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Woodbridge man admits lying in employment application with DEA

A Woodbridge man admitted to lying about his educational background in his application for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Gulshan Manko, 37, of Woodbridge, pleaded guilty by videoconference before Chief U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson on Aug. 30 to an information charging him with one count of making false statements to federal agents, according to information provided by Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Manko submitted an application, referred to as an SF-86 Form, for employment as a federal agent with the DEA. Manko submitted fictitious academic transcripts from two higher education institutions located in New Jersey and represented that he had graduated from these two academic institutions. Manko made these statements in his employment application knowing that they were false in an attempt to gain employment with the DEA, according to the statement.

The count of providing false statements to which Manko pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2022.



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