Judge Strips US Citizenship from Visa Lottery Winner for Green Card Fraud


A federal judge has revoked the U.S. citizenship of a naturalized Somali immigrant who fraudulently sponsored four of her countrymen for green cards, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Judge Susan Richard Nelson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota entered an order to cancel the naturalization certificate of Fosia Abdi Adan, 51, who immigrated to the U.S. in 2001 through the diversity visa lottery program.

Adan is alleged to have used her diversity visa to petition for green cards on behalf of a man she falsely claimed was her husband, as well as two of her cousins who she falsely claimed were her children.

The impostors used fake names and were granted family visas, which allowed all four to eventually become American citizens, according to civil complaints.

During litigation, Adan admitted that she had obtained her U.S. citizenship by concealing of material facts, including the true nature of her relationship to the people she claimed were her family members.

'Holiday Nightmare Comes True' When Man Makes Strange Discovery in a Ravine on His Property

Because Adan’s lies were material to the naturalization decision, Nelson determined her citizenship was unlawfully obtained, DOJ said.

“The current immigration system is too often abused by fraudsters and nefarious actors,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

“These cases are prime examples of the unfortunate fraud that is all too common within our immigration system.”

Prior to Adan’s denaturalization, the other Somalis involved in the scam were also stripped of their U.S. citizenship.

Do you support this federal judge's ruling?

Nelson entered orders revoking the naturalization certificates of Adan’s supposed husband, Ahmed Mohamed Warsarme, 53, on Feb. 27, 2018, and her purported sons — Mustaf Abdi Adan, 33, and Faysal Jama Mire, 31 — on March 19, 2018.

Under Sessions, the DOJ has prioritized high-profile civil-denaturalization cases against people who lied about or omitted material facts while applying for citizenship.

Prosecutors in February filed a civil complaint to strip U.S. citizenship from a diversity visa-lottery winner who lied about illegally funneling cash to a subject of U.S. sanctions during his naturalization interviews.

Later that month, DOJ lawyers filed similar actions against five convicted child molesters who lied about their criminal history during the naturalization process.

DOJ has also brought denaturalization cases against people who lied about terrorism ties and previous deportation orders.

DeSantis Nails Biden, Says POTUS Has Blood on His Hands After Admin Flew Alleged Murderer to FL

Investigators with the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service first became aware of Adan’s scam in 2010, when Warsarme, her fake husband, sought to bring over his real wife, Yurub Jama Hirad, a Yemeni national he married in 1996.

Warsarme’s visa petition tipped off investigators to the fact that he and Adan were never married and that he had used fake documents to get into the U.S.

A version of this article previously appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website. 

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

, ,
Founded by Tucker Carlson, a 25-year veteran of print and broadcast media, and Neil Patel, former chief policy adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, The Daily Caller News Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing original investigative reporting from a team of professional reporters that operates for the public benefit.


Notice: Due to threatened de-monetization, we have temporarily removed commenting while we build a long-term commenting solution that allows you to voice your opinion freely and allows us to continue to publish the news fearlessly and cover topics that you care about. If you would like to personally partner with The Western Journal to help us continue publishing while under relentless assault by Big Tech, please visit our subscription page here. We encourage you to share this article and discuss with your friends.