Phoenix resident gets prison for citizenship fraud

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix man was sentenced Monday to 10 months in federal prison and stripped of his U.S. citizenship for committing naturalization fraud.

Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old Gustavo Ramirez-Ramirez pleaded guilty last November to unlawful procurement of U.S. citizenship and submitting false information to obtain a passport.

A U.S. District Court judge on Monday also sentenced Ramirez-Ramirez to three years of supervised release and ordered him deported to his native Mexico.

Prosecutors say Ramirez-Ramirez illegally entered the U.S. and used another man's identity to obtain a permanent resident card and other identification documents. He also admitted to lying under oath during his naturalization process in 2007.

Authorities say Ramirez-Ramirez used the stolen identity in 2010 to fraudulently obtain a passport, which he used to travel between the U.S. and Mexico.

“This man attempted to cheat the immigration system and ultimately cheated himself,” said Matt Allen, special agent in charge of HSI Arizona. “The oath of citizenship represents a sacred trust between the United States and the new citizen. The outcome of this case clearly demonstrates that the United States will not tolerate fraudulent breaches of that trust.”