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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of California

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Alien Smuggler Who Falsified His Military Record Ends Up With 30 Months In The Federal Brig

Defendant Falsely Tells Court He Was Honorably Discharged From The United States Army After Serving Three Separate Tours Of Duty In Iraq

 

SAN DIEGO – After a six week continuance to investigate this military record, Defendant Scotty Kamakahohie White was sentenced by Judge Jeffrey T. Miller to 30 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release for his role smuggling an Alien into the United States.

At his initial sentencing hearing on April 17, 2015, White claimed to have served with the United States Army from 2001 until 2006, and to have received an honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant after three separate tours of duty in Iraq. At that time, Judge Miller told White that his honorable service to the United States in a time of war would be a major consideration in his favor at sentencing. After his record was questioned by the Government, the Court continued the sentencing hearing so that White’s military records could be reviewed.

As revealed today in Court, White’s military record was very different from what he had claimed. Rather than serving for five years with three total tours of duty in a war zone, White served less than 10 months. Moreover, he had not been involved in any combat operations and was discharged as a Private E-1, not a Sergeant. When confronted with his actual military record, White admitted that he actually had gone AWOL and been kicked out of the Army without ever once setting foot in Iraq. With his false statements exposed, White agreed to not oppose a 30-month sentence for his crimes.


DEFENDANTS   Case Number: 15cr0028-JM
Scotty Kamakahohie White Age: 30 Parker, Arizona
 
CHARGES

Transportation of Aliens – Title 8, U.S.C., Section 1324(a)(1)(A)(ii)
Maximum penalty: 10 years’ imprisonment and $250,000 fine

 
INVESTIGATING AGENCIES

United States Border Patrol

 
Topic(s): 
Human Smuggling
Updated December 7, 2015