Thursday, November 12, 2009

I.C.E. News

"South Florida man sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography"
A 26-year-old Highlands County man was sentenced Monday to more than 15 years in federal prison for possession of child pornography following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation...

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who prey on children, including human traffickers, international sex tourists, Internet pornographers and foreign-national predators whose crimes make them deportable. Launched in July 2003, ICE agents have arrested almost 12,000 individuals through Operation Predator.

ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the NCMEC, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or

"North Carolina man arrested for document fraud"
"A 43-year-old Dobson, N.C., man was arrested... for allegedly producing and selling fraudulent immigration, Social Security and North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle documents.

The arrest followed an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles, License and Theft Bureau, Surry County Sheriff's Office and Stokes County Sheriff's Office...

Document fraud is the manufacture, sale or use of counterfeit identity documents, such as fake driver's licenses, birth certificates, Social Security cards, or passports, for immigration fraud or other criminal activity. Document fraud also includes efforts to obtain genuine identity documents through fraudulent means. These activities have helped illegal aliens, criminals and even terrorists evade detection and embed themselves in our society. Document fraud often supports the crime of benefit fraud.

To help eradicate this problem, ICE has 19 Document and Benefit Fraud Task Forces (DBFTFs). These DBTFs were established in April 2006 and focus on detecting, deterring and disrupting benefit and document fraud. Investigators from a variety of agencies with expertise in different aspects of document and benefit fraud collaborate with U.S. attorney's offices around the country to formulate a comprehensive approach in targeting the criminal organizations and the beneficiaries behind their fraudulent schemes."

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