Indian-American pleads guilty to unlawfully acquiring US citizenship, lying

An Indian-American man has pleaded guilty to unlawfully acquiring US citizenship based on fraud documents and also for lying.
Indian-American pleads guilty to unlawfully acquiring US citizenship, lying
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The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that Jaiprakash Gulvady, a 51-year-old Indian-American man, has pleaded guilty to procuring citizenship or naturalisation unlawfully, misusing evidence of citizenship or naturalisation, making false statements in a passport application, and using a passport secured by false statements.

His plea agreement came following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Gulvady, who now lives in Florida, faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

His conviction for unlawfully procuring citizenship or naturalisation will result in the automatic revocation of his US citizenship when he is sentenced.

According to the plea agreement, Gulvady came to the US in 2001 on a temporary business visa.

Based on that marriage, he adjusted his immigration status and became a lawful permanent resident in June 2009.

Two months later, in August 2009, he travelled to India for the first time since his 2001 arrival in the US.

While in India, he married an Indian woman.

In August 2013, Gulvady’s marriage to his US citizen wife was dissolved, ICE said.

The following year, Gulvady filed an application for naturalisation and falsely stated that he was not currently married; that he did not have any children; and that he had never been married to more than one person at the same time.

Based on that application, Gulvady became a naturalised US citizen in August 2014.

Using his fraudulently obtained Certificate of Naturalisation as evidence of US citizenship, Gulvady filed an application for a US passport and falsely omitted his Indian spouse, ICE said.

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Indian-American pleads guilty to unlawfully acquiring US citizenship, lying

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

Source: India Today

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