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Ex-cop headed to federal prison

ATLANTA — A former College Park police officer was stripped of his U.S. citizenship and will be deported after serving 10 months in a federal prison for immigration fraud.

Devon Campbell, also known as Wilmott Alvin Livingston, came to the United States illegally from Jamaica and fraudulently became a citizen and College Park police officer, said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

“For more than a decade, Campbell violated this country’s immigration laws and deceived this nation’s immigration authorities,” she said. “We require honesty and integrity from our police officers, and Campbell’s fraud on the immigration system violated this trust.”

Brock D. Nicholson, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta, said Campbell made a mockery of the laws he was sworn to uphold.

“The defendant used his fraudulently obtained U.S. citizenship to become a police officer in this country, making a mockery of the very laws he was sworn to uphold,” he said. “U.S. citizenship is eagerly sought by millions of people across the world, and HSI special agents work hard to maintain the integrity of our system by identifying those like Mr. Campbell who seek to gain it through fraud.”

Yates said testimony and evidence showed in 2000, Campbell, 46, of Ellenwood, lived in Jamaica, where he had previously been employed as a police officer with the Jamaican Constabulary Force. Nov. 7, 2000, Campbell left Jamaica and entered the United States using a Jamaican passport bearing the fabricated name Wilmott Alvin Livingston and a false date of birth.

While in the United States, Campbell lived under the Livingston alias.

“On April 19, 2001, Campbell, using the Livingston alias, married a U.S. citizen in Jonesboro,” said Yates. “Shortly thereafter, Campbell, as Livingston, petitioned to become a Lawful Permanent Resident.”

Four years later, U.S. immigration authorities granted the application and Campbell, as Livingston, became a permanent U.S. resident.

Yates said Campbell, using the Livingston name and date of birth, filed an Application for Naturalization with U.S. immigration services Oct. 15, 2007. Although the application required Campbell to list any previously-used names, Campbell marked that section with the letters “N/A,” meaning “Not Applicable.”

Campbell also signed the form under penalty of perjury using the fabricated name Wilmott Alvin Livingston. On April 11, 2008, Campbell, as Livingston, became a naturalized U.S. citizen, she said.

Later that month, Campbell applied for and was subsequently issued a U.S. passport,” said Yates. “On the passport application, Campbell listed his false name and date of birth. Campbell has used his fraudulently-obtained passport to travel back and forth to Jamaica.”

Two months after becoming a U.S. citizen — June 12, 2008 — Campbell, as Livingston, and his wife divorced. Eight days later, Campbell, as Livingston, married another woman, said Yates.

Since 2011, Campbell served as a police officer with the College Park Police Department. In getting his Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training certification, Campbell falsely claimed to be a naturalized U.S. citizen and submitted an unlawfully obtained Certificate of Naturalization, she said.

He pleaded guilty April 8 to one count of unlawfully procuring citizenship or naturalization and one count of using a passport secured by false statements, said Yates. As part of his conviction, Campbell’s U.S. citizenship has been revoked. In addition, after completing his prison sentence, Campbell will be deported, said Yates.