A citizen of the Congo, who was living in South Portland on a fraudulent diplomatic visa, was found guilty Thursday by a federal jury in Portland of several charges ranging from visa and bank fraud to illegal possession of firearms.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II said in a news release that a jury found 30-year-old Mukonkole Huge Kifwa guilty of visa fraud, possession of firearms by a non-immigrant alien, bank fraud and making false statements to a government agency.

According to the indictment and trial evidence, Kifwa, who also goes by five aliases, was a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo who fraudulently obtained a diplomatic visa in January 2014 under a false name. He also illegally rented a pistol and rifle in Maine in October and November 2014.

While living in Maine between September 2014 and March 2015, he committed a series of fraudulent transactions at four financial institutions in Greater Portland.

In July 2015, Kifwa was arrested and lied to federal agents when he told them he had never been to Canada. Kifwa previously lived in Canada for many years.

Kifwa is facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the visa fraud and firearms charges, up to 30 years and a $1 million fine on the bank fraud charges, and up to five years and a $250,000 fine on the false statement charge.

Several federal agencies investigated the case along with the Portland and Scarborough police departments and the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Kifwa will be sentenced at a later date.


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