NY-HSI Money Laundering Via Investment Scheme

Taylor S Amarel filed this request with the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America.
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2019-HQFO-00255

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From: Taylor S Amarel


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All emails to, from, or copied to Anthony Scandiffio, current Acting Deputy Assistant Director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), containing at least one of the non-sensitive key-string "EB-5", "trafficking", "regional center", "laundering", "western union", "Shanghai", "Beijing", or "Guangzhou" from January 1, 2014 to Present Day. Please also search any of Anthony Scandiffio's former email accounts in prior positions.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Taylor S Amarel

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good Morning,
Attached is our acknowledgment of your DHS FOIA request.  If you need to contact this office again concerning your request, please provide the DHS reference number. This will enable us to quickly retrieve the information you are seeking and reduce our response time. This office can be reached at 866-431-0486.
Regards,
DHS Privacy Office Disclosure & FOIA Program
STOP 0655
Department of Homeland Security
245 Murray Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20528-0655
Telephone:  1-866-431-0486 or 202-343-1743
Fax:  202-343-4011
Visit our
FOIA website (http://www.dhs.gov/foia)

  • Final - Transferred to Component - (1) Letter to Requester

From: Taylor S Amarel

Thank you for the notification that this request is being transferred. Your assistance is much appreciated.

From: Department of Homeland Security

February 11, 2019 Taylor Amarel MuckRock News DEPT MR 66317 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144-2516 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2019-ICFO-27856 Dear Amarel: This acknowledges receipt of your December 31, 2018, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), for All emails to, from, or copied to Anthony Scandiffio, current Acting Deputy Assistant Director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), containing at least one of the non-sensitive key-string "EB-5", "trafficking", "regional center", "laundering", "western union", "Shanghai", "Beijing", or "Guangzhou" from January 1, 2014 to Present Day. In addition to searching any of Anthony Scandiffio's former email accounts in prior positions.  Your request was received in this office on December 31, 2018. Due to the increasing number of FOIA requests received by this office, we may encounter some delay in processing your request. Per Section 5.5(a) of the DHS FOIA regulations, 6 C.F.R. Part 5, ICE processes FOIA requests according to their order of receipt. Although ICE’s goal is to respond within 20 business days of receipt of your request, the FOIA does permit a 10- day extension of this time period. As your request seeks numerous documents that will necessitate a thorough and wide-ranging search, ICE will invoke a 10-day extension for your request, as allowed by Title 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B). If you care to narrow the scope of your request, please contact our office. We will make every effort to comply with your request in a timely manner. Provisions of the FOIA allow us to recover part of the cost of complying with your request.  We shall charge you for records in accordance with the DHS Interim FOIA regulations, as they apply to media requesters.  As a media requester, you will be charged 10 cents per page for duplication; the first 100 pages are free.  We will construe the submission of your request as an agreement to pay up to $25.00. You will be contacted before any further fees are accrued. We have queried the appropriate program offices within ICE for responsive records. If any responsive records are located, they will be reviewed for determination of releasability. Please be assured that one of the processors in our office will respond to your request as expeditiously as possible. We appreciate your patience as we proceed with your request.
Your request has been assigned reference number 2019-ICFO-27856. Please refer to this identifier in any future correspondence. To check the status of an ICE FOIA/PA request, please visit . Please note that to check the status of a request, you must enter the 2019-ICFO-XXXXX tracking number. If you need any further assistance or would like to discuss any aspect of your request, please contact the FOIA office. You may send an e-mail to ice-foia@ice.dhs.gov, call toll free (866) 633-1182, or you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison, Fernando Pineiro, in the same manner. Additionally, you have a right to right to seek dispute resolution services from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) which mediates disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation. If you are requesting access to your own records (which is considered a Privacy Act request), you should know that OGIS does not have the authority to handle requests made under the Privacy Act of 1974. You may contact OGIS as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. (http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status) http://www.dhs.gov/foia-status
Regards,

ICE FOIA Office
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Freedom of Information Act Office
500 12th Street, S.W., Stop 5009
Washington, D.C. 20536-5009
Telephone: 1-866-633-1182
Visit our FOIA website at www.ice.gov/foia

From: Department of Homeland Security

February 14, 2019 Taylor Amarel MuckRock News DEPT MR 66317 411A Highland Ave Somerville, MA 02144-2516 RE:     ICE FOIA Case Number 2019-ICFO-27856
This e-mail is in regards to your December 31, 2018 ICE FOIA request for All emails to, from, or copied to Anthony Scandiffio, current Acting Deputy Assistant Director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), containing at least one of the non-sensitive key-string "EB-5", "trafficking", "regional center", "laundering", "western union", "Shanghai", "Beijing", or "Guangzhou" from January 1, 2014 to Present Day. In addition to searching any of Anthony Scandiffio's former email accounts in prior positions.

In conducting a search for responsive records, the ICE FOIA office has determined that further clarification is needed regarding your request. Ideally, you request if possible, should be narrowed in time frame and search terms. With the current nature of your request, the search will produce a large volume of records that likely will not be related to what you are seeking. Please provide the ICE FOIA office with a response as soon as possible to avoid any further delay in the processing of your request. If a response is not received within 30 days, your request will be administratively closed.

Sincerely,

ICE FOIA

From: Taylor S Amarel

Hello, given the importance of this request, please try to modify it as follows:

'All emails to, from, or copied to Anthony Scandiffio, current Acting Deputy Assistant Director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), containing at least one of the non-sensitive key-string "EB-5", "laundering", or "Amarel" from January 1, 2014 to Present Day. Please also search any of Anthony Scandiffio's former email accounts in prior positions.'

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good afternoon,
This request is currently on hold awaiting clarification which was requested by email on 02/14/19 sent to requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>.

Sincerely,
ICE FOIA

From: Taylor S Amarel

Hello, given the importance of this request, please try to modify it as follows:

'All emails to, from, or copied to Anthony Scandiffio, current Acting Deputy Assistant Director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), containing at least one of the non-sensitive key-string "EB-5", "laundering", or "Amarel" from January 1, 2014 to Present Day. Please also search any of Anthony Scandiffio's former email accounts in prior positions.'

From: Department of Homeland Security

Good morning,
This request is closed as of 04/17/19.

Thank you,
ICE FOIA

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