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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 9, 2018

Nigerian Man Sentenced For Using A False Passport

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX #:            (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Ibilola Rasheedat Yussuf, 30, of Nigeria, who was convicted of using a passport secured by a false statement in application, was sentenced to nine months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Cantil, who handled the case, stated that on September 12, 2017, the defendant applied for admission to the United States at the Peace Bridge Port-of-Entry in Buffalo. As proof of identity and citizenship, Yussuf presented a fraudulently obtained United States passport bearing the name Olivia Payne, born in 1981 in Chicago, Illinois. This passport was secured by reason of false statements provided in a passport application.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations Rose Brophy.

Updated February 12, 2018