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    This is from an article in the herald the other day...so much for upholding the law...
    DHS agents facing criminal charges in s florida

    "¢Customs and Border Protection officer Ronald H. Merker, 49, was found guilty at trial in February of accepting $1,000 a pop from several Brazilian nationals for allowing them through Miami International Airport.

    "¢ Edwin Disla, 34, a CBP officer at MIA, was found guilty in January on drug conspiracy charges for using his law enforcement status to bypass security while moving loads of heroin and cocaine between Puerto Rico and Miami.

    "¢ CBP officer Carlos H. Garcia, 41, was charged in August with witness tampering on duty. Garcia tore up his Colombian girlfriend's tourist visa, threatened to deport her and her family, and later stopped her mother upon arrival at MIA, according to court records. A federal investigation found Garcia, 41, told the girlfriend not to cooperate with agents probing his conduct. He pleaded guilty.

    "¢ Immigration and Customs agent Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, was charged in November with raping a Jamaican woman while transporting her from a West Miami-Dade detention center to a facility in Broward.

    "¢ ICE agent Ramon Llorca of Plantation, 45, was arrested last May on charges of embezzling $2,500 earmarked for a confidential informant. He also was charged with bribery for registering another person as a confidential informant with ICE in return for a $5,000 donation to his son's Little League team. He pleaded guilty to one offense.
    "Being all fashioned of the self-same dust let us be merciful as well as just"
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #2
    This is from an article in the herald the other day...so much for upholding the law...
    DHS agents facing criminal charges in s florida

    "¢Customs and Border Protection officer Ronald H. Merker, 49, was found guilty at trial in February of accepting $1,000 a pop from several Brazilian nationals for allowing them through Miami International Airport.

    "¢ Edwin Disla, 34, a CBP officer at MIA, was found guilty in January on drug conspiracy charges for using his law enforcement status to bypass security while moving loads of heroin and cocaine between Puerto Rico and Miami.

    "¢ CBP officer Carlos H. Garcia, 41, was charged in August with witness tampering on duty. Garcia tore up his Colombian girlfriend's tourist visa, threatened to deport her and her family, and later stopped her mother upon arrival at MIA, according to court records. A federal investigation found Garcia, 41, told the girlfriend not to cooperate with agents probing his conduct. He pleaded guilty.

    "¢ Immigration and Customs agent Wilfredo Vazquez, 35, was charged in November with raping a Jamaican woman while transporting her from a West Miami-Dade detention center to a facility in Broward.

    "¢ ICE agent Ramon Llorca of Plantation, 45, was arrested last May on charges of embezzling $2,500 earmarked for a confidential informant. He also was charged with bribery for registering another person as a confidential informant with ICE in return for a $5,000 donation to his son's Little League team. He pleaded guilty to one offense.
    "Being all fashioned of the self-same dust let us be merciful as well as just"
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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    • #3
      Homeland Security chair: 'Obvious' DHS employee wore dark make-up
      02/08/2008 @ 11:38 am
      Filed by David Edwards and Nick Juliano

      More than six weeks after Julie Myers was confirmed as the country's top immigration official, the Department of Homeland Security finally released pictures of her smiling and posing with a DHS employee outfitted in what many perceived as a racially insensitive Halloween costume.

      Myers ordered the photos to be deleted and apologized to DHS employees after she and others at an official Halloween party awarded "best original costume" to the employee, who was wearing prison stripes, dreadlocks and makeup to darken his skin.

      Although she denied noticing that the white employee was wearing makeup that made him appear African American, the photo clearly shows a difference in pigmentation around his neckline, where the make-up stops. DHS technicians recovered the photos and handed over redacted versions to CNN in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
      House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson told the Washington Post it was "obvious to the naked eye" that the worker was wearing makeup. In an interview with CNN, he called the photos "absolutely shocking."

      "It stereotypically portrays a person of color as a criminal," he told the network, adding that there was "no question" the employee was wearing makeup.
      The employee also is holding a brown paper bag that appears to have the words "Bag Nasty" written on it in black marker. "Bag nasty" is a slang term meaning sack lunch and has been used to specifically refer to military rations. It also apparently can be used as a general derogative to describe places or people.
      Even before her role in misjudging the appropriateness of the Halloween costume emerged, Myers was much maligned for her inexperience, and accusations of "cronyism" were leveled at President Bush. Although she was not officially confirmed until Dec. 20, Myers was acting as assistant DHS secretary in charge of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for nearly a year before that after receiving a controversial recess appointment.
      Myers is married to a US Attorney who formerly served as chief of staff DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and her uncle is Gen. Richard Myers, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She had virtually no law enforcement or management experience before taking over at ICE, an agency with 15,000 employees and a budget of $4 billion.
      Her inexperience was clear from her first public appearance overseeing ICE. At her introductory press conference in February 2006 she "struggle[d] to pronounce Nuevo Laredo, and she had to call on a DHS employee who was intermixed with legitimate reporters in the audience, as RAW STORY previously reported.
      Sen. Claire McCaskill, who was among Myers fiercest critics, eventually lifted a hold she had placed on the nomination. This week, the Missouri Democrat accused Myers of misleading the committee by not turning over the recovered photographs before her confirmation hearing, and she said the photos may have provoked more Senators to vote against her.
      "At a minimum, she was being disingenuous," McCaskill, a member of the Senate homeland security committee, told the Post. "You would not think the committee would have to resort to a FOIA request from the media to get these photographs."

