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ICE arrests INTERPOL fugitive wanted for murder

Wendy Maria Polanco Gonzalez
Wendy Maria Polanco Gonzalez

ORLANDO, Fla. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested a woman wanted for murdering her common law husband in the Dominican Republic in February 2008, on Thursday, May 21.

Wendy Maria Polanco Gonzalez, 37, was arrested at her Orlando-area home on administrative immigration charges for overstaying her visa and for falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen.

"We are committed to apprehending those who knowingly misrepresent themselves as U.S. citizens in order to gain rights and benefits that they would not otherwise be entitled to, or, in this case, to evade law enforcement officials in their home country," said Sue McCormick, ICE special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Tampa.

Gonzalez, a Dominican national, entered the United States via New York on Feb. 8, 2008, the same day that she allegedly shot her common law husband at their home in the Dominican Republic. Following the events of that day, INTERPOL issued a red notice for Gonzalez's arrest. INTERPOL red notices give worldwide circulation to warrants for people who are believed to have fled from the country where the warrant was originally issued.

Gonzalez entered the United States on a B2 non-immigrant tourist visa. She eventually traveled to Florida where she obtained a Florida driver's license and state identification card by presenting a fraudulently obtained Social Security number and a Puerto Rican birth certificate.

Gonzalez was apprehended by ICE agents at her residence on the morning of May 21. She is currently in detention, pending removal proceedings to the Dominican Republic.

Agents assigned to the Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force at the ICE Office of Investigations in Orlando investigated the case with assistance from the Florida Highway Patrol and the Social Security Administration's Office of the Inspector General.