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EAST POINT MAN WHO IS A NATURALIZED U.S. CITIZEN SENTENCED ON FRAUDULENT PASSPORT CHARGES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 1, 2011
http://www.jusice.gov/usao/gan/
CONTACT:  Patrick Crosby
(404)581-6016
FAX (404)581-6160

            ATLANTA, GA- ERNEST KOFI AMOAKO, a/k/a “Mark George Davis,” 47, of East Point, Georgia, was sentenced today by United States District Judge William S. Duffey to prison on charges of using a fraudulently obtained passport to gain entry into the United States.

            United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “This defendant has lived a lie for 22 years. His life and residency in this country has been based on his fraudulent background. This case illustrates how fraudulent documents obtained from another country can be used to gain not only entry into the United States, but actual citizenship as well, all based upon the use of someone else's identity.”

            “This case is an example of a Customs and Border Protection's priority. We work with other law enforcement agencies and governments to bring criminals to justice,” said Stephen Kremer, Port Director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Atlanta.

             AMOAKO was sentenced to 5 months in prison to be followed by 6 months of home confinement, then to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and fined $5,000. AMOAKO pleaded guilty to the charges on June 28, 2011.

            According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: AMOAKO, originally from Ghana, became a naturalized United States Citizen based upon a fraudulently obtained passport obtained from the United Kingdom that he presented for entry into the United States in 1989. He had been using that fraudulent identity ever since. He used this fraudulently obtained passport to gain entry into the United States on two occasions.

            The name and identity that AMOAKO used were that of Mark George Davis, a real citizen of the United Kingdom, who, until recently, had no idea he had been a victim of identity theft by AMOAKA. Using the stolen name of Mark George Davis, AMOAKO  had also obtained a false passport from the United Kingdom, and was actually deported from the United Kingdom when his fraudulently obtained passport was discovered there. AMOAKO also faces civil denaturalization by the Department of Homeland Security.

This case was investigated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security.

            Assistant United States Attorneys Greg Radics and Katherine Hoffer prosecuted the case.

            For further information please contact Sally Q. Yates, United States Attorney, or Charysse L. Alexander, Executive Assistant United States Attorney, through Patrick Crosby, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Attorney's Office, at (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the HomePage for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia is www.justice.gov/usao/gan.

 

 

 

 

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