ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2020 Thu, 22 Apr 2021 10:01:00 -0400 Phony immigration attorney filed hundreds of fraudulent claims, sentenced to more than 20 years in federal prison after HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phony-immigration-attorney-filed-hundreds-fraudulent-claims-sentenced-more-20-years According to court documents, Elvis Harold Reyes, 56, of Brandon, who owned and operated EHR Ministries Inc., portrayed himself as an immigration attorney. He is not and has never been a licensed attorney. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phony-immigration-attorney-filed-hundreds-fraudulent-claims-sentenced-more-20-years Tue, 04/13/2021 - 12:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Belizean national and aggravated felon convicted of using fraudulent immigration and social security cards at Nevada DMV https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/belizean-national-and-aggravated-felon-convicted-using-fraudulent-immigration-and After a four-day jury trial, Rickon Amyon Wade, aka “Ricky Wade,” 35, was found guilty of one count of Fraud and Misuse of Visas, Permits and Documents, and one count of Misuse of a Social Security Number. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/belizean-national-and-aggravated-felon-convicted-using-fraudulent-immigration-and Thu, 03/11/2021 - 14:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud 2 Los Angeles-area men indicted in visa fraud scheme that used surrogate test-takers and ‘guaranteed’ foreign student admission into colleges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-los-angeles-area-men-indicted-visa-fraud-scheme-used-surrogate-test-takers-and Yi Chen, aka “Brian Chen,” 33, of Monrovia, pleaded not guilty this afternoon to charges in a 21-count grand jury indictment that alleges conspiracy, visa fraud and aggravated identity theft. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-los-angeles-area-men-indicted-visa-fraud-scheme-used-surrogate-test-takers-and Mon, 03/08/2021 - 11:25 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud 5 former Chicago postal employees among 11 charged in theft, fraud conspiracy https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5-former-chicago-postal-employees-among-11-charged-theft-fraud-conspiracy Federal authorities uncovered the 18-month conspiracy through a joint investigation titled Operation Cash on Delivery. The former USPS employees, who at the time worked as mail carriers in the Chicagoland area, are alleged to have stolen credit cards and other financial instruments from the mail and provided them to co-conspirators in exchange for cash or other items, according to a 20-count indictment unsealed Thursday in federal court in Chicago. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5-former-chicago-postal-employees-among-11-charged-theft-fraud-conspiracy Fri, 02/26/2021 - 12:20 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud HSI probe leads to federal charges against 3 Los Angeles-area men for running counterfeit document ring that created and sold dozens of false passports, IDs https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-leads-federal-charges-against-3-los-angeles-area-men-running-counterfeit Carlos Ayala Hernandez, a.k.a. “Juan Juarez,” 44, of Granada Hills, the 19-count indictment’s lead defendant; and Nestor Perez, a.k.a. “Daniel Perez,” 32, of Van Nuys, each pleaded not guilty to one conspiracy count, nine counts of production of false identification documents, seven counts of transferring false identification documents and one count of possession of five or more false identification documents. Hernandez also pleaded not guilty to one count of being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-leads-federal-charges-against-3-los-angeles-area-men-running-counterfeit Tue, 02/23/2021 - 16:34 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Fugitive of 35 years, spouse, charged with federal fraud charges https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/fugitive-35-years-spouse-charged-federal-fraud-charges Howard D. Farley, Jr., 72, of Weirsdale and Duc Hanh Thi Vu, 56, of Weirsdale, were indicted for passport fraud. Farley was also charged with aggravated identity theft, Social Security fraud, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and operating as a pilot without a legitimate airman’s certificate. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/fugitive-35-years-spouse-charged-federal-fraud-charges Mon, 01/11/2021 - 14:38 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud ICE HSI probe results in Los Angeles-area man admitting to role in scheme in which he arranged fraudulent ‘green card’ marriages for Chinese nationals https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-los-angeles-area-man-admitting-role-scheme-which-he-arranged Chang Yu “Andy” He, 55, of Monterey Park, the owner of Fair Price Immigration Service, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-los-angeles-area-man-admitting-role-scheme-which-he-arranged Wed, 11/04/2020 - 12:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud ICE probe results in indictment of trio alleging international conspiracy to defraud elderly by posing as federal agents threatening arrest https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-results-indictment-trio-alleging-international-conspiracy-defraud-elderly The federal grand jury indictment unsealed today charges a total of three Lake Elsinore residents with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud: Anuj Mahendrabhai Patel, 30, a.k.a. “Mike” and “Indio”; Elmer Miranda Barrios, 35, whose aliases include “Welbin Raul Mejia” and “Joe Rodriguez”; and William Margarito Barrios, 36, Elmer Barrios’s cousin, who faces an additional charge of being an illegal alien who re-entered the United States following deportation. