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Czech National Who Overstayed His Visa By 14 Years Is Arrested In California

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release...

LOS ANGELES, CA - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) successfully apprehended an individual wanted by the Government of the Czech Republic for the offense of fraud, July 15.

Ladislav Mikula, 60, was apprehended by Fugitive Alien Removal (FAR) officers pursuant to a targeted enforcement action in Compton, California.

On Aug. 6, 2005, Mikula entered the United States at the Los Angeles International Airport as a non-immigrant visitor with authorization to remain in the U.S for a temporary period. With the terms of his visitor authorization set to expire on Feb. 5, 2006, Mikula filed an Application to Extend/Change Non-immigrant Status, Form I-539, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), but that application was denied Jan. 23, 2006. Mikula failed to depart the United States as required, thus violating his non-immigrant status.

ERO Los Angeles received a lead from a partner law enforcement agency identifying Mikula as a person of interest. He was arrested and served with a Notice to Appear, Form I-862, pursuant to Section 237(a)(1)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as a non-immigrant overstay. Mikula is in ICE custody pending immigration proceedings.

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