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Latest News: Kentucky Center for the Book Becomes Affiliate

The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress welcomes the Kentucky Center for the Book as its newest affiliated center. The Kentucky Center is based at Kentucky Humanities in Lexington.

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Published: February 1st 2018

Latest News: "Baseball Americana" Exhibition

A major exhibition opening in June at the Library of Congress will celebrate baseball as community, including the people, from amateur players to professionals, baseball diamonds from city lots to rural fields, and places across the globe from Mexico to Japan that have embraced the game. “Baseball Americana” will explore baseball’s gritty roots, its changing traditions and the game today. It is a story the nation’s library can uniquely tell, showcasing items that cannot be found anywhere else.

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Published: January 25th 2018

Latest News: Book on the History of the Library

A new book, “America’s Greatest Library: An Illustrated History of the Library of Congress,” tells the story of the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and how it came to be the world’s largest library.

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Published: January 5th 2018

Latest News: Woodson Named Ambassador for Young People's Literature

The Library of Congress has announced the appointment of Jacqueline Woodson, four-time Newbery Honor Medalist, Coretta Scott King Book Award winner and former Young People’s Poet Laureate for her memoir-in-verse “Brown Girl Dreaming,” as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

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Published: January 5th 2018

Latest News: Library Acquires Art Buchwald Papers

The Library of Congress has acquired the archive of Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist, commentator and playwright Art Buchwald, best known for his long career as a political satirist, poking fun at the famous and powerful for The Washington Post and in a column syndicated in 500 newspapers worldwide.

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Published: January 3rd 2018

Thanks for Your Support!

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Thank You for Supporting the Library!

Thank you for a making a gift to inspire curiosity, ignite conversations and illuminate minds. The Library’s first year-end giving campaign is a success because of you.

Your gift to the Library supports literacy and reading initiatives, exhibitions and countless public programs that are absolutely free for everyone to enjoy. Many of these programs are only possible because of the generosity of people like you. Here's more information.

Still haven't finalized your year-end giving plans? You can still make a gift to enrich the lives of millions of people across the nation and around the world.

Make your tax-deductible donation today and spark a lifelong adventure of learning!


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Published: December 31st 2017

Make a Year-End Gift to the Nation's Library

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News from the Library of Congress

December 27, 2017

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Make Your Gift Before the End of 2017

The Library’s resolution for 2018 is to offer more opportunities to engage lifelong learners like you with our unique treasures and programs. Make your gift before we close the books on 2017!

Your gift can:

  • Inspire curiosity in children like Daliyah—our first Librarian of the Day—to read more books, and students—like our A Book That Shaped Me contest winners—to reflect on the power of books to change their lives
  • Ignite thoughtful conversation among current and future generations of students and scholars
  • Illuminate the minds of people like you who use the resources of the nation's Library here in Washington or via the Internet in their own homes and communities

With the help of supporters like you, we can spark the imagination of people of all ages with programs that open the Library’s doors wide to all.

Join us TODAY by making your 2017 tax-deductible donation, and together we’ll spark a lifelong adventure of learning.      

Thank you!

Susan K. Siegel
Director of Development

 

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Published: December 29th 2017

Make a Year-End Gift to the Nation's Library

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News from the Library of Congress

December 27, 2017

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Make Your Gift Before the End of 2017

The Library’s resolution for 2018 is to offer more opportunities to engage lifelong learners like you with our unique treasures and programs. Make your gift before we close the books on 2017!

Your gift can:

  • Inspire curiosity in children like Daliyah—our first Librarian of the Day—to read more books, and students—like our A Book That Shaped Me contest winners—to reflect on the power of books to change their lives
  • Ignite thoughtful conversation among current and future generations of students and scholars
  • Illuminate the minds of people like you who use the resources of the nation's Library here in Washington or via the Internet in their own homes and communities

With the help of supporters like you, we can spark the imagination of people of all ages with programs that open the Library’s doors wide to all.

Join us TODAY by making your 2017 tax-deductible donation, and together we’ll spark a lifelong adventure of learning.      

Thank you!

Susan K. Siegel
Director of Development

 

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Published: December 27th 2017

Latest News: Judges for Congressional Data Challenge

The Library of Congress today announced the notable panel of judges who will select the winners of the Library’s ongoing Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on Congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways.

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Published: December 19th 2017

Latest News: Applications Open for Junior Fellows

The Library of Congress is seeking applicants for its 2018 Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program, a 10-week paid fellowship for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning more about the work done at the largest library in the world.

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Published: December 14th 2017

Latest News: 2017 National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.  Selected for their cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance, these 25 motion pictures range from an early film of the New York subway in 1905 and the musical biopic “La Bamba” to the holiday action thriller “Die Hard” and “The Goonies,” the adventure tale of a band of misfits.

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Published: December 13th 2017

Thank You for Supporting the Library

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Thank You for Supporting the Library!

Thank you for a making a gift to inspire curiosity, ignite conversations and illuminate minds. The Library’s first celebration of #GivingTuesday is a success because of you.

Your gift to the Library supports literacy and reading initiatives, exhibitions and countless public programs that are absolutely free for everyone to enjoy.  Many of these programs are only possible because of the generosity of people like you. Here's more information.

Did you miss the opportunity to give on #GivingTuesday? You can still make a gift to enrich the lives of millions of people across the nation and around the world.

Make your tax-deductible donation today and spark a lifelong adventure of learning!


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Published: December 1st 2017

Make Your Gift to the Nation’s Library!

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Make Your Gift to the Nation's Library

The day has arrived—#GivingTuesday—a day when your gift makes a difference and a statement.

The Library of Congress is strengthened by donations from people like you. Gifts bring the Library to life with music, dance, film, sound, culture, scholarship, research, discussions and ideas. Your gift, no matter the size, will expand the collections and support diverse programs that are entirely FREE for everyone to enjoy, and will make the Library’s treasures and services more accessible. Here's more information.

Help spread the word today and encourage your friends and family to make a gift to the nation’s library, your gateway to understanding the world!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.


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Published: November 28th 2017

Spark a Lifelong Adventure of Learning

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News from the Library of Congress

November 21, 2017

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Spark a Lifelong Adventure of Learning

This year, for the first time, the Library of Congress is participating in #GivingTuesday—a global giving movement. On Tuesday, November 28, we are asking you to make a gift to spark a lifelong adventure of learning. Here's more information.

