Albanian Man Sentenced for Misuse of a Passport

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 5:42 PM EDT

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Albanian Man Sentenced for Misuse of a Passport

July 21, 2011 Updated Jul 21, 2011 at 5:42 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- A 29-year-old Albanian man who was convicted of misuse of a passport was sentenced Thursday to six months in prison and two years of supervised release.

Nosh Gjura received the sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that the defendant attempted to enter the United States at the Rainbow Bridge port of entry in Niagara Falls on January 25, 2011. When identification was requested by U.S. Custom and Border Protection officers, Gjura presented an Italian passport in the name of Emanuele Pancotti, which contained a photograph of the defendant.

Subsequent investigation determined that the defendant's fingerprints and photograph did not match those of another individual who previously used the same Italian passport. Investigators also discovered that Gjura had been previously denied two United States non-immigrant visa applications in Florence, Italy in 2007 and 2008.