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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Justice Department Seeks to Revoke Citizenship of Convicted Felon Who Led Drug Organization in Florida

The Justice Department today filed a denaturalization lawsuit against the former leader of a drug organization responsible for conspiring to distribute more than 40 kilograms of cocaine and 1,600 kilograms of marijuana, conduct he allegedly concealed during his naturalization proceedings. The civil complaint was filed in federal court in the Northern District of Florida.

“It is important for the Department of Justice to protect the integrity of the naturalization process,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio. “In this case, the defendant allegedly concealed his serious criminal activity—large-scale drug trafficking that put the health and safety of our communities at risk.  We cannot tolerate, and will zealously pursue, this kind of fraudulent activity.”

Melchor Munoz aka Melchor Munoz-Correa, 42, a native of Mexico, was convicted pursuant to a guilty plea in 2012 of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1), (b)(1)(A)(ii), and (b)(1)(B)(vii). As admitted in his criminal proceedings, Munoz distributed to co-conspirators an average of 80 pounds of marijuana on approximately 60 separate occasions between 2008 and 2010, keeping 400 to 500 pounds of marijuana, gallon zip-lock bags of methamphetamine, and multiple blocks of cocaine on hand most of the time. In 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida found that Munoz was a leader of the drug organization and sentenced him to 188 months’ imprisonment and five years of supervised release.  Munoz is currently serving his sentence at a federal prison in Jesup, Georgia.

Although Munoz’s crimes began while he was a permanent resident of the United States, he was not arrested and his criminal proceedings did not occur until after he had naturalized. The civil denaturalization complaint alleges that Munoz concealed and affirmatively misrepresented his criminal conduct throughout his naturalization proceedings, and that his application would have been denied had immigration authorities known about his drug conspiracy. 

“This criminal led a drug organization responsible for conspiring to distribute massive amounts of cocaine and marijuana, all while he defrauded the government during his naturalization process,” said Derek Benner, HSI Deputy Executive  Associate Director. “Today he is being held accountable for his lies and stands to lose one of the greatest benefits our country offers, citizenship, which he obtained by defrauding immigration authorities.”

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Civil Division’s Office of Immigration Litigation, District Court Section (OIL-DCS). The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorney Ari Nazarov of OIL-DCS, with support from ICE’s Orlando Office of the Chief Counsel and ICE-HSI Tallahassee.

The claims made in the complaint are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.


Justice Department Coordinates Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep of More Than 250 Defendants

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and law enforcement partners announced today the largest coordinated sweep of elder fraud cases in history. The cases involve more than two hundred and fifty defendants from around the globe who victimized more than a million Americans, most of whom were elderly. The cases include criminal, civil, and forfeiture actions across more than 50 federal districts. Of the defendants, 200 were charged criminally. In each case, offenders engaged in financial schemes that targeted or largely affected seniors. In total, the charged elder fraud schemes caused losses of more than half a billion dollars. The Department coordinated its announcement with the FTC and state Attorneys General, who independently filed numerous cases targeting elder frauds within the sweep period.

Justice Department Coordinates Nationwide Elder Fraud Sweep of More Than 250 Defendants


美破获史上最大诈骗老人案 百万人受骗 200人被控罪



美国司法部的消费者保护部门和美国司法部纽约东区和其他地区办公室扫荡了超过43个操作大宗邮件诈欺者,并且刑事起诉了其中六个人。美国邮政首席检查员盖·寇特瑞尔(Guy Cottrell)说,美国邮政执法部门美国邮政检查局的干员近日执行了对14个地点的搜查令。其中一些由相同的诈欺者经营了数年。美国司法部长塞申斯说,作为此次执法行动的一部分,加拿大温哥华警局员警22日送达了数十个搜查令。塞申斯补充说:“这些搜查令的对象是据称诈欺了美国和世界各地成千上万人的跨国犯罪组织成员。”



美国联调局代理副局长大卫·鲍迪奇(David Bowdich)说,联调局去年立案1500多个金融犯罪案件,其中有200起涉及年长的美国人。鲍迪奇在记者会上说,这些案子涉及投资欺诈,例如庞氏骗局(Ponzi schemes);网路诈欺,例如爱情与乐透骗局;反向抵押贷款骗局以及公然盗窃。鲍迪奇犯罪行为人包括是被害人“应该能够信任的,包括律师、理财顾问、监护人以及照护者。”他还说,联邦调查局在其中一起案子里逮捕了一名律师。这位律师偷取一位患有失智症的老人的资产,然后用来过上奢华的生活。


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