Brandywine Man Sentenced in Immigration Fraud Scheme
Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis sentenced Nabi Nabil, age 30, of Brandywine, Maryland today to 22 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to obstruct, and obstruction of, proceedings before a United States agency, immigration fraud and false statements, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Nabil is subject to deportation proceedings after he serves his prison sentence.
“We will continue to prosecute people who lie in immigration applications,” stated U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.
“Every time someone attempts to obtain benefits by deception, it degrades the entire immigration system,” said James A. Dinkins, Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Baltimore. “ICE will continue working with our law enforcement partners to identify and disrupt immigration benefit fraud schemes.”
According to his guilty plea, Nabil, an Afghan national, applied for status as a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), based on his marriage to a woman who had previously been granted LPR status by virtue of her being a refugee from Afghanistan. Nabil provided false documents to government officials inquiring into the legitimacy of Nabil’s marriage. The documents contained a false statement as to the identity of Nabil’s parents and his claim that his parents were deceased. In fact, Nabil’s parents were alive and were living with the woman that he claimed was his wife.
In addition, on March 31, 2006, during an interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials concerning Nabil’s application, Nabil and the woman he claimed was his wife presented to USCIS and ICE officers a letter from a co-worker and a letter from Nabil’s landlords in Accokeek, Maryland falsely stating that Nabil and the woman were husband and wife, and that they had a child together.
In fact, in November 2005, Nabil lived alone and his “wife” lived with another man in Brandywine, Maryland. Nabil and the woman were not married and the child Nabil claimed to government officials was his, is actually the child of the woman Nabil claimed was his wife and the man with whom she lived. Finally, from September 2005 to March 2006, Nabil submitted tax forms to his employer and life insurance records indicating that he was single and only changed the tax and insurance forms to reflect that he was married after receiving a notice of the March 31, 2006 interview from USCIS/ICE.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services’ Office of Fraud Detection and National Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorneys Harvey Eisenberg and Steve Levin, who prosecuted the case.