ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2020 Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:06:42 -0500 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 ICE investigation results in wire fraud charges for Utah man https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-results-wire-fraud-charges-utah-man Nan Ma, 37, of Hurricane, Utah, is a Chinese citizen with legal permanent resident status in the United States. He faces a maximum penalty, for each of the three wire fraud counts of, 20 years in federal prison. The six money laundering counts each have a potential maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-results-wire-fraud-charges-utah-man Fri, 09/04/2020 - 09:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes ICE, Caribbean Corridor Strike Force seize $27 million in cash https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-caribbean-corridor-strike-force-seize-27-million-cash As part of the operation that led to the multimillion cash seizure, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers conducted an outbound cargo inspection on board the Motor Vessel Norma H II Voyage 818. During the inspection, a CBP K-9 alerted on pallets containing home moving boxes destined for St. Thomas. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-caribbean-corridor-strike-force-seize-27-million-cash Thu, 09/03/2020 - 17:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes L.A. Fashion District importer and company owner agree to plead guilty to customs violations, tax offenses and pay nearly $118 million https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/la-fashion-district-importer-and-company-owner-agree-plead-guilty-customs-violations Noh, 66, of Bel Air, agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of subscribing to a false tax return, charges that carry a statutory maximum penalty of eight years in federal prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/la-fashion-district-importer-and-company-owner-agree-plead-guilty-customs-violations Wed, 08/26/2020 - 17:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Global disruption of 3 terror finance cyber-enabled campaigns https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/global-disruption-3-terror-finance-cyber-enabled-campaigns These three terror finance campaigns all relied on sophisticated cyber-tools, including the solicitation of cryptocurrency donations from around the world. The action demonstrates how different terrorist groups have similarly adapted their terror finance activities to the cyber age. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/global-disruption-3-terror-finance-cyber-enabled-campaigns Thu, 08/13/2020 - 14:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Canadian citizen sentenced for international fraud, money laundering ring https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/canadian-citizen-sentenced-international-fraud-money-laundering-ring According to court documents, Brooks Thomas Nesbitt, 37, of Ontario, Canada, was a member of a large, international fraud and money-laundering ring, led by Mary Kathryn Marr. Between at least 2014 and 2019, Nesbitt operated boiler rooms located outside of the United States. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/canadian-citizen-sentenced-international-fraud-money-laundering-ring Fri, 08/07/2020 - 10:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Malware author pleads guilty for role in transnational cybercrime organization responsible for more than $568 million in losses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/malware-author-pleads-guilty-role-transnational-cybercrime-organization-responsible Valerian Chiochiu, aka “Onassis,” “Flagler,” “Socrate,” and “Eclessiastes,” 30, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan in the District of Nevada. Chiochiu is a national of the Republic of Moldova, but resided in the United States during the period of the conspiracy. His plea came just over a month after the co-founder and administrator of Infraud, Sergey Medvedev of Russia, separately pleaded guilty June 26. Sentencing for Chiochiu has been scheduled for Dec. 11. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/malware-author-pleads-guilty-role-transnational-cybercrime-organization-responsible Fri, 07/31/2020 - 17:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Los Angeles-area man admits operating unlicensed ATM network that laundered millions of dollars of Bitcoin and cash for criminals' benefit https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-admits-operating-unlicensed-atm-network-laundered-millions Kais Mohammad, 36, a.k.a. “Superman29,”, of Yorba Linda, was charged in a three-count criminal information filed today in U.S. District Court. In a plea agreement also filed today, Mohammad agreed to plead guilty to one count of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business, one count of money laundering, and one count of failure to maintain an effective anti-money laundering program. