Jordanian Man Sentenced for Visa Fraud
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Ala Marouf Salameh, age 39, a citizen of Jordan, was sentenced for his conviction for visa fraud. United States District Court Judge John M. Gerrard sentenced Salameh to eight months of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release. As Salameh had completed eight months of imprisonment while awaiting trial and sentencing in this matter, he was turned over to immigration authorities for further proceedings relating to his removal from the United States.
Although Salameh held a Jordanian passport, he was required to obtain a visa to be able to enter the United States. On October 29, 2014, Salameh obtained an A-2 visa, a type of visa issued to foreign governmental officials, by falsely representing that he was a sky marshal with the Jordan Armed Forces. Salameh used this visa to enter the United States on June 8, 2015. Prior to the issuance of this A-2 visa, Salameh had been denied a non-immigrant visa on five separate occasions.
This case was investigated by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States State Department, Diplomatic Security Service.