9th Circ. Affirms Paralegal’s Post-Fraud Loss Of Citizenship

Law360, New York (April 19, 2016, 1:23 PM EDT) -- A former Los Angeles-area paralegal who pled guilty in a visa fraud scheme lost his challenge to a decision that his citizenship be revoked, when the Ninth Circuit on Monday decided he did not have “good moral character” when he applied to become a citizen.

Three judges on a panel for the appeals court affirmed a California federal judge’s ruling that Ceferino Orden Olivar Jr.’s agreement to participate in the conspiracy was evidence of bad moral character.

Under immigration law, a person must be of good character in the five years leading up to naturalization. While Olivar argued he met that...

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