Man Admits to Lying in Naturalization Application

A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to lying on his naturalization application to become a US citizen, announced US Attorney Paul Fishman.

Alaa El Saadawi reportedly lied when he filed an Application for Naturalization form, known as Form N-400, with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in August 2001. In a section that asked if the applicant had ever knowingly committed a crime for which he had not been arrested, El Saadawi answered “no.”

In July 2002 El Saadawi appeared before a District Adjudication Officer and was placed under oath where he again denied ever having committed a crime for which he had not been arrested. However, El Saadawi had reportedly conspired with others to fail to file an accurate report in connection with taking $659,000 out of the US in April 2002. He became a US citizen shortly after the interview.
If convicted, El Saadawi could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

To be eligible for citizenship through naturalization, an applicant must have a clean criminal record and be of “good moral character,” according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services.