An alleged war criminal from Bosnia and Herzegovina has been arrested in the Kalamazoo area, for lying to immigration officials.

56-year-old Alexander Kneginich, of Crown Point, Indiana, was arrested in Kalamazoo Monday by Homeland Security and ICE agents. The Justice Department says in a release that Kneginich applied as a refugee to America, claiming he and his wife faced ethnic persecution because he was Serbian and she was Croatian. In reality, they were both ethnic Serbs.

He also didn’t tell authorities that he had served in the Bosnian Serb military during the Balkans Conflict, and had been tried for the murder of a Muslim couple in the 1990’s before he applied for asylum in the mid 2000's.

Kneginich obtained US citizenship, but if convicted, Kneginich faces prison time, a revocation of his citizenship, and possible deportation.

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