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Burundi Citizen Arrested by CBP, Claimed to be a USC

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Buffalo, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the arrest of a citizen of Burundi on charges of False Claim to United States Citizenship and Misuse of a Passport.

On July 25, CBP officers encountered a female at the Lewiston Bridge border crossing in Lewiston, N.Y. The subject presented a valid United States passport and claimed that she was a United States citizen. CBP officers referred the subject and her vehicle for a secondary inspection.

During secondary inspection, the subject was interviewed by CBP officers and claimed that she was born in New York City but did not speak English because she moved to Burundi at a young age. The subject was further questioned and admitted that her true name was Sandrine Namegabe and that she was a 20-year-old citizen of Burundi.

Namegabe was arrested by CBP officers and arraigned in Buffalo federal court on July 27, on charges of False Claim to United States Citizenship and Misuse of a Passport.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last Modified: February 3, 2021