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Chicopee Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Immigration Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Chicopee police officer pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Springfield in connection with immigration fraud.

Nhac Duy Truong, 44, of East Longmeadow, pleaded guilty to one count of immigration fraud. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for May 29, 2019. According to the terms of the plea agreement, Truong agreed to resign from the Chicopee Police Department, where he has served as a police officer since 2004, and to never seek employment in law enforcement. Truong was charged in November 2018.

In 2008 and 2009, Truong submitted two petitions for a claimed alien fiancée, who was in fact the sister of his common law wife. On Feb. 15, 2011, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Truong signed a sworn affidavit in support of his second petition for his common law wife’s sister that falsely stated he had never lived with his common law wife and never met her in person, when in fact he had lived with her, and she is the mother of his two children.

The charge of immigration fraud provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and William Gannon, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Boston Field Office, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven H. Breslow of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case. 

Updated February 21, 2019