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July 29, 2020Los Angeles, CAUnited StatesEnforcement and Removal

ICE apprehends Kazakhstani man wanted by authorities for embezzlement

LOS ANGELES – A 33-year-old man wanted by authorities in his home country on embezzlement charges was apprehended by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), July 28.

Sanzhar Ordaliyev, a citizen and national of Kazakhstan, was arrested by officers with ERO Los Angeles’ Fugitive Operations Fugitive Alien Removal (FAR) team pursuant to a targeted enforcement operation.

On Oct. 4, 2018, Ordaliyev entered the United States at the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey as a nonimmigrant visitor with authorization to remain in the country for a temporary period. He failed to depart as required, thus violating his nonimmigrant status.

ERO Los Angeles received notification from a partner agency identifying Ordaliyev as the subject of a Red Notice, Dec. 12. Upon apprehension, he was served with a Notice to Appear, Form I-862, pursuant to Section 237(a)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as a nonimmigrant overstay. He is in ICE custody pending immigration proceedings.

Aliens 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 (EOIR). EOIR is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and is separate from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ICE. Immigration judges in these courts make decisions based on the merits of each individual case. ICE officers carry out the removal decisions made by the federal immigration judges.

“Financial crimes are uniquely insidious, and demonstrate a clear abuse of power and trust,” said ICE’s ERO Los Angeles Field Office Director Dave Marin. “Embezzlement is fraud; criminal aliens suspected of egregious crimes should know they will not find refuge within the United States – our law enforcement officers remain committed to seeking them out and bringing them to justice.”

ICE removed or returned 267,000 aliens in fiscal year 2019. In FY 2019, 86 percent of ERO’s administrative arrests consisted of aliens with criminal convictions or pending criminal charges. The agency is focused on removing public safety threats and those who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.

Updated: 07/30/2020