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Sacramento, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud
The defendants have been in custody since their arrest and initial court appearance July 27.
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.
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.”

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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
Alexandria, VA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Mauricio Florian-Polanco faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 12.
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Philippe Jeannard, 61, of La Rochelle, France, is charged with one count of fraud in connection with an identification document.
Philadelphia, PA
Document and Benefit Fraud
Hayatullah Dawari, 62, of Philadelphia, is an Afghanistan national, who became a lawful permanent resident of the United States on or about Nov. 11, 2008.
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.
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
Houston, TX
Document and Benefit Fraud

A “sham” marriage is a marriage that is entered into for the primary purpose of circumventing U.S. immigration laws. All 11 defendants conspired together in connection with a marriage fraud ring involving arranging “sham” marriages between recruited U.S. citizens and recruited Nigerian nationals. Evidence at trial revealed Alabi searched for and recruited Nigerian nationals at nightclubs.

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).
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.
Washington, DC
Document and Benefit Fraud

Reynaldo Rodriguez-Canario, aka Reinaldo Rodriguez, aka Reynaldo Rodriguez, aka Reinaldo Canario, aka Jose Almonte, aka Jose Martinez, aka Matatan and and aka Ciego, 47, a citizen of the Dominican Republic residing in Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marcos O. Lopez of the District of Puerto Rico to one count of conspiracy to possess and transfer identification documents, one count of conspiracy to encourage an alien to reside in the United States for financial gain, and one count of aggravated identity theft. 

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.
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.

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.
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.
Riverside, CA
Document and Benefit Fraud

Syed Raheel Farook, 31, of Corona, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit immigration fraud before U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal.