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CHARGES AND VERDICT IN THE TRIAL OF JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU

Indictment Filed: January 30, 2014

Verdict Issued: July 3, 2018

18 U.S.C. § 1425 (fraudulently attempting to obtain citizenship - 2 counts)
18 U.S.C. § 1546(a) (fraud in immigration documents - 4 counts)

18 U.S.C. § 1015(a) (false statements in relation to naturalization - 3 counts)

18 U.S.C. § 1621 (perjury - 7 counts)

 

Count 1:

From on or about January 23, 2006 through on or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

knowingly attempted to procure and obtain, contrary to law, naturalization as a United States citizen for himself, by knowingly providing false and fraudulent information as to material fact, and by omitting material fact, in his Application for Naturalization, Form N-400.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1425 (a).

VERDICT: GUILTY

 

Count 2:

From on or about January 23, 2006 through on or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

knowingly attempted to procure and obtain naturalization as a United States citizen for himself, to which he was not entitled, in that: at the time of his application for naturalization, defendant WOEWIYU did not satisfy the requirements for naturalization, under Title 8, United States Code, Section 1427, in that he was not a person of "good moral character," in that WOEWIYU falsely certified under penalty of perjury to the truth of various assertions, and provided false testimony under oath, for the purpose of obtaining United States citizenship; that is,

a. defendant did not disclose his membership in, and association with, all organizations, including but not limited to the NPFL;

b. defendant did not disclose that he both directly and indirectly advocated the overthrow of the Doe Liberian government by force or violence; and

c. defendant did not disclose that while he was a member, of among other organizations, the NPFL, he persecuted either directly or indirectly others because of their political opinion and membership in a particular social group, including members of the Krahn and Mandingo tribes.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1425 (b).

VERDICT: GUILTY

 

Count 3:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

knowingly made under oath, and knowingly certified as true under penalty of perjury, a false statement with respect to a material fact in an application and document required by the immigration laws and regulations prescribed thereunder, that is, a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, by which the defendant applied to become a United States citizen, in that, as the defendant then and there well knew, his response to question 8a and subpart bon his Form N­ 400, Application for Naturalization, was false, in that, the defendant did not to disclose his membership in, and association with, all organizations, including but not limited to the NPFL and the NPFL-CRC.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1546 (a).

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY

 

Count 4:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

knowingly made under oath, and knowingly certified as true under penalty of perjury, a false statement with respect to a material fact in an application and document required by the immigration laws and regulations prescribed thereunder, that is, a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, by which the defendant applied to become a United States citizen in that,

as the defendant then and there well knew, his response to question 10 on his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, was false, in that, the defendant did not disclose that he both directly and indirectly advocated the overthrow of the Doe Liberian government by force or violence.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1546 (a).

VERDICT: GUILTY

 

Count 5:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

knowingly made under oath, and knowingly subscribed as true under penalty of perjury, a false statement with respect to a material fact in an application and document required by the immigration laws and regulations prescribed thereunder, that is, a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, by which the defendant applied to become a United States citizen in that, as the defendant then and there well knew, his response to question 11 on his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, was false, in that the defendant did not disclose that while he was a member of, among other organizations, the NPFL, he persecuted others because of their political opinions, and membership in a particular social group, including members of the Krahn and Mandingo tribes.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1546 (a).

VERDICT: GUILTY

 

Count 6:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

knowingly made under oath, and knowingly subscribed as true under penalty of perjury, a false statement with respect to a material fact in an application and document required by the immigration laws and regulations prescribed thereunder, that is, a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, by which the defendant applied to become a United States citizen in that, as the defendant then and there well knew, his response to question 18 on his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, was false, in that the defendant did not disclose his 1970 New York State conviction for falsification of business records.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1546 (a).

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY

 

Count 7:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

knowingly made a false statement under oath in a proceeding, and matter relating to naturalization, citizenship, and registry of aliens, that is in his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and in the related interview, in that, as defendant WOEWIYU then and there well knew, his statement in response to question 8a and subpart bon his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, was false, in that he did not disclose his membership in, and association with, all organizations, including but not limited to the NPFL and the NPFL-CRC.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1015(a).

