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(CNSNews.com) - A federal judge sentenced an FBI agent to four years of probation and a $1,000 fine after she was convicted of “three counts of making false statements” when applying for a passport, according to a statement released by the Justice Department on Tuesday.
As proof of citizenship, the FBI agent presented the State Department’s passport office in El Paso, Texas, with a birth certificate that said she was born on August 26, 1977 when in fact she was born exactly one year before that on August 26, 1976. As proof of identity, she also presented the passport office with a Maryland driver’s license that indicated she was born on August 26, 1977—rather than the correct date of August 26, 1976.
Department - Justice - Statement - FBI - Agent
Here is the Department of Justice Statement on the FBI agent’s sentencing:
El PASO, Texas — Rhonda Lynn Chesser Lindstrom, 41, formerly of El Paso, Texas was sentenced Thursday, June 7, 2018, by Senior U.S. District Judge David Briones to four years’ probation and a $1,000 fine, on each count of the indictment, said terms to run concurrent, and to home confinement for a period of six months, following a four-day trial in March 2018, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.
Chesser - Lindstrom - Counts - Statement - Application
Chesser Lindstrom was found guilty on three counts of false statement in application for a passport. In sentencing, the Court found Chesser Lindstrom had willfully obstructed justice.
Because Chesser Lindstrom worked as a Special Agent in the El Paso FBI office, and presented cases to the Western District of Texas U.S. Attorney’s office, the Western District of Texas Assistant U.S. Attorneys were recused, and Northern District of Texas Assistant U.S. Attorney Paulina Jacobo was appointed as a Special Attorney to the Attorney General.
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