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June 21, 2010

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Pichardo v. INS, 104 F.3d 756, 759 (5th Cir. 1997). Section 1001(a)(2) criminalizes the knowing and willful making of "any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation" regarding "any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States." "Crimes including dishonesty or lying as an essential element involve moral turpitude."

TITLE 18. CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
PART I. CRIMES
CHAPTER 47. FRAUD AND FALSE STATEMENTS


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18 USCS § 1001

§ 1001. Statements or entries generally

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully--
(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;

shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years.

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