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Sonoran Mayor Gets Prison Time For Lying On Passport Application

A federal judge in Tucson has sentenced a mayor from Mexico to 15 months in prison for lying on his passport application.

Rogelio Aboyte Limon was elected mayor of a small town in Sonora in 2018. U.S. authorities arrested Aboyte at a port of entry in Nogales shortly after he took office, and court documents say he planned to take his kids to Disneyland.

Less than a month later, Aboyte pleaded guilty to lying on his U.S. passport application. Prosecutors wrote that Aboyte used another man’s identity to falsely claim he was a

U.S. citizen, did not reveal aliases he’d used in the past, and failed to admit he had a felony drug conviction.

The defense had asked the judge for leniency, writing that if Aboyte is not released soon, he will lose his job as mayor.  

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.