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-results-indictment-trio-alleging-international-conspiracy-defraud-elderly Fri, 10/30/2020 - 09:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Former private security company employee in Orange County pleads guilty to impersonating an ICE special agent https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-private-security-company-employee-orange-county-pleads-guilty-impersonating Donovan Pham Nguyen, 34, of Orange, pleaded guilty this afternoon to one count of impersonation of a federal officer. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-private-security-company-employee-orange-county-pleads-guilty-impersonating Wed, 10/21/2020 - 13:31 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Immigration imposter convicted of fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/immigration-imposter-convicted-fraud On Sept. 9, 2020, Rito Salomon Palacios, 51, from Laredo, pled guilty in front of U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana for wire fraud and extortion under color of official right. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/immigration-imposter-convicted-fraud Wed, 09/09/2020 - 09:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud 19 aliens charged with voter fraud in North Carolina following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/19-aliens-charged-voter-fraud-north-carolina-following-ice-investigation A federal grand jury in Wilmington charged seven foreign nationals on August 31 on federal felony charges including falsely claiming U.S. citizenship or making false statements on voter registration application, and with misdemeanor charges of unlawfully casting ballots in the 2016 presidential election. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/19-aliens-charged-voter-fraud-north-carolina-following-ice-investigation Thu, 09/03/2020 - 10:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Los Angeles-area man arrested for falsely impersonating ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agent https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-arrested-falsely-impersonating-ice-homeland-security Donovan Pham Nguyen, 34, of Riverside, is charged with one count of false impersonation of a federal officer or employee, according to a criminal complaint unsealed today. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-arrested-falsely-impersonating-ice-homeland-security Mon, 08/24/2020 - 17:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Los Angeles-area recruitment firm owner sentenced to prison for immigration fraud scheme that exploited alien farmworkers by charging illegal visa fees https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-recruitment-firm-owner-sentenced-prison-immigration-fraud-scheme Jorge Vasquez, 60, of Fontana, the owner of H-2A Placement Services, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton, who also ordered Vasquez to pay $135,389 in restitution. Vasquez pleaded guilty in June 2019 to one count of conspiracy and one count of aiding and abetting fraud in foreign labor contracting. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-recruitment-firm-owner-sentenced-prison-immigration-fraud-scheme Fri, 08/21/2020 - 09:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Fugitive Chinese national sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for his role in large-scale birth tourism and immigration fraud ring https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/fugitive-chinese-national-sentenced-more-3-years-prison-his-role-large-scale-birth Chao “Edwin” Chen (陈超), 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge James V. Selna. Chen pleaded guilty in June 2016 to visa fraud, marriage fraud and filing a false tax return. Soon after pleading guilty, Chen fled to China and remains a fugitive. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/fugitive-chinese-national-sentenced-more-3-years-prison-his-role-large-scale-birth Tue, 06/30/2020 - 08:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Former Chinese official extradited to the US to face charges of laundering millions of dollars of stolen money https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-chinese-official-extradited-us-face-charges-laundering-millions-dollars-stolen Jianjun Qiao (喬建軍), 56, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport Friday after being extradited by Sweden. Qiao was taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service and was held in federal custody over the weekend. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-chinese-official-extradited-us-face-charges-laundering-millions-dollars-stolen Mon, 06/01/2020 - 09:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud US Army sergeant sentenced to 8 months for marriage fraud scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-army-sergeant-sentenced-8-months-marriage-fraud-scheme Galima Murry, a U.S. Army sergeant, was sentenced today to serve eight months in federal prison for conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and making false statements regarding that fraud to the government. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/us-army-sergeant-sentenced-8-months-marriage-fraud-scheme Thu, 05/28/2020 - 13:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Wasilla man charged with identity theft and false statements https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/wasilla-man-charged-identity-theft-and-false-statements Jay Osmond Gardner, 55, of Wasilla, has been charged with identify theft and false statements, after allegedly obtaining a state ID using the identification of another individual to travel interstate and avoid contact with law enforcement.