The Library of Congress is your library, your gateway to understanding the world. There is so much to discover, not only the nation’s memory, but the world’s—information from all corners of the earth, in more than 470 languages. With millions of items available online, you can access the Library’s treasures from anywhere.

Save the Date to Make Your Gift!

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.


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Published: November 21st 2017

Latest News: Library Acquires Rare Mesoamerican Codex

The Library of Congress has acquired the Codex Quetzalecatzin, one of the very few Mesoamerican manuscripts to survive from the 16th century.

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Published: November 21st 2017

Latest News: Three New Educational Apps

The Library of Congress, in collaboration with various educational organizations, today announced the launch of three web- and mobile-based applications related to Congress and civic participation for use in K-12 classrooms.

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Published: November 17th 2017

Latest News: Bennett Honored in Gershwin Prize Concert

Celebrated performer Tony Bennett, the 2017 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, will be applauded and serenaded by some of the nation’s top artists at an all-star celebration in the nation’s capital Wednesday evening, Nov. 15.

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Published: November 15th 2017

NEW: Lincoln Papers in Full Color

Abraham Lincoln’s papers from his time as a lawyer, congressman and the 16th president are now online in full color in a new presentation after a multi-year digitization effort at the Library of Congress.

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Published: November 8th 2017

Latest News: New HSS Chief

Kimberley Bugg has been named chief of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Division at the Library of Congress.

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Published: November 7th 2017

Latest News: Library Acquires Dick Cavett Archives

The Library of Congress announced today that legendary TV personality Dick Cavett has donated 2,500 programs of his decades-long talk-show series—showcasing some of the golden moments in television—to the American people. 

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Published: November 3rd 2017

Latest News: "Drawn to Purpose" Women Illustrators

Original works by women cartoonists and illustrators are featured in a new exhibition opening at the Library of Congress on Nov. 18. Spanning the late 1800s to the present, “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists” brings to light remarkable but little-known contributions made by North American women to these art forms.

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Published: October 27th 2017

Latest News: Letters About Literature Competition

The Letters About Literature program kicks off its 25th annual competition, run by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, with a special webinar for educators interested in learning more about the program and how to use it in a classroom. Also, a new book collects 52 letters submitted to the program that contain insights as profound as they are personal.

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Published: October 24th 2017

Latest News: Swann Fellowships 2017-18

The Caroline and Erwin Swann Foundation for Caricature and Cartoon, administered by the Library of Congress, is awarding fellowships to four applicants for the academic year 2017-2018. Recipients are affiliated with Fordham, Boston and Cornell universities and the Graduate Center at New York University.

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Published: October 24th 2017

Latest News: Congressional Data Challenge

The Library of Congress today launched a Congressional Data Challenge, a competition asking participants to leverage legislative data sets on congress.gov and other platforms to develop digital projects that analyze, interpret or share congressional data in user-friendly ways. Submissions could take the form of interactive visualizations, mobile or desktop applications, a website or other digital creations.

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Published: October 19th 2017

Latest News: Koussevitzky Commission Winners

The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress has awarded commissions for new musical works to six composers. The commissions are granted jointly by the foundation and the performing organizations that will present performances of the newly composed works.

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Published: October 18th 2017

‘DREAMER’ Shot Man To Death In Road-Rage Incident, Bragged About It On Facebook

LOWELL, MA (The Boston Globe) – A 20-year-old woman who was cut off by another motorist in Lowell on Thursday allegedly took revenge by fatally shooting him. Then she bragged ... [read more] More Info...
Published: February 18th 2018

Previously Deported Illegal Alien Assaulted, Repeatedly Raped 16-Year-Old Girl

SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (The Bradenton Herald) – Authorities have arrested a man who entered the country illegally for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl, according to the Sarasota ... [read more] More Info...
Published: February 18th 2018

Illegal Alien Repeatedly Raped Girls From Two Generations Of The Same Family

BOSSIER, LA (WGNO) – A man living in the United States illegally has been charged with molesting two generations of children in the same family. Forty-three-year-old Daniel Hernandez Del Angel, ... [read more] More Info...
Published: February 18th 2018

Mexican National Killed Woman In Hit-And-Run Crash In Florida

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (WESH) – Police have arrested a man they said was the driver involved in a deadly hit-and-run crash in Daytona Beach. Authorities arrested Juan Alberto Correa, 64, ... [read more] More Info...
Published: February 18th 2018

Previously Deported Rapist Re-Arrested In Arizona

U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release… TUCSON, AZ – Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson Station arrested a Honduran national on Friday morning and discovered his 2001 felony ... [read more] More Info...
Published: February 14th 2018

Chinese National Killed Girlfriend’s Dog, Deposited Body Down A Garbage Chute

NEW YORK CITY, NY (The New York Post) – A former Manhattan bank worker who killed his girlfriend’s dog and then shoved the body down a building garbage chute pleaded ... [read more] More Info...
Published: February 14th 2018

Illegal Alien Killed Baby Being Rushed To The Hospital In Alcohol-Fueled Crash

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (Fox 8 News) — A baby that was injured in a crash involving an ambulance in Winston-Salem has died, according to Winston-Salem police. Police say 27-year-old Jose Duran ... [read more] More Info...
Published: February 13th 2018

‘Sanctuary City’ Officials Released Illegal Alien Sex Offender, He Then Brutally Raped A 65-Year-Old Woman

PORTLAND, OR (KGW 8 News) – A man with a long criminal history, deported 20 times, was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison after breaking into a woman’s home ... [read more] More Info...
Published: February 13th 2018

Three Illegal Aliens Gang-Raped Handicapped Woman In New Jersey

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (The Rutherford Daily Voice) – ICE has placed detainers on three restaurant workers charged with sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman in East Rutherford. Records show that dishwasher ... [read more] More Info...
Published: February 12th 2018

Democrats Angry That Illegal Alien Caught Driving Without A License Will Be Deported

COLLIER COUNTY, FL (News Channel 5) – Dozens rallied outside of the county courthouse in Collier County, Florida on Friday in support of an undocumented immigrant facing deportation following a ... [read more] More Info...
Published: February 11th 2018

Comment on ‘Sanctuary City’ Officials Released Illegal Alien Sex Offender, He Then Brutally Raped A 65-Year-Old Woman by Charles Moakler

The man was deported twenty times and we should blame the locals for his continued crime in the U. S.? No, this is the fault of ICE. When they deported him the fourth time they should have locked him up and thrown away the key. The FEDs have to stop passing the blame and own up to not doing their job. More Info...
Published: February 20th 2018

