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For Immediate Release

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November 22, 2013 Chris Bozeman, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force
Deputy U.S. Marshal/Public Information Officer (PIO)
Western District of Texas – San Antonio (210) 271-2507
Fraudulent Acts Lead To Arrest And Deportation
Fugitive Arrested On Allegations of Defrauding Hundreds of Mexican Citizens

SERFTF logoSan Antonio, TX – Ernesto Karam-Garcia, 45, a Mexican citizen, was removed from the United States yesterday morning and returned to Mexico by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers from San Antonio. Karam-Garcia is wanted in Mexico to face fraud charges.

On July 28, 2013, the United States Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force (LSFTF) was contacted by Mexican authorities for assistance in locating and apprehending Karam-Garcia. On August 21, 2013, task force officers, through investigative efforts, determined that Karam-Garcia was residing in the 23000 block of Hill Road in San Antonio. Task force officers conducted a brief surveillance and observed Karam-Garcia exit the residence. Task force officers identified themselves, made contact with Karam-Garcia, and took him into custody without incident. Karam-Garcia was later transferred into ICE custody as he awaited removal to Mexico.

In May 2012, Mexico filed charges against Karam-Garcia on allegations involving fraud. Karam-Garcia and two other associates allegedly defrauded several hundred Mexican citizens of their earnings, totaling over 150 million dollars in American currency. If Karam-Garcia is found guilty of the current charges, he stands to face a minimum of 10 years in prison in Mexico.

Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas, stated, “This was a proud day not only for the law enforcement agencies involved in the apprehension and deportation of Karam-Garcia, but most importantly for the victims who suffered economically and sought justice.”

Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:

  • New Braunfels Police Department
  • San Antonio Police Department
  • San Antonio Independent School District Police Department
  • Bexar County Sheriff’s Office
  • Comal County Sheriff’s Office
  • Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office
  • Bexar County District Attorney’s Office
  • Texas Office of The Attorney General
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Office of the Inspector General
  • U.S. Marshals Service

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.

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