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CANADIAN LAWYER SENTENCED TO PRISON
FOR TWO COUNTS OF WITNESS TAMPERING

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2005

KULDIP S. CHAGGAR, 43, of Vancouver, British Columbia was sentenced today to one year and one day in prison for two counts of Witness Tampering. CHAGGAR was convicted following a five day trial in Seattle in front of U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour. In imposing the sentence Judge Coughenour noted that CHAGGAR has already lost his license to practice law.

The Indictment alleged that CHAGGAR tampered with a defendant in a criminal case who was then incarcerated at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, Washington. The incarcerated defendant was cooperating as a witness against other co-defendants in the same case. Without the knowledge of the attorney representing the incarcerated defendant, CHAGGAR met with the incarcerated defendant and told her to change her testimony. CHAGGAR, an attorney then licensed to practice in Canada, had been retained by one of the other co-defendants in Canada.

Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg said a prison sentence is appropriate. "This crime strikes at the heart of our criminal justice system.... Every step of the way Chaggar abused his status as an attorney. He has displayed a lack of morality before this court," Greenberg stated at sentencing.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigated this case.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Todd Greenberg and John Lulejian. For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington, at (206) 553-4110.

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