Comment on Three Illegal Aliens Gang-Raped Handicapped Woman In New Jersey by Christine

If we convict them, lock them up they get out and will do it again. If we deport them they will just come back. I say hang them where other illegal aliens will see. Make an example of what happens when you break the law. It's only fair. Our immigration laws are a joke. People come and go all the time and no one stops them. More Info...
Published: February 20th 2018

Comment on Three Illegal Aliens Gang-Raped Handicapped Woman In New Jersey by Andy

the source newspaper you cite has no record of this story ever being written More Info...
Published: February 19th 2018

Comment on ‘DREAMER’ Shot Man To Death In Road-Rage Incident, Bragged About It On Facebook by Susan

Were is the police and FBI her Facebook was full of stuff, the site should investigate before she killed that man . Parents of the person that was killed need to buried there son and demand that in Massachusetts all illegal aliens be deported. More Info...
Published: February 19th 2018

Comment on ‘DREAMER’ Shot Man To Death In Road-Rage Incident, Bragged About It On Facebook by Susan

Because of the libs judges and the DEMS this keeps happening. More Info...
Published: February 19th 2018

Comment on ‘DREAMER’ Shot Man To Death In Road-Rage Incident, Bragged About It On Facebook by Susan

I'm sick of the criminal illegal aliens coming to the USA and killing Americans citizens. More Info...
Published: February 19th 2018

Comment on ‘DREAMER’ Shot Man To Death In Road-Rage Incident, Bragged About It On Facebook by Susan

All her family needs to be deported. She need the death penalty. More Info...
Published: February 19th 2018

Comment on Three Illegal Aliens Gang-Raped Handicapped Woman In New Jersey by Pamela

Well We'll, listen to you! Can't even put your 1st name on here. My grandparents came here as immigrants & followed the LAW! HONEST AMERICAN CITIZENS! The way you're writing your comment, tells me, "You, most likely are Illegal"! Maybe"You" need to be investigated!? Hmmmm? More Info...
Published: February 19th 2018

5 more people in Iowa plead guilty to fraud scheme targeting elderly

Five people from eastern Iowa pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to a scheme to defraud elderly victims across the United States.These guilty pleas resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations, (HSI) and the Dubuque (Iowa) Police Department.  More Info...
Published: November 21st 2017

Rwandan man sentenced in Iowa to 15 years in federal prison for US naturalization fraud

In January 2016, Gervais, aka "Ken," Ngombwa was convicted of one count of unlawfully procuring, or attempting to procure, naturalization or U.S. citizenship; one count of procuring U.S. citizenship to which he was not entitled; one count of conspiracy to unlawfully procure U.S. citizenship; and one count of making a materially false statement to agents of the Department of Homeland Security. More Info...
Published: March 2nd 2017

Last of 3 defendants sentenced in Iowa to more than 8 years in federal prison for smuggling guns to Lebanon

Bassem Afif Herz, 31, of Cedar Rapids, was sentenced to 97 months in prison following his previous guilty plea to various charges related to a scheme to illegally export hundreds of firearms to Lebanon. More Info...
Published: December 12th 2016

Iowa man sentenced to 28 ½ years in federal prison for conspiracy to smuggle guns to Lebanon

Ali Afif Al Herz, 51, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, previously pleaded guilty to multiple counts that included the following crimes: conspiring to deal in firearms without a license, conspiring to illegally ship firearms in interstate and foreign commerce, conspiring to commit money laundering, violating the Arms Export Control Act, and possessing firearms after having previously been convicted of a... More Info...
Published: October 31st 2016

Iowa man indicted for child exploitation, possessing child pornography

Michael Bordman, 22, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was charged in an indictment unsealed Oct. 7 in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. More Info...
Published: October 12th 2016

New York man sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for selling counterfeit goods in Iowa

Yahya Jawad, 57, from Binghamton, New York, was sentenced following a Sept. 29 plea agreement to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods. More Info...
Published: February 22nd 2016

ICE joins Iowa state and local law enforcement to combat human trafficking

U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau held a press conference Monday at the Marion, Iowa, Police Department, in cooperation with HSI, the Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement and local non-profit Cedar Rapids Gives, to make the announcement. More Info...
Published: January 25th 2016

Former Rwandan refugee in Iowa convicted of naturalization fraud

Ken Ngombwa, 56, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was convicted of the following crimes: one count of unlawfully procuring or attempting to procure naturalization or citizenship; one count of procuring citizenship to which he was not entitled; one count of conspiracy to unlawfully procure citizenship; and one count of making a materially false statement to agents of the Department of Homeland Security. More Info...
Published: January 15th 2016

Iowa dairy farmer pleads guilty to harboring illegal aliens

Michael Thomas Millenkamp, 47, of Earlville, Iowa, was convicted on one count of harboring, encouraging and inducing aliens to reside unlawfully in the United States. More Info...
Published: August 5th 2015

4 Iowa residents indicted for conspiracy to illegally ship firearms to Middle East

Ali Afif Al Herz, 50, Bassem Herz, 30, Sarah Zeaiter, 24, and Adam Ben Ali Al Herz, 22, all related to each other, and all from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, have each been charged with conspiracy to illegally ship a container or package containing numerous firearms and ammunition to the Middle East without notice to the shipper. More Info...
Published: May 12th 2015

Iowa man sentenced to nearly 4 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

Anthony Arn, 44, of Coralville, Iowa, was sentenced to 45 months in prison on one count of possessing child pornography. More Info...
Published: February 19th 2015

Texas man sentenced in Iowa to 9 months in federal prison for harboring an illegal alien

Roman Sanchez, 33, from Mission, Texas, was sentenced to nine months in federal prison on one count of harboring, encouraging or otherwise inducing an alien to reside illegally in the United States. Sanchez admitted his guilt in a plea agreement, which he signed Sept. 18, 2014. More Info...
Published: January 4th 2015

Illegal alien from Mexico pleads guilty in Iowa to passport fraud, identity theft, harboring and unlawfully voting in a federal election

Abel Hernandez-Labra, 44, a resident of Hampton, Iowa, was convicted of the following charges: one count of making false statements in a passport application, one count of aggravated identity theft, one count of making a false claim of U.S. citizenship to register to vote, and one count of harboring an illegal alien. More Info...
Published: November 4th 2014

