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Wellesley, N.Y. U.S. Border Patrol Arrests Israeli Man Who Illegally Entered U.S. by Boat

Release Date: 
June 3, 2014

Man Used False Name, Fraudulent Credit Card to Rent the Boat

Wellesley Island, N.Y. —U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellesley Island, N.Y. Border Patrol Station arrested an Israeli citizen making an illegal entry into the United States Monday.

At approximately 3 p.m., Border Patrol agents encountered a male walking in Wellesley Island State Park, which is in the St. Lawrence River on the U.S. side of the border with Canada.

Agents identified the suspect as a 28-year-old Israeli national, who admitted that he had entered the U.S. by boat and that he had not been inspected by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer.

Also during that interview, Border Patrol agents determined that the suspect had rented the boat in Canada under a false name with a fraudulent credit card.

Wellesley, N.Y. Border Patrol agents arrested an Israeli man who illegally crossed the border into the U.S. June 3, 2014, aboard a boat he fraudulently rented in Canada. The suspect was transported to the Wellesley Island Border Patrol Station for processing. Records checks revealed that the suspect had previously visited the U.S., and that his visa had been revoked in February 2014.

The suspect was processed for removal and will appear before an Immigration Judge, who will determine his eligibility to remain in the United States.

Because the man was not criminally charged, the Border Patrol is prohibited from releasing his identity.

Buffalo Sector employs a Border Community Liaison program designed to raise public awareness on the indicators of crime and border related threats. As a part of the program, each of the six stations within Buffalo Sector conduct citizens academies.  The academies are a free outreach program designed to educate the public on the Border Patrol’s history, legal authority, mission, operations, and partnerships. Attendees receive approximately 15 hours of instruction, tours and hands-on training from Border Patrol agents.

Those interested in attending future academies are encouraged to contact your closest Border Patrol Station at the following phone numbers:

  • Erie, Pa. Station (814) 474-4700
  • Buffalo, N.Y. Station (716) 862-7000
  • Niagara Falls, N.Y. Station (716) 285-6444
  • Rochester, N.Y. Station (585) 266-2802
  • Oswego, N.Y. Station (315) 342-7017
  • Wellesley Island, N.Y. Station (315) 482-7556

U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-800-331-0353 toll free.