      Check out CNN's American Morning, broadcast February 7, 2008 for video footage of the investigation.
      "Being all fashioned of the self-same dust let us be merciful as well as just"
      Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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      • #4
        Immigration officer gets 1 year for harboring woman

        Scott McCabe, The Examiner
        2008-03-08 08:00:00.0
        Current rank: # 39 of 7,809
        Virginia -

        A high-ranking immigration investigator on Friday was sentenced to a year in prison for harboring his illegal-alien girlfriend.

        The case against Lloyd Miner, the assistant chief of investigations for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, stemmed from the high-profile investigation into Robert Schofield, a former Homeland Security immigration official who convicted of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash bribes.

        Miner, 49, a federal law enforcement officer for 20 years, helped his girlfriend obtain fake identification documents to hide her illegal-alien status, authorities said. He was convicted in December.

        "Mr. Miner disregarded the very immigration laws he was sworn to uphold, and will now spend time in federal prison because he broke that trust," U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Chuck Rosenberg said in a statement.

        Miner met his girlfriend, Tsomorlig Batjargal, 21, a native of Mongolia, in 2005. He provided her with a black convertible with a Fraternal Order of Police license plates, and let her live in his residence for more than a year, authorities said.

        Batjargal, also known as Somoun, was sentenced to one month for conspiracy to commit fraud with identification documents.

        Miner became a suspect after authorities obtained a photo that showed him and Schofield together at a party in the Philippines. Schofield was sentenced to 15 years and ordered to repay the $3.1 million earned through selling fake documents to Asian immigrants.

        Schofield's case was an embarrassment to the immigration service. Investigators discovered that Schofield had faced previous disciplinary problems. A decade earlier, he was demoted for having an affair with a prostitute that derailed a federal investigation of a Chinese gangster.

        smccabe@dcexaminer.com
        Examiner
        "Being all fashioned of the self-same dust let us be merciful as well as just"
        Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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        • #5
          great articles RW. and it doesn't suprise me that no one has comment on this yet. but if this was about some illegals who were charged with a fraud or something then the whole world will be againts them . they should revoke their citizen and deport them , bunsh of animals idiots who love to abuse their power againts innocent people

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          • #6
            to mike 2007 you are the best ok thank you for your comments on this uscis officer he can be deported for treason againts our national security/dogs to all bad officer at uscis?

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            • #7
              thnx hard rock and iam not sure what your question is but if you'r asking if they can deport the oficers if they r involved on national security mater or drugs? then the answer is ( i dont think so ) lol . they cann't deport a u.s citizen my friend no matter what the reason is exept for 2 things
              1- if you are a terrorist
              2- or members of the n***i
              then they can revoke your citizenship . but they should actually , what makes them better than us? bunsh of idiots who abuse their power againts ppl why cann'r they be deported too? they should pass some new laws were they can revoke the citizenship and deport those losers to the desert. you get caught at the border and right the way they treat you like if you killed someone, but those guys are angels and it's ok if they make mistakes. and do you think they will be in jail for a long time? i really dont think so , bcoz they can forgive them of what they have done but if you'r a PR then you will be screwed

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              • #8
                <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by mike_2007:
                great articles RW. and it doesn't suprise me that no one has comment on this yet. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                Here is an oldie but a SCAREY ICE corruption story;

                INS/ICE's Roy Bailey Indicted for Bribes from Hezbos
                debbieschlussel.com ^ | 10/2/2007 | Debbie Schlussel


                Yet Again, US Atty Let Key Hezbo Perpetrators Flee USA


                Executive Summary: A top U.S. Immigration official has been accepting bribes from Hezbollah operatives in America for years. But the U.S. Attorney--Stephen Murphy III, the Justice Department's top official in Eastern Michigan--delayed indictment for FOUR Years(!), while he quietly allowed the Hezbollah criminals involved to flee the country.

                U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III: Hezbollah's U.S. Attorney Sat on Indictment for FOUR Years so Hezbo Suspects Could Flee Remember Roy Bailey a/k/a Roy M. Bailey? He's the former INS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Field Office Director for Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) I wrote about. As I previous told you, he's been collecting a full salary plus benefits while not working for four years. As I also told you, he owned a Dodge Viper and lived the high life--at least, a life much higher than his ICE salary could reasonably support. He was accused of taking bribes from aliens to stop their deportations and of taking property from aliens once they were in detention and on their way out.

                Well, Roy Bailey was finally indicted (the indictment was unsealed this morning), for taking bribes from Hezbollah-affiliated Shi'ite Muslims. But it is years--at least FOUR YEARS--too late, and all of the key Hezbollah suspects have been conveniently allowed to flee the country. As I've noted many times before, this is standard procedure for pan-Islamist U.S. Attorney Stephen Murphy III a/k/a "Abu ****o." Murphy sat for two years on an indictment of Hezbollah cigarette smugglers from the Hammoud family and waited until most of them fled the country before unsealing the indictment and getting the fanfare for pushing meaningless paper (which indictments against fugitives in Lebanon are--meaningless).

