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August 3, 2023Boston, MA, United StatesEnforcement and Removal

ERO Boston arrests UK fraudster wanted in his home country for rioting

BALTIMORE — ERO Boston apprehended a noncitizen native of the United Kingdom and member of a transnational criminal organization known as the Traveling Conman Fraud Group on July 24. The 24-year-old noncitizen is wanted by U.K. authorities for rioting.

The U.K. national came to ERO Boston Fugitive Operations’ attention during an ongoing effort to locate members of the Traveling Conman Fraud Group operating in the metro Boston area.

“This noncitizen has displayed a habit of breaking laws and victimizing his neighbors regardless of where he resides,” said ERO Boston Field Office Director Todd Lyons. “He committed fraud in the U.S. and crimes of violence in the U.K. Now, he must return to face those charges. ERO Boston cannot allow our New England communities to become safe havens for violent criminals.”

Authorities in Wales issued an arrest warrant for him on Feb. 10 for the offense of rioting and revealed that the noncitizen fraudulently obtained a U.K. passport.

The U.K. national entered the United States legally on March 15 as a nonimmigrant but violated the terms of his admission.

ERO Boston arrested the U.K. national on July 24 and served him a final order of removal.

On July 29, ERO Boston received confirmation from the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency that he had an outstanding criminal warrant for rioting. The noncitizen will remain in ERO custody pending his removal from the United States.

Noncitizens placed into removal proceedings receive their legal due process from federal immigration judges in the immigration courts, which are administered by the Executive Office for Immigration Review within the Department of Justice. The Executive Office for Immigration Review is a separate entity from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case, determining if a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal or eligible for certain forms of relief from removal. Once a noncitizen is subject to a final order of removal issued by an immigration judge or other lawful means, ICE officers may carry out the removal.

As one of ICE’s three operational directorates, ERO is the principal federal law enforcement authority in charge of domestic immigration enforcement. ERO’s mission is to protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of those who undermine the safety of U.S. communities and the integrity of U.S. immigration laws, and its primary areas of focus are interior enforcement operations, management of the agency’s detained and non-detained populations, and repatriation of noncitizens who have received final orders of removal. ERO’s workforce consists of more than 7,700 law enforcement and non-law enforcement support personnel across 25 domestic field offices and 208 locations nationwide, 30 overseas postings, and multiple temporary duty travel assignments along the border.