraham Cruz-Cruz manufactured at least 2,000 permanent resident cards, social security cards and driver's licenses, which he offered for sale...
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Larissa Hlukha pleaded guilty Thursday for her role in a conspiracy to arrange fraudulent marriages for illegal aliens from Uzbekistan and Russia. The guilty plea follows the launch of an ICE outreach campaign warning the public not to say 'I do' to marriage fraud.
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Ying Huang, 23, a Chinese citizen, pleaded guilty Jan. 11 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to one count of passport fraud, one count of mail fraud, and aiding and abetting.

New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Earl Seth David ran a scheme in which he and his co-conspirators applied for legal status for tens of thousands of illegal aliens based on phony claims that they had been sponsored for employment by U.S. employers.
San Francisco, CA
Worksite Enforcement

Yaowapha Ritdet, 56, of Ukiah, admitted she knowingly hired Thai nationals who were illegally present in the United States to work at her restaurants, Ruen Tong Thai Cuisine and the Walter Café, both located in Ukiah.

Sherman, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Arnoldo Antonio Vasquez, a native of El Salvador, is alleged to have concealed and misrepresented his involvement in the extra-judicial killing of 10 civilians in San Sebastian, El Salvador, in September 1988, when he was an officer in the Salvadoran military.

Buffalo, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Florida man was sentenced Monday to nearly three years in prison on access device fraud and aggravated identity theft charges. The sentencing follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).