Unfortunately, that’s an aggravated felony under the U.S. immigration laws because it was a fraud that was over a $10,000 loss to the victim and the U.S. does not recognize foreign pardons, so there really is no way that he can get rid of that. Therefore, he is permanently inadmissible and thus ineligible for an ESTA Visa Waiver. However, there is a solution, though not an easy one.
He can still visit by applying for a B-2 visa which can be found here:
And he would need a 212(d)(3) waiver which can either be done by the immigration officer at the interview or after just on their computer (take a look at this link):
or on form I-192 which can be found at www.uscis.gov/forms. You can find more information here:
So it may be a longer harder route to take, but at least there is a possibility.
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