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Gas station owner charged with identity theft

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- A 34-year-old gas station owner was sentenced to federal prison last week on accusations of identity theft and weapons possession.

Sohel Lilywana pleaded guilty in June to lying to U.S. citizenship officials and being an alien in possession of a firearm.

The Fayetteville man co-owned a Citgo gas station on Jonesboro Road with his brother, where they trafficked in weapons and drugs, according to information presented in court. The brother, Firoz Lilywala, has also been imprisoned on similar charges.

Sohel Lilywala reportedly admitted to paying several hundred dollars for someone to create a forged Georgia driver's license with another person's identity for him. According to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, Lilywana wanted a name that would make him seem like a "real American."

Lilywana will spend six years and nine months in prison, and three years on supervised release.

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