Simarjeet Singh of Rochester, N.Y. pleads guilty to naturalization fraud

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A woman holds a cluster of U.S. flags during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in Oakland, California August 13, 2013. A total of 1,225 new citizens representing 96 countries took the oath. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Simarjeet Singh, age 50, of Rochester, New York, pled guilty Feb. 16, 2022, to naturalization fraud for providing false identification information during efforts to avoid deportation and become a United States citizen.

Singh faces up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of up to 3 years. Sentencing is set for June 14, 2022, in Syracuse, before Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby, the press release from the United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York Carla B. Freedman, said.

As part of his guilty plea, Singh admitted to filing a 1995 asylum application using a false identity and to failing to disclose that he had previously filed for asylum in 1993, the press release said. Singh also admitted that in 2010, when he sought U.S. citizenship, he failed to disclose his earlier efforts to obtain asylum.

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