October 18, 2021

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Convicted kidnapper, baby molester sentenced for naturalization fraud in Craven County

RALEIGH, N.C. – The United States Attorney’s Office environment for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced on Wednesday in federal court that Zaw Lin Lay, 43, a naturalized citizen of the United States, born in Burma and residing in Craven County, was sentenced by United States District Choose Terrence W. Boyle to 7 months imprisonment followed by 1 calendar year of supervised launch adhering to a guilty plea to naturalization fraud.

In addition, Lay was criminally denaturalized as a United States citizen.

In accordance to court docket data, on February 17, 2017, Lay fraudulently attained U.S. citizenship by creating a phony statement less than oath pertaining to his naturalization application.  In reaction to the concern “Have you ever fully commited, assisted in committing, or tried to dedicate, a crime or offense for which you were not arrested?” he answered “No.”

On July 17, 2018, in the Remarkable Court of North Carolina in Craven County, Lay was convicted of six counts of indecent liberties with a youngster and 1 depend of kidnapping.  Lay received an aggravated sentence of much more than 16 years due to the fact the offenses were being fully commited over an prolonged period in between Oct 1, 2016, and February 17, 2017, when Lay was in a position of rely on with the sufferer.  Lay was not arrested till just after he was naturalized, so immigration officers ended up unaware of his crimes. 

“Lying is never a fantastic matter but lying on an official doc about not committing horrific, when you know you did, crimes is a surefire way to get yourself in really serious issues. This defendant is now seeing the repercussions of his steps,” said Special Agent in Charge Special Agent in Cost Ronnie Martinez, who oversees Homeland Protection Investigations (HSI) operations in North Carolina and South Carolina. “Whether it is safeguarding the integrity of our immigration procedure or getting and arresting predators, HSI adeptly handles many missions to guard this country.”

G. Norman Acker, III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Jap District of North Carolina made the announcement. Brokers with ICE’s Enforcement and Elimination Operations and Homeland Security Investigations, assigned to the Document Profit Fraud Endeavor Drive, investigated the circumstance as component of Procedure False Haven, an ongoing initiative function-created to aggressively establish and prosecute youngster molesters and other egregious felons who fraudulently received U.S. citizenship.