Iowa man from Rwanda indicted for naturalization fraud

Ken Ngombwa, 54, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has been charged with the following crimes: one count of unlawfully procuring or attempting to procure naturalization or U.S. citizenship, one count of procuring citizenship to which he was not entitled, one count of conspiracy to unlawfully procure citizenship, and one count of making a materially false statement to agents of the United States. More Info...
Published: November 3rd 2014

Iowa man sentenced to 5 years in prison for possessing child pornography

Domenic “John” Pighetti, 70, of Polk City, Iowa, was sentenced Oct. 22 by U.S. District Court Chief Judge James E. Gritzner to five years in prison for knowingly possessing child pornography. More Info...
Published: October 21st 2014

California man charged in Iowa with sexual exploiting a minor to produce child pornography

David Anthony Lavera, 33, of San Diego, California, had his initial appearance and arraignment Oct. 7 on federal child pornography charges in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. More Info...
Published: October 6th 2014

Iowa man sentenced to 14 years in prison for possessing child pornography

Arleigh Joe Esqueda, 35, of Newton, Iowa, pleaded guilty to the charge and received an immediate sentence on one count of knowingly possessing child pornography that included images of prepubescent children under 12. More Info...
Published: July 27th 2014

Iowa man sentenced to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography

Benjaman Shelabarger, 36, of Dallas Center, Iowa, was sentenced to 210 months in prison on child pornography conviction. Shelabarger was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release following his prison term. There is no parole in the federal prison system. More Info...
Published: February 20th 2014

Connecticut man convicted of drug conspiracy in Iowa

Authorities seized a 2002 Piper fixed-wing aircraft, a 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, $2,837 in U.S. currency, and about $1,000 worth of prepaid cash cards. More Info...
Published: February 10th 2014

5 Iowa men sentenced to nearly 44 years combined for trading child pornography

Five men in southern Iowa were sentenced recently in separate prosecutions to nearly 44 years in prison combined for their unrelated roles in trading online child pornography. More Info...
Published: December 17th 2013

Iowa business owner sentenced for conspiring to harbor illegal aliens

An eastern Iowa construction company owner, Thomas C. Kehoe, was sentenced in federal court Wednesday on charges of harboring illegal aliens. This sentence resulted from an investigation by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). More Info...
Published: September 11th 2012

Iowa man sentenced to 15 years for producing child pornography

Kent Oman of Des Moines, Iowa, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Oman admitted that between Jan. 31, 2009 and Nov. 7, 2010, he knowingly and intentionally used a hidden camera to produce videos of a minor male using a bathroom on 15 to 20 separate occasions. More Info...
Published: November 20th 2011

Iowa roofing business owner pleads guilty to harboring illegal aliens

Samira Zuniga, the owner of an eastern Iowa roofing company pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday to harboring and conspiring to harbor illegal aliens. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led the investigation. More Info...
Published: August 30th 2011

Iowa couple sentenced to prison for immigration, tax and fraud crimes

Chan Gia Duong and Phung Ca Long, a Vinton, Iowa couple who continued to defy the law even after they had already pleaded guilty to federal charges, was sentenced for multiple federal crimes including health care fraud, tax evasion and harboring illegal aliens. This investigation was led by U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)... More Info...
Published: July 31st 2011

First Iowa business partners with ICE, joins 'IMAGE' program

An Eastern Iowa business on Tuesday became the first in the state to be member of the nationwide "ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers" program partnership by U.S. ICE to ensure a legal and more secure work force. More Info...
Published: May 16th 2011

Former Nebraska man, current California inmate, sentenced for trading in child pornography

Todd Tackwell, 39, formerly of Hastings, Nebraska, was sentenced to 156 months in prison for one count of receipt and distribution of child pornography. This sentence will run concurrently with his California prison sentence, and will be followed by a 35- to 45-year prison sentence in Nebraska for a similar crime. More Info...
Published: August 25th 2014

Nebraska, Iowa women sentenced for conspiracy to commit wire fraud

Tempest Amerson, 24, of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Rosland Starks, 45, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, were sentenced by U.S. District Judge John M. Gerrard, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. More Info...
Published: August 20th 2014

Nebraska man sentenced to 15 years for manufacturing child pornography

Jerald Vrbas, 60, of Palisade, Nebraska, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison on a single count of producing child pornography. His sentence will be followed by an additional 15 years of supervised release. More Info...
Published: June 26th 2014

6 indicted for smuggling, selling untaxed Vietnamese cigarettes

Six people were indicted in federal court Friday for operating a smuggling ring that illegally imported cigarettes from Vietnam. More Info...
Published: May 31st 2012

Fugitive Croatian who was wanted for murder conviction is deported

A Croatian national wanted for fleeing a murder sentence in his native country was deported on Monday by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). More Info...
Published: July 18th 2011

36 gang members and associates arrested, 69 firearms seized

OMAHA, Neb. - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, in close partnership with the Omaha Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), seized 69 firearms during an investigation that culminated Tuesday with the arrest of 36 gang members and gang associates. More Info...
Published: June 2nd 2009

ICE fugitive operations team arrests 44 absconders, illegal aliens in Nebraska

During the five-day operation, which ended June 24, ICE Fugitive Operations Team members arrested illegal aliens in Lexington (25 arrests), Grand Island (12 arrests) Broken Bow (2 arrests), and one arrest in each of the following cities: Cozad, Gibbon, Hastings, Kearney and North Platte. More Info...
Published: June 24th 2008

ICE fugitive operations teams arrest 25 absconders, illegal aliens in Nebraska

Most of those arrested - 15 - are from Guatemala; eight are from Mexico; one is from El Salvador; and one is from Iran. Eighteen of those arrested are men; seven are women. More Info...
Published: March 27th 2008

Northern California man sentenced in South Dakota to 5 years in federal prison for illegal marijuana-distribution conspiracy

Brett Aaron McFarland was indicted Sept. 10, 2013 for conspiracy to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. More Info...
Published: February 23rd 2014

South Dakota man sentenced to 3 life terms in prison for sex trafficking

Campbell was also ordered to pay a $500 assessment to the Federal Crime Victim's Fund. More Info...
Published: May 29th 2013

South Dakota man pleads guilty to evading reporting requirements for importing foreign currency

David Olmsted pleaded guilty to evading reporting requirements for foreign currency transactions and will forfeit assets and currency worth at least $1.2 million, including about 449,000,000 Iraqi dinars (valued at $404,000). More Info...
Published: May 20th 2013

