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Immigration & Alien Smuggling Press Releases

February 22, 2013

ROBERTS: Korean 'Salon' Operator Sentenced to Prison for Immigration Fraud Conspiracies

May 1, 2012

HERBCO: Owner and Executives of Duvall Herb Company Pay $1 Million Criminal Fine for Immigration Violations

October 12, 2011

PEREZ-GONZALEZ: Mexican National Sentenced for Manufacturing 'Green Cards'

March 14, 2011

LEDESMA-FLORES: Mexican National Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison for Manufacturing Fake Identity Documents

2/19/10 BRADFORD
OWNER OF THAI GINGER RESTAURANTS SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR IMMIGRATION FRAUD SCHEME
Arranged Sham Marriages to Obtain Citizenship for Workers and Relatives

11/20/09 LOPEZ-TIZNADO
TWO MEXICAN NATIONALS SENTENCED IN FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS SCHEME
Men Will Be Deported and Face Significant Prison Time if They Return

10/23/09 BRADFORD
OWNER OF THAI GINGER RESTAURANTS PLEADS GUILTY TO IMMIGRATION FRAUD SCHEME
Admits Arranging Sham Marriages to Obtain Citizenship for Workers and Relatives

10/23/09 MAHONEY
KENT IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT IMMIGRATION FRAUD
Defendant Advised Immigrants to Lie about Sexual Orientation

9/21/09 YAMATO
BELLINGHAM ENGINE COMPANY, TWO OFFICERS SENTENCED FOR FELONY IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS
Company Submitted False Immigration Forms on Employees

9/11/09 LOPEZ-TIZNADO/PEREZ-ZAMBRANO
TWO MEXICAN NATIONALS PLEAD GUILTY IN FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS SCHEME
Men Admit Purchasing Fraudulent Documents to Obtain Employment

9/3/09 LOPEZ-TIZNADO/PEREZ-ZAMBRANO
TWO MEXICAN NATIONALS CHARGED IN FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTS SCHEME
Men Allegedly Recruited, Housed and Secured Employment for Other Illegal Aliens

8/31/09 SIM
FEDERAL WAY WOMAN SENTENCED FOR CONSPIRACY, VISA FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING AND CONCEALING AN ILLEGAL ALIEN
Recruited and Paid U.S. Citizens to Enter into Fake Marriages with Cambodian Nationals

8/18/09 DHANANI
OFFICERS OF BELLINGHAM ENGINE COMPANY PLEAD GUILTY TO FELONY IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS
Pair Admits they Allowed Company to Submit False Immigration Forms on Employees

8/11/09 SOARES DE ALMEIDA
BRAZILIAN SENTENCED FOR BRINGING ALIENS INTO THE UNITED STATES
Man was Arrested as He Brought Three Brazilian Citizens Across Border from Canada

7/30/09 DONGIRD
FORMER BELLEVUE RESIDENT SENTENCED FOR TRANSPORTING THAI NATIONALS FOR SEX TRADE AT MASSAGE PARLORS
Defendant Arranged Sham Marriages, Required Long Hours and Prostitution to Pay Debts

7/10/09 SOHN
CANADIAN MAN SENTENCED FOR HUMAN SMUGGLING SCHEME
Defendant Part of Conspiracy to Smuggle Korean Nationals into US from Canada

5/15/09 BINNING
CANADIAN COUPLE SENTENCED FOR HUMAN SMUGGLING SCHEME
Defendants Took Money From Undercover Mounties for Smuggle Through Border Park

4/30/09 SOARES DE ALMEIDA
BRAZILIAN PLEADS GUILTY TO BRINGING ALIENS INTO THE UNITED STATES
Man was Arrested as He Brought Three Brazilian Citizens Across Border from Canada

4/28/09 MAHONEY
KENT IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT PLEADS GUILTY TO CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT IMMIGRATION FRAUD
Defendant Advised Immigrants to Lie about Sexual Orientation

1/28/09 RENO
MERCER ISLAND MAN NAMED ‘TRIAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR’ BY DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Special Assistant United States Attorney Prosecuted Major Illegal Immigrant Hiring Case

1/23/09 SIM
FEDERAL WAY WOMAN CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY, VISA FRAUD, MONEY LAUNDERING AND CONCEALING AN ILLEGAL ALIEN
Recruited and Paid U.S. Citizens to Enter into Fake Marriages with Cambodian Nationals

