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Indian-American admits to US passport and citizenship fraud

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Indian-American admits to US passport and citizenship fraud

New York, Feb 6 (IANS) An Indian-American man in Florida has pleaded guilty to obtaining citizenship illegally, misusing evidence of naturalization and making false statements in a passport application.

Jaiprakash Gulvady, 51, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida announced last week.

According to court records, Gulvady, an Indian national, came to the US in 2001 on a temporary business visa.

In August 2008, less than two weeks after divorcing his wife, a US citizen whom he had married the previous year, Gulvady married another US citizen.

From this marriage, Gulvady was able to adjust his status and became a lawful permanent resident in June 2009.

Two months later, in August 2009, Gulvady traveled to India for the first time since arriving in 2001 and married an Indian woman before returning to the US.

On a subsequent visit to India, Gulvady and his Indian spouse conceived their first and only child, born in January 2011, and in August 2013, Gulvady’s marriage to his US citizen wife dissolved

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The following year, Gulvady submitted an application for naturalization in which he falsely stated under penalty of perjury that he was not currently married; that he had no children; and that he had never married more than one person at a time.

Based on that application, Gulvady became a naturalized U.S. citizen in August 2014, according to an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Using his fraudulently obtained naturalization certificate as proof of US citizenship, Gulvady applied for a US passport, in which he falsely omitted his Indian spouse.

The State Department issued Gulvady a US passport, which he later used to re-enter the US on at least three occasions.

Although his sentencing date has not yet been set, Gulvady’s conviction for obtaining citizenship illegally results in the automatic revocation of his US citizenship at the time of sentencing.

— IANS

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