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Eritrean National Indicted for Visa Fraud

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Mohammed Nurey Ibrahim, age 41, an Eritrean national and resident of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, appeared yesterday on an indictment charging him with presenting a fraudulently obtained visa to a Border Patrol Agent.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Acting Director Christian J. Schurman of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service.

According to the indictment, on January 5, 2017, Ibrahim presented a fraudulently obtained United States non-immigrant tourist visa to a United States Border Patrol Agent in Champlain, New York. The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Ibrahim will be arraigned Tuesday in Plattsburgh, New York, before United States Magistrate Judge Gary L. Favro. He is detained pending arraignment and a detention hearing.

If convicted, Ibrahim would face up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

This case is being investigated by the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service, United States Customs and Border Protection, United States Border Patrol, and Homeland Security Investigations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Horsman.

Updated June 2, 2017