1/14/09 WILLIAMS
TACOMA MAN WHO POSED AS FIANCÉ IN VISA FRAUD SENTENCED TO PRISON TIME
One of Final Defendants in Massive Visa Fraud Ring

8/28/08 MALDONADO
LACEY FLOORING COMPANY OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO AIDING AND ABETTING THE SMUGGLING OF AN ILLEGAL ALIEN -
Man Admits Forcing Illegal Alien to Pay Off Smuggling Debt

2/29/08 HWANG
KOREAN NATIONAL SENTENCED TO TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR HUMAN SMUGGLING - Part of Smuggling Network Illegally Bringing Koreans into U.S. from Canada

12/7/07 LELEA
SEATTLE MAN SENTENCED FOR IMMIGRATION FRAUD SCHEME - Posed as Federal Agent to Defraud Immigrants Seeking Help with Citizenship

10/26/07 PRIEST
OREGON MAN WHO POSED AS FIANCE IN VISA FRAUD SCHEME SENTENCED - Nineteenth Defendant Sentenced in Scheme to Engage in Sham Marriages

8/10/07 PARK
TACOMA PASTOR SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CONSPIRACY, VISA FRAUD AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE - Leader of Hope Korean Church fled to South Korea following Conviction

2/23/07 KANG
LEADERS OF CONSPIRACY TO TRANSPORT WOMEN FOR PROSTITUTION SENTENCED TO PRISON - Seattle Area Residents Ran Brothels or Escort Services Using Undocumented Asian Women

1/30/07 SINGH
INDIAN NATIONAL CONVICTED OF HUMAN SMUGGLING - Kent Resident tied to Conspiracy that Smuggled Dozens of Indian and Pakistani Nationals into U.S.

1/12/07 COATES
VANCOUVER MAN WHO WAS PAID $10,000 TO POSE AS GROOM IN VISA FRAUD SCHEME SENTENCED - Fifth of some Thirty Defendants Charged with Accepting Trips and Cash to engage in Sham Marriages

1/5/07 FELDMAN
VANCOUVER MAN WHO ENTERED INTO SHAM MARRIAGE AS PART OF VISA FRAUD SCHEME SENTENCED - Fourth of Some Thirty Defendants Charged with Accepting Trips and Cash to Engage in Sham Marriages

10/6/06 OJALA
MAN WHO POSED AS FIANCE AND RECRUITED OTHERS TO VISA FRAUD SCHEME SENTENCED - Third of Some Thirty Defendants Charged with Accepting Trips and Cash to Engage in Sham Marriages

6/30/06 NGUYEN
LEADERS OF VISA FRAUD SCHEME SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON - Borthers Recruited Americans to Travel to Vietnam and Pose as Fiancees to Illegally Obtain Visa

6/9/06 DANIELS
PUYALLUP MAN WHO POSED AS FIANCE IN VISA FRAUD SCHEME SENTENCED - First of Some Thirty Defendants Who Accepted Trips and Cash to Engage in Sham Marriages

6/9/06 TANG
TACOMA RESTAURANT OWNER SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIENS - Employees of Chinese Restaurant Paid less than Minimum Wage for Long Hours of Work

6/5/06 PARK
TACOMA PASTOR CONVICTED OF CONSPIRACY, VISA FRAUD AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE - Leader of Hope Korean Church Convicted of Seeking Visas for Imposter Religious Workers

4/7/06 NGUYEN
LEADERS OF SHAM MARRIAGE CONSPIRACY PLEAD GUILTY IN FEDERAL COURT - "Operation Pit Boss" Uncovered Sham Marriage Scheme that Recruited at Casinos

2/2/06 SHU
TACOMA RESIDENT SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR HARBORING AND INDUCING ILLEGAL ALIENS - Woman housed undocumented workers and employed them in her restaurant

1/6/06 HSU
SEATTLE MAN SENTENCED FOR CONCEALING AND HARBORING ILLEGAL ALIENS - Created phoney documents to allow illegal aliens to get drivers licenses and ID cards

12/16/05 HERNANDEZ
Federal Way Resident Sentenced to Prison for Human Smuggling - Woman was informant who smuggled loads of Korean nationals without permission

11/18/05 NGUYEN
Seattle Man Who Posed as Immigration Official Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison - Money to be returned to dozens of Vietnamese victims

9/14/05 SHIN
Two Federal Way Residents Plead Guilty in Connection to Human Smuggling Ring

3/25/05 CHOI
Los Angeles Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Human Smuggling Operation

Updated January 29, 2015