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY

 

Count 8:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

knowingly made a false statement under oath in a proceeding, and matter relating to naturalization, citizenship, and registry of aliens, that is in his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and in the related interview, in that, as the defendant then and there well knew, his statements in response to question I0 on his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, was false, in that, the defendant did not disclose that he both directly and indirectly advocated the overthrow of the Doe Liberian government by force or violence.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1015(a).

VERDICT: GUILTY

 

Count 9:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

knowingly made a false statement under oath in a proceeding, and matter relating to naturalization, citizenship, and registry of aliens, that is in his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, and in the related interview, in that, as defendant then and there well knew, his statement in response to question 11 on his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, was false, in that the defendant did not disclose that while he was a member of, among other organizations, the NPFL, he persecuted others because of their political opinions, and membership in a particular social group, including members of the Krahn and Mandingo tribes.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1015(a).

VERDICT: GUILTY

 

Count 10:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer and person, in a case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered, that he would testify declare, depose and certify truly, did willfully and contrary to such oath falsely state before an immigration officer with regard to his Form N-400, Application of Naturalization, a material matter, that is, that his response to question 8a and subpart bon his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, was true, when as the defendant then and there well knew and believed, his response was false, in that the defendant knew at the time he made the statement that he did not disclose his membership in, and association with, all organizations, other than the Union of Liberia Associations in the United States, including, but not limited to, the NPFL and the NPFL-CRC. In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1621 (1).

VERDICT: GUILTY

 

Count 11:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

in a declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under Title 28, United States Code, Section 1746, willfully certified as true in his Form N-400 Application for Naturalization, a material matter which he did not believe to be true in that, as the defendant then and there well knew and believed, his response to question 8a and subpart b on his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, was false, in that the defendant knew at the time he made the statement that he did not disclose his membership in, and association with, all organizations, other than the Union of Liberia Associations in the United States, including, but not limited to, the NPFL and the NPFL-CRC.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1621(2).

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY

 

Count 12:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer and person, in a case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered, that he would testify declare, depose and certify truly, did willfully and contrary to such oath falsely state before an immigration officer with regard to his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, a material matter, that is that his response to question 10 on his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, was true, when, as the defendant then and there well knew and believed, his response was false, in that the defendant knew at the time he made the statement that he had advocated the overthrow of the Doe Liberia government by force and violence.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1621(1).

VERDICT: GUILTY

 

Count 13:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

in a declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under Title 28, United States Code, Section 1746, willfully certified as true in his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, a material matter that he did not believe to be true in that,
as the defendant then and there well knew and believed, his response to question 10 on his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization was false, in that the defendant knew at the time he made the statement that he had advocated the overthrow of the Doe Liberia government by force and violence.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1621(2).

VERDICT: GUILTY

 

Count 14:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer and person, in a case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to be administered, that he would testify declare, depose and certify truly, did willfully and contrary to such oath falsely state before an immigration officer with regard to his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, a material matter, that is, that his response to question II on his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, was true, when, as the defendant then and there well knew and believed, his response was false, in that the defendant knew at the time he made the statement that he did not disclose that while he was a member of, among other organizations, the NPFL, he persecuted others because of their political opinions, and membership in a particular social group, including members of the Krahn and Mandingo tribes.

In violation of Title IS, United States Code, Section I621 (1).

VERDICT: GUILTY

 

Count 15:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

in a declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under Title 28, United States Code, Section 1746, willfully certified as true in his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, a material matter that he did not believe to be true, in that, as the defendant then and there well knew and believed, his response to question 11 on his Form N­
400, Application for Naturalization, was false, in that the defendant knew at the time he made the statement that he did not disclose that while he was a member of, among other organizations, the NPFL, he persecuted others because of their political opinions, and membership in a particular social group, including members of the Krahn and Mandingo tribes.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1621 (2).

VERDICT: GUILTY

 

Count 16:

On or about January 30, 2009, in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and elsewhere, defendant

JUCONTEE THOMAS WOEWIYU, a/k/a "Jucontee Thomas Smith"

in a declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty of perjury as permitted under Title 28, United States Code, Section 1746, willfully certified as true in his Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, a material matter that he did not believe to be true, in that, as the defendant then and there well knew and believed, his response to question 18 on his Form N­
400, Application for Naturalization, was false, in that the defendant knew at the time he made the statement that he did not disclose his 1970 New York State conviction for falsification of business records.

In violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1621(2).

VERDICT: NOT GUILTY

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