                Abu ****o has it both ways. He gets to pretend that he is fighting corrupt federal agents and terrorists from groups like Hezbollah, while it's all a sham. At the same time, he's letting Hezbollah suspects all flee the country, and he gives them a wink and a nod as they leave, finally indicting them when they are gone. Such has been the case with Hezbollah's multi-million dollar financier, Talal Chahine (whom Murphy raided several times but then let him flee the country), with Hezbollah cigarette smugglers from the Hammoud family, and now, with those Muslims who bribed Roy Bailey.

                If I were Bailey's defense attorney, I'd be screaming from the rooftops that a Black man (who is completely corrupt) is taking the fall while the racist prosecutor (and, yes, Murphy is a racist and has made anti-Black comments in the presence of several witnesses) lets all of the Arab Muslim Hezbollah co-conspirators leave the country and live in comfort. In fact, Hezbollah financier Chahine is a co-defendant in Bailey's indictment. Yet, Murphy a/k/a Abu ****o allows him to continue to draw from his Detroit-based bank accounts and restaurant chain, none of which have been frozen. Bailey, on the other hand, is Whit [no, not a typo] Out of Luck.

                And Chahine's fate is the same as another Bailey co-defendant, Mohammed B***i. Even though he was well know as a member of Hezbollah and authorities strongly suspected him in various Hezbollah money-laundering activities, including cigarette smuggling and other fraud, U.S. Attorney Murphy allowed him to flee America.

                And U.S. Attorney Murphy continued to allow Bailey to draw four years of $140,000 annual salary and full benefits while he vacationed at home. Why? Because Murphy had to wait until his friend Chahine left the country.

                Frankly, it's not just Bailey's assets that should have been scrutinized. It's Murphy's. Just how much is Hezbollah paying Abu ****o? A lot, it appears.

                The questions is: Is Murphy really the United State's of America's Attorney or Hezbollah's? I know the answer. And it isn't the former. Incredibly, the Bush Administration continues to pimp this man for Federal Court of Appeals Judge.

                Here's more (with my commentary and corrections of bad Detroit Newsistan "reporting"):

                A top immigration official in Detroit has been indicted by a federal grand jury for accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to release aliens who were supposed to be deported and facilitate other immigration frauds. Part of the scam involved a fraud whereby LaShish Restaurants employees were able to stay in the country through fraudulent marriages to other LaShish employees, according to federal officials and a grand jury indictment unsealed today.

                Talal Chahine, 52, owner of LaShish and already a fugitive on criminal tax charges believed to be living in Lebanon, is one of five defendants named in the indictment.

                Roy M. Bailey, 54, of Romulus, who was assistant director for the Immigration and Naturalization Service field office in Detroit and director for detention and removal operations Roy M. Bailey, 54, of Romulus, who was assistant director for the Immigration and Naturalization Service field office in Detroit and director for detention and removal operations, is charged with accepting bribes, conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion by a public official, conspiracy to defraud the federal government, failing to report a felony. . . .

                Bailey was placed on leave in 2004, officials said.

                It was not clear how much in total bribes Bailey is accused of accepting, but officials said it exceeds $50,000 in cash, jewelry, home improvements, landscaping and casino chips.

                [DS: Not a surprise. We know that Talal Chahine kept running open accounts of casino chips for then-Dearbornistan Mayor Michael Guido at Detroit casinos. Since we also know that new Dearbornistan Mayor Jack O'Reilly was just as in bed with Chahine and voted for an inflated property purchase to benefit Chahine with millions, how much in bribes did O'Reilly get from Chahine?]

                In addition to releasing and adjusting terms for aliens who were supposed to be deported, Bailey brought a gun across the border from Windsor for a local businessman, identified as "Samir L." who gave him more than $10,000 in bribes, the indictment alleges.

                Bailey, who accepted free meals at the businessman's restaurants worth more than $5,000, also allowed an associate of Samir L.'s to enter the U.S. from Syria based on fraudulent documents, the indictment alleges.

                Bailey is also accused of failing to report the theft of more than $300,000 from aliens housed at a deportation center in Monroe. Patrick Wynne, a former detention officer there, was sentenced to 57 months in prison in January 2006 for his role in those thefts.

                [DS: The U.S. Attorney's office has known about this activity for more than FOUR years. But DID NOTHING. Why? To allow the Hezbollah actors in this case to flee the country.]

                Antonio "Tony" Ivezaj, 39, of Milford, a criminal alien who was subject to a final deportation order, is charged with bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery.

                Ivezaj, who was released by Bailey, had a Ferndale construction company, TMI Construction Co., which did more than $5,000 in free residential construction work for Bailey, the indictment alleges. Ivezaj also obtained $50,000 in 2003 on behalf of another person in immigration custody who was released by Bailey at about the same time, the indictment alleges.

                Chahine is not accused in the indictment of paying bribes to Bailey [DS: WHY NOT? Throw the whole book of charges at him. Thanks to Murphy, he's not here to face any of them], but of conspiracy to commit extortion by a public official.

                The indictment alleges Chahine obtained more than $250,000 in cash and real estate from the family of a Lebanese man through extortion.