South Dakota man sentenced to 188 months for child pornography

Shawn E. Stevens, 26, of Corsica, S.D., was sentenced March 4 to 188 months in federal prison and five years supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender. More Info...
Published: March 3rd 2013

First South Dakota business partners with ICE, joins 'IMAGE' program

A local business is the first South Dakota member of a nationwide program by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ensure a legal and more secure work force. More Info...
Published: February 26th 2013

Chicago man found guilty of multiple sex trafficking charges in South Dakota

Carl Campbell was found guilty in federal court Monday on multiple counts of sex trafficking, including selling children for sex. Campbell assaulted one victim repeatedly over the course of about eight months in which he forced her to perform commercial sex acts in South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois. More Info...
Published: February 10th 2013

Florida man pleads guilty to trafficking counterfeit goods in South Dakota

Nir Giist pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to trafficking in counterfeit goods. More Info...
Published: February 7th 2013

9 South Dakota residents indicted for conspiracy to defraud US, harboring aliens

Nine people from Rapid City and the surrounding Black Hills community were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to harbor aliens and harboring aliens. Four of the nine individuals are charged with an additional count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. More Info...
Published: September 26th 2012

3 SD men, a Wash. man indicted in methamphetamine conspiracy

A Washington state man and three men from Hill City, S.D., were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute more than a pound of methamphetamine. More Info...
Published: April 5th 2012

2 indicted in immigration scam operated out of Las Vegas

Ernesto Gerardo Fernandez-Carranza, 33, of Las Vegas, and Alicia Herrera, formerly known as Alicia Alvarado Lopez, 53, of Oakland, California, were charged with three counts of theft; three counts of possession or sale of documents or personal identifying information used to establish fake status or identity; and one count of multiple transactions involving fraud or deceit in the course of an... More Info...
Published: June 21st 2017

More than 60 arrested in Nevada ICE operation targeting criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and immigration fugitives

Of those arrested during the enforcement action, which concluded Friday, 55 had criminal histories, including prior convictions for sex crimes, drug offenses, and domestic violence. More Info...
Published: March 14th 2017

ICE arrests 87 in Nevada enforcement operation targeting convicted criminals

During the five-day operation, ERO officers arrested a total of 65 targets in and around Las Vegas and 22 in the Reno area. More Info...
Published: May 16th 2016

Prominent member of cybercrime ring sentenced to 9 years in prison

Alexander Kostyukov, aka “Temp”, aka “KLBS,” 30, who resided in Miami at the time of arrest, was sentenced on Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon. The Russia-born defendant pleaded guilty to participation in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization (RICO), conspiracy to engage in a RICO, and three counts of unlawfully trafficking in and production of counterfeit identification... More Info...
Published: December 9th 2015

ICE deports accused Panamanian murderer residing in southern Nevada

Ricardo Valentino Lee Mc Carthy, 43, was repatriated under ERO escort on board a commercial flight from McCarren International Airport. Upon arrival, ERO officers turned the suspect over to authorities from the Panamanian Judicial Police. Mc Carthy is wanted in Panama for a murder that occurred Aug. 27, 2002. More Info...
Published: September 1st 2015

ICE arrests 25 convicted criminals in Nevada enforcement operation

Those arrested include: a 43-year-old previously deported Mexican national whose list of criminal history includes convictions for child molestation, and a DUI resulting in death; a 20-year old legal permanent resident from Mexico with a conviction for drug trafficking; and a previously deported 49-year old Mexican national convicted of possessing of stolen mail. More Info...
Published: July 1st 2015

ICE removes admitted MS-13 gang member wanted for murder in El Salvador

Miguel Alexander Guevara-Quintanea, 22, was repatriated on board a charter flight coordinated by ERO’s Air Operations Unit. More Info...
Published: January 20th 2015

Defendant in massive credit card and identity theft scheme extradited from Albania

Jordan Georgievski, 41, is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Foley Jr. at 3 p.m. He faces two criminal counts of racketeering – participating in a Racketeer Influenced Organization (RICO) and conspiring to engage in a RICO. More Info...
Published: January 11th 2015

3 defendants tied to Las Vegas-based synthetic drug ring sentenced

Joshua Michael Riley, 32, of Henderson, received a 51-month prison term followed by three years’ supervised release; Nicholas Collado, 32, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and three years’ supervised release; and Alexandra Haardt, 28, also of Henderson, was sentenced to three years’ probation with a condition of one year of home confinement. The sentences were imposed by U.... More Info...
Published: November 16th 2014

Cybercrime ring member responsible for $50 million in online identity theft sentenced

Cameron Harrison, aka “Kilobit,” 28, of Augusta, Georgia, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon. More Info...
Published: November 11th 2014

Las Vegas HSI special agent, federal prosecutor receive awards for work on cybercrime case

Michael P. Adams, the lead case agent in Operation Open Market, received the award Tuesday from the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. The award acknowledges Special Agent Adams’ cyber investigative skills, which significantly aided in the apprehension, arrest and prosecution of the suspects involved in the far-reaching scheme. More Info...
Published: August 25th 2014

Member of organization that operated online marketplace for stolen personal information sentenced to 20 years in prison

David Ray Camez, 22, also known as "Bad Man" and "doctorsex," was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon. Camez was convicted on Dec. 6, 2013, of one count of participating in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization and one count of conspiracy to participate in a racketeer influenced corrupt organization. In addition to his prison term, he was also sentenced to serve three years of... More Info...
Published: May 14th 2014

Nevada peeping tom sentenced to 19 years for child exploitation crimes

Marcus Gabriel Henderson, 34, pleaded guilty in January to attempted production of child pornography and transportation of child pornography. Court records state Henderson came to the attention of law enforcement through an undercover child pornography investigation. More Info...
Published: May 4th 2014

Los Angeles-area man charged with transporting teen from Minnesota to California for prostitution

Laron Darrell Carter, aka 'Birdd,' 36, of Gardena, Calif., is charged in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a statutory maximum penalty of life in federal prison. More Info...
Published: April 20th 2014

Defendant in massive credit card and identity theft scheme extradited from Croatia

Sergei Litvinenko, a Ukrainian national charged as part of a multiagency federal investigation into a worldwide online marketplace for stolen personal and financial information, was arraigned in federal court Monday following his extradition Friday from Croatia. More Info...
Published: January 15th 2014

