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02/21/2012
New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
"Two members of an organized crime family, Alphonse Trucchio and Christopher Colon, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges for their participation in a scheme to recruit illegal aliens to work in adult entertainment clubs controlled by ""La Cosa Nostra."" The guilty pleas are a result of an investigation conducted by ICE's HSI."
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.
08/20/2015
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.
06/25/2014
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.
02/23/2011
Richmond, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
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A federal grand jury in Richmond has indicted 22 members of a fraudulent document trafficking organization based in Mexico with cells in 19 cities and 11 states, including three cells in Virginia. Discovered through an ongoing investigation dubbed Operation Phalanx, the organization is accused of kidnapping, beating and murdering competitors...
11/29/2011
New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
Owners, managers and associates of several strip clubs in the New York City-area involved in an alleged international visa and marriage fraud ring were arrested Wednesday by agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS).
11/18/2014
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.
10/17/2019
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.

09/06/2013
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...
09/01/2011
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
A tax preparer who admitted orchestrating a multi-faceted fraud scheme that included filing false tax returns and making false claims to enable aliens to obtain religious worker visas has been sentenced to 63 months in federal prison.
04/03/2014
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.
03/29/2013
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.
01/26/2017
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.

10/14/2015
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.
04/30/2012
Fresno, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Cassandra Casarez Fierros pleaded guilty Monday to making false statements to a government agency in connection with a scheme involving the sale of official California driver's licenses to ineligible individuals. The charges are the result of an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
02/10/2017
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.

09/24/2012
New York, NY
Document and Benefit Fraud
A Mount Vernon, N.Y., woman was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison for false personation, aggravated identity theft and bank fraud. The sentencing is a result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
01/05/2012
Corpus Christi, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud
Two former employees of a local pizzeria pleaded guilty Thursday to immigration document fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas.
04/27/2016
Alexandria, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
According to the indictment, Raju Kosuri, 44; his spouse Smriti Jharia, 45; and their co-conspirators fraudulently applied for more than 800 illegal immigration benefits under the H-1B visa program. Since 2008, and at much greater scale since 2011, Kosuri has built a staffing business that amounts to a visa-for-sale system, in violation of federal law.
03/12/2015
Detroit, MI
Document and Benefit Fraud
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 67, a Chicago-area resident was found guilty Nov. 10, 2014, following a five-day jury trial, of procuring her U.S. citizenship unlawfully. As part of her sentence, Odeh’s citizenship was revoked and she was ordered removed to Jordan.
03/13/2012
Fresno, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Moreno Delgado has pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges stemming from his role in a scheme to sell fraudulently obtained California driver's licenses to ineligible individuals. This case is the product of an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
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.

09/03/2015
Cleveland, OH
Human Rights Violators
Slobodan Mutic, 52, of Barberton, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly and willingly possessing a former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Form I-94, knowing it to be forged, counterfeited, altered, falsely made or to be have been procured by means of a false claim or statement.
07/23/2014
Tampa, FL
Document and Benefit Fraud
Nerene Erica Harrison, 32, of St. Ann's Bay, Jamaica, faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. Her sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23. Harrison was indicted Nov. 13, 2013, along with Robert Kenneth Scott Cruz.
01/28/2011
Reno, NV
Document and Benefit Fraud
Following a lengthy investigation and successful sting operation Thursday, investigators with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles' Compliance Enforcement Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) shut down a major false document factory and arrested four Reno residents on state charges.

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