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May 6, 2021
|Operational
The award, considered one of the most prestigious within the FBI, was given to members of the CASTTF for their work in combatting violent crime in Indian Country.
May 5, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Paul Torres Jimenez De La Cuesta, 29, of Imperial Beach, California, pleaded guilty April 5 to distribution of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
May 5, 2021
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Xu Zhang, 31, a New York resident, was indicted in September 2019, after conspiring with his girlfriend and co-conspirator, Gao Xing, also a Chinese national, to destroy and conceal records pertinent to a federal grand jury investigation.
May 4, 2021
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives
After a five-day jury trial in federal court, Jorge Santos Caballero Melgar, 36, formerly of Nashville, Tennessee, was convicted of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery; conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to crimes of violence; interference with commerce by robbery in a March 2017 robbery in Bowling Green, Kentucky; murder through the use of a firearm during and in relation to the commission of a crime of violence; and illegal reentry into the United States after a previous deportation.
May 4, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Scott James Wells, 55, withdrew his plea of not guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool in order to enter a nolo contendere, or “no contest,” plea, neither admitting nor disputing the federal charges against him, but acknowledging the government had sufficient evidence to convict him of the crimes charged beyond a reasonable doubt.
May 4, 2021
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives, Narcotics
Daniel Ague Masters, 51, kept a substantial arsenal at both an underground bunker and in a garage on a property in Rainer, Thurston County.
May 4, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Law enforcement served a search warrant at Scott’s residence in August 2019, seizing two computers and his mobile devices. An examination of a device revealed that he had taken sexually explicit photos of a minor child in his residence in July 2019.
May 3, 2021
|COVID-19, Cyber Crimes
According to the affidavit filed in support of the seizure, the HSI Intellectual Property Rights Center (“IPRC”) and the HSI Cyber Crimes Center (“C3”) discovered an apparent fraudulent website, named “freevaccinecovax.org.” A domain analysis conducted by HSI indicated the domain name was created on April 27, 2021, using an IP address located in Strasbourg. The registrant country was listed as Russia.
April 30, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Jeremy Lee Barrera, 36, former firefighter with the Odessa Fire Department (OFD), admitted in federal court he used his cell phone on the OFD network to access an online chat room where several videos, which depicted child pornography, were posted. He pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.
April 30, 2021
|Document and Benefit Fraud
In October 2017, Griselda Genchi-Garcia, 27, a citizen of Mexico, applied for asylum to the United States from Mexico via the San Ysidro Port of Entry, California. She was given a notice to appear and informed she was a noncitizen and not a citizen or national of the United States.
April 29, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Jose Ramon Aguilar-Moreno, 52, of Fontana, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
April 29, 2021
|Financial Crimes
Shanelle Bailey, 23, of Jamaica, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez after pleading guilty Oct. 10, 2020, to Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering.
April 28, 2021
|Narcotics
Eber Uriel Perez-Ramirez, 29, of Aurora, Colorado was sentenced to 10.5 years in federal prison following his prior guilty plea to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
April 27, 2021
|Document and Benefit Fraud
On April 27, Roel Alaniz, 40, from Weslaco, Texas, entered his guilty pleas in U.S. district court.
April 27, 2021
|Financial Crimes, Narcotics
Xianbing Gan, 51, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for laundering illegal narcotics proceeds on behalf of drug traffickers in Mexico.
April 26, 2021
|Enforcement and Removal
Felix-Eduardo Gomez-Hernandez, 32, a Mexican citizen, was removed at the Stanton Street Bridge in downtown El Paso. Gomez-Hernandez was considered a threat to public safety and an ICE enforcement priority due to an aggravated felony conviction for manufacturing and delivering methamphetamine.
April 26, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Alvaro Castillo, 64, a retired telecommunications network engineer of Englewood, Colorado, was convicted by a federal jury Nov. 18, 2020, of three counts of production of child pornography; one count of attempted production of child pornography; one count of transportation of child pornography; and one count of possession of child pornography.
April 26, 2021
|Child Exploitation
The suspect, Sergio Donizetti Luciano, 59, who is currently in federal custody, is a fugitive from justice in Brazil with a prior conviction for rape of a minor.
April 26, 2021
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
This joint initiative provides resources – free of charge – to aid small to mid-size businesses in protecting themselves against IP theft, fraud and cyber security awareness.
April 23, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Jorge Rosales, 25, of Beaverton, Oregon, has been charged by criminal complaint with sexually exploiting children, distributing and possessing child pornography, cyberstalking, and enticing a minor online.
April 23, 2021
|Child Exploitation
Timothy Lynn Vandeventer, 55, was sentenced in the Northern District of Texas for receipt of Child Pornography on Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade. He pled guilty in Nov. 2020.
April 23, 2021
|Financial Crimes, COVID-19
Ahmad Kanan, 49, Madison, Wisconsin was sentenced 42 months in federal prison and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $147,060. Kanan committed the CARES Act Fraud while under indictment and awaiting trial in the access device fraud case. He pleaded guilty in both cases on October 2, 2020.
April 23, 2021
|Enforcement and Removal, Transnational Gangs, Narcotics
The street gangs involved were the Surenos, Nortenos, La Raza, Vario Chosen Few, East Side Raskals, Baby Regulators, Soldiers of Aryan Culture, and Tiny Oriental Posse.
April 23, 2021
|Financial Crimes
Following a twelve-day trial, Dr. Xiaorong You, aka Shannon You, 59, of Lansing, Michigan, was convicted of conspiracy to commit trade secret theft, conspiracy to commit economic espionage, possession of stolen trade secrets, economic espionage and wire fraud. You, was originally indicted in February 2019, for trade secret offenses and wire fraud and was charged in a superseding indictment with economic espionage and conspiracy to commit economic espionage in August 2020.
April 23, 2021
|Child Exploitation
“Operation Keiki Shield,” was conducted as part of the Hawaiʻi Department of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and included personnel from HSI Honolulu, NCIS, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Army Criminal Investigation Command, the Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division, and the Coast Guard Investigative Service.
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Updated: 01/21/2021