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Indian Man Pleads Guilty to Use of a False Passport

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

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Manish Patel, age 43, and a citizen of India, pled guilty today to use of a false passport, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

As part of his guilty plea, Patel admitted to presenting a forged Indian passport to Border Patrol agents in the early-morning hours of January 20, 2017. Patel used the forged passport –which was in another person’s name, but bore Patel’s photograph – to fly from India to Toronto, by way of London, prior to illegally entering the United States.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 16, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. before Senior United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue. Patel faces up to 10 years in prison and up to 3 years of post-imprisonment supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. 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 was investigated by the United States Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cyrus P.W. Rieck.

Updated April 3, 2017