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Illegal immigrant sentenced for fraud

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - An illegal immigrant from Yakima has been sentenced to 8 years in prison on federal fraud and immigration charges.

A federal court jury earlier convicted 61-year-old Roman Ceniceros Mora of 42 counts of fraud related to unlawfully getting supplemental security income and food stamps; falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen and making a false statement on an application for a passport.

The Mexican citizen has been deported several times, but has lived in the U.S. for decades.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Spokane said he has falsely claimed to be an American Indian, and a Marine veteran who suffered combat wounds during the Vietnam War.

The court ordered Mora to pay $155,431 in restitution to the state and federal governments, and to be deported to Mexico upon his release.