Idaho Man Charged with Illegally Obtaining US Citizenship

An Idaho man was arrested in Hailey for allegedly obtaining US citizenship by unlawful means, according to a statement from the US Attorney’s office.

Americo De La Cruz was arrested on charges of false swearing in an immigration matter, unlawful procurement of citizenship and perjury, and was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boise. The indictment claims that De La Cruz gave false information regarding his residence and marital status during a sworn interview with immigration officials as well as in two applications for immigration benefits. The defendant is also accused of obtaining citizenship through fraudulent means.

“The defendant in this case falsely believed that he could obtain U.S. citizenship through deceitful means,” said Brad Bench, a deputy special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Idaho. “However, the outcome of this investigation clearly demonstrates that our nation’s immigration laws are to be respected, not flaunted.”

Those convicted of unlawfully securing US citizenship may face up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.