SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — A San Jose man is spending the first days of a three-year prison sentence for lying on a naturalization form.

Hassan Abpikar was sentenced Monday after he was convicted in November of making a false statement under oath on a citizenship application and committing perjury during an interview with an immigration officer,

Prosecutors say Abpikar failed to disclose on his application form that he had been arrested on suspicion of burglary and other charges a few days before he filled out his application.

He also gave a fake address.

Besides being ordered to serve time in prison, the 50-year-old Abpikar was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.

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Comments (8)
  1. JaneQPublic says:

    So….is he still being considered for citizenship? Or does the perjury kill his application? (Does the USA need people like this?)

    Would be interesting to have the FULL story, CBS…..

    1. Captain Quirk says:

      I’m not an expert in immigration law, but I think it’s a safe bet that a felony conviction pretty much destroys any chance of becoming a naturalized citizen.

  2. Karen Siverson says:

    We are paying to house this man in prison because???

  3. Paul says:

    3 years in prison at $47,000 per year, for lying on an application. I’m NOT willing to use my tax dollars that way. Do you wonder why we are broke in this state?

    1. Captain Quirk says:

      This is a federal matter, Paul, not a state one.

      The punishment DOES seem a little harsh, though.

  4. RAUL says:


  5. curious says:

    He should be reported! All make good & valid points above. Give me a break! How is it the every day person can see this but our government & legal system does.t?

    1. Captain Quirk says:

      Did you mean DEported?

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