                Also named in the indictment is Mohamad Arzouni, 59, of Dearborn Heights, identified as a LaShish employee, and Mohammad B***i, 61, a relative of Chahine's and a LaShish employee from 2001 to 2005. B***i, formerly of Detroit, is not yet in custody and may be in Australia, officials said.

                [DS: U.S. Attorney Murphy let B***i flee the country. Hello . . .?]

                Arzouni and B***i are each charged with conspiracy to defraud the federal government.

                Murphy said the case is serious but he believes it is an isolated incident and he does not believe there is widespread corruption in the federal immigration service.

                Isolated, my ***. This is regular practice for Muslims in America and those trying to get in.

                And uh, no, Murphy doesn't believe the case is serious, or he'd freeze Chahine's assets and shut down his restaurants and bank accounts in America. And he wouldn't have let at least two key Hezbollah defendants flee the country. On the other hand, he must have thought the charges were serious enough that he allowed his Hezbo buddies to flee the country.
                "Being all fashioned of the self-same dust let us be merciful as well as just"
                Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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                • #9
                  oh wow another great article . so i wonder if the illegal alien made a joke to one of the officers and offer money to be released? it will be all over the news for 2 months or maybe more and they will attack every single immigrant in the country . just like they accused them all the times while the u.s citizens comet more crimes than the illegals. and 90% of the ppl who gets welfare are the citizens . but what can i say , they need a new immigration syatem with a whole new staff from the director down the correction officers at the detention centers .

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                  • #10
                    U.S. agents accused of aiding Islamist scheme


                    August 15, 2007

                    By Sara Carter - A criminal investigations report says several U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employees are accused of aiding Islamic extremists with identification fraud and of exploiting the visa system for personal gain.

                    The confidential 2006 USCIS report said that despite the severity of the potential security breaches, most are not investigated "due to lack of resources" in the agency's internal affairs department.

                    "Two District Adjudications Officers are allegedly involved with known (redacted) Islam terrorist members," said the internal document obtained by The Washington Times.

                    The group "was responsible for numerous robberies and used the heist money to fund terrorist activities. The District Adjudications Officers made numerous DHS database queries to track (Alien)-File movement and check on the applicants' status for (redacted) members and associates."

                    According to the document, other potential security failures include reports that:

                    Employees are sharing detailed information on internal security measures with people outside the agency.

                    A Lebanese citizen bribed an immigration officer with airline tickets for visa benefits.

                    A USCIS officer in Harlington, Texas, sold immigration documents for $10,000 to as many as 20 people.

                    A USCIS employee, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, said many of the complaints in the multipage document are as many as three years old.

                    "Terrorists need immigration documents to embed in our society and work here without raising alarm bells," said the employee.

                    "Whether through bribing an immigration officer, an employee with the department of motor vehicles, or utilizing highly effective counterfeit documents produced by the Mexican drug cartels. They are always looking for that documentation to live amongst us."

                    Bill Wright, spokesman with USCIS, said that he could not comment on any ongoing investigations but that USCIS "takes all internal allegations seriously."

                    "The investigations that are referenced are ongoing investigations that we can not comment on," Mr. Wright told The Times. "We take all of these allegations seriously, and we are acting on them. For anyone to suggest that they are ignored is blatantly wrong."

                    In March, USCIS established the Office of Security and Integrity to investigate internal corruption.

                    "We'd like to clean up our own house first," Mr. Wright said.

                    The office would add 65 investigators and internal-review specialists, for a total of 245 employees and contract employees, but none of the new 65 vacancies approved in March has been filled.

                    Last week, The Times disclosed a confidential DEA report substantiating the link between Islamic extremists and Mexican drug cartels. The 2005 DEA report states that Middle Eastern operatives, in U.S. sleeper cells, are working in conjunction with the cartels to fund terrorist organizations overseas. Several lawmakers promised congressional hearings based on the information disclosed in the DEA documents.

                    The DEA report also stated that Middle Eastern extremists living in the U.S. "” who speak Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew fluently "” are posing as Hispanic nationals.

                    USCIS Director Emilio Gonza*** in March told Congress that he could not establish how many terror suspects or persons of special interest have been granted immigration benefits.

                    "While USCIS has in place strong background check and adjudication suspension policies to avoid granting status to known terror risks, it is possible for USCIS to grant status to an individual before a risk is known, or when the security risk is not identified through standard background checks," said a statement provided to lawmakers.

                    "USCIS is not in a position to quantify all cases in which this may have happened. Recognizing that there may be presently known terror risks in the ranks of those who have obtained status previously."

                    Mr. Gonza***'s response, along with the 2006 USCIS document obtained by The Times, show a "pattern of national security failures that have put the nation at risk," the agency source said.

                    Another investigation involved more than seven USCIS and Immigration and Custom's Enforcement (ICE) employees "” including special agents and senior district managers "” who were moving contraband via "diplomatic pouches" to the United States from China.

                    ICE "” the original investigating agency "” downgraded the criminal investigation to a managerial problem, and the case was never prosecuted, a source close to the investigation said.
                    "Being all fashioned of the self-same dust let us be merciful as well as just"
                    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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                    • #11
                      once again. great thread RW

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                      • #12
                        FINALLY CHARGED AFTER 4 YEARS ON PAID LEAVE...

