ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility https://www.ice.gov/ ICE Headline News Feed by Category en Copyright 2020 Fri, 07 May 2021 18:43:01 -0400 ICE probe leads to 15 years in prison for ex-lawyer who executed multimillion-dollar fraud where clients were victimized by forged judges’ signatures https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-15-years-prison-ex-lawyer-who-executed-multimillion-dollar-fraud Shant Ohanian, 38, of Burbank, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt, who stated that he intends at a future date to order Ohanian to pay restitution in an amount exceeding $2.5 million. Ohanian pleaded guilty in June 2019 to one count of wire fraud and has been in federal custody since the following month, when his bond was revoked because of allegations that he was continuing to defraud his clients. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-probe-leads-15-years-prison-ex-lawyer-who-executed-multimillion-dollar-fraud Thu, 02/04/2021 - 10:06 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility ICE investigation lands former mayor in prison for extortion https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-lands-former-mayor-prison-extortion Jesse Mendiola Blas, a former mayor of Yona, Guam, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 37 months in prison for Extortion Under Color of Official Right. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-investigation-lands-former-mayor-prison-extortion Thu, 01/14/2021 - 13:51 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Tucson woman sentenced to prison for impersonating immigration attorney and ICE agent to defraud victims https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tucson-woman-sentenced-prison-impersonating-immigration-attorney-and-ice-agent Elvira Contreras, 38, of Tucson, falsely represented to undocumented alien victims that she worked for ICE or that she was an immigration attorney who could obtain U.S. immigration documents/benefits for them for a fee. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/tucson-woman-sentenced-prison-impersonating-immigration-attorney-and-ice-agent Wed, 01/15/2020 - 08:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Former California lawyer pleads guilty to $4 million wire fraud where clients were conned via forged judges' signatures and fake phone calls https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-california-lawyer-pleads-guilty-4-million-wire-fraud-where-clients-were-conned Shant Ohanian, 36, of Pasadena, entered his plea on Thursday before U.S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt, who scheduled a September 12 sentencing hearing. Ohanian faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-california-lawyer-pleads-guilty-4-million-wire-fraud-where-clients-were-conned Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility 3 South Texas former detention contract employees indicted for bribery https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-south-texas-former-detention-contract-employees-indicted-bribery The five-count indictment was returned under seal May 28. Federal law enforcement took into custody Benito Barrientez, 42, from Lyford; Damian Ortiz, 30, from Weslaco; and Exy Adelaida Gomez, 42, from Los Fresnos, Texas. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/3-south-texas-former-detention-contract-employees-indicted-bribery Wed, 05/29/2019 - 16:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Homeland Security Investigations analyst found guilty of false statements https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/homeland-security-investigations-analyst-found-guilty-false-statements On March 6, 2019, Gregg A. Johnson, 42, of Tucson, was found guilty by a federal jury of three counts of submitting false statements to a government agency. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/homeland-security-investigations-analyst-found-guilty-false-statements Sat, 03/09/2019 - 09:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Palm Beach County man pleads guilty to falsely impersonating a federal agent https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/palm-beach-county-man-pleads-guilty-falsely-impersonating-federal-agent Gopaul Parmanand, 41, of Palm Beach Gardens, pleaded guilty to impersonating an ICE Special Agent by fraudulently claiming to be a federal agent and by carrying and displaying a fraudulent badge. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/palm-beach-county-man-pleads-guilty-falsely-impersonating-federal-agent Thu, 10/11/2018 - 13:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Former ICE special agent arrested on federal civil rights charges that allege he sexually assaulted 2 women https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-ice-special-agent-arrested-federal-civil-rights-charges-allege-he-sexually John Jacobs Olivas, 43, of Riverside, was arrested this morning without incident by special agents from the FBI and ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-ice-special-agent-arrested-federal-civil-rights-charges-allege-he-sexually Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Former Seattle Chief Counsel sentenced to 4 years in prison for wire fraud, aggravated identity theft scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-seattle-chief-counsel-sentenced-4-years-prison-wire-fraud-aggravated-identity The investigation into Raphael Sanchez’s scheme began with ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). The office received information that Sanchez was operating a financial account for outside consulting services in a suspicious manner, and its internal investigation led to criminal charges being filed against Sanchez. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-seattle-chief-counsel-sentenced-4-years-prison-wire-fraud-aggravated-identity Thu, 06/28/2018 - 16:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Former ICE employee ordered to pay $36,000 for theft of government property https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-ice-employee-ordered-pay-36000-theft-government-property Dwight Horton, 51, from Grand Prairie, Texas, and former mission support specialist with ICE HSI, was sentenced June 7 by U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade to a three-year term of probation and ordered to pay $36,000 in restitution to HSI. Horton pleaded guilty August 2016. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-ice-employee-ordered-pay-36000-theft-government-property Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Ukrainian national charged with false statements, illegal re-entry https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ukrainian-national-charged-false-statements-illegal-re-entry Thiodore Igorovich Galista was arrested Tuesday morning by OPR special agents without incident in New York.  According to the complaint, he was removed by federal authorities on three prior occasions, most recently in 2011, following a federal conviction for re-entry. