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A woman was arrested Wednesday, February 13, 2013, on charges she allegedly sold fraudulent identity documents to illegal aliens. These charges resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigra

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New Jersey Child Predator Sentenced to Life in Prison

A Pemberton, N.J., man was sentenced Monday, January 7, 2013, by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith to life plus 10 years in federal prison. The man was convicted in May 2012 on charges of interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual acts with a minor, aggravated sexual assault, enticement of a minor and distribution of child pornography. The man was previously convicted on three occasions in the state of New Jersey for crimes against children, including child pornography and aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of 13. The sentence is the result of an extensive investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Donald J. Jones III, 48, was arrested by HSI special agents and the Rhode Island State Police April 8, 2011, after he traveled by bus from Philadelphia to Providence, expecting to meet with an 8-year-old girl and her father.

Jones communicated for nearly three weeks via the Internet and by phone with a person he believed was the girl’s father, when in fact he was communicating with federal agents assigned to the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

“As prosecutors, we have no higher calling than to aid parents in protecting their children,” said U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha, District of Rhode Island. “Accordingly, I am very pleased with the life sentenced handed down today, which ensures that a remorseless, recidivist pedophile has been brought to justice. Spending the rest of his life in prison ensures that he will never, ever harm another child.”

“Today’s life sentence demonstrates the serious consequences that await those who would sexually prey upon and exploit children,” said Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of HSI Boston. “Criminals with this kind of depravity in mind should know that we are ever vigilant. For every tactic taken to evade law enforcement, we will adapt our strategies to find them and prosecute them. Through our partnerships with state, local and other federal law enforcement agencies in Rhode Island, HSI will continue to police cyber space to investigate child predators and ensure that they feel the full weight of the law.”

“In addition to preventing this particular pedophile from further targeting any more children, a life sentence sends a clear message to others that may choose to follow in the same path he did,” said Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police. “I commend the prosecutors, troopers, local police and federal agents for their continued vigilance in tracking, arresting and prosecuting those who prey on our children.”

“A life sentence demonstrates the serious consequence that awaits those who sexually exploit innocent children,” said Kevin M. Niland, U.S. Postal Service inspector in charge. “The Postal Inspection Service will to continue to aggressively identify, target and arrest those who dare prey on our children.”

According to the government’s evidence presented at trial March 21, 2011, Jones posted a message on an adult Internet forum seeking a parent willing to allow him to have sex with their pre-pubescent child. The message was discovered by a postal inspector assigned to the Rhode Island ICAC who responded, posing as the father of an 8-year-old Rhode Island girl.

Jones and the agent exchanged numerous emails which evolved from the parent purporting to have an interest in allowing Jones to have sex with his daughter, to Jones at first describing and then emailing videos of child pornography in an effort to depict his intentions. They also had numerous telephone conversations, including conversations during which a female Providence Police officer posed as the young girl.

The government presented evidence to the jury that Jones purchased clothing for the young girl and mailed them to the person he believed to be her father. Jones also purchased and brought with him a nightgown and underwear for the young girl to wear.

On April 8, 2011, federal agents watched as Jones boarded a bus in Philadelphia and traveled to New York and then on to Rhode Island. Jones was arrested by federal and state law enforcement agents as he stepped off the bus in downtown Providence.

According to the State of New Jersey sex offender registry, Donald J. Jones III is a level two child sex offender, convicted in 1993 on charges of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Both offenses were against a female under the age of 13. Jones was sentenced today to a consecutive 10 year federal prison sentence for committing a new sex offender crime while being required to register as a sex offender.

Providence Police, special agents from HSI New Jersey and the U.S. Marshals Service assisted in the investigation.

The Rhode Island ICAC is a Department of Justice grant-funded program administered by the state police, and is comprised of six state police detectives, detectives from the Providence, West Warwick, Coventry, Warwick, Johnston and Pawtucket police departments, and federal officers from HSI and the United States Postal Inspectors’ Office. The objective of the ICAC is to form strong working relationships among federal, state and local law enforcement in order to effectively and efficiently prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute online child exploitation and child pornography crimes.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.

HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.

