7th Circ. Rules SSN Fraud Not Automatic 'Moral Turpitude'

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Law360, New York (August 25, 2016, 4:56 PM ET) — Falsely using a Social Security number to work isn’t necessarily a “crime of moral turpitude” that would automatically bar an immigrant convicted of it from contesting removal proceedings, the Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday, reviving the appeal of an Ecuador native.

In a 28-page opinion penned by U.S. Circuit Judge David F. Hamilton, a three-judge panel said the Board of Immigration Appeals erred in upholding an immigration judge’s finding that characterized the crime for which Maria Eudofilia Arias was convicted as one involving moral turpitude, thereby barring…

Source: Law360