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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Mohammed Moinul Hossain, 44, of Buffalo, NY, with making false statements in an immigration matter, and making a false statement in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Cantil, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, in August 2018, the defendant filed an application for lawful permanent residency in the United States. On that form, Hossain indicated that he had not previously used or gone by any other name, and denied ever submitting fraudulent or counterfeit documentation to any U.S. Government official to obtain or attempt to obtain an immigration benefit. Hossain also indicated that he had never lied about, concealed, or misrepresented any information on an application or petition to obtain a visa. However, subsequent investigation determined that in February 1997, the defendant did in fact file an application for permanent residency using the name Saifur Rahman, and the application was denied. Hossain failed to disclose this prior identity and prior application for conditional permanent residency.
The defendant was arraigned today before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and released on conditions.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, under the direction of District Director Denis C. Riordan.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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