Iselin, Middlesex County NJ Indian Arrested for Citizenship Fraud






Iselin, Middlesex County NJ Indian Pal Singh, aka “Surinder Singh,” aka “Harpal Singh,” (66) was arrested August 16, 2018 for allegedly trying to fraudulently obtain citizenship.

Pal Singh, aka “Surinder Singh,” aka “Harpal Singh,” was charged with one count of naturalization fraud and one count of making false statements under oath in connection with naturalization proceedings.

According to court documents and statements:

1) In March 1992, Singh applied for admission into the United States as a tourist at Los Angeles International Airport by presenting an Indian passport that purported to contain an entry visa to the United States. Singh was refused admission into the United States because the entry visa was deemed fraudulent and he was detained pending exclusion proceedings. Singh later applied for asylum in the United States under his true name and was released on bond while his asylum claim was evaluated. In June 1993, an immigration judge in New York denied Singh’s asylum application and Singh was ordered to surrender for deportation. Singh failed to appear for his deportation as ordered.

2) In August 1995, Singh fraudulently applied for asylum in the United States under the identity of “Harpal Singh,” and claimed that he had entered the United States by crossing the United States-Mexico border in December 1994. Singh did not disclose that he had previously been denied asylum under his true identity – Pal Singh. In March 1996, an immigration judge denied Singh’s second asylum application and Singh was again ordered to surrender for deportation. Singh again failed to appear for his deportation as ordered.

3) In May 1996, Singh fraudulently applied for asylum in the United States under the identity of “Surinder Singh,” and claimed that he had entered the United States by crossing the United States-Mexico border in November 1995. Singh did not disclose that he had previously been denied asylum under his true identity and under the identity of Harpal Singh. This application further claimed that Surinder Singh had been beaten and tortured in India in 1994 despite the fact that Singh had been living in the United States at the time under his true identity. In June 1996, the Immigration and Naturalization Service granted Singh’s third asylum application in the name of “Surinder Singh” based on fraudulent information provided by Singh.

4) In December 2015, Singh filed an Application for Naturalization, Form 400-N, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under the identity of Surinder Singh. He falsely answered questions relating to his identity, his prior immigration applications, and his immigration status. In May 2018, Singh appeared under the name of Surinder Singh before an officer of the Department of Homeland Security in Newark for an interview in connection with his application. The interview was audio and video recorded, and Singh was placed under oath. Singh was also assisted by counsel and by a Punjabi interpreter. Singh falsely answered additional questions relating to his identity, his prior immigration applications, and his immigration status.

Pal Singh, aka “Surinder Singh,” aka “Harpal Singh,” was charged with naturalization fraud after a fingerprint examiner concluded that the same individual with different names made all of the fingerprints provided on different occasions to Department of Homeland Security.

Potential Penalty

Mr. Singh made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor August 16, 2018 and was released on $200,000 bond.

If convicted, Pal Singh, aka “Surinder Singh,” aka “Harpal Singh,” faces a maximum potential prison sentence of ten years for naturalization fraud and five years for making false statements.

Pal Singh, aka “Surinder Singh,” aka “Harpal Singh,” must be presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

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