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Fraudster’s Conviction Results In Revocation Of Citizenship Rights

December 6, 2012
Memphis, TN – Cy Chukwu Eze, 50, of Houston, Texas and formerly of Memphis, Tennessee, was convicted by a jury today in federal court after a trial charging one count of fraudulently procuring United States citizenship and one count of fraud in a passport application, announced United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Edward L. Stanton III.

At trial, evidence introduced via witnesses and documents showed that Eze originally entered the United States as a student. He attempted to obtain a green card after marrying a woman in Madison, Wisconsin. However, the Immigration and Naturalization Service denied his petition for a green card after investigating and determining that the marriage was solely for the purpose of attempting to gain immigration benefits. He was later ordered deported. This deportation order is still active and valid.

While Eze appealed the denial of his immigration benefits to an immigration judge and, later, to the Board of Immigration Appeals, he applied for a green card under a different immigration benefit program using a different name and date of birth, supplying wholly different biographical information. Later, while living in Memphis, he applied for United States citizenship, falsely stating his name, his date of birth, his marriage history, and falsely denying that he had ever been ordered deported. He also used a fraudulently obtained social security number and applied for a passport using that social security number as well as his false name and date of birth.

In 2010, Eze was identified by the Department of Homeland Security-Immigrations and Customs Enforcement as the individual who had previously been ordered deported and was arrested. The United States Department of State detected his fraudulent passport application, and he was charged, arrested, and convicted. As a result of his conviction, revocation of Eze’s citizenship is mandatory.

The case was investigated by the Diplomatic Security Service of the United States Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security-Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Fred Godwin and John Fabian represented the government.

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