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Western District of Missouri

Friday, January 26, 2018

KC Man Sentenced for Passport Fraud

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Timothy A. Garrison, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for lying on his passport application.


Isse Aweis Mohamud, 22, of Kansas City, a naturalized citizen of the United States born in Mogadishu, Somalia, was sentenced by U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Kays to four years in federal prison without parole.


On Sept. 14, 2017, Mohamud pleaded guilty to passport fraud. Mohamud admitted that he provided false information on an application for a U.S. passport at the Gladstone, Mo., post office on Jan. 27, 2017.


In response to a question on the application asking what countries were to be visited by the applicant, Mohamud stated “Canada.” He also attached to the application a confirmed travel itinerary for a roundtrip flight from Kansas City, Mo., to Vancouver, Canada, departing on Feb. 8, 2017 and returning on Feb. 15, 2017. Mohamud, however, did not take the Kansas City-Vancouver flights identified in the itinerary, and he never intended to travel to Canada. Instead, on April 24, 2017, Mohamud traveled from Kansas City, Mo., to Alexandria, Egypt, using the U.S. passport that was issued based on his false representations that he was travelling to Canada.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian Casey and David Raskin. It was investigated by the FBI.

Updated January 26, 2018