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Williamsburg man sentenced to five years in prison for lying to FBI, passport fraud

Williamsburg man sentenced to five years in prison for lying to FBI, passport fraud

A Williamsburg man who told an FBI undercover agent he wanted to commit jihad and expressed sympathy for ISIS and multiple terrorist attacks will serve five years in prison for passport fraud and making false statements in applications to join the U.S. military, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

Shivam Patel, 28, faced up to 15 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to lying to a FBI agent, court documents state.

Patel was an English teacher in China in the summer of 2016 when he flew to Jordan, was arrested, detained and then returned to Williamsburg, according to court documents. He told his parents he left China because of the country’s treatment of...

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