Feds win conviction of first defendant in massive credit card fraud scheme

David Ray Camez, 22, of Phoenix, Ariz., was convicted of one count of participating in a racketeer-influenced corrupt organization and one count of conspiracy to participate in a racketeer-influenced corrupt organization. Camez, whose sentencing is set for April 10, 2014, faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. More Info...
Published: December 5th 2013

Las Vegas man sentenced to 14 years on federal child pornography charges

Steven Byington, 69, who was convicted by a jury June 20 of 1 count of receiving child pornography and 1 count of possessing child pornography, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro. More Info...
Published: November 21st 2013

Nevada man who took sexually explicit photos of 7-year-old and posted them online sentenced to 20 years in prison

Investigators executed search warrants for several computers at Gregorio Evaristo Sarabia-Garcia's apartment and found pornographic photographs of the defendant's 7-year-old relative, as well as more than 150 additional images of child pornography which Sarabia-Garcia had downloaded from the Internet. More Info...
Published: September 3rd 2013

Ex-Las Vegas-area softball coach sentenced to more than 20 years on child sexual exploitation charges

In April, Albert Silva Hernandez, Jr., 44, of Las Vegas, was convicted of eight counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Clark County School District. More Info...
Published: August 5th 2013

Nevada man faces child porn charges

Marcus Gabriel Henderson, 33, is charged with production and attempted production of child pornography, involving the defendant's secretly videotaping female victims in the bathrooms of his home. More Info...
Published: July 31st 2013

Former Las Vegas-area high school softball coach convicted in federal child sexual exploitation case

Albert Silva Hernandez, Jr., 44, of Las Vegas, was found guilty of producing child pornography and exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a female minor. Hernandez previously served as a softball coach at Silverado High School and for a competitive club team. More Info...
Published: April 24th 2013

Pair who operated large-scale local counterfeit document mill sentenced

Jose Navarro-Parra and Libia Bustillos-Gonzalez, two Mexican nationals convicted of operating a large-scale counterfeit document mill and selling the phony cards at area swap meets, have been sentenced to multi-year prison terms following an undercover probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. More Info...
Published: March 24th 2013

Wife of senator in the Philippines sentenced for bulk cash smuggling

Marissa Tadeo Lapid, the wife of a sitting senator in the Philippines, has been sentenced to five months of home confinement and 36 months' probation after pleading guilty to charges of bulk cash smuggling resulting from a probe by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). More Info...
Published: February 10th 2013

German fugitive wanted for role in multi-million dollar fraud scheme deported

A German national wanted in his native country for allegedly using his Florida financial firm to orchestrate a pyramid scheme that defrauded European investors out of more than $100 million was deported Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and turned over to German authorities. More Info...
Published: August 16th 2012

ICE deports Mexican national convicted of practicing medicine without a license

Edgar Eduardo Orozco-Abundis, a Mexican national convicted in Nevada for practicing medicine without a license who is also wanted in his native country for fraud, was turned over to Mexican authorities Thursday by officers from ICE's Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO). More Info...
Published: August 1st 2012

Missouri man pleads guilty to counterfeit airbag scheme

Aleksey Illyuk, 28, of Ozark, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of mail fraud and one count of smuggling goods into the United States. More Info...
Published: December 8th 2017

Missouri woman pleads guilty to counterfeit Louis Vuitton scheme

Tonya Virtue, 33, of Mountain Grove, Missouri, waived her right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to one count of smuggling goods into the United States. More Info...
Published: December 6th 2017

ICE deports Guatemalan man wanted for killing store owner

Jose Manuel Ohajacao-Ramos, was transferred Nov. 9 to the custody of Guatemalan law enforcement officials by ERO officers in Guatemala City, Guatemala. According to Guatemalan authorities, Ohajacao-Ramos is accused of fatally shooting a store owner in his store in June 1997. Guatemalan law lists the charge as an assassination. More Info...
Published: November 22nd 2017

Previously convicted Missouri sex offender sentenced to nearly 22 years in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography

Ben Culbertson, 56, of Nevada, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to 262 months in federal prison without parole. Culbertson had been detained in federal custody since his arrest in October 2016.  Culbertson pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography via the internet on March 22, 2017. More Info...
Published: July 26th 2017

Missouri woman sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for $90 million online counterfeit cellphone scheme

Sherrie Householder, 59, of Nixa, Missouri, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips to two years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Householder to pay $8,866,069 in restitution. Wang “Frank” Luo, a Chinese citizen, owned Flash Tech, while Householder managed the company’s activities in the United States. More Info...
Published: January 19th 2017

2 Missouri men charged with federal sex trafficking

Calvin Anthony Miller, aka “Serious,” 34, and his cousin, Henry Dailey, 36, were charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Kansas City. Miller and Dailey remain in federal custody pending a detention hearing on Oct. 20. More Info...
Published: October 18th 2016

RAC St. Louis' Missouri Gateway Task Force receives 2016 OCDETF Director's Award

Members of the HSI-led Missouri Gateway Task Force were recently awarded the prestigious 2016 OCDETF Director’s Award for Group Achievements. The award was presented Sept. 29 at the RAC St. Louis office by OCDETF Assistant U.S. Attorney James C. Delworth, Eastern District of Missouri. More Info...
Published: October 5th 2016

Missouri man indicted for receiving, distributing child pornography

Michael V. Lucas, 31, of Springfield, Missouri, was charged in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury. This indictment replaces a federal criminal complaint that was filed against Lucas Sept. 21. More Info...
Published: September 28th 2016

ICE Kansas City special agent honored at law enforcement seminar for investigating a Philippines-based child exploitation operation

Special Agent James D. Holdman, an HSI special agent based in Springfield, Missouri, was honored at the 14th Annual Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee (LECC) Training Seminar in Springfield, Missouri. More Info...
Published: August 19th 2016

Missouri man pleads guilty to conspiracy to distribute synthetic drugs

Alexander Vladimir McMillin, aka “Shasha,” 32, of Columbia, Missouri, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Matt J. Whitworth to participating in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud between March 1, 2011 and Oct. 2, 2013. More Info...
Published: July 18th 2016

ICE arrests 34 in St. Louis area during month-long enforcement action

In the St. Louis area, ERO officers arrested 34 individuals. Twenty-eight of the 34 have been convicted of crimes in the United States including: drugs, aggravated DUI, domestic battery, larceny and hit and run. The remaining six are agency enforcement priorities as recent border crossers. Eight of the 34 were previously deported from the United States and illegally re-entered. More Info...
Published: June 17th 2016

