United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: DAVILYN WALSTON
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007 PHONE: (409) 839-2538
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PLANO MAN GUILTY OF PASSPORT FRAUD
SHERMAN, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 43-year-old Plano man has pleaded guilty to passport fraud in the Eastern District of Texas.
JAROSLAW AMBROZUK admitted to making false representations in order to obtain a United States passport today before United States Magistrate Judge Don D. Bush.
According to information presented in court, Ambrozuk illegally entered the United States from Canada in approximately 1982, after which time he obtained and continuously used the false identity of "Michael Lee Smith" to evade detection and prosecution for the circumstances that led to his illegal entry into the United States; to apply for bank accounts, credit cards, and loans; and to purchase and acquire automobiles, property, and other assets. In May 2004, Ambrozuk applied for a United States passport in which he falsely stated that his name was "Michael Lee Smith" and provided other false information relating to his place and date of birth. In support of his application, Ambrozuk provided a Texas drivers license that he had also obtained by providing identification false information.
Ambrozuk faces up to ten years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 at sentencing. A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.
This case is being investigated by the United States Department of State and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shamoil T. Shipchandler.
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