DETROIT , Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nada Nadim Prouty, a 37-year-old Lebanese national and resident of Vienna, Va., pleaded guilty in the Eastern District of Michigan to charges of fraudulently obtaining U.S. citizenship, which she later used to gain employment at the FBI and CIA; accessing a federal computer system to unlawfully query information about her relatives and the terrorist organization Hizballah; and conspiracy to defraud the United States.
The announcement was made by Stephen J. Murphy, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan; Kenneth L. Wainstein, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Willie T. Hulon, Executive Assistant Director of the FBI's National Security Branch; Brian M. Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and Kurt Rice , Chicago Field Office Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service.
At a hearing in Detroit before the U.S. District Court Judge Avern Cohn, Prouty entered a plea of guilty to counts one, two and three of a second superseding information. Count one of the information charges conspiracy, for which the maximum penalty is five years imprisonment and a
"This case highlights the importance of conducting stringent and thorough background investigations," said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Murphy. "It's hard to imagine a greater threat than the situation where a foreign national uses fraud to attain citizenship and then, based on that fraud insinuates herself into a sensitive position in the U.S. government. I applaud the excellent investigative work of the FBI, ICE and DHS, which led to the successful prosecution today."
"It is a sad day when one of our public servants breaches our security and trust," said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth L. Wainstein. "This defendant engaged in a pattern of deceit to secure U.S. citizenship, to gain employment in the intelligence community, and to obtain and exploit her access to sensitive counter terrorism intelligence. It is fitting that she now stands to lose both her citizenship and her liberty."
"We became aware of this compromise in December 2005 and moved to address any further damage," said Willie T. Hulon, Executive Assistant Director of the FBI's National Security Branch. "The FBI worked closely with other agencies to investigate this matter. We continue to evaluate our security practices and will make any necessary changes."
"Nada Proudy's guilty plea should serve as a solemn warning to those who say they've pledged their allegiance to the United States and then make the conscious decision to place America's interests at risk," said Brian M. Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Detroit. "Becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen is an honor and a privilege. ICE will do everything in its power to see that those who achieve this honor by fraud and deception are brought to justice."
According to documents filed in court by the government, Prouty first entered the United States from Lebanon on June 24, 1989 , on a one-year, non-immigrant student visa. After her visa expired, she remained in the country, residing in Taylor, Mich., with her sister, Elfat El Aouar, and an individual named Samar Khalil Nabbouth. In order to remain in the United States and evade U.S. immigration laws, Prouty later offered money to an unemployed U.S. citizen to marry her. On August 9, 1990 , Prouty married the U.S. citizen. As planned, Prouty never lived with her fraudulent "husband," but continued to live with her sister and Nabbouth.