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Fraud, crimes of moral turpitude and deportation

Most people in York are taught not to lie when they are children. They are told that if they lie, no one will be able to trust them when they are telling the truth, much like the boy who cried wolf. This is more than just a good rule by which to live one's life; it is a requirement for becoming a citizen in the United States. If someone applying to naturalize is found to have committed a crime involving lying or dishonesty, it may be considered a crime of moral turpitude and the individual will be rejected.

One of the quickest ways to get rejected for citizenship is by pleading guilty to one of these types of crimes. Even though it seems like the right thing to do in some situations, as when a prosecutor offers an individual a deal in exchange for a guilty plea, it is important that anyone without American citizenship first contact an immigration lawyer for advice.

Being deported for admitting to fraud is something most noncitizens don't think about, but immigration officials are not interested in letting someone who has been found guilty of fraud to become a citizen.

And being denied citizenship and facing deportation has more of an effect than what others generally imagine. Not just is that individual kicked out of the country, but he or she is banned from reentering the country for at least five years, if not for the rest of his or her life. If the individual has family members who are American citizens, this can be difficult. Preventing the criminal conviction can help reduce the chance of deportation.

Source: New York Daily News, “Teresa Giudice, Joe Giudice plead guilty to fraud charges; both face prison, while he could be deported,” Caitlin Nolan and Larry Mcshane, March 4, 2014

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