Federal grand jury indicts man on visa fraud, making false statements

Published 8:16 am Sunday, June 6, 2021

A federal grand jury returned an indictment June 3 charging a man from Cumberland County, North Carolina, with visa fraud and making false statements in immigration proceedings, stated a press release from the Department of Justice, Eastern District of North Carolina.

“According to the indictment, Roger Rene Diaz-Castellano, 53, a citizen and national of Honduras, knowingly made false statements in his Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821) when he denied having ever committed a crime, when in fact he had committed indecent liberties with a child over a seven-year period between 2010 and 2017,” stated the release.

G. Norman Acker III, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement.

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Agents with ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations and Homeland Security Investigations, assigned to the Document Benefit Fraud Task Force, investigated the case as part of Operation False Haven. Operation False Haven is an ongoing initiative designed to identify and prosecute child molesters and other egregious felons who fraudulently obtained immigration benefits, stated the release.

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