                        charges
                        "Being all fashioned of the self-same dust let us be merciful as well as just"
                        Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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                        • #13
                          Two attorneys at immigration law firm sentenced for roles in visa fraud scheme


                          Los Angeles, Calif. - A name partner and an attorney at one of the West Coast's largest immigration law firms were sentenced today for filing fraudulent employment visa applications on behalf of foreign nationals, including more than a dozen of the law firm's own workers.

                          Daniel E. Korenberg, 58, of Encino, a partner and founder of the law firm formerly known as Korenberg, Abramowitz & Feldun (KAF), was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release with a condition that Korenberg serve an additional 6 months in home detention with electronic monitoring, and a fine of $750,000. Korenberg pleaded guilty last fall to two counts of visa fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud.

                          A second attorney, Steven James Rodriguez, 41, of Thousand Oaks, a senior associate at KAF, was sentenced to three years probation with the condition that Rodriguez serve 6 months of home detention with electronic monitoring and perform 200 hours of community service. Rodriguez pleaded guilty last fall to one count of making false statements to federal agents.

                          Both men were sentenced by United States District Judge Percy Anderson.

                          Korenberg and Rodriguez were charged in a 33-count indictment handed down in February 2007 following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, and the California Employment Development Department. According to the indictment, beginning in 2000 and continuing through at least February 2003, the defendants filed fraudulent employment-based visa petitions on behalf of foreign nationals seeking temporary work authorization or permanent residency in the United States. At least 19 of the aliens who benefitted from the visa fraud scheme were KAF employees.

                          "These sentences are stern reminders about the consequences awaiting those who conspire to compromise the integrity of our nation's legal immigration system," said Jennifer Silliman, deputy special agent in charge for the ICE Office of Investigations in Los Angeles. "Disturbingly, the defendants in this case used their expertise in immigration law not for the greater good, but to undermine the system and enrich themselves.
                          KAF, which is now known as ASK Law Group, is based in the San Fernando Valley community of Sherman Oaks, and the firm maintains offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Las Vegas.

                          "These sentences successfully conclude the investigation and prosecution of two attorneys who filed false documentation for personal gain, facilitating the illegal entry of foreign nationals into the United States," said Gordon Heddell, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). "We will continue to work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Attorney's Office to protect the integrity of the DOL's foreign labor certification program."

                          The other named partner at KAF, Phillip Abramowitz, 54, of Agoura Hills, a former equity partner at KAF, pleaded guilty to two counts of visa fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 24.

                          Court papers filed in the case detail how KAF hired foreign nationals without work authorization for a variety of support positions, including paralegal jobs. The defendants then allegedly applied for fraudulent work visas for those employees and paid them "off the books" in cash until the visas were approved. To support the visa petitions, Korenberg and others created documents making false claims about the aliens' work experience and offers of employment. Korenberg and others made false statements to the U.S. government in connection with immigration and labor petitions filed on behalf of KAF employees. Rodriguez and others made false statements to the U.S. government in connection with immigration petitions filed on behalf of KAF clients.

                          In addition to the law firm, the probe targeted two Los Angeles-area employment agencies, Job Seekers International and Employmasters International. The investigation revealed that the employment agencies identified employers, both real and fictitious, to attest that the aliens seeking the work visas were being recruited for highly skilled jobs that, in most instances, did not exist. In 2005, the three owners of those employment agencies and one of their employees pleaded guilty to visa fraud and conspiracy charges.

                          Those four defendants are awaiting sentencing.

                          The other defendants charged in the case are:

                          Heidi Poepping, 45, of Moorpark, a paralegal at KAF, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit visa fraud and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 21, 2008 ;
                          Arturo Valencia, 56, of Walnut, the owner of Job Seekers International, pleaded guilty two years ago to one count of visa fraud and one count of conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 12, 2008;
                          Maria Theresa Resurreccion, 40, of Anaheim, an employee of Job Seekers International, pleaded guilty to one count of visa fraud and one count of conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced May 5, 2008;
                          Arnel Dizon, 36, of Corona, a co-owner of Employmasters International, pleaded guilty to one count of visa fraud and one count of conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 28, 2008; and
                          Marlyn Rodriguez Dizon (Arnelââ"š¬™s wife), 44, of Los Angeles, a co-owner of Employmasters International, pleaded guilty in May 2005 to one count of visa fraud and one count of conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 14, 2008.

                          -- ICE --

                          U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was established in March 2003 as the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security. ICE is comprised of five integrated divisions that form a 21st century law enforcement agency with broad responsibilities for a number of key homeland security priorities.
                          "Being all fashioned of the self-same dust let us be merciful as well as just"
                          Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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                          • #14
                            U.S. Department of Justice

                            Stephen J. Murphy
                            United States Attorney
                            Eastern District of Michigan

                            Suite 2001
                            211 West Fort Street
                            Detroit, Michigan 48226-3277
                            Fax: (313) 226-3561



                            For Immediate Release:

                            Contact: Gina Balaya (313) 226-9758

                            November 13, 2007

                            Former Employee of CIA and FBI Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy, Unauthorized Computer Access, and Naturalization Fraud

                            DETROIT"”Nada Nadim Prouty, a 37-year-old Lebanese national and resident of Vienna, Va., pleaded guilty today in the Eastern District of Michigan to charges of fraudulently obtaining U.S. citizenship, which she later used to gain employment at the FBI and CIA; accessing a federal computer system to unlawfully query information about her relatives and the terrorist organization Hizballah; and conspiracy to defraud the United States.

