US flag Official website of the Department of Homeland Security

Archived Content

In an effort to keep current, the archive contains content from a previous administration or is otherwise outdated.

Border Patrol Assistance Helps Bring Identity Thief To Justice

Release Date: 
May 18, 2017

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. - U.S. Border Patrol Agents from the International Falls Station,  assisted the Perham, Minn., Police Department with the apprehension of an individual under investigation for felony identity theft on May 17.

Border Patrol agent inspects identification document
Border Patrol agent inspects
identification document.

The subject of the investigation unlawfully obtained and used the identity of a U.S. citizen to gain employment in Perham. The identity theft victim is a resident of Midland, Texas, who had filed a complaint of identity theft to the Midland Police Department.

Border Patrol agents accompanied Perham Police Investigators to a residence in their city, eventually leading to the arrest of the identity thief, an individual not legally present in the United States.

“Identity theft is a serious crime. The Grand Forks sector maintains and continues to build on the existing positive relationship we have with our law enforcement partners. In this case, our cooperative efforts led to the arrest of the perpetrator and closure of a multi-state investigation,” said Chief Patrol Agent Aaron M. Heitke, U.S. Border Patrol, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

On an average day, more than 19,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents secure U.S. borders between the official ports of entry. Join us – visit our Careers webpage.

Last modified: 
February 3, 2021