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ukrainian-national-charged-false-statements-illegal-re-entry Wed, 04/26/2017 - 14:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility New York man sentenced to 6 years in prison for impersonating federal immigration official https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/new-york-man-sentenced-6-years-prison-impersonating-federal-immigration-official Juan Anthony Nieves, 49, was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for impersonating a federal immigration official to deceive victims in New York and Connecticut. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/new-york-man-sentenced-6-years-prison-impersonating-federal-immigration-official Thu, 04/06/2017 - 10:15 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Former deportation officer convicted of accepting bribes, harboring an undocumented immigrant and lying to US immigration authorities https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-deportation-officer-convicted-accepting-bribes-harboring-undocumented Arnaldo Echevarria, 39, a former ICE deportation officer, was convicted following a one-week trial before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court. The jury deliberated for one day before returning the guilty verdict. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-deportation-officer-convicted-accepting-bribes-harboring-undocumented Fri, 03/10/2017 - 13:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Former ICE HSI employee faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing government property https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-ice-hsi-employee-faces-10-years-federal-prison-after-pleading-guilty-stealing Dwight Horton, 51, a resident of Grand Prairie, Texas, appeared in federal court Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée Harris Toliver and pleaded guilty to a felony Information charging one count of theft of government property.  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-ice-hsi-employee-faces-10-years-federal-prison-after-pleading-guilty-stealing Thu, 08/04/2016 - 08:30 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Former ICE special agent sentenced to federal prison for taking bribes from businessman being investigated for human trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-ice-special-agent-sentenced-federal-prison-taking-bribes-businessman-being Joohoon David Lee, 43, who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald, who called the bribery “a very, very grave crime.” Lee pleaded guilty last December to one count of bribery, following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-ice-special-agent-sentenced-federal-prison-taking-bribes-businessman-being Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Former customs official sentenced to over 3 years in prison in bribery scheme to obtain benefits for immigrants https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-customs-official-sentenced-over-3-years-prison-bribery-scheme-obtain-benefits The investigation by HSI OPR and the FBI into corruption involving government officials and immigration consultants has resulted in charges against 11 defendants. Seven of those defendants – including George Wu and Michael Bui – have now been convicted, including: Attorney Kwang Man “John” Lee; James Dominguez; and Paul Lovingood. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-customs-official-sentenced-over-3-years-prison-bribery-scheme-obtain-benefits Fri, 05/13/2016 - 17:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Ex-ICE attorney sentenced to prison for falsifying document in immigration case https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ex-ice-attorney-sentenced-prison-falsifying-document-immigration-case Jonathan M. Love, 58, pleaded guilty in January 2016 to deprivation of constitutional rights under color of law. At Wednesday’s sentencing Magistrate Judge Brian A. Tsuchida said, “This is a very sad day…for no good reason you did great harm to this victim. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ex-ice-attorney-sentenced-prison-falsifying-document-immigration-case Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Former CBP officer sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison in bribery and smuggling scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-cbp-officer-sentenced-nearly-4-years-prison-bribery-and-smuggling-scheme Sam Herbert Allen Jr., 54, of San Juan Capistrano, was sentenced late Monday. Allen pleaded guilty in February 2015 to conspiring to defraud the United States by deceitful and dishonest means. The charges stem from a probe by ICE OPR, ICE HSI and CBP OPR. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-cbp-officer-sentenced-nearly-4-years-prison-bribery-and-smuggling-scheme Tue, 03/01/2016 - 15:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Former officer with federal immigration agency convicted of accepting bribes in large-scale fraud scheme https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-officer-federal-immigration-agency-convicted-accepting-bribes-large-scale Jesus Figueroa, 69, of Tujunga, was found guilty Thursday of one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and to impede the lawful function of government immigration agencies. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-officer-federal-immigration-agency-convicted-accepting-bribes-large-scale Fri, 02/26/2016 - 13:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Former CBP officer sentenced to 8 years for receiving bribes and drug trafficking https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-cbp-officer-sentenced-8-years-receiving-bribes-and-drug-trafficking Johnny Acosta, 38, of Douglas, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson to felony charges of conspiracy to import more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana and accepting bribes as a public official. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/former-cbp-officer-sentenced-8-years-receiving-bribes-and-drug-trafficking Thu, 02/18/2016 - 14:00 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Man who allegedly posed as federal immigration agent to fleece detained aliens’ relatives charged with theft https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/man-who-allegedly-posed-federal-immigration-agent-fleece-detained-aliens-relatives Gregory J. Chavez, 51, was taken into custody Wednesday at his Porter Ranch residence and is being held on $1.2 million bond pending his arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Chavez is charged with 40 felony counts, including residential burglary, grand theft by false pretense and attempted grand theft by false pretense. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/man-who-allegedly-posed-federal-immigration-agent-fleece-detained-aliens-relatives Thu, 07/30/2015 - 07:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility Indian national arrested for attempted bribery of ICE officer https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/indian-national-arrested-attempted-bribery-ice-officer Naga Srinivasa Rao Pilla, 38, faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison for bribery of a public official. Pilla was also charged with procurement of citizenship or naturalization unlawfully. https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/indian-national-arrested-attempted-bribery-ice-officer Tue, 07/14/2015 - 13:45 ICE Headline News Feed by Category - Professional Responsibility