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Former Army Interpreter Sentenced for Passport Fraud

August 27, 2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Ghulam Nabi Sarwari, 50, of Stafford, Va., was sentenced today to 12 months and 1 day in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for making false statements on three applications for United States Passports.

Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after sentencing by United States District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee.

Sarwari was convicted after a two-day jury trial on May 20, 2010.  According to testimony and evidence elicited at trial, Sarwari engaged in a deliberate scheme to defraud the United States Department of State into issuing U.S. passports to non-U.S. citizens. Sarwari completed three passport applications for his stepchildren, each of whom is an Afghan citizen.  Sarwari, a naturalized U.S. citizen, represented on each of the three applications and corresponding birth certificates that he was the Afather@ of each stepchild when, in fact, he testified that he knew he was not their biological or adopted father.  Based on Sarwari=s misrepresentations, the United States issued passports to each non-citizen stepchild.  Sarwari, currently a real estate agent in Northern Virginia, previously worked as an interpreter for the United States Army with a top-secret security clearance.

This case was investigated by the Department of State=s Diplomatic Security Service=s Washington Field Office in conjunction with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Special Assistant United States Attorney Justin K. Gelfand and Assistant United States Attorney Gene Rossi prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

            A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at or on



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