North Carolina Man Faces Imprisonment, Deportation over Immigration FraudTop Stories

August 09, 2018 15:33
North Carolina Man Faces Imprisonment, Deportation over Immigration Fraud

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Houcine Ghoul, a citizen of Tunisia, who entered the United States in 2001 on a tourist visa was sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment followed by deportation, after facing immigration fraud and tax charges.

He then after entering the U.S. married the U.S. citizen, whom he later divorced, and obtained status as a legal resident.

An investigation into Ghoul's behavior began in 2014 when he posted a photo online, showing support for ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), according to court documents.

The photo later appeared in an online propaganda video posted by others supporting the terrorist organization.

When Ghoul attempted to obtain the U.S. citizenship, he made numerous mendacious statements to officials.

Court documents show Ghoul had sworn allegiance to ISIS and had been an active supporter of the group.

The North Carolina man as well underreported his income by at least $90,000 to avoid income tax payments.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the help of several other agencies.

By Sowmya Sangam

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