Feds: Man submitted fake documents to CT immigration agency

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Arash Vakhshouri, 42, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, to submitting false documents to a government agency in front of Judge Janet Bond Arterton via video conference.

Arash Vakhshouri, 42, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, to submitting false documents to a government agency in front of Judge Janet Bond Arterton via video conference.

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A Las Vegas man pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in submitting false documents to a Connecticut immigration agency to try to withdraw or cancel pending applications for two individuals, federal prosecutors said.

Arash Vakhshouri, 42, pleaded guilty in front of Judge Janet Bond Arterton via video conference to submitting false documents to a government agency .

Between January and May 2017, Vakhshouri is accused of drafting and sending seven fraudulent letters to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Connecticut, pretending to be from two individuals who applied to become legal residents in the United States in March 2016, prosecutors said.

The letters fraudulently requested that officials withdraw or cancel the victims’ applications for legal permanent resident status, prosecutors said. The letters included the victims’ names, passport numbers, application numbers and alien file numbers.

Authorities arrested Vakhshouri in connection with this crime on June 20, 2019.

He is released on a $50,000 bond pending sentencing, which the judge scheduled for Aug. 31. At sentencing, Vakhshouri faces up to five years in federal prison.