Prosecutors recently sought transcripts from a pair of 2009 hearings in the bank fraud case where Youssef told two judges that his true name was Nakoula Basseley Nakoula. Legal experts said giving a false name to a judge could spell trouble for Youssef on the probation violation allegations and result in new charges since he made the statement about his name before he was sentenced.
"If he was under oath when he lied about his name, it's perjury," said Lawrence Rosenthal, a constitutional and criminal law professor at Chapman University School of Law. "If he was not under oath but if giving the false name somehow was going to interfere with the effective administration of justice," then it would also be a crime.
AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch and Associated Press writer Gillian Flaccus contributed to this report.
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