                            The announcement was made today by Stephen J. Murphy, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan; Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Willie T. Hulon, Executive Assistant Director of the FBI's National Security Branch; Brian M. Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and Kurt Rice, Chicago Field Office Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service.

                            At a hearing in Detroit before the U.S. District Court Judge Avern Cohn, Prouty entered a plea of guilty to counts one, two and three of a second superseding information. Count one of the information charges conspiracy, for which the maximum penalty is five years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Count two charges unauthorized computer access, for which the maximum penalty is one year imprisonment and a $100,000 fine. Count three charges naturalization fraud, for which the maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, and requires the court to de-naturalize the defendant.

                            "This case highlights the importance of conducting stringent and thorough background investigations," said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy. "It's hard to imagine a greater threat than the situation where a foreign national uses fraud to attain citizenship and then, based on that fraud, insinuates herself into a sensitive position in the U.S. government. I applaud the excellent investigative work of the FBI, ICE, and DHS, which led to the successful prosecution today."

                            "It is a sad day when one of our public servants breaches our security and trust," said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth L. Wainstein. "This defendant engaged in a pattern of deceit to secure U.S. citizenship, to gain employment in the intelligence community, and to obtain and exploit her access to sensitive counterterrorism intelligence. It is fitting that she now stands to lose both her citizenship and her liberty."

                            "We became aware of this compromise in December 2005 and moved to address any further damage,"said Willie T. Hulon, Executive Assistant Director of the FBI's National Security Branch. "The FBI worked closely with other agencies to investigate this matter. We continue to evaluate our security practices and will make any necessary changes."

                            "Nada Proudy's guilty plea should serve as a solemn warning to those who say they've pledged their allegiance to the United States and then make the conscious decision to place America's interests at risk," said Brian M. Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Detroit. "Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen is an honor and a privilege. ICE will do everything in its power to see that those who achieve this honor by fraud and deception are brought to justice."

                            Naturalization Fraud

                            According to documents filed in court by the government, Prouty first entered the United States from Lebanon on June 24, 1989, on a one-year, non-immigrant student visa. After her visa expired, she remained in the country, residing in Taylor, Mich., with her sister, Elfat El Aouar, and an individual named Samar Khalil Nabbouth. In order to remain in the United States and evade U.S. immigration laws, Prouty later offered money to an unemployed U.S. citizen to marry her. On August 9, 1990, Prouty married the U.S. citizen. As planned, Prouty never lived with her fraudulent "husband," but continued to live with her sister and Nabbouth.

                            Prouty later submitted a series of false, fraudulent and forged documents and letters to federal immigration officials to verify the validity of the fraudulent marriage in order to obtain permanent residency status, and, later, U.S. citizenship, thereby committing naturalization fraud. On Aug. 5, 1994, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service granted Prouty U.S. citizenship under the name "Nada Nadim Deladurantaye." The following year, she filed for a divorce from her fraudulent husband, and later obtained a U.S. passport, which she used to travel overseas.

                            Talal Khalil Chahine

                            According to court documents, from May 1992 through April 1993, and again, from August through November 1994, Prouty was employed as a waitress and hostess at La Shish Inc., a chain of Middle Eastern restaurants in Detroit that was owned by Talal Khalil Chahine. During this time, Chahine wrote a letter for submission into Prouty's immigration file attesting to the validity of Prouty's false marriage.

                            Chahine is currently a fugitive believed to be in Lebanon. He, along with Prouty's sister, Elfat El Aouar, and others were charged in 2006 in the Eastern District of Michigan with tax evasion in connection with a scheme to conceal more than $20 million in cash received by La Shish restaurants and to route funds to persons in Lebanon. Last month, Chahine was also charged in the Eastern District of Michigan, along with a senior ICE official in Detroit and others in a bribery and extortion conspiracy in which federal immigration benefits were allegedly awarded to illegal aliens in exchange for money.

                            Employment at FBI and CIA

                            In April 1999, through a series of false representations and use of her fraudulently procured proof of U.S. citizenship, Prouty, then known as "Nada Nadim Alley," obtained employment as a special agent of the FBI. It was a prerequisite to FBI employment that she be a U.S. citizen. As a special agent with the FBI, Prouty was granted a security clearance and assigned to the FBI's Washington Field Office to work on an extraterritorial squad investigating crimes against U.S. persons overseas. During her tenure with the FBI, Prouty was not assigned to work on investigations involving the international terrorist group Hizballah.

                            In August 2000, Prouty's sister, Elfat El Aouar, entered into a marriage with Talal Khalil Chahine, the owner of La Shish Inc. In September 2000, Prouty, while employed as an FBI special agent, used the FBI's computerized Automated Case System (ACS), without authorization, to query her own name, her sister's name, and that of her brother-in-law, Talal Khalil Chahine. In addition, on or about June 4, 2003, Prouty accessed the FBI's ACS and obtained information from a national security investigation into Hizballah that was being conducted by the FBI's Detroit Field Office.

