ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man failed to disclose his work as a Serbian concentration camp guard during the Bosnian War when he applied for and obtained U.S. citizenship, federal prosecutors said
Mladen Mitrovic, 52, of Loganville was released on bond following a court appearance Monday on federal charges that he obtained his naturalized citizenship through fraudulent omissions about his background. A judge gave him 10 days to hire a lawyer.
Mitrovic, a Bosnian native, applied to be a U.S. citizen in October 2002, but failed to disclose that as a guard at a Serbian concentration camp he persecuted people because of their religion, national origin and social group membership, prosecutors said.
“This defendant will now have to face many of the former Bosnian Muslim prisoners who suffered at his hand in the Trnopolje Concentration Camp,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement.
A tip from agents in Oregon led agents in Atlanta to identify Mitrovic as someone who may have been responsible for the abuse and torture of Muslims and Catholics at a Serbian concentration camp.
The charges against him carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and automatic deportation upon release from prison.