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01/20/2015

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Brazilian fugitives nabbed in Massachusetts following international effort

BOSTON — An international effort spanning from Brazil to Massachusetts led to the arrest of two Brazilian fugitives who tried to evade charges for attempted murder, fraud and embezzlement.

The joint operation, dubbed “Nowhere to Run,” was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Providence, Rhode Island, and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston. ERO officers and HSI special agents worked closely with the HSI Brasilia Attaché Office and Interpol to track down Caylon Botelho Carreiro, 27, and Adilson Pires Ribeiro, 48. Both were arrested last week in Massachusetts.

Carreiro, who illegally entered the United States, is wanted by Brazilian law enforcement for attempted murder. According to Brazilian police reports, on March 28, 2009, Carreiro fired a weapon at an intended victim during a bar fight. The round missed the intended victim because his father intervened. Instead, the bullets struck Carreiro in the leg. Neither Carreiro, nor the intended victim, suffered life-threating injuries.

In a separate case, Ribeiro, who overstayed his U.S. visa, is wanted by Brazilian law enforcement authorities for defrauding Caixa Economica Federal, the second largest government-owned bank in Brazil. From 1997-2001, while working at the bank, Ribeiro withdrew money from accounts held at the bank and deposited that money into an account he fraudulently opened. In 2013, Ribeiro was convicted in absentia and sentenced to four years and eight months imprisonment.

Both Carreiro and Ribeiro are in the United States unlawfully. They are currently being held in ICE custody in Massachusetts where they will remain while they await the outcome of their immigration cases.

“We are committed to working with our international law enforcement partners to identify and arrest fugitives who think they can hide in our country,” said Sean Gallagher, ERO Boston field office director. “The United States will not be used as a safe haven by those who have violated the rule of law.”

“We appreciate the partnership that we have with the HSI Attaché Brasilia Office,” said Fatima Zulmira Rodriguez Bassalo, commissioner of Brazil’s Federal Police. “These fugitive arrests demonstrate the collaboration that exists between our agencies.”

Through its International Operations, HSI has 65 operational attaché offices in 46 countries around the world. HSI special agents work closely with foreign law enforcement agencies through a robust network of specialized, vetted units known as Transnational Criminal Investigative Units. Additionally, HSI brings personnel from host countries to the United States to train at the Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia.

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Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/21/2015