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September 12, 2011
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

"Sok Hun Jin, a.k.a. ""Eric Jin"" of Los Angeles was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison for trafficking in counterfeit goods following an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that revealed he illegally imported thousands of bogus, Chinese-made Ab Circle Pro machines into the United States."

September 9, 2011
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

A Virginia woman was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for leading a sophisticated conspiracy to import and to sell counterfeit Cisco-branded computer networking equipment, laundering criminal proceeds and obtaining her citizenship through fraud. This case was investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

September 8, 2011
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The indictment charged the following individuals: Hana Amal Beshara, 29, of North Brunswick, N.J., and Matthew David Howard Smith, 23, of Raleigh, N.C., identified in the indictment as founders and administrators of NinjaVideo; Joshua David Evans, 34, of North Bend, Wash., and Zoi Mertzanis, 36, a resident of Greece, alleged to be two of the most active uploaders of copyrighted material to the site; and Jeremy Lynn Andrew, 33, of Eugene, Ore., the alleged head of security for the website.

September 8, 2011
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking
Emiliano Romero Ramirez, Maria Juana Rugerio Saucedo and Cristina Hernandez Suarez received a collective sentence of 65 years in prison for their involvement in a human trafficking operation.
August 30, 2011
|Operational

Eric Antwan Bell, a federal fugitive in a Clearwater Area Human Trafficking Task Force (CAHTTF) investigation, was arrested on Wednesday by special agents of the FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Parsippany, N.J.

August 30, 2011
|Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Twenty-seven immigration status violators, visa overstays, and foreign students were arrested last week by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for violating the conditions of their visas.

August 23, 2011
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Beleal Garcia-Gonzalez, the owner of a south Texas bar, was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison on Tuesday for sex trafficking minors, in a case investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). HSI agents rescued three girls, ages 14, 15 and 17, working at the bar and being prostituted by Garcia-Gonzalez.

August 18, 2011
|Enforcement and Removal

A Taiwanese national who conspired to export defense articles to the People's Republic of China was removed from the United States late Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).

August 17, 2011
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
On Thursday, ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) returned, during a joint repatriation ceremony, a collection of 67 artifacts illegally imported into the United States from the Dominican Republic. The objects were discovered as part of several investigations by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and CBP.
August 5, 2011
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Shaoxiong Zhou, 42, and Shaoxia Huang, 33, both of Shantou, Guangdong, China, pleaded guilty to one count each of trafficking in counterfeit goods. Zhou pleaded guilty on Aug. 5, 2011, and Huang pleaded guilty on Aug. 3, 2011.

August 3, 2011
|Child Exploitation

Marco Antonio Alferez, 35, pleaded guilty to sexually exploiting children and distributing child pornography. Alferez faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 50 years in federal prison.

August 1, 2011
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
"Egyptian archaeological sites, storerooms and other locations are under serious threats of pillage, theft and illicit trafficking. That's why U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) joined forces with the U.S. Embassy to Egypt to present a four-day workshop titled ""Countering Antiquities Trafficking at Egypt's Ports and Borders."""
July 14, 2011
|Human Rights Violators
A former Peruvian Army major was successfully extradited from Miami to Lima, Peru, for his role in the 1985 murders of 69 unarmed men, women and children in Accomarca, located in the southern province of Ayacucho, Peru.
July 12, 2011
|Human Rights Violators, Enforcement and Removal

Pedro Pimentel Rios, a former member of the Guatemalan army whom witnesses say participated in a massacre there three decades ago that claimed at least 162 lives was deported to his native country Tuesday, capping an effort by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE's Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center to investigate the case.

July 10, 2011
|Enforcement and Removal

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Mexican Ministry of the Interior announced Monday that the Mexican Interior Repatriation Program (MIRP) has resumed for the eighth consecutive summer.

July 6, 2011
|Contraband

Dr. Anthony Galea, 51, of Toronto, Canada, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, and faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and forfeiture of $275,000.

July 6, 2011
|Child Exploitation

ICE agents and officers, assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office in Florida, arrested Andy Vertoont, 31, a native of Belgium, at his place of employment in Ocala, Fla., on Nov. 12, 2010. ICE HSI special agents in Orlando had initiated an investigation as a result of a request for assistance from the Belgian Federal Police and the ICE HSI attaché office in Brussels.

June 20, 2011
|Financial Crimes
Mexico's customs authority, the Servicio de Administracion Tributaria (SAT), with assistance from the U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), seized over $2.4 million concealed within four large rolls of telephone cable for Caracas, Venezuela at the cargo facility of Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport.
June 12, 2011
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking

The segment focused on fugitive Eric Bell who's wanted for sex trafficking a minor and producing child pornography, among other charges.

June 9, 2011
|Document and Benefit Fraud

This initiative targets immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law (UPIL), which occurs when legal advice and/or representation regarding immigration matters is provided by an individual who is not an attorney or accredited representative.

June 8, 2011
|Student and Exchange Visitor Program

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced special relief for certain F-1 Libyan students who have suffered severe economic hardship as a direct result of the civil unrest in Libya since February 2011.

June 3, 2011
|Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Shengyang Zhou, aka "Tom," 31, of Kunming, Yunnan, China, was ordered to pay restitution totaling $504,815.39 to the victims of his crime, including an emergency room doctor from Texas who suffered a mild stroke from ingesting the counterfeit medication. Following his prison sentence, Zhou will be deported.

May 27, 2011
|Financial Crimes

ICE HSI agents and NYPD officers arrested 28 individuals for participating in a multi-million dollar sports-betting operation that used several locations in Staten Island, N.Y. A March 2009 tip led ICE HSI agents and NYPD detectives to Monte's Video store on Manor Road, in Staten Island, N.Y. Investigators soon learned that customers were not going to the store to rent videos.

May 22, 2011
|Operational
Mark Zivilik, an investigator with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations' (HSI) London Attache Office, worked closely with London's Metropolitan Police Service to track down Malcom McQuillan, a wanted United Kingdom citizen who had escaped to the United States and then evaded police for nearly 20 years.
May 21, 2011
|Enforcement and Removal

Aftab Ali Khan, 28, a Pakistani man arrested in Massachusetts during the investigation into the failed Times Square bombing, was deported by U.S. ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) to Pakistan. Khan had been in federal custody since May 2010 when he, his uncle, and a man in Maine were arrested following the failed bombing attempt.

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