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cleveland Man charged with naturalization fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 18, 2010

Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, today announced that a grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Walid Ismail Issa Quran, age 51, of Cleveland, Ohio, with two counts of naturalization fraud.

The indictment alleges that Quran, a native of Palestine and a citizen of Jordan, lied in his naturalization application and interview when applying for naturalization by failing to disclose his prior criminal activity which resulted in a conviction for Unlawful Food Stamp Redemption.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Tripi, following investigation by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.          

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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