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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending Jan. 11, 2013

Jan. 11, 2013 – ICE director attends opening of European Cyber Crimes Centre at Europol

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton attended the opening of the new European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), based at Europol's headquarters in The Hague. EC3 will be the focal point in the European Unions' fight against cybercrime, protecting citizens and businesses against cybercrime threats. Full Story

Jan. 8, 2013 – HSI dismantles massive international cyber-theft conspiracy

A Chinese national pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and wire fraud. The individual operated a website used to distribute more than $100 million worth of pirated software around the world, making it one of the most significant cases of copyright infringement ever uncovered – and dismantled – by ICE's HSI. Full Story

Jan. 8, 2013 – Transfer ceremony clears way for looted ancient vessel to be returned to Italy

A rare Etruscan black-figure kalpis, which has been traced back to 510 B.C., will be returned to the Italian government following a Jan. 8 transfer ceremony at the Toledo Museum of Art. A June 2012 agreement between the United States and the Toledo Museum of Art followed by the transfer ceremony is the culmination of an extensive investigation by ICE's HSI. Full Story

Jan. 11, 2013 – ICE arrests 97 during 4-day operation targeting criminal aliens, immigration fugitives in West Michigan

97 convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives and other immigration violators were arrested during a four-day operation in West Michigan in an operation conducted by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) teams from Grand Rapids and Detroit. Full Story

Jan. 7, 2013 – New Jersey sex offender sentenced to life in federal prison

A Pemberton, N.J., man was sentenced to life plus 10 years in federal prison. The man was convicted in May 2012 on charges of interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual acts with a minor, aggravated sexual assault, enticement of a minor and distribution of child pornography. Full Story