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09/23/2015
Johnstown, PA
Child Exploitation
Joseph D. Maurizio Jr., 70, of Central City, Pennsylvania, was convicted of engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places, possession of child pornography and international money laundering.
10/16/2017
Washington, DC
Financial Crimes

Dubbed “Operation Cash Extraction,” the investigation was led by HSI and spanned more than 15 years – from approximately 2000 to 2015. It resulted in the confiscation of various assets and forfeiture orders entered in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

05/18/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Contraband
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Lin Li, a.k.a. Aaron Li, 38, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to manufacture, possess and distribute at least 1,000 marijuana plants.

12/04/2015
New York, NY
Contraband
Roger Thomas Clark, 54, a citizen of Canada, was arrested on charges that he acted as a senior adviser to Ross Ulbricht, aka "Dread Pirate Roberts," aka "DPR," the owner and operator of the Silk Road website, an online illicit black market that operated from January 2011 until Oct. 2, 2013.
06/30/2020
Seattle, WA
Financial Crimes

Dr. Eric R. Shibley, 41, of Seattle, Washington, was charged by criminal complaint, unsealed today upon his arrest, in the Western District of Washington with one count of wire fraud and one count of bank fraud. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle L. Peterson at 2 p.m. PDT today.

04/14/2020
Atlanta, GA
COVID-19

Rong Sun, a/k/a Vicky Sun made her initial appearance on federal criminal charges Thursday for illegally importing and selling an unregistered pesticide, and mailing a prohibited article, as part of an online scheme offering the product for sale on Ebay while claming, without any legal basis, the illegal pesticide would protect persons from coronavirus.

04/15/2020
Washington, DC
COVID-19

The operation intensifies collaboration with multiple federal departments and agencies, along with business and industry representatives. Surging criminal activity surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic requires an equally robust investigative response to protect the American public.

10/27/2020
Seattle, WA
COVID-19

Austin Hsu, 46, of Issaquah, Washington, was charged by criminal complaint, unsealed today after his initial appearance, in the Western District of Washington with one count of wire fraud. He made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian A. Tsuchida.

04/13/2020
New Orleans, LA
COVID-19

Christopher Parris, 39, was arrested on wire fraud criminal complaint charges. It alleges that he made and caused to be made a series of fraudulent misrepresentations in an attempt to secure orders from the Department of Veterans Affairs for 125 million face masks and other PPE that would have totaled over $750 million.

08/13/2020
Washington, DC
COVID-19

These three terror finance campaigns all relied on sophisticated cyber-tools, including the solicitation of cryptocurrency donations from around the world. The action demonstrates how different terrorist groups have similarly adapted their terror finance activities to the cyber age.

05/14/2014
Las Vegas, NV
Financial Crimes

David Ray Camez, 22, also known as "Bad Man" and "doctorsex," was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon. Camez was convicted on Dec. 6, 2013, of one count of participating in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization and one count of conspiracy to participate in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization. In addition to his prison term, he was also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $20 million in restitution.

07/31/2020
Las Vegas, NV
Cyber Crimes

Valerian Chiochiu, aka “Onassis,” “Flagler,” “Socrate,” and “Eclessiastes,” 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan in the District of Nevada. Chiochiu is a national of the Republic of Moldova, but resided in the United States during the period of the conspiracy. His plea came just over a month after the co-founder and administrator of Infraud, Sergey Medvedev of Russia, separately pleaded guilty June 26. Sentencing for Chiochiu has been scheduled for Dec. 11.

12/08/2016
New York, NY
Financial Crimes

Alonzo Knowles, 23, of Freeport, Bahamas, was arrested after a meeting with an HSI undercover special agent in New York. During the meeting, Knowles attempted to sell to the special agent, in exchange for $80,000, approximately 15 movies and television scripts, sexually explicit videos of celebrities and other professionals in the entertainment and media industry that he had unlawfully obtained.

12/19/2016
Boston, MA
Narcotics

David Nguyen, 40, of Toronto, Canada, was sentenced and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000.  Nguyen had previously pleaded guilty in October 2016 to one count of conspiracy to distribute MDMA (aka ecstasy, or “mollie”) and marijuana and one count of money laundering conspiracy. 

06/01/2020
Los Angeles, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Jianjun Qiao (喬建軍), 56, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Friday after being extradited by Sweden. Qiao was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service and was held in federal custody over the weekend.

02/24/2020
Brownsville, TX
Financial Crimes
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The charge stems from a bribery investigation involving Benito Barrientes, 42, from Lyford; Exy Adelaida Gomez, 42, from Los Fresnos; and Damian Ortiz, 30, and her brother and McAllen attorney Roel Alanis, 39, both from Weslaco. They were charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery in relation to obtaining alien detainee roster lists.

10/09/2015
Albuquerque, NM
Financial Crimes
Stephanie Pyle was sentenced to 30 months in prison for her conviction on the fraud charge, and 24 months in prison for her conviction on an aggravated identity theft charge. Since identity theft sentences must be served consecutively to sentences on other convictions, Pyle’s total sentence is 54 months in federal prison.
09/01/2017
Houston, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Representatives from numerous federal and state law enforcement agencies have formed a working group to investigate and prosecute illegal activity related to Hurricane Harvey.

10/20/2016
Dallas, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

Latonya Carson, 42, of Dallas, was convicted of the following charges: one count of conspiracy to commit theft of public funds, access device fraud and wire fraud; three counts of aggravated identity theft; one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering; four counts of money laundering; and four counts of wire fraud.

03/22/2017
Boston, MA
Financial Crimes

James Merrill, 55, of Ashland, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman to six years in prison and three years of supervised release. In October 2016, Merrill pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud conspiracy and eight counts of wire fraud. He also agreed to forfeit approximately $140 million and other assets.

10/07/2016
Santa Ana, CA
Financial Crimes

The identity theft charges to which the seven defendants have pleaded guilty carry a statutory maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

04/26/2018
Cedar Rapids, IA
Financial Crimes

Pedro Alvarez Rodriguez, 36, and Dunieski Santana Moreno, 27, both Florida residents, were sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Leonard T. Strand to prison terms of 42 and 40 months, respectively.

09/10/2015
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
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Leaford George Cameron is facing mail fraud, wire fraud and false statement charges for the fraud scheme, and HSI authorities are seeking any additional “clients” who could have been victimized by the alleged imposter attorney.
08/18/2017
Newark, NJ
Enforcement and Removal
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Ziming Zhou, 47, entered the United States lawfully on May 6, 2014, in Los Angeles s a non-immigrant visitor for pleasure with authorization to remain in the country until Nov. 5, 2014. Zhou failed to depart within the allotted time frame. On Feb. 11, 2016, ERO Newark arrested Zhou at his place of residence.

09/02/2015
Los Angeles, CA
Enforcement and Removal
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Kyuseop Maeng, 50, was transported from Los Angeles to South Korea on board a commercial aircraft escorted by officers from ICE ERO. Maeng is charged with fraud in a criminal warrant issued in January 2011 by Korean authorities. Specifically, the warrant alleges that, during a one-month period beginning in November 2010, Maeng embezzled the equivalent of $3.5 million from investors in his trading company before fleeing to the U.S.

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