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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ghanaian National Sentenced for False Statements and Unlawful Attempt to Procure Citizenship

BOSTON - A Ghanaian national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for making false statements in order to obtain citizenship and for attempting to procure citizenship.

Samer El-Sayed, 33, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs to two years of supervised release with the first six months to be served on home confinement with electronic monitoring and a 7:00pm curfew. El-Sayed will be subject to deportation proceedings. In January 2018, El-Sayed was convicted by a federal jury of one count of willfully and knowingly making false statements; one count of making false statements under oath relative to naturalization, citizenship or alien registry; and one count of unlawful attempted procurement of citizenship or naturalization.

In June 2008, El-Sayed entered the United States on a non-immigrant visa. In February 2009, El-Sayed entered into a sham marriage with an 18-year-old United States citizen to whom he paid several thousand dollars. Thereafter, El-Sayed began filing various petitions and applications with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in order to obtain immigration benefits, and in March 2010, El-Sayed was granted conditional permanent resident status. In 2012, El-Sayed submitted false statements on a petition filed with USCIS and subsequently provided false statements under oath to USCIS during an interview that occurred in January 2014. Then, in May 2014, El-Sayed submitted an application for United States citizenship to USCIS and provided false information and statements in that application. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Denis C. Riordan, District Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, District 1, made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Jacobus Sullivan of Lelling’s Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case

Updated June 7, 2018