ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes https://www.ice.gov/ en Copyright 2020 Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:15:03 -0400 HSI El Paso investigation results in guilty pleas in mail fraud, aggravated identity theft scheme case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-investigation-results-guilty-pleas-mail-fraud-aggravated-identity-theft Wilver Jose Polanco Alvarez, 26, residing in Miami, and Jose Eduardo Gomez Salas, 25, residing in New York, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft. Both appeared before Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-el-paso-investigation-results-guilty-pleas-mail-fraud-aggravated-identity-theft Mon, 06/07/2021 - 15:29 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes HSI probe results in 2-year prison sentence for Orange County man who operated illegal ATM network that laundered Bitcoin and cash for criminals https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-results-2-year-prison-sentence-orange-county-man-who-operated-illegal-atm Kais Mohammad, a.k.a. “Superman29,” 37, of Yorba Linda, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, the result of an investigation by HSI Los Angeles, IRS Criminal Investigation and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-probe-results-2-year-prison-sentence-orange-county-man-who-operated-illegal-atm Fri, 05/28/2021 - 10:10 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Oregon man sentenced after HSI investigation helps end credit union fraud scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/oregon-man-sentenced-after-hsi-investigation-helps-end-credit-union-fraud-scheme Winston E. Gray, 31, was sentenced to four years in federal prison and three years’ supervised release. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/oregon-man-sentenced-after-hsi-investigation-helps-end-credit-union-fraud-scheme Tue, 05/18/2021 - 10:21 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes 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 Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes 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 Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes 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 Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes 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 Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes HSI, CBP, DEA seize $1.28 million, arrest 4 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-cbp-dea-seize-128-million-arrest-4-st-thomas-us-virgin-islands Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), working jointly with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Caribbean Anti-Money Laundering Alliance (CMLA) seized Thursday $1.28 million in cash from an abandoned vehicle in the Stumpy Beach-area on the west end of St. Thomas, USVI and arrested four men. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-cbp-dea-seize-128-million-arrest-4-st-thomas-us-virgin-islands Fri, 04/09/2021 - 13:55 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Los Angeles-area man pleads guilty in international conspiracy to defraud elderly victims following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-international-conspiracy-defraud-elderly-victims As the result of an extensive probe by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Los Angeles, supported by multiple federal, state and local law enforcement partners across the U.S., Anuj Mahendrabhai Patel, 31, a.k.a. “Mike” and “Indio,” of Lake Elsinore, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-international-conspiracy-defraud-elderly-victims Tue, 03/30/2021 - 18:04 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Phoenix man charged with fraud after seeking over $450,000 in COVID relief funds https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-man-charged-fraud-after-seeking-over-450000-covid-relief-funds James Theodore Polzin, 47, of Mesa, was charged by criminal complaint, unsealed Wednesday, after he was ordered detained at a hearing in U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. He is charged with three counts of fraud in connection with major disaster or emergency benefits and three counts of wire fraud. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/phoenix-man-charged-fraud-after-seeking-over-450000-covid-relief-funds Thu, 03/25/2021 - 16:44 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Former Mexican governor, presidential candidate convicted of money laundering after accepting more than $3.5 million https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-mexican-governor-presidential-candidate-convicted-money-laundering-after Tomas Yarrington Ruvalcaba, 64, who has been in federal custody since 2018, pleaded guilty in U.S. district court. He admitted to conspiracy to commit money laundering in a pay-to-play type of scheme. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-mexican-governor-presidential-candidate-convicted-money-laundering-after Thu, 03/25/2021 - 10:59 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Former Venezuelan official pleads guilty in connection with international bribery, money laundering scheme following HSI investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-venezuelan-official-pleads-guilty-connection-international-bribery-money Jose Luis De Jongh Atencio (De Jongh), 48, a former procurement officer and manager in Citgo’s Special Projects Group, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-venezuelan-official-pleads-guilty-connection-international-bribery-money Tue, 03/23/2021 - 15:39 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Foreign nationals sentenced for roles in transnational cybercrime following an HSI Las Vegas investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/foreign-nationals-sentenced-roles-transnational-cybercrime-following-hsi-las-vegas Sergey Medvedev, aka “Stells,” “segmed,” and “serjbear,” 33, of Russia, pleaded guilty in the District of Nevada to one count of racketeering conspiracy in June 2020, and was sentenced today to 10 years in prison. Marko Leopard, aka “Leopardmk,” 31, of North Macedonia, pleaded guilty in the District of Nevada to one count of racketeering conspiracy in November 2019 and was sentenced today to five years in prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/foreign-nationals-sentenced-roles-transnational-cybercrime-following-hsi-las-vegas Fri, 03/19/2021 - 17:37 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Paul Petersen sentenced to 5 years in Arizona prison following a joint financial fraud HSI and DPS investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/paul-petersen-sentenced-5-years-arizona-prison-following-joint-financial-fraud-hsi Former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen has been sentenced to five years in state prison on March 19, for running an adoption scheme that was unlawfully paid for by Arizona taxpayers following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZ DPS). This sentence will be in addition to his federal sentence. