Following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), a naturalized US citizen living in Virginia has pleaded guilty to a charge of obtaining US citizenship fraudulently, as announced by officers.
While appearing before U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia, Mergia Negussie Habteyes, 58, accepted a charge of unlawfully obtaining US citizenship contrary to law and is to reappear before the judge on May 17, 2019, for a sentencing hearing.
U.S. Immigration Officials Deceived
Afterward, he deceived officials to enter the US as a refugee, and when he was to be naturalized in the country, he swore that he has never persecuted people for their political stands. In the process of the sworn naturalization interview, he equally lied that he has never deceived government officials to get immigration benefits.
Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski said people who oppressed people for their political opinion - abuse of human rights - are not fit to be in the US and case of misrepresentation; he promised that justice department would continue to pursue people like Negussie.
Negussie's citizenship is expected to be revoked following conviction, and other punishment will be as given by the judge come May.
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