A 56-year-old La Vista man, who first came to the United States from Pakistan, has had his citizenship revoked by a federal judge.
The United States Attorney’s Office reports federal Judge Laurie Smith Camp revoked the citizenship of Zahid Maqsood, convicted of unlawful procurement of citizenship/naturalization.
Revocation comes after Maqsood served eight months in jail.
Federal prosecutors say Maqsood first came to the United States on a visa from Pakistan in 1990. He applied for asylum under a different name. Officials denied his application and ordered him removed from the country.
Maqsood left the United States. He returned in 2006 on an Immigrant Visa using the Maqsood name. In 2012 he applied for naturalization making several statements under oath.
As part of the naturalization process, Maqsood also had an interview, under oath, with an agent with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Based on his application and interview, he was granted citizenship using the name “Maqsood.” Later though, it was determined a number of statements made in his citizenship application form and during his naturalization interview were false.
Maqsood pleaded guilty in October. Federal law mandates the judge declare his citizenship void and his naturalization certificate cancelled upon conviction.