ICE Breaking News https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Breaking News en News Copyright 2020 webmaster@ice.gov (Web Master) Thu, 06 May 2021 14:46:48 -0400 HSI seeks help identifying potential victims of ex-preschool teacher convicted of child exploitation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-seeks-help-identifying-potential-victims-ex-preschool-teacher-convicted-child 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-seeks-help-identifying-potential-victims-ex-preschool-teacher-convicted-child Wed, 05/05/2021 - 15:00 ICE Breaking News Chinese national guilty of obstructing HSI human trafficking investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-guilty-obstructing-hsi-human-trafficking-investigation 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chinese-national-guilty-obstructing-hsi-human-trafficking-investigation Wed, 05/05/2021 - 10:40 ICE Breaking News HSI helps dismantle multiple state violent crime conspiracy https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-helps-dismantle-multiple-state-violent-crime-conspiracy 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-helps-dismantle-multiple-state-violent-crime-conspiracy Tue, 05/04/2021 - 16:41 ICE Breaking News HSI investigates Missouri man for child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigates-missouri-man-child-pornography 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigates-missouri-man-child-pornography Tue, 05/04/2021 - 14:43 ICE Breaking News HSI investigation leads to Thurston County man sentenced to prison for drug trafficking, illegal gun possession https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-thurston-county-man-sentenced-prison-drug-trafficking-illegal Daniel Ague Masters, 51, kept a substantial arsenal at both an underground bunker and in a garage on a property in Rainer, Thurston County. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-thurston-county-man-sentenced-prison-drug-trafficking-illegal Tue, 05/04/2021 - 14:25 ICE Breaking News Seattle man pleads guilty federal crimes for creating sexually explicit images of children following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/seattle-man-pleads-guilty-federal-crimes-creating-sexually-explicit-images-children 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/seattle-man-pleads-guilty-federal-crimes-creating-sexually-explicit-images-children Tue, 05/04/2021 - 10:24 ICE Breaking News HSI investigation leads to seizure of 9th fraudulent website seeking to capitalize on COVID-19 https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-seizure-9th-fraudulent-website-seeking-capitalize-covid-19 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-seizure-9th-fraudulent-website-seeking-capitalize-covid-19 Mon, 05/03/2021 - 10:01 ICE Breaking News Former West Texas firefighter pleads guilty to possessing child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-west-texas-firefighter-pleads-guilty-possessing-child-pornography 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-west-texas-firefighter-pleads-guilty-possessing-child-pornography Fri, 04/30/2021 - 16:30 ICE Breaking News HSI investigation leads to prison sentence for Mexican citizen for identity theft https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-prison-sentence-mexican-citizen-identity-theft 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-leads-prison-sentence-mexican-citizen-identity-theft Fri, 04/30/2021 - 13:17 ICE Breaking News Salvadoran national sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/salvadoran-national-sentenced-20-years-federal-prison-distributing-child-pornography 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/salvadoran-national-sentenced-20-years-federal-prison-distributing-child-pornography Thu, 04/29/2021 - 16:46 ICE Breaking News Woman who targeted the elderly in a lottery scam sentenced to 2 years in prison https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/woman-who-targeted-elderly-lottery-scam-sentenced-2-years-prison 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/woman-who-targeted-elderly-lottery-scam-sentenced-2-years-prison Thu, 04/29/2021 - 10:26 ICE Breaking News HSI investigated Colorado man for drug trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigated-colorado-man-drug-trafficking 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigated-colorado-man-drug-trafficking Wed, 04/28/2021 - 14:01 ICE Breaking News South Texas attorney pleads guilty to bribery scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-attorney-pleads-guilty-bribery-scheme On April 27, Roel Alaniz, 40, from Weslaco, Texas, entered his guilty pleas in U.S. district court. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-attorney-pleads-guilty-bribery-scheme Tue, 04/27/2021 - 16:21 ICE Breaking News HSI investigated Chinese national for laundering drug money https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigated-chinese-national-laundering-drug-money Xianbing Gan, 51, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for laundering illegal narcotics proceeds on behalf of drug traffickers in Mexico. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigated-chinese-national-laundering-drug-money Tue, 04/27/2021 - 13:55 ICE Breaking News ICE El Paso removes Mexican man convicted of felony drug charge https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-el-paso-removes-mexican-man-convicted-felony-drug-charge 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-el-paso-removes-mexican-man-convicted-felony-drug-charge Mon, 04/26/2021 - 16:33 ICE Breaking News West Texas investigation results in 60-year sentence in child exploitation case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/west-texas-investigation-results-60-year-sentence-child-exploitation-case 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/west-texas-investigation-results-60-year-sentence-child-exploitation-case Mon, 04/26/2021 - 14:59 ICE Breaking News HSI asks community to help identify potential victims of international fugitive https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-asks-community-help-identify-potential-victims-international-fugitive 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-asks-community-help-identify-potential-victims-international-fugitive Mon, 04/26/2021 - 13:06 ICE Breaking News IPR Center launches community-based initiative to help small business protect themselves against intellectual property theft, other fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-launches-community-based-initiative-help-small-business-protect-themselves 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ipr-center-launches-community-based-initiative-help-small-business-protect-themselves Mon, 04/26/2021 - 12:10 ICE Breaking News Oregon man charged with child exploitation crimes after stalking and exploiting Australian minor using social media, following HSI Investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/oregon-man-charged-child-exploitation-crimes-after-stalking-and-exploiting-australian 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/oregon-man-charged-child-exploitation-crimes-after-stalking-and-exploiting-australian Fri, 04/23/2021 - 16:34 ICE Breaking News Texas man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-possession-child-pornography 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/texas-man-sentenced-10-years-federal-prison-possession-child-pornography Fri, 04/23/2021 - 16:31 ICE Breaking News HSI investigated Wisconsin man for CARES Act & access device frauds https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigated-wisconsin-man-cares-act-access-device-frauds 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigated-wisconsin-man-cares-act-access-device-frauds Fri, 04/23/2021 - 16:13 ICE Breaking News ICE ERO officers assist in sweeping federal drug and gang case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-ero-officers-assist-sweeping-federal-drug-and-gang-case 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-ero-officers-assist-sweeping-federal-drug-and-gang-case Fri, 04/23/2021 - 16:00 ICE Breaking News Federal jury convicts US citizen of conspiracy to commit economic espionage, theft of trade secrets and wire fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-jury-convicts-us-citizen-conspiracy-commit-economic-espionage-theft-trade 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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/federal-jury-convicts-us-citizen-conspiracy-commit-economic-espionage-theft-trade Fri, 04/23/2021 - 14:49 ICE Breaking News HSI Honolulu assists military law enforcement agencies in undercover operation targeting child predators https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-honolulu-assists-military-law-enforcement-agencies-undercover-operation-targeting “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. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-honolulu-assists-military-law-enforcement-agencies-undercover-operation-targeting Fri, 04/23/2021 - 14:30 ICE Breaking News HSI investigation of app developer leads to 120-month sentence for drug distribution https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-app-developer-leads-120-month-sentence-drug-distribution The investigation was initiated following the discovery of the “Banana Plug” app that was used as a storefront to sell contraband to students in and around the UCSC campus. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-investigation-app-developer-leads-120-month-sentence-drug-distribution Fri, 04/23/2021 - 10:14 ICE Breaking News