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Fraud And Perjury Charges Filed Against Parma Man

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

A grand jury returned a three-count indictment charging Yong Xiang Chen aka Qin Dong, age 37, of Parma, Ohio, with one count of naturalization fraud and two-counts of perjury, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

The indictment alleges that Chen, a citizen of China, lied in his naturalization application and interviews when applying for naturalization by failing to disclose his use of another name when seeking immigration benefits.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Phillip J. Tripi, following investigation by agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.    

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government's burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Updated March 12, 2015