Former NBA player indicted in Missouri for charity fraud scheme

This indictment alleges that Kermit Alan Washington, 64, used a charity he founded and operated, called Project Contact Africa (PCA), to defraud donors, eBay and PayPal, and the IRS. In order to induce individuals, including former professional athletes, to make donations to PCA, Washington falsely represented that 100 percent of the donations would go to Africa. However, Washington diverted... More Info...
Published: May 25th 2016

Central Missouri man sentenced to 5 years in federal prison for child pornography conviction

Dustin Clay Trail, 35, of Jefferson City, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough to five years in federal prison. More Info...
Published: May 16th 2016

Missouri man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

Brett Corcoran, 26, of Ava, Missouri, pleaded guilty to the charge contained in a Sept. 30, 2015, federal indictment. Corcoran has been in federal custody since his Oct. 6 arrest. More Info...
Published: March 29th 2016

Missouri sex offender pleads guilty to paying for child sex shows online from the Philippines

Paul L. Sipeer, 65, of Duenweg, Missouri, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography via the Internet. Sipeer has been held in federal custody without bond since his Jan. 28 arrest. More Info...
Published: March 29th 2016

Former Missouri junior high school teacher indicted for receiving child pornography

Evert Henry, 41, of Lebanon, Missouri, was charged in an indictment returned Feb. 22 by a federal grand jury in Springfield. More Info...
Published: February 23rd 2016

2 Illinois men each sentenced in Missouri to 12 ½ years in federal prison for trafficking in synthetic drugs

Anwer Rao, 36, and Michael Lentsch, 36, both from of O’Fallon, Illinois, were each sentenced to 150 months in prison on numerous counts related to conspiracy to sell synthetic drugs, commonly known as “bath salts.” More Info...
Published: February 19th 2016

Previously convicted sex offender sentenced in Missouri to 135 years for producing child pornography, sexually abusing a child for 4 years

Charles R. Burge, 36, of Kansas City, Missouri, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the following charges: three counts of first-degree statutory rape, one count of sexually exploiting a minor, one count of enticing a child, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. More Info...
Published: February 18th 2016

Missouri child sex offender charged with viewing international online sex shows featuring children in the Philippines

Paul L. Sipeer, 65, of Duenweg, Missouri, was charged in a criminal complaint alleging he received child pornography via the Internet. Sipeer had his initial court appearance Jan. 27 and remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing Feb. 2. More Info...
Published: January 27th 2016

Missouri man charged with distributing child pornography

Cody Lee Davidson, 18, of Raytown, Missouri, was charged in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City. Davidson was arrested Jan. 26 and had his initial court appearance the following day. More Info...
Published: January 26th 2016

6 defendants plead guilty in Missouri to $100 million software-piracy scheme

Rex Yang, 37, of Seattle, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays Dec. 16 to a federal information that charged him with participating in a criminal conspiracy from Jan. 1, 2009 to Dec. 10, 2014. More Info...
Published: December 17th 2015

Missouri man convicted of drug trafficking, illegally possessing firearms

Marcus McIntosh, 59, was found guilty of the charges contained in an Aug. 26, 2014 federal indictment, which identified his role in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine between April 1 and Aug. 8, 2014. More Info...
Published: December 2nd 2015

Special agent, combat veteran, mother of 3 and Bronze Star Medal recipient recounts her experience in Iraq

Wensink, a Sergeant First Class in the U.S. Army, volunteered to drive the trail vehicle in the convoy while she was serving in Iraq. Wensink explained that the trail vehicle is the last in the convoy and it maintains security and keeps the other vehicles safe. More Info...
Published: November 4th 2015

Missouri woman sentenced to 20 years for producing child pornography

Chelese Penn, 25, of Hartville, Missouri, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Penn to a lifetime of supervised release following incarceration. More Info...
Published: October 22nd 2015

Missouri man sentenced to 10 years for child pornography

Frank Edwin Ness, 45, of Joplin, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The court also sentenced Ness to a lifetime of supervised release following incarceration, and ordered him to pay $5,000 in restitution to one of his victims. More Info...
Published: October 22nd 2015


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North Texas man indicted for supporting terrorist organization

This indictment was announced by U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox, for the Northern District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson of the FBI Dallas Field Office. More Info...
Published: February 20th 2018

Twice-deported Mexican man in East Texas convicted of drug trafficking, immigration violations

On Feb. 14, following a three-day jury trial, Conrado Depaz Arellano, 48, illegally residing in Carthage, Texas, was found guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.  Additionally, on Feb. 12, 2018, Arellano pleaded guilty to being illegally in the United States after having been deported. More Info...
Published: February 14th 2018

5 former government officials from Venezuela charged in Houston federal court with money laundering scheme involving foreign bribery

In October 2017, Spanish authorities arrested four of the following defendants on arrest warrants based on a 20-count indictment returned Aug. 23, 2017, in the Southern District of Texas:  Luis Carlos De Leon Perez (De Leon), 41, Nervis Gerardo Villalobos Cardenas (Villalobos), 50, Cesar David Rincon Godoy (Cesar Rincon), 50, and Rafael Ernesto Reiter Muñoz (Reiter), 39. More Info...
Published: February 12th 2018

Human smuggler from Tennessee sentenced in South Texas to 4 years in federal prison for using aftermarket wooden boxes to transport illegal aliens

Zachary Steven Blizzard, 27, from Kingport, Tennessee, was sentenced Feb. 8 by U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle to 48 months in federal prison and to three years of supervised release.  Blizzard pleaded guilty to the human smuggling charges Sept. 5, 2017. More Info...
Published: February 8th 2018

California woman sentenced in South Texas to 9 years in federal prison for importing meth, heroin

Aurelia Rufino-Pilar, 42, from Bakersfield, California, was sentenced Jan. 31 by U.S. District Court Judge Diana Saldana to 108 months in federal prison. She is a U.S. permanent resident but is expected to face deportation proceedings following her release from prison. More Info...
Published: January 31st 2018

Former Fort Hood, Texas, soldier pleads guilty to alien smuggling

Victoriano Zamora-Jasso aka “Tata,” 51, from Mexico living in Houston made an appearance Jan. 29 in federal court on the eve of jury selection. More Info...
Published: January 29th 2018

