TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A 49-year-old illegal alien from Pakistan was convicted here yesterday for failing to comply with a removal order following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation.
Evidence introduced during the trial established that Sahi Sarwar, who had been ordered removed from the United States to Pakistan by an immigration court, willfully refused to submit in good faith, a timely, true, and complete application for a Pakistani passport and willfully acted to prevent or hamper his departure.
Sarwar refused to provide his true name, aliases, and other information necessary for the issuance of a Pakistani passport. He also falsely claimed he did not know his place of birth or nationality, however he had previously stated in an immigration hearing that he was born in Pakistan.
Immigration documents and a marriage certificate completed and/or signed by him further indicated that he was born in Pakistan
Sarwar fraudulently married a United States citizen who filed a petition on his behalf to become a lawful permanent resident; however he did not complete this process.
Sarwar faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for December 18, 2008.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Winifred Acosta NeSmith.