CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -
A Rwandan refugee who moved to Cedar Rapids has been indicted in federal court for trying to become a U.S. citizen illegally.
Ken Ngombwa, 54, is charged with unlawfully procuring or attempting to procure naturalization or citizenship, procuring citizenship to which he was not entitled, conspiracy to unlawfully procure citizens and making a materially false statement to agents of the United States.
The indictment alleges that Ngombwa made false statements to immigration officials while trying to become a citizen and helping his family members become citizens.
One claim was that he was related to a former Prime Minister of Rwanda.
Ngombwa's claims helped him get refugee status, which later allowed him to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.
If convicted, Ngombwa faces up to 30 years in prison and would have to pay fines. He also could lose his citizenship.
Ngombwa appeared in federal court Tuesday and was released on bond. He is not allowed to leave Linn County.