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WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP IN OSAKA, JAPAN

RING OFFICIALS: Nobuyuki Kitamura (Japan), Alex Vidal (Philippines), Brad Vocale (Australia) in Osaka, Japan July 14

RING OFFICIALS: Nobuyuki Kitamura (Japan), Alex Vidal (Philippines), Brad Vocale (Australia) in Osaka, Japan July 14

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2009 in 1

 

"Life is a gift"

"Life is a gift"

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2009 in 1

 

DATELINE: Chicago, Illinois

5 PINOYS CHARGED FOR
U.S. PASSPORT FRAUD
 
By Alex P. Vidal
 
CHICAGO, Illinois –Five Filipinos were among the 16 people recently charged with federal passport offenses in San Francisco, California, reports from the United States Attorney’s Office North District of California said on February 26.
Joseph P. Russoniello, United States attorney, said the 16 Bay Area residents were charged with federal passport offenses between December 2008 and February 2009.
The report was confirmed by Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agent-in-charge Patrick Durkin.
The charges are reportedly part of the “zero-tolerance policy” towards impostors who try to obtain authentic American passports as more than 125 Bay Area residents have been similarly prosecuted since 2007.
The five were identified as Efrain Molina, Antonio Flores, Francisco Asis, Victor Topete, and Gloria Paniagua.
Molina, of South Francisco allegedly applied for a passport using another person’s birth certificate. She was arrested by DSS special agents on December 15, and his case is in progress.
Flores, of San Jose California, was convicted of possessing a fraudulent Social Security Number when he applied for a passport. Flores previously self-surrendered to DSS special agents and was convicted on December 9 and now awaits sentencing.
Asis, of Concord, California, was convicted of possessing a false driver’s
license when he applied for a passport. Asis was previously arrested by DSS special agents and was sentenced to two years probation on December 10.
Topete, of Pittsburg, California, was convicted of possessing a false identification document when he applied for a passport. Topete was previously arrested by DSS special agents and was sentenced to three years probation on December 16.
Paniagua, of Pacifica, California, was convicted of possessing a false identification document when she applied for a passport. Paniagua was previously arrested by DSS special agents and was sentenced to one year probation on January 16.
According to court records and proceedings, the 11 other defendants all made misrepresentations of their identity on applications for passports. They were:
Berta Aldana-Fernandez of San Francisco, is alleged to have possessed an authentic United States passport in a false name. Aldana-Fernadez was previously charged on December 5, and her case is in progress.
Gabriel Zuniga-Murillo of San Lorenzo, California, was convicted of possessing a fraudulent birth certificate when he applied for a passport. Zuniga-Murillo previously self-surrendered to DSS special agents and was sentenced to three years probation on December 16.
Billy Joe Blu Degolyer of Pacifica, was convicted of selling his birth certificate to another person, who then used it to apply for a passport. Degolyer previously self-surrendered to DSS special agents and was convicted on January 22. Degolyer awaits sentencing.
Julio Kleber Lemos Souza of Daly City, California, is alleged to have applied for passport using another person’s birth certificate. Souza eluded arrest on February 2 and remains a DSS fugitive.
Rodigo Carvalho of San Francisco, is alleged to have applied for a passport using another person’s birth certificate. Carvalho eluded arrest on February 2, and remains a DSS fugitive.
Juan Ruiz-Gonzalez of Concord, Calif., is alleged to have applied for a passport using another person’s birth certificate. Ruiz-Gonzalez was arrested by DSS special agents on February 5, and his case is in progress.
Gabriel Soto-Magana of Santa Rosa, California, is alleged to have applied for a passport using another person’s birth certificate. Soto-Magana was arrested by Department of Homeland Security officers in San Diego on February 14, and is in the process of being transferred to federal court in San Francisco where his case is in progress.
Maria Floreano of Rohnert Park, Califonia, is alleged to have applied for a passport using another person’s birth certificate. Floreano self-surrendered to DSS special agents on February 20, and her case is in progress.
Matthew Blake Morrow formerly of Concord, is alleged to have applied for a passport using counterfeit school records and false witness statements used to prove his identity. Morrow was Indicted on February 18 and is in the process of being transferred from Tennessee state prison to federal court in Oakland, where his case is in progress.
Victor Hugo Barajas of Redwood City, California, is alleged to have applied for a passport using another person’s birth certificate. Barajas was arrested by DSS special agents on February 24, and his case is in progress.
Miguel Peral Cervantes of Berkeley, California, is alleged to have applied for a passport using another person’s birth certificate. Cervantes has agreed to self-surrender to DSS special agents on February 26, and his case is in progress.
The maximum statutory penalties for the offenses they allegedly committed ranges from one to 10 years of imprisonment, although any sentence following conviction was or would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence.
 
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Posted by on February 27, 2009 in 1

 

WHAT SHOULD FILIPINOS DO TO SURVIVE RECESSION?

http://thedailyguardian.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11883&Itemid=2

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2009 in 1

 

UNCLE SAM’S PINGPONG TO BADMINTON DIPLOMACY

http://thedailyguardian.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11628&Itemid=56

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2009 in 1

 

14 FALL FOR U.S. PASSPORT FRAUD

ARREST OF 14 MORE IN PASSPORT FRAUD CONCLUDES MAJOR PROBE
 
By Alex P. Vidal
 
DETROIT, Michigan — The arrest of 14 more individuals engaged in passport scam recently has concluded the major U.S. passport fraud investigation of the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), it was reported here.
 According to Sarah Rosetti of the DSS in Washington D.C., from February 5 to 7, their Atlanta Resident Office conducted the operation, in cooperation with several other U.S. law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Marshals Service, Federal Protective Service, Social Security Administration, Atlanta Police Department, Fulton County Sheriffs Office, Dekalb County Police Department, Georgia Department Human Resources Children Services, and Georgia Department of Driver Services.
 
Michael Foster, of the Special Agent in Charge of the DSS Miami Field Office, said the operation targeted people believed to have committed passport fraud to either falsely acquire U.S. citizenship or hide their true identity.
 
During the three-day operation, 14 subjects were reportedly arrested, and 12 of them were charged in Federal Court for making false statements in an application for a passport, in violation of 18 USC 1542; two were charged in State Court with various felonies.
 
Two others were reportedly incarcerated on unrelated state arrest warrants. The federal defendants face criminal penalties of up to one year in prison if convicted. Of the 14 arrested for identity theft, 12 are in the U.S. illegally and face possible deportation.
Special Agent in Charge Foster said, “Passport fraud and visa fraud are threats to the national security of the United States.
 
The U.S. passport and visa are reportedly two of the most coveted travel documents in the world. The Atlanta Resident Office and the Miami Field Office, along with our federal and state enforcement partners, did an outstanding job investigating these cases.”
 
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Posted by on February 22, 2009 in 1

 

NEW MILLENNIUM PUBLICATION

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2009 in 1