Rancho Cordova Man Sentenced for Passport Fraud
Used False Identity and Obtained U.S. Passport in Order to Avoid Child Support Obligations
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Satnam Singh, 56, of Rancho Cordova, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to six months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and a $2,000 fine for making a false statement in an application for a United States passport, Acting U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced.
According to court documents, Singh immigrated to the United States from India in the 1980s and ultimately naturalized as a United States citizen in that identity in 1996. Meanwhile, in 1993, Singh filed a fraudulent application for asylum in the entirely fake identity of “Rupinder Singh,” and in 2012, he naturalized in that second, fake identity. He successfully applied for a U.S. passport for the false identity and traveled internationally using the Rupinder Singh passport at least twice in 2013. In his plea agreement, Singh admitted that he created the Rupinder Singh identity in order to avoid child support obligations.
This case was the product of an investigation by the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). Assistant U.S. Attorney Nirav Desai prosecuted the case.
“DSS will continue to aggressively protect our borders by safeguarding the integrity of our travel documents,” said David Zebley, Special Agent In-Charge of U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service, San Francisco Field Office. Diplomatic Security is firmly committed to working with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement agencies around the world to investigative allegations of passport and visa fraud and bring those who committed these crimes to justice.”
At today’s sentencing hearing, Judge Burrell said that this was a serious crime and the sentence was needed to promote respect for the law and provide a deterrent. Judge Burrell ordered Singh to surrender to serve his sentence on October 14, 2016.