Saturday, September 19, 2009

I.C.E. News

ICE's Miami field office removes 423 criminal aliens in August
"Four hundred twenty-three criminal aliens from 36 different countries were removed last month by deportation officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Miami Field Office of Detention and Removal.

The Miami Field Office oversees operations in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The individuals who were removed had a variety of criminal convictions including assault, burglary, drugs, fraudulent activities, larceny, robbery, sexual assault and weapons offenses.
'These recent removals are an example of ICE's commitment to remove those who pose a public safety threat,' said Michael Rozos, field office director for the Miami Field Office of Detention and Removal. 'These removals will continue taking place as we enforce our nation's immigration laws.'"

Former teacher charged with distribution of child pornography
"The investigation and arrest was part of an ICE initiative known as Operation Predator. Operation Predator protects children from sexual predators, including those who travel across continents to have sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child traffickers. Since the initiative was launched in July 2003, there have been more than 11,600 individuals arrested nationwide."

Leader of international counterfeit immigration document ring sentenced
"The leader of a prolific and nationwide fraudulent document ring was sentenced Friday to serve 57 months in federal prison. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney David Gaouette. The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the IRS' Criminal Investigation Denver Field Office, Social Security Administration's Denver Office of the Inspector General and the Postal Inspection Service."

Former Connecticut resident charged with child sex tourism

Individual travelled to Haiti to sexually abuse young children
"Douglas Perlitz, 39, a former Connecticut resident, faces seven counts of traveling outside of the United States to have sex with children, following an investigation by special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Perlitz, who now resides in Colorado, was also charged with three counts of engaging in sexual conduct with children in Haiti...Perlitz was the founder and director of Project Pierre Toussaint (PPT), a boy's school in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. He was a Connecticut resident when he allegedly travelled to Haiti to sexually abuse boys. According to the indictment, over the course of several years, Perlitz had illicit sexual contact with nine boys who attended school at PPT. In order to entice and persuade the children to comply with the sex acts, Perlitz provided the promise of food and shelter and also provided monetary and other benefits, including cash, cell phones, electronics, shoes, clothes and other items. If minors refused to engage in sex acts, it is alleged that Perlitz would at times withhold benefits or threaten to expel them from the program. "

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