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WOMAN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFULLY OBTAINING CITIZENSHIP BY MISREPRESENTING HER ACTIVITIES DURING THE 1994 RWANDAN GENOCIDE

June 24, 2010

CONCORD, NH - A Manchester woman was charged today in U.S. District Court in New Hampshire, with two counts of procuring citizenship unlawfully.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz for the District of Massachusetts, United States Attorney John P. Kacavas for the District of New Hampshire and Matthew Etre, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Investigations - Boston Field Office, announced today that BEATRICE MUNYENYEZI, 40, of Manchester, was charged in an Indictment with two counts of procuring citizenship unlawfully.

The Indictment alleges that MUNYENYEZI obtained her U.S. citizenship unlawfully after making material misrepresentations on a number of occasions before and after she came to the United States from the country of Rwanda. In particular, the Indictment alleges that MUNYENYEZI participated, committed, ordered, oversaw, conspired to, aided and abetted, assisted in and directed persecution, kidnapping, rape and murder during the Rwandan genocide of 1994. It is alleged that MUNYENYEZI misrepresented these facts in order to obtain immigration and naturalization benefits.

If convicted on these charges, MUNYENYEZI faces up to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, along with revocation of her U.S. Citizenship.

The case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aloke Chakravarty and Jeffrey Auerhahn from the District of Massachusetts.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

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