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Southern District of Florida
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September 12, 2014

Broward Realtor Charged with Making False Statements

Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, and Alysa D. Erichs, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI), announce that Christopher White, 43, of Fort Lauderdale, was charged with three counts of making material false statements to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001(a)(3).

According to the indictment, these statements were included on White’s April 16, 2014, application for naturalization submitted to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The indictment charged that White made the following material false statements in his naturalization application: (1) that he had never claimed to be a U.S. Citizen; (2) that he had never committed, assisted in committing or attempted to commit a crime or offense for which he was never arrested; and (3) that he had never failed to support his dependents. If convicted, White faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 for each count.

Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI and ICE-HSI. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randy Katz and Thomas P. Lanigan.

An indictment is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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