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Ex-Serbian militiaman convicted of lying for US citizenship

August 22, 2017

Federal prosecutors say an Indiana man who was a former Serbian militia member charged with killing a Bosnian Muslim couple in 1994 faces up to 10 years in prison and loss of his U.S. citizenship after lying to obtain it.

Alexander Kneginich, 57, of Crown Point, Indiana, was convicted Friday of fraudulently obtaining U.S. citizenship in 2007 by denying he had ever been charged with a crime while he faced murder charges in Bosnia and Herzegovina stemming from the slayings during the Bosnian conflict. He admitted the deception earlier this month during a guilty-plea hearing in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Kneginich is due to be sentenced Nov. 14. Prosecutors say revoking his U.S. citizenship is required by law because of the conviction and that he faces eventual deportation or extradition back to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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