KU grad student charged after prosecutors say he falsely claimed to be translator for US Army in Iraq

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Federal prosecutors announced on Thursday that a University of Kansas graduate student was indicted on charges of making false claims on an application for a visa that he had served as a translator for the U.S. Army in Iraq.

Prosecutors charged Goran Sabah Ghafour, 34,  on Wednesday with one count of visa fraud and two counts of aggravated identity theft for the alleged actions.

Court documents say his application for an immigrant visa included letters of recommendation from two brigadier generals. Investigators say Ghafour forged the letters. This happened while he was a teaching assistant at University of Kansas.

If he is found guilty, Ghafour faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000 on the visa charge, and not less than two years consecutive to the other count on the identity theft charges.