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Phoenix resident gets prison for citizenship fraud

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix resident has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison and stripped of his U.S. citizenship for committing naturalization fraud.

Federal prosecutors say 45-year-old Gustavo Ramirez-Ramirez pleaded guilty last November to unlawful procurement of U.S. citizenship and submitting false information to obtain a passport.

A U.S. District Court judge on Monday also sentenced Ramirez-Ramirez to three years of supervised release and ordered him deported to his native Mexico.

Prosecutors say Ramirez-Ramirez illegally entered the U.S. and used another man's identity to obtain a permanent resident card and other identification documents.

He also admitted to lying under oath during his naturalization process in 2007.

Authorities say Ramirez-Ramirez used the stolen identity in 2010 to fraudulently obtain a passport, which he used to travel between the U.S. and Mexico.

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