College Park officer sentenced for illegally obtaining citizenship

A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a College Park police officer to 10 months in prison for committing immigration fraud and illegally obtaining U.S. citizenship.

Devon Campbell of Ellenwood pleaded guilty in April to one count of unlawfully procuring citizenship or naturalization and one count of using a passport secured by false statements. His U.S. citizenship has been revoked and he will face deportation after completing his prison sentence.

In 2000, the Jamaican native entered the U.S., using a Jamaican passport with a false name and date of birth, federal prosecutors said. He married a U.S. citizen and then used his false name while applying to become a legal permanent resident and then a naturalized citizen. He used the same false name while applying for a U.S. passport. And in obtaining his Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council certification, Campbell falsely claimed to be a naturalized U.S. citizen.

“For more than a decade, Campbell violated this country’s immigration laws and deceived this nation’s immigration authorities,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a prepared statement Tuesday. “We require honesty and integrity from our police officers, and Campbell’s fraud on the immigration system violated this trust.”

Campbell’s attorney could not be immediately reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.