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Fake identity to avoid child support leads to prison sentence

A Rancho Cordova man who told federal authorities he created a false identity to avoid paying child support has been sentenced to prison for making a false statement in an application for a U.S. passport.

U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. on Friday sentenced 56-year-old Satnam Singh to six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and a $2,000 fine, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

Singh came to the United States from India in the 1980s and became a U.S. citizen in 1996, according to court documents. Meanwhile, in 1993, Singh filed a fraudulent application for asylum using the fake identity of “Rupinder Singh.” In 2012, he naturalized as a U.S. citizen under the fake identity.

Singh successfully applied for a U.S. passport using the false ID and traveled internationally using the Rupinder Singh passport at least twice in 2013, authorities said.

In his plea agreement, Singh admitted that he created the Rupinder Singh identity to avoid paying child support.

Judge Burrell ordered Singh to surrender to serve his sentence on Oct. 14.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy