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02/19/2015
Dallas, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Sherin Thawer, 45, of Coppell, Texas, was arrested by HSI special agents at her residence. She made her initial appearance on Friday in federal court, and was later released under supervision. The charges are outlined in a multi-count federal indictment, which was returned by a grand jury and unsealed Friday.
03/12/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

In addition to the two Los Angeles-area residents, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested two Chinese nationals who each paid tens of thousands of dollars to enter into sham marriages with United States citizens to obtain Green Cards. The United States citizens in these situations were actually undercover HSI agents.

08/17/2017
Phoenix, AZ
Document and Benefit Fraud

Luis Carlos-Reyes, 37, an illegal alien from Mexico, was sentenced Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver. Carlos-Reyes pleaded guilty March 29 to two counts of aggravated identity theft.

10/13/2011
Boise, ID
Document and Benefit Fraud
Crystal Tijerina of Caldwell, Idaho, was sentenced Thursday to 12 months and one day in federal prison for mail fraud and misuse of U.S. government seals as a result of an investigation by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
05/14/2013
Oakland, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Two undocumented alien siblings from Mexico were sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in federal prison following a probe spearheaded by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that revealed the pair manufactured and sold counterfeit identity and immigration documents in the Bay Area.
08/28/2015
Jacksonville, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Mark Laurence Barlaan, 36, and Winnie Rabaya Barlaan, 65, pleaded guilty to marriage fraud and face a maximum penalty of five years each in federal prison. Peter Laforteza Barlaan, 63, pleaded guilty to immigration document fraud; and, Mary Helen Amaba Barlaan, 32, pleaded guilty to obtaining U.S. citizenship by fraud.
06/21/2012
McAllen, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Santos Botello was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. Botello was allegedly arranging sham marriages between foreign nationals and U.S. citizens for profit since 2002. The investigation was conducted ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), with the assistance of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
05/17/2018
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

The indictment alleges that Mexican farmworkers were charged illegal fees for transportation, room and board after the company arranging for the workers’ visas promised the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that the workers had not paid and would not have to pay for these expenses. In addition, the indictment alleges that the farmworkers were made to pay fees to obtain their visas, which is prohibited under the H-2A visa program.

12/10/2012
San Francisco, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Andrew Chojecki, a past applications-adjudicator for the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), has been indicted by a Bay Area grand jury on nine criminal counts stemming from his alleged role in a marriage fraud scheme.
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.
01/31/2013
Freehold, NJ
Document and Benefit Fraud
An Ocean Township, N.J., man pleaded guilty Jan. 14 to the manufacture and sale of fraudulent government documents. If convicted, he faces up to eight years in prison.
04/26/2012
Hattiesburg, MS
Document and Benefit Fraud
Six members of a fraudulent document organization were sentenced Friday for their roles in conspiring to commit identity theft, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
02/28/2011
Greenbelt, MD
Document and Benefit Fraud
U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus, sentenced Brahim Lajqi, 51, an ethnic Albanian from Kosovo, residing in Silver Spring, Md., today to five years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for visa fraud.
08/17/2016
Muskogee, OK
Document and Benefit Fraud

The indictment alleged that on Dec. 12, 2012, Titus Ombina Aboge, 32, a citizen of the Republic of Kenya, and an alien in the United States, while living in Ada, Oklahoma, falsely and willfully represented himself to be a U.S. citizen on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.

08/11/2014
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud

According to the indictments, from at least July 2008 to April 2014, conspirators in the United States and Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, sold the identities of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens, corresponding Social Security cards, Puerto Rico birth certificates and other identification documents to illegal aliens and others residing in the United States.

01/31/2011
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Majdi Juma, 29, Hikmat Juma, 38, and Nidal Juma, 40, owners and operators of the Super Corner Food Mart in Bradenton, Fla., were arrested and charged Thursday in federal court for conspiracy and various charges of fraud, including food stamp and wire fraud.
09/14/2016
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud

Francisco Matos-Beltre, 42, a U.S. citizen formerly of Philadelphia, and Alejandro Tello-Rojas, aka Joel Ocasio-Cancel, aka William Davila, 36, a Mexican citizen formerly of Lawrenceville, Georgia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Juan M. Perez-Gimenez of the District of Puerto Rico.

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.
03/02/2017
San Antonio, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Jessica Rivas, 37 and Eric Job Alva, 39, from San Antonio admitted that between March and May 2015, the couple conspired to collect legal fees from incarcerated illegal aliens and/or their families under false pretenses.

11/19/2015
Dallas, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Sherin Thawer, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft.
02/12/2014
Boise, ID
Document and Benefit Fraud
Celia Perez, 40, admitted in a plea agreement to falsely representing herself as an immigration attorney and soliciting fees from clients for services she never provided.
05/15/2019
Erie, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Daniel Cabanillas, 49, was sentenced in federal court to 2 years’ probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

05/13/2016
Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Andrew Kimura, 31, of Sacramento, was formerly employed by the DMV in Sacramento as a licensing-registration examiner where he processed applications for Class A and Class B commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) and Class C noncommercial driver’s licenses

02/21/2013
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Brazilian national, illegally living in Miami and transiting through Philadelphia from Germany, was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for passport fraud, aggravated identify theft and tax fraud. The sentence is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
03/27/2015
Newark, NJ
Document and Benefit Fraud
Maxwell Poku, 36, of Union, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty to one count each of immigration fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

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