05/23/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/23/2019 19:17
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Sukha Singh Boyal, 52, of New Jersey, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to making a false statement in a passport application. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who is handling the case, stated that in 1999, the defendant was a citizen of India but an alien in the United States. Boyal wanted to travel to India but did not possess a valid Indian passport. As a result, he purchased a false United Kingdom passport under the name of 'Kamal Jeet' and used that false passport to fly from Newark, New Jersey, through Frankfurt, Germany, to New Delhi, India, whereupon he was refused entry into India and returned to the United States.
In May 2007, Boyal filed an N-400 application for naturalization with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services. During his naturalization interview, the defendant acknowledged his prior use of the 'Kamal Jeet' name. The defendant naturalized on April 16, 2009.
On July 15, 2009, in Buffalo, Boyal submitted an application for a U.S. passport with the U.S. Department of State. In response to the question, 'have you ever used a different name?' the defendant wrote, 'none.' Boyal signed the application, declaring under penalty of perjury that the statements he made on the application were true and correct.
The plea is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of State, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kenneth M. Haynes.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 15, 2019, at 3pm before Judge Geraci.
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