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/paul-petersen-sentenced-5-years-arizona-prison-following-joint-financial-fraud-hsi Fri, 03/19/2021 - 12:32 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes HSI Houston arrests indicted pharmacy owner, accountant for their alleged roles in $134M health care fraud scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-houston-arrests-indicted-pharmacy-owner-accountant-their-alleged-roles-134m Mohamed Mokbel, 56, and Fathy Elsafty, 62, both of Houston, were arrested at their Houston-area homes early Tuesday morning. They are expected to make their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Edison at 2 p.m. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/hsi-houston-arrests-indicted-pharmacy-owner-accountant-their-alleged-roles-134m Tue, 03/09/2021 - 15:23 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Los Angeles-area man to plead guilty to operating Bitcoin-cash exchange business and money laundering, following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-plead-guilty-operating-bitcoin-cash-exchange-business-and-money In a two-count information, Hugo Sergio Mejia, 49, of Ontario, was charged with money laundering and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business. In a plea agreement also filed today, Mejia agreed to plead guilty to these federal felony offenses in in March. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-plead-guilty-operating-bitcoin-cash-exchange-business-and-money Fri, 01/29/2021 - 17:55 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes L.A.-area man sentenced to 10 years in prison for key role in massive pyramid investment scheme following ICE probe https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/la-area-man-sentenced-10-years-prison-key-role-massive-pyramid-investment-scheme Steve Chen, 63, a.k.a. “Li Chen” and “Boss,” of Bradbury, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John F. Walter, who found that Chen’s “litany of lies” promoted a scam of “epic proportions.” Chen pleaded guilty in June 2020 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of tax evasion. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/la-area-man-sentenced-10-years-prison-key-role-massive-pyramid-investment-scheme Wed, 01/13/2021 - 16:31 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes ICE shares $160,000 with southwest Texas Sheriff’s Office https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-shares-160000-southwest-texas-sheriffs-office ICE HSI distributed $164,577.44 in funds forfeited from bulk cash seized to the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department January 12, as part of a federal asset sharing program. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-shares-160000-southwest-texas-sheriffs-office Tue, 01/12/2021 - 11:52 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Houston man admits to hijacking interstate freight shipment, following ICE investigation https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/houston-man-admits-hijacking-interstate-freight-shipment-following-ice-investigation Maksims Klopovs admitted he was to be paid for picking up a large load of electronics originally set for delivery to a college in Corpus Christi. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/houston-man-admits-hijacking-interstate-freight-shipment-following-ice-investigation Thu, 01/07/2021 - 10:21 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes 15 named in $26 million international trade fraud scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/15-named-26-million-international-trade-fraud-scheme Law enforcement arrested Zheng “Miranda” Zhou, 53, of Missouri City, and Kun “Bruce” Liu, 40, of Sugar Land, Dec. 14. Both made their initial appearances in Houston federal court Dec. 15, at which time the criminal indictment was unsealed. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/15-named-26-million-international-trade-fraud-scheme Thu, 12/17/2020 - 15:56 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes ICE probe leads to indictment of LA Fashion District wholesaler and 2 associates in schemes to avoid tariffs, launder drug money and avoid taxes https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-indictment-la-fashion-district-wholesaler-and-2-associates-schemes The schemes are outlined in a 49-page indictment, which was filed late Wednesday and is the latest case resulting from an operation in Sept. 2014 when law enforcement authorities executed dozens of search warrants as part of an investigation into money laundering and other crimes at Fashion District businesses. During one of those searches at a downtown condominium linked to the defendants in this case, authorities seized more than $38.3 million in cash. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-indictment-la-fashion-district-wholesaler-and-2-associates-schemes Thu, 12/10/2020 - 07:38 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes ICE HSI probe results in 7-year prison sentence for Los Angeles-area man for his role in credit card ‘bust out’ scams used to buy liquor and cemetery plots https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-7-year-prison-sentence-los-angeles-area-man-his-role-credit Mikayel Hmayakyan, 43, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George H. Wu, who also ordered him to pay $4,906,534 in restitution. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-7-year-prison-sentence-los-angeles-area-man-his-role-credit Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:31 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Washington man charged with COVID-relief fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/washington-man-charged-covid-relief-fraud Austin Hsu, 46, of Issaquah, Washington, was charged by criminal complaint, unsealed today after his initial appearance, in the Western District of Washington with one count of wire fraud. He made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Brian A. Tsuchida. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/washington-man-charged-covid-relief-fraud Tue, 10/27/2020 - 15:20 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes ICE HSI probe results in payday loan company owner pleading guilty to wire fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-payday-loan-company-owner-pleading-guilty-wire-fraud Arsen Khumaryan, 41, of Glendale, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt has scheduled a January 28 sentencing hearing, at which time Khumaryan will face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-probe-results-payday-loan-company-owner-pleading-guilty-wire-fraud Thu, 10/15/2020 - 07:46 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Department of State offers $5M reward for information leading to arrest, conviction of former Venezuelan government official on ICE Most Wanted List https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/department-state-offers-5m-reward-information-leading-arrest-conviction-former “HSI New York’s El Dorado Task Force is uniquely qualified to investigate complex, international money laundering and other serious financial crimes. Working with our law enforcement partners around the country and around the world, we will continue to safeguard our financial systems from international corruption that enriches the coffers of dictators and their cronies. This designation is a clear message – corruption stops at our border,” said Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/department-state-offers-5m-reward-information-leading-arrest-conviction-former Thu, 10/08/2020 - 14:40 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes