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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
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.

May 20, 2011

During a graduation ceremony of 106 Colombian National Police (CNP) officers on Thursday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the Director General of the Colombian National Police, General Oscar Naranjo, honored ICE Director John Morton.

April 8, 2011
|Child Exploitation
ICE serves on the Virtual Global Taskforce (VGT), one of the world's largest international child protection taskforces.
March 29, 2011

The Departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security today jointly announced a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of individuals allegedly responsible for the murder of ICE HSI Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of ICE HSI Special Agent Victor Avila.

March 14, 2011
|Firearms, Ammunition and Explosives

A former Cameron County sheriff's deputy was sentenced on Monday to four years and nine months in prison for smuggling weapons into Mexico in exchange for money. The sentence was the result of an investigation conducted by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in coordination with the FBI and Cameron County Sheriff's Office.

February 11, 2011
|Child Exploitation

Derek Jerome Pitre, 58, of Clovis, Calif., was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill to 17 years and one month in prison for receiving child pornography. In a second unrelated investigation, Anthony Bernard Ellrodt, 38, of Bakersfield, Calif., pleaded guilty Friday before Judge O'Neill to possession of child pornography.

January 20, 2011
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

In 1961, the painting was loaned to the Musée Malraux in Le Havre in Normandy, France, but was stolen from the museum in December 1973. In October 2010, the Degas painting appeared in the Sotheby's New York catalogue for a pending auction of Impressionist and modern art.

January 20, 2011
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
In a ceremony held at the French ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2011, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) returned to the French government a rare painting by master impressionist Edgar Degas that had been stolen and lost to the world for nearly 40 years.
January 11, 2011
|Human Smuggling/Trafficking

Nathan G. Pope, 48, of Indianapolis, Ind., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence to conspiracy and transporting an individual across state lines to engage in prostitution, in violation of the Mann Act.

January 9, 2011
|Enforcement and Removal

An Soon Kim, 52, was arrested by ICE HSI special agents based in Hartford. She was arrested at the Mohegan Sun Casino pursuant to an active arrest warrant. Kim is wanted for engaging in a wide-ranging human trafficking ring operating throughout the northeastern United States.

January 4, 2011
|Document and Benefit Fraud
The owner of a major Guam construction company has been charged in a 124-count indictment with a battery of federal violations for allegedly recruiting dozens of Chinese foreign nationals to come to Guam to work for his firm, then forcing them to labor long hours at substandard wages.
July 30, 2010

Top 5 ICE news stories for the week ending July 30, 2010

June 2, 2010
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Agents initiated an investigation after the pre-Columbian artifacts were seen on eBay.
April 5, 2010
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

A dozen 1,400-year-old skulls smuggled into the United States were returned to Peru after an ICE investigation.

March 24, 2010
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
Bildnis in der Laube (Portrait in the Garden), a 1930 painting by Swiss artist Paul Klee, was reported stolen to the Art Loss Registry in 1989 and reported by an art gallery in Canada.
March 4, 2010
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
A silver pendant with the image of Peter the Great was among 200 items stolen from Russia's State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 2006. ICE recovered the pendant in Seattle and returned it to Russia.
February 24, 2010
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations

Ambassador Samir Sumaida'ie of Iraq and ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton sign custody documents to repatriate Iraqi cultural property found in the United States. See Media Gallery for more photos.

January 11, 2010
|Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Investigations
ICE announced the forfeiture of Le Marche following a Manhattan federal court trial that found the work was stolen from a French museum in 1981.

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