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/wasilla-man-charged-identity-theft-and-false-statements Thu, 04/02/2020 - 09:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud 2 Los Angeles-area residents arrested by ICE HSI in marriage fraud scheme; 2 alleged "beneficiaries" also arrested https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-los-angeles-area-residents-arrested-ice-hsi-marriage-fraud-scheme-2-alleged In addition to the two Los Angeles-area residents, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested two Chinese nationals who each paid tens of thousands of dollars to enter into sham marriages with United States citizens to obtain Green Cards. The United States citizens in these situations were actually undercover HSI agents. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-los-angeles-area-residents-arrested-ice-hsi-marriage-fraud-scheme-2-alleged Thu, 03/12/2020 - 17:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Phony immigration attorney filed more than 215 fraudulent asylum applications https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phony-immigration-attorney-filed-more-215-fraudulent-asylum-applications According to the indictment, Elvis Harold Reyes, 56, of Brandon, owned and operated EHR Ministries Inc., and portrayed himself as an immigration attorney, pastor, accountant, immigration expert, former immigration official and former federal law enforcement officer. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phony-immigration-attorney-filed-more-215-fraudulent-asylum-applications Wed, 03/11/2020 - 10:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud South Texas woman charged with making false statement related to bribery case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-woman-charged-making-false-statement-related-bribery-case The charge stems from a bribery investigation involving Benito Barrientes, 42, from Lyford; Exy Adelaida Gomez, 42, from Los Fresnos; and Damian Ortiz, 30, and her brother and McAllen attorney Roel Alanis, 39, both from Weslaco. They were charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and bribery in relation to obtaining alien detainee roster lists. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/south-texas-woman-charged-making-false-statement-related-bribery-case Mon, 02/24/2020 - 10:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Grand jury indicts 3 top administrators of Philippine church in scheme to traffic workers and defraud immigration system https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/grand-jury-indicts-3-top-administrators-philippine-church-scheme-traffic-workers-and The three defendants were arrested last month after being named in a criminal complaint that alleged a conspiracy to commit immigration fraud. Today’s indictment expands the scope of the alleged scheme and includes new details about the immigration fraud portion of the scheme. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/grand-jury-indicts-3-top-administrators-philippine-church-scheme-traffic-workers-and Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud Imposter attorney fraudulently practicing immigration law in Northeast Philadelphia pleads guilty https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/imposter-attorney-fraudulently-practicing-immigration-law-northeast-philadelphia Ana Molina, 56, owned and operated Ana Molina & Associates, a/k/a Molina Multilegal Services, on Castor Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, through which she falsely claimed to be an attorney (or at times a paralegal) who could obtain lawful immigration status for them from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/imposter-attorney-fraudulently-practicing-immigration-law-northeast-philadelphia Tue, 01/21/2020 - 12:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud 2 immigrants, a pastor, and a US Army sergeant convicted for marriage/immigration scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-immigrants-pastor-and-us-army-sergeant-convicted-marriageimmigration-scheme Rajesh Ramcharan, 45, Diann Ramcharan, 37, Sergeant Galima Murry, 31, and Pastor Ken Harvell, 60, were found guilty, Jan. 17, after a nine-day jury trial for conspiracy to commit marriage fraud and making false statements regarding that fraud to the government. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/2-immigrants-pastor-and-us-army-sergeant-convicted-marriageimmigration-scheme Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud ICE HSI, law enforcement partners, stop Venezuelan national from stealing ATM card numbers https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-law-enforcement-partners-stop-venezuelan-national-stealing-atm-card-numbers Ricardo Gabriele-Plage, 39, was sentenced to four years in prison by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley for an identity-theft scheme, announced Special Agent in Charge Tatum King of ICE's HSI San Francisco Field Office and U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott, Jan. 9. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-law-enforcement-partners-stop-venezuelan-national-stealing-atm-card-numbers Thu, 01/09/2020 - 09:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud ICE Acting Deputy Director sets the record straight on fraud investigations involving undercover schools https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-acting-deputy-director-sets-record-straight-fraud-investigations-involving Acting Deputy Director Derek Benner addresses the public misconceptions about ICE Homeland Security Investigations’ use of undercover schools – specifically the University of Farmington – to identify and disrupt attempts by foreign students and recruiters to exploit the nonimmigrant student visa system to remain in the country through fraud. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-acting-deputy-director-sets-record-straight-fraud-investigations-involving Fri, 12/20/2019 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Document and Benefit Fraud