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Central Illinois Man Charged with Unlawfully Obtaining Citizenship

April 1, 2008

Springfield, Ill. - A federal grand jury today returned an indictment charging a Pana, Illinois man with unlawfully obtaining U.S. citizenship. The U.S. Attorney for the Central District of Illinois, Rodger A. Heaton, announced that Fadil Kasa, also known as Fadil Kasoski, 37, of rural Pana, has been charged with making false statements in connection with his application for naturalization and citizenship.

The indictment alleges Kasa falsely answered questions posed to him related to his application for naturalization. According to the indictment, on or about December 1, 1997, Kasa prepared and submitted an application for naturalization to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. To questions regarding whether he had knowingly committed any crime for which he had not been arrested, Kasa responded “no.” On or about April 12, 2003, Kasa appeared before an INS examiner and was interviewed to confirm his answers to the application questions. Kasa reaffirmed his answers; however, according to the indictment, prior to his interview, in late 2002 or early 2003, Kasa had committed the offense of aggravated criminal sexual abuse by having had sex with a 16-year-old girl.

According to the indictment, Kasa was arrested on June 16, 2003, and was charged in Sangamon county Illinois by criminal complaint with aggravated criminal sexual abuse. On July 10, 2003, Kasa was charged by information in Sangamon county with criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. On December 10, 2003, Kasa pled guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The indictment alleges Kasa signed a “Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony” form on or about July 17, 2003, in Pawnee, Illinois, in which he falsely answered questions specifically related to whether the applicant had committed any crime or offense, or had been arrested or was charged criminally after the date of first interview for application for naturalization. Kasa falsely stated “no” to such questions when a week earlier he had been charged in an information and a month earlier had been charged in a criminal complaint and was arrested on June 16, 2003.

On July 18, 2003, Kasa appeared at the federal courthouse in Urbana, Illinois for a naturalization oath ceremony. Prior to the ceremony, an INS examiner reviewed Kasa’s “Notice of Naturalization Oath Ceremony” form with him and asked questions about his answers. According to the indictment, Kasa did not change his answers and as a result of his false answer was naturalized as a U.S. citizen on July 18, 2003.

The charge is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Chesley.

Kasa was arrested on March 31, 2008, and charged in a criminal complaint. He made his initial appearance this afternoon in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron G. Cudmore.

If convicted, Kasa faces up to 10 years in prison and revocation of citizenship.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment is merely an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

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