                            According to court documents, in August 2002, Prouty's sister, Elfat El Aouar, and her brother-in-law, Talal Khalil Chahine, attended a fundraising event in Lebanon where the keynote speakers were Chahine himself and Sheikh Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah. Sheikh Fadlallah had previously been designated by the U.S. government as a specially designated global terrorist based upon his status as a leading ideological figure with Hizballah.

                            In June 2003, through a series of false representations and use of her fraudulently procured proof of U.S. citizenship, Prouty, then known as "Nada Nadim Prouty," voluntarily left her position with the FBI and obtained employment with the CIA. It was also a prerequisite to CIA employment that she be a U.S. citizen.

                            On Nov. 6, 2007, Prouty resigned her position at the CIA. Pursuant to the terms of her plea agreement, she has agreed to fully and truthfully cooperate with the CIA on any matters the CIA deems necessary to transition Prouty out of its employment in a manner consistent with safeguarding the national security of the United States. This cooperation includes participation in debriefing and polygraph interviews.

                            The ongoing investigation into this matter is being conducted by the FBI and ICE, with assistance from the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, and the Internal Revenue Service.

                            The case is being prosecuted by Eric M. Straus, Chief of the National Security Unit, and Kenneth R. Chadwell, Assistant U.S. Attorney, from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Michigan, as well as Mark J. Jebson, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and Senior Assistant Chief Counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.



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                              March 21, 2008
                              An Agent, a Green Card, and a Demand for ***
                              By NINA BERNSTEIN

                              No problems so far, the immigration agent told the American citizen and his 22-year-old Colombian wife at her green card interview in December. After he stapled one of their wedding photos to her application for legal permanent residency, he had just one more question: What was her cellphone number?

                              The calls from the agent started three days later. He hinted, she said, at his power to derail her life and deport her relatives, alluding to a brush she had with the law before her marriage. He summoned her to a private meeting. And at noon on Dec. 21, in a parked car on Queens Boulevard, he named his price "” not realizing that she was recording everything on the cellphone in her purse.

                              "I want ***," he said on the recording. "One or two times. That's all. You get your green card. You won't have to see me anymore."

                              She reluctantly agreed to a future meeting. But when she tried to leave his car, he demanded **** *** "now," to "know that you're serious." And despite her protests, she said, he got his way.

                              The 16-minute recording, which the woman first took to The New York Times and then to the Queens district attorney, suggests the vast power of low-level immigration law enforcers, and a growing desperation on the part of immigrants seeking legal status. The aftermath, which included the arrest of an immigration agent last week, underscores the difficulty and danger of making a complaint, even in the rare case when abuse of power may have been caught on tape.

                              No one knows how widespread sexual blackmail is, but the case echoes other instances of sexual coercion that have surfaced in recent years, including agents criminally charged in Atlanta, Miami and Santa Ana, Calif. And it raises broader questions about the system's vulnerability to corruption at a time when millions of noncitizens live in a kind of legal no-man's land, increasingly fearful of seeking the law's protection.

                              The agent arrested last week, Isaac R. Baichu, 46, himself an immigrant from Guyana, handled some 8,000 green card applications during his three years as an adjudicator in the Garden City, N.Y., office of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of the federal Department of Homeland Security. He pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges of coercing the young woman to perform **** ***, and of promising to help her secure immigration papers in exchange for further sexual favors. If convicted, he will face up to seven years in prison.

                              His agency has suspended him with pay, and the inspector general of Homeland Security is reviewing his other cases, a spokesman said Wednesday. Prosecutors, who say they recorded a meeting between Mr. Baichu and the woman on March 11 at which he made similar demands for ***, urge any other victims to come forward.

                              Money, not ***, is the more common currency of corruption in immigration, but according to Congressional testimony in 2006 by Michael Maxwell, former director of the agency's internal investigations, more than 3,000 backlogged complaints of employee misconduct had gone uninvestigated for lack of staff, including 528 involving criminal allegations.

                              The agency says it has tripled its investigative staff since then, and counts only 165 serious complaints pending. But it stopped posting an e-mail address and phone number for such complaints last year, said Jan Lane, chief of security and integrity, because it lacks the staff to cull the thousands of mostly irrelevant messages that resulted. Immigrants, she advised, should report wrongdoing to any law enforcement agency they trust.

                              The young woman in Queens, whose name is being withheld because the authorities consider her the victim of a *** crime, did not even tell her husband what had happened. Two weeks after the meeting in the car, finding no way to make a confidential complaint to the immigration agency and afraid to go to the police, she and two older female relatives took the recording to The Times.

                              Reasons to Worry

                              A slim, shy woman who looks like a teenager, she said she had spent recent months baby-sitting for relatives in Queens, crying over the deaths of her two brothers back in Cali, Colombia, and longing for the right stamp in her passport "” one that would let her return to the United States if she visited her family.

                              She came to the United States on a tourist visa in 2004 and overstayed. When she married an American citizen a year ago, the law allowed her to apply to "adjust" her illegal status. But unless her green card application was approved, she could not visit her parents or her brothers' graves and then legally re-enter the United States. And if her application was denied, she would face deportation.

                              She had another reason to be fearful, and not only for herself. About 15 months ago, she said, an acquaintance hired her and two female relatives in New York to carry $12,000 in cash to the bank. The three women, all living in the country illegally, were arrested on the street by customs officers apparently acting on a tip in a money-laundering investigation. After determining that the women had no useful information, the officers released them.

