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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Hampshire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Jersey Man Sentenced For Passport Fraud

          CONCORD, N.H. – Acting United States Attorney Donald Feith announced that Robert Codjoe, 54, of Piscataway, New Jersey, was sentenced today to one year of probation, six months of home confinement, and a $2,000 fine for committing passport fraud.

          In November 1998, Codjoe applied for and was issued a U.S. passport in the name “Robert Codjoe.”  In November 2000, he applied for and was issued a U.S. passport in the name “Robert Codjoe Nii.”  Consequently, for many years, Codjoe maintained two United States passports each bearing his photograph, but issued under different names, different social security numbers, and different dates of birth.  In July 2009, Codjoe renewed the passport issued in the name “Robert Codjoe” by filing a passport renewal application with the National Passport Center located in Portsmouth, N.H.  In June 2011, he attempted to renew the passport issued in the name “Robert Codjoe Nii” by filing a passport renewal application with the National Passport Center.  That application contained several false statements, including Codjoe’s name and date of birth.

          The National Passport Center referred Codjoe’s renewal application for investigation.  The investigation uncovered Condjoe’s fraud and resulted in a federal grand jury indicting him for passport fraud in March 2014.  Codjoe pleaded guilty on February 25, 2015.

          This case was investigated by Diplomatic Security Service of the U.S. State Department.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark S. Zuckerman.

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Updated July 2, 2015