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College Park Policeman Indicted for Illegally Obtaining U.S. Citizenship

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December 18, 2013

ATLANTA – Devon Campbell, a/k/a Wilmott Alvin Livingston, a former Jamaican police officer who illegally entered the United States and has since become a U.S. citizen and a College Park police officer, has been arraigned on charges relating to false statements he made on his applications to obtain U.S. citizenship and a passport, and other related crimes.

“According to the indictment, over the last 13 years, Campbell has been engaged in a pervasive scheme to deceive U.S. immigration authorities,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.  “Even more boldly, Campbell has used his fraudulently obtained citizenship to become a police officer. Simply stated, the citizens of College Park deserve police officers who will follow the laws that they have been sworn to enforce.”

"Law enforcement officers hold positions of public trust requiring the highest levels of integrity," said Brock D. Nicholson, special agent in charge of HSI Atlanta. "The defendant has betrayed that public trust with a life of fraud and deceit. HSI special agents, with assistance from the HSI Jamaica attaché and the Jamaican Constabulary Force, have taken quick action to unmask this impostor and ensure he will never again wear a police officer's uniform in this country."

According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges, and other information presented in court:  In 2000, Campbell lived in Jamaica, where he had previously worked as a police officer with the Jamaican Constabulary Force.  On November 7, 2000, Campbell left Jamaica and entered the United States using a Jamaican passport bearing the fabricated name Wilmott Alvin Livingston with a false date of birth.

While in the United States, Campbell has lived under the Livingston alias.  On April 19, 2001, Campbell (using the Livingston alias) married a United States citizen in Jonesboro, Ga.  Shortly thereafter, Campbell (under the Livingston name) petitioned to become a Lawful Permanent Resident.  On August 13, 2004, U.S. immigration authorities granted the application and Campbell become a permanent resident of the United States.

On October 15, 2007, Campbell, using the fake name and date of birth, filed an Application for Naturalization with U.S. immigration services.  Although the application required Campbell to list any previously-used names, Campbell marked that section with the letters “N/A,” meaning “Not Applicable.”  Campbell also signed the form under penalty of perjury using the name Wilmott Alvin Livingston. On April 11, 2008, Campbell (under the Livingston alias) became a naturalized U.S. citizen.  Later that month, Campbell applied for and was issued a U.S. passport. On the passport application, Campbell falsely listed his name and date of birth. Campbell has used his fraudulently-obtained passport to travel back and forth to Jamaica.

Two months after becoming a U.S. citizen, on June 12, 2008, Campbell (under the Livingston identity) and his wife divorced.  Eight days later, Campbell (under the Livingston identity) married another woman.

Since 2011, Campbell has served as a police officer with the College Park Police Department.  In obtaining his Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training certification, Campbell falsely claimed to be a naturalized United States citizen and submitted an unlawfully obtained Certificate of Naturalization.

On December 17, 2013, Campbell, 46, of Ellenwood, Ga., was indicted by a federal grand jury for one count each of: (a) Unlawfully Procuring Citizenship or Naturalization, (b) Making False Statements in a Passport Application, (c) Misusing  Evidence of Citizenship, and (d) Using a Passport Secured by False Statements. The most serious of the charges carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  In determining the actual sentence, the Court will consider the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which are not binding but provide appropriate sentencing ranges for most offenders.

Members of the public are reminded that the indictment only contains charges.  The defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and it will be the government’s burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.

Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey W. Davis is prosecuting the case.

For further information please contact the U.S. Attorney’s Public Affairs Office at USAGAN.PressEmails@usdoj.gov or (404) 581-6016.  The Internet address for the home page for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia Atlanta Division is http://www.justice.gov/usao/gan/.

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