HARTFORD JURY FINDS GUINEAN CITIZEN GUILTY OF IMMIGRATION OFFENSE
David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal jury in Hartford has found MOHAMED BANGOURA, 43, a citizen of Guinea last residing in West Haven, guilty of one count of making a false statement in an immigration document. The trial before United States District Judge Robert N. Chatigny began on September 28, and the verdict was returned yesterday, October 3.
According to the evidence presented at trial, in October 1997, BANGOURA entered the United States on a diplomatic visa, purportedly to attend an International Chiefs of Police Conference. Having overstayed his visa, BANGOURA married an American citizen in August 2003. In June 2008, BANGOURA was granted permanent residency on the basis of representations made in immigration documents that he and his spouse had resided continuously at an address in Brooklyn, New York. Subsequent investigation by the Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Office of Fraud Detection and National Security, as well as the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, revealed that BANGOURA’s marriage was a sham, and that he had never resided with his American spouse. The investigation revealed that BANGOURA’s submissions to immigration officials in support of permanent residency included a forged lease, as well as misleading household bills, bank statements, photographs, and amended tax returns.
In August 2010, BANGOURA was arrested at his residence in West Haven where he had been residing continuously since 2001.
Judge Chatigny has scheduled sentencing for December 19, 2011, at which time BANGOURA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, Office of Fraud Detection and National Security. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Joseph Vizcarrondo and Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey M. Stone.
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