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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Kansas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Indictment: KU Grad Student Made False Claims He Served as Translator for U.S. Army in Iraq

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - A University of Kansas graduate student was indicted Wednesday on charges of making false claims on an application for a visa that he had served as a translator for the U.S. Army in Iraq, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said today.

Goran Sabah Ghafour, 34, who has been living in Lawrence, Kan., is charged with one count of visa fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft.

Ghafour initially was charged in a criminal complaint filed July 19 in federal court. The complaint alleged that while he was a graduate teaching assistant in the journalism department at KU he applied for an immigrant visa. He submitted an application under a special provision for former Iraqi nationals who worked for the U.S. military in Iraq. To support his application he submitted letters purporting to be from two brigadier generals verifying his service and supporting his application. Investigators later determined that the letters were fabricated by Ghafour and the two officers had not written or signed the letters.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the visa charge, and not less than two years consecutive to the other count on the identity theft charges. Homeland Security Investigations investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley is prosecuting.

OTHER GRAND JURY INDICTMENTS

Joshua Grimm, 32, Leavenworth, Kan., is charged with one count of distributing child pornography. The indictment alleges he used instant messaging software to distribute images of child pornography. The crime is alleged to have occurred June 3, 2016, in Leavenworth County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Flannigan is prosecuting.

Imon L. Wright, 34, Kansas City, Kan., is charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm following a felony conviction. The crimes are alleged to have occurred July 30, 2016, in Wyandotte County, Kan.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $1 million on the marijuana charge, not less than five years and a fine up to $250,000 on the first firearm charge, and up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the second firearm charge. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Tobacco investigated. Acting U.S. Attorney Tris Hunt is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

Topic: 
Immigration
Updated August 4, 2016