Indiana Alien Harboring Group Arrested

Six people were arrested Wednesday, June 20, 2012, and charged with harboring illegal aliens as part of a conspiracy that allegedly obtained motor vehicle registrations, license plates and titles for illegal aliens. These arrests resulted from an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The following defendants were each charged in an indictment returned June 14 with one count of conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens and one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud: Margarito Fuentes-Reyes, 50, of Goshen, Ind., and Omar Lagunes Duran, 34, Yalitza Exclusa Borrero, 31, Evelyn Rivera Borrero, 43, Raul Rafael Roman Camacho, 47, and Luis Omar Montes-Merino, 33, all from Indianapolis.

The indictment alleges that the defendants presented false information, forged documents and made false representations to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Secretary of State. They also made false representations regarding the identity of the actual owners of motor vehicles to obtain motor vehicle registrations, license plates and titles. By committing these and other crimes, the defendants concealed, harbored and shielded illegal aliens from detection and encouraged illegal aliens to enter and remain in theUnited Statesin violation of immigration laws. The conspirators operated at locations in Indianapolis and Elkhart, Ind.

The following agencies assisted HSI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in the investigation: the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the Elkhart Police Department, the Indiana State Police, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Indiana Secretary of State. Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the Southern District of Indiana also provided assistance.

The public is reminded that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

USPS Manager and Wife Sentenced for Federal Fraud

A former Bay Area manager for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) pleaded guilty the week of April 6 to wire fraud charges and conspiring to violate the federal conflict of interest statute for orchestrating a fraudulent billing scheme involving a truck leasing company he operated with this wife.

Balvinder Singh Chadha, 45, of Union City, admitted he was an investor and the de facto
head of a company called Golden Pacific Logistics, Inc. (GPL) while employed as the manager of vehicle service operations at a USPS facility in Oakland. GPL was established for the purpose of obtaining truck leasing contracts with the USPS unit Chadha managed.

The case is the result of a multi-year probe by the USPS Office of Inspector General’s Major Fraud Investigations Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

In July 2005, Chadha endorsed GPL during the procurement process for a USPS truck
leasing contract that was ultimately awarded to GPL. Over the next four years, GPL billed USPS for trucks that were never leased, mileage that was never incurred and maintenance costs that were never authorized under GPL’s contract. Using his USPS position, Chadha authorized payments to GPL and requested at least 18 modifications of the original contract, which extended the length of the contract and increased the number of trucks authorized for leasing. All told, GPL billed and received more than $6.4 million, which included at least $4.4 million in fraudulent billing.

Chada’s wife, Jaspinder Kaur Chada, 39, pleaded guilty March 28 to her role in the
fraud conspiracy.

In pleading guilty, the defendants admitted conspiring to violate the federal conflict of interest statute, which prohibited Balvinder Chadha, as an USPS employee, from participating in a contract in which he and his wife had a financial interest. The defendants admitted they engaged in a variety of measures to conceal Balvinder’s association with GPL and create the appearance that he and GPL were engaged in an arm’s-length business relationship.

The Chadhas were charged in a two-count information filed March 16. Count one charged Balvinder Chadha with committing wire fraud and count two charged him and his wife with conspiring to violate the federal conflict of interest statute. In addition, the information contains a forfeiture allegation against Balvinder Chadha in relation to the wire fraud offense. Pursuant to their respective plea agreements, Balvinder Chadha pleaded guilty to both counts and his wife pleaded guilty to count two.

“As federal agencies, we have a responsibility to combat fraud and ensure taxpayers’ dollars are not being misspent,” said Clark Settles, special agent in charge for HSI San Francisco. “These guilty pleas should send a message about the serious consequences facing those who seek to exploit their position for personal gain at the expense of the American people.”

“The vast majority of Postal Service employees and contractors are hard-working
professionals dedicated to the furtherance of Postal Service operations,” said Joanne Yarbrough, special agent in charge for the Major Fraud Investigations Division of the USPS Office of Inspector General. “However, when employees and contractors violate the public trust, as in this case, we will investigate those individuals aggressively and seek prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Chadhas were both released on bond. Their sentencing is set for July 11. Wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years and the conspiracy charge is punishable by up to five years in prison. Additionally, each count carries a possible fine up to $250,000, or twice the gross pecuniary gain or twice the gross pecuniary loss, whichever is greater.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew S. Huang is prosecuting the case aided by legal assistants
Vanessa Vargas and Jeanne Carstensen. Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Gray also provided
assistance with the case.