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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2007                                     PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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SHERMAN, TX --     United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 43-year-old Plano man has been sentenced to 4 ½ months in federal prison for passport related fraud in the Eastern District of Texas. 

            JAROSLAW AMBROZUK was sentenced today by United States District Judge Richard A. Schell in connection with his role in making false representations in order to obtain a United States passport.  Ambrozuk has already served 4 ½ months in jail and will be referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.  Ambrozuk was also ordered to pay a $10,000.00 fine.  

            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.  Ambrozuk also provided a Texas drivers license that he had obtained by providing false information.

            Special agents from the United States Department of State investigated this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Shamoil T Shipchandler prosecuted the case.


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