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The crime of conspiring to defraud the United States is a "crime involving moral turpitude."
Respondent was a native and citizen of Italy who lived continuously in the United States for 30 years. During that time respondent was twice convicted and imprisoned for possessing whiskey and alcohol with intent to sell it in fraud of the law and evade the tax. Eventually, a district court ordered him deported for violations of the Immigration Act.
Did the respondent commit a crime of moral turpitude when he conspired to fraud the United States?
The court explained that fraud was the test to determine whether crimes, not of the gravest character, involved moral turpitude. In every deportation case where fraud had been proved, federal courts had held the crime in issue involved moral turpitude. Therefore, the court held that the deportation order was valid.