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-admits-operating-unlicensed-atm-network-laundered-millions Wed, 07/22/2020 - 08:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Chicago-area trio charged with running online romance fraud, other schemes https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chicago-area-trio-charged-running-online-romance-fraud-other-schemes Samuel Aniukwu, 46, a Nigerian national residing in Romeoville, Illinois; Anthony Emeka Ibekie, 55, a Nigerian national residing in Oswego, Illinois; and, Jennifer Gosha, 48, a U.S. citizen residing in Oak Park, Illinois were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/chicago-area-trio-charged-running-online-romance-fraud-other-schemes Tue, 07/21/2020 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes $5M reward offered for information leading to arrest, conviction of Venezuelan official investigated by ICE HSI https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5m-reward-offered-information-leading-arrest-conviction-venezuelan-official Maikel Jose Moreno Perez, 54, current Chief Justice of the Venezuelan Supreme Court, was charged via a criminal complaint in the Southern District of Florida with conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering in connection with the alleged corrupt receipt or intended receipt of tens of millions of dollars and bribes to illegally fix dozens of civil and criminal cases in Venezuela. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/5m-reward-offered-information-leading-arrest-conviction-venezuelan-official Tue, 07/21/2020 - 16:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes NJ man charged with stealing, altering US Treasury check https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/nj-man-charged-stealing-altering-us-treasury-check Bernard Lopez, 40, of Sayreville, New Jersey, is charged by complaint with one count of bank fraud, one count of theft of government funds and one count of aggravated identity theft. He was arrested July 6, appeared July 8 by teleconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lauren F. Louis in the Southern District of Florida, and is expected to appear by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre later this week. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/nj-man-charged-stealing-altering-us-treasury-check Fri, 07/10/2020 - 12:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes ICE HSI arrests Los Angeles man on charges of fraudulently obtaining luxury vehicles from victims who wanted out of their leases https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-arrests-los-angeles-man-charges-fraudulently-obtaining-luxury-vehicles Geoffrey Eldridge Hull, 40, who maintained offices on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, was arrested Wednesday evening by special agents with ICE's HSI. Hull was arrested pursuant to a federal grand jury indictment that charges him with six counts of wire fraud related to his “lease consignment” program. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-hsi-arrests-los-angeles-man-charges-fraudulently-obtaining-luxury-vehicles Thu, 07/09/2020 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Los Angeles-area man sentenced to more than 21 years in federal prison for running $3.3 million scheme that used stolen identities of children https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-sentenced-more-21-years-federal-prison-running-33-million-scheme Turhan Lemont Armstrong, 50, of Northridge, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner, who also ordered him to pay $3,305,609 in restitution. Judge Klausner also has ordered the forfeiture of two homes – one in Northridge, the other in Perris – purchased with illicit funds obtained from the scheme. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-sentenced-more-21-years-federal-prison-running-33-million-scheme Thu, 07/02/2020 - 17:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Seattle doctor charged with COVID-19 relief fraud https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/seattle-doctor-charged-covid-19-relief-fraud Dr. Eric R. Shibley, 41, of Seattle, Washington, was charged by criminal complaint, unsealed today upon his arrest, in the Western District of Washington with one count of wire fraud and one count of bank fraud. He is expected to make his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle L. Peterson at 2 p.m. PDT today. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/seattle-doctor-charged-covid-19-relief-fraud Tue, 06/30/2020 - 08:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Russian national pleads guilty for role in transnational cybercrime organization responsible for more than $568 million in losses https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/russian-national-pleads-guilty-role-transnational-cybercrime-organization-responsible Infraud was an Internet-based cybercriminal enterprise engaged in the large-scale acquisition, sale, and dissemination of stolen identities, compromised debit and credit cards, personally identifiable information, financial and banking information, computer malware, and other contraband. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/russian-national-pleads-guilty-role-transnational-cybercrime-organization-responsible Mon, 06/29/2020 - 14:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes Los Angeles-area man pleads guilty to bank fraud for role in credit card 'bust-out' scheme used to buy cemetery plots, luxury cars https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-bank-fraud-role-credit-card-bust-out-scheme-used As the result of a probe by ICE's HSI Los Angeles, the U.S. Secret Service and the Glendale Police Department, Mikayel Hmayakyan, 43, pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/los-angeles-area-man-pleads-guilty-bank-fraud-role-credit-card-bust-out-scheme-used Mon, 06/29/2020 - 08:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Financial Crimes