US District Judge Sentences Uzbek Citizen for False Statements — Daryo News

US District Judge Convicts Uzbek Citizen of False Statements

Sidikjon Mamadjonov, a 37-year-old citizen of Uzbekistan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden to one month in prison, which he has already served, and one year of supervised release. Mamadjonov was found guilty of making false statements to federal law enforcement and during immigration proceedings.

Photo: Uzbek citizen sentenced by US district judge
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The brief was provided by U.S. Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery, Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, FBI New Haven Special Agent in Charge Robert Fuller, and Homeland Security Investigations New England Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Krol.

Background and false statements

Mamadjonov moved to the United States in February 2009, settling in New Britain, Connecticut, and became a lawful permanent resident in September 2010. On May 27, 2013, he traveled to Istanbul, Turkey. During this trip, Mamadjonov discovered that his brother, Saidjon Mamadjonov, had been killed fighting in the Syrian civil war. Upon his return to the United States on June 11, 2013, he received a package containing an iPhone 4 with videos and photos of his brother in Syria, including photos of Saidjon armed and in military uniform, as well as a photo of him after his death.

In 2014, Mamadjonov was interrogated three times by FBI special agents about his trip to Turkey and his brother. He falsely stated that his brother was alive and living in Turkey or Dubai, claimed to have met him in Turkey, and said that his brother had sent him a package upon his return.

Photo: FBI and Department of Homeland Security investigate Mamadjonov’s immigration case
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In August 2016, during another FBI interview, Mamadjonov again provided false information, denying knowledge of Uzbeks traveling to Syria to fight and falsely claiming ignorance about his brother’s activities and fate. He knew Saidjon had traveled from the U.S. to Syria and died in the conflict before the package was sent.

On October 27, 2016, during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization hearing, Mamadjonov lied about his brother and denied having previously lied to the FBI.

Verdict and sentence

Mamadjonov was arrested on December 22, 2017. On March 7, 2023, a jury found him guilty of three counts of making false statements to law enforcement and one count of making false statements in an immigration case.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, New Britain Police Department and Hartford Police Department. The prosecution was led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Chang and Trial Attorney Steven Ward of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

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