ICE arrests 86 in North Texas and Oklahoma areas during 3-day operation targeting criminal aliens and immigration fugitives

Aliens arrested during this operation are from the following countries:  Mexico (55), Guatemala (10), El Salvador (6), Honduras (4) Bangladesh (3), Cameroon (1) Jordan (1), Laos (1), Liberia (1), Nigeria (1), Panama (1), Philippines (1) and Zimbabwe (1). More Info...
Published: January 26th 2018

North Texas man sentenced to nearly 4 years in federal prison for conspiring to illegally export radiation-hardened integrated circuits to Russia and China

According to the plea agreement, between about June 2015 and March 2016, Peter Zuccarelli, 62, of Plano, Texas, and his co-conspirators agreed to illegally export RHICs to China and Russia in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA). More Info...
Published: January 24th 2018

5 South Texas men sentenced to 11½ to 35 years in federal prison following their conviction on synthetic narcotics, firearms charges

Longino Castillo, 27, and Isaiah Martinez, 20, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Castillo was also convicted of possessing a machine-gun conversion device. Michael Molina, 25, Justin Ray Flores, 36, and Manuel Garcia, 31, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with... More Info...
Published: January 12th 2018

South Texas man sentenced to more than 7½ years in federal prison for alien harboring conspiracy

Jesus Osorio, 43, from Laredo, was sentenced Jan. 10 by U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo to 87 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. More Info...
Published: January 10th 2018

2 Mexican men receive lengthy federal prison sentences for trafficking marijuana in South Texas

On Jan. 9, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen sentenced Oscar Erick Calvillo-Lores, 37, of Reynosa, Tamulipas, Mexico, to 10 years; Jose Manuel Portillo-Guerrero, 42, of Valadeces, Tamulipas, Mexico, was ordered to serve a total of 192 months in federal prison. More Info...
Published: January 9th 2018

Mexican man pleads guilty in South Texas for importing methamphetamine

Ricardo Muñoz-Vega, 35, from Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, admitted to transporting methamphetamine across the Lincoln-Juarez Bridge in Laredo. More Info...
Published: January 9th 2018

North Texas man convicted for his role in methamphetamine distribution conspiracy

Jeremy Crabtree, 41, from Fort Worth, was convicted last week on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. The conspiracy count carries a penalty of not less than 10 years or more than life in federal prison, and a $10 million fine. More Info...
Published: December 29th 2017

6 defendants plead guilty in West Texas to trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine

Alejandro Garcia-Izazaga, aka “Flaco” and “Alex,” 29; Anthony Wayne Reiley, aka “Tony,” 49; Ivan Cruz-Martinez, 37; and Zacarias Blanco-Olea, 45, each pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge D. Gordon Bryant to one count of possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Each faces a statutory penalty of not less than 10 years and up to life in federal prison, and a... More Info...
Published: December 29th 2017

2 South Texas women charged with transporting 4 Mexican national minors into the US

Olga Patricia Reyes, 30, from Laredo residing in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, and Leslie Chavira, 25, also from Laredo, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Guillermo R. Garcia Dec. 28. Both women were charged with transporting four unaccompanied minor children who are all citizens of Mexico. More Info...
Published: December 28th 2017

ICE detainee charged with 2007 Fort Worth murder

A 30-year-old Mexican national, Juan Eduardo Meraz-Flores, serving his third stint in federal prison for entering the United States illegally, has been charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a Fort Worth auto shop owner in 2007. More Info...
Published: December 19th 2017

Last of 6 South Texas firearms smugglers sentenced to more than 4 years in federal prison

Ruben Arnoldo Madrid, 21, from Laredo, was sentenced Dec. 14 by U.S. District Judge Diana Saldana to 51 months in prison and three years of supervised release.  On June 2, 2017, Madrid pleaded guilty for his role in smuggling firearms into Mexico. More Info...
Published: December 14th 2017

Federal grand jury indicts North Texas man on producing child pornography charges

Jon Anthony Terry, 28, of Rockwall, Texas, is currently in custody on a related criminal complaint. A date has not yet been set for him to make his initial appearance. More Info...
Published: December 13th 2017

Federal jury convicts Texas business owner of defrauding the City of San Antonio by overcharging $500K in janitorial services

Geoffrey Comstock, 54, owner and operator of the Frio Nevado Corporation, was convicted Dec. 13 on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and six substantive counts of wire fraud. More Info...
Published: December 13th 2017

North Texas woman sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for producing child pornography

Linzi Ladawn Shifflett, 29, from Cleburne, Texas, was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 60 years in federal prison and a lifetime of supervised release for producing child pornography. More Info...
Published: December 8th 2017

Last of 13 pleads guilty in South Texas to alien smuggling

Jose Francisco Morales Jr., from El Cenizo, Texas, is the last of 13 to be convicted in the conspiracy in which illegal aliens were smuggled past Border Patrol checkpoints between September 2015 and June 2017. More Info...
Published: December 4th 2017

6 plead guilty in South Texas to conspiracy to transporting illegal aliens

On Dec. 4, the following defendants pleaded guilty to the smuggling charges: brothers Lucio Segundo, 31, and Christopher Segundo, 23, of Giddings, Texas. On Monday, four others entered their guilty pleas: Francisco Segura, 29, also of Giddings; Alex De La Rosa, 23, of San Marcos, Texas; Jesus Perez, 24, of La Grange; and David Cedillo, 46, of Austin. More Info...
Published: December 4th 2017

Mexican man pleads guilty in South Texas for deadly alien transport case that killed 3

Omar Gonzalez-Herrera, 25, from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, admitted during his Dec. 4 re-arraignment that he was hoping to be paid $1,500 in exchange for guiding a group of 14 persons across the Rio Grande River to illegally enter the United States. More Info...
Published: December 4th 2017

HSI Houston arrests MS-13 gang member wanted for aggravated murder in El Salvador

Pedro Cruz-Rodriquez, 19, a citizen and national of El Salvador, last entered the country illegally Nov. 2, 2016.  Cruz-Rodriquez is a suspect in the aggravated murder of Jaime Roberto Loza Garay and the aggravated kidnapping of four other men in El Salvador. More Info...
Published: November 30th 2017

Texas Panhandle man sentenced to 17 ½ years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamine

Eduardo Gutierrez-Zamora, 31, of Amarillo, Texas, pleaded guilty in June 2017 to one count of conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. More Info...
Published: November 30th 2017