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Vietnamese native convicted of unlawfully obtaining American citizenship

BOSTON, Mass. – A Malden man was convicted today in federal court of unlawful procurement of citizenship.

United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and Bruce M. Foucart, special agent-in-charge of ICE Office of Investigations in Boston, announced today that Anh Tam Nguyen, 46, of 343 Medford Street, Malden, was convicted by a jury sitting before U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner of one count of procurement of naturalization or citizenship unlawfully.  The case was investigated by ICE and the Malden Police Department.

Evidence presented during the three day trial proved that the defendant made false statements under oath in his written application for naturalization on June 8, 1996 and during an interview on June 11, 1997. The false statements at issue were his failure to disclose that he had been arrested and indicted for various sexual assaults prior to submitting his written application and during his citizenship interview.

Judge Gertner scheduled sentencing for Nov. 5, 2008.  Nguyen faces up to 15 years imprisonment and revocation of citizenship, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jeremy Sternberg and Angel Kelley Brown of Sullivan’s Criminal Division.