                              But the closed investigation file had showed up in the computer when she applied for a green card, Mr. Baichu told her in December; until he obtained the file and dealt with it, her application would not be approved. If she defied him, she feared, he could summon immigration enforcement agents to take her relatives to detention.

                              So instead of calling the police, she turned on the video recorder in her cellphone, put the phone in her purse and walked to meet the agent. Two family members said they watched anxiously from their parked car as she disappeared behind the tinted windows of his red Lexus.

                              "We were worried that the guy would take off, take her away and do something to her," the woman's widowed sister-in-law said in Spanish.

                              As the recorder captured the agent's words and a lilting Guyanese accent, he laid out his terms in an easy, almost paternal style. He would not ask too much, he said: *** "once or twice," visits to his home in the Bronx, perhaps a link to other Colombians who needed his help with their immigration problems.

                              In shaky English, the woman expressed reluctance, and questioned how she could be sure he would keep his word.

                              "If I do it, it's like very hard for me, because I have my husband, and I really fall in love with him," she said.

                              The agent insisted that she had to trust him. "I wouldn't ask you to do something for me if I can't do something for you, right?" he said, and reasoned, "Nobody going to help you for nothing," noting that she had no money.

                              He described himself as the single father of a 10-year-old daughter, telling her, "I need love, too," and predicting, "You will get to like me because I'm a nice guy."

                              Repeatedly, she responded "O.K.," without conviction. At one point he thanked her for showing up, saying, "I know you feel very scared."

                              Finally, she tried to leave. "Let me go because I tell my husband I come home," she said.

                              His reply, the recording shows, was a blunt demand for **** ***.

                              "Right now? No!" she protested. "No, no, right now I can't."

                              He insisted, cajoled, even empathized. "I came from a different country, too," he said. "I got my green card just like you."

                              Then, she said, he grabbed her. During the speechless minute that follows on the recording, she said she yielded to his demand out of fear that he would use his authority against her.

                              How Much Corruption?

                              The charges against Mr. Baichu, who became a United States citizen in 1991 and earns roughly $50,000 a year, appear to be part of a larger pattern, according to government records and interviews.

                              Mr. Maxwell, the immigration agency's former chief investigator, told Congress in 2006 that internal corruption was "rampant," and that employees faced constant temptations to commit crime.

                              "It is only a small step from granting a discretionary waiver of an eligibility rule to asking for a favor or taking a bribe in exchange for granting that waiver," he contended. "Once an employee learns he can get away with low-level corruption and still advance up the ranks, he or she becomes more brazen."

                              Mr. Maxwell's own deputy, Lloyd W. Miner, 49, of Hyattsville, Md., turned out to be an example. He was sentenced March 7 to a year in prison for inducing a 21-year-old Mongolian woman to stay in the country illegally, and harboring her in his house.

                              Other cases include that of a 60-year-old immigration adjudicator in Santa Ana, Calif., who was charged with demanding sexual favors from a 29-year-old Vietnamese woman in exchange for approving her citizenship application. The agent, Eddie Romualdo Miranda, was acquitted of a felony sexual battery charge last August, but pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to probation.

                              In Atlanta, another adjudicator, Kelvin R. Owens, was convicted in 2005 of sexually assaulting a 45-year-old woman during her citizenship interview in the federal building, and sentenced to weekends in jail for six months. And a Miami agent of Immigration and Customs Enforcement responsible for transporting a Haitian woman to detention is awaiting trial on charges that he took her to his home and raped her.

                              "Despite our best efforts there are always people ready to use their position for personal gain or personal pleasure," said Chris Bentley, a spokesman for Citizenship and Immigration Services. "Our responsibility is to ferret them out."

                              When the Queens woman came to The Times with her recording on Jan. 3, she was afraid of retaliation from the agent, and uncertain about making a criminal complaint, though she had an appointment the next day at the Queens district attorney's office.

                              She followed through, however, and Carmencita Gutierrez, an assistant district attorney, began monitoring phone calls between the agent and the young woman, a spokesman said. When Mr. Baichu arranged to meet the woman on March 11 at the Flagship Restaurant on Queens Boulevard, investigators were ready.

                              In the conversation recorded there, according to the criminal complaint, Mr. Baichu told her he expected her to do "just like the last time," and offered to take her to a garage or the bathroom of a friend's real estate business so she would be "more comfortable doing it" there.

                              Mr. Baichu was arrested as he emerged from the diner and headed to his car, wearing much gold and diamond jewelry, prosecutors said. Later released on $15,000 bail, Mr. Baichu referred calls for comment to his lawyer, Sally Attia, who said he did not have authority to grant or deny green card petitions without his supervisor's approval.

                              The young woman's ordeal is not over. Her husband overheard her speaking about it to a cousin about a month ago, and she had to tell him the whole story, she said.

                              "He was so mad at me, he left my house," she said, near tears. "I don't know if he's going to come back."

                              The green card has not come through. "I'm still hoping," she said.

                              Angelica Medaglia contributed reporting.
                              "Being all fashioned of the self-same dust let us be merciful as well as just"
                              Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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