Chicago - Last night, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at O'Hare Airport stopped an international traveler seeking to enter this country with a genuine U.S. passport obtained using someone else's identity. Fingerprint review of the subject indicated he had been deported three prior times and had an extensive criminal record.
The subject, arriving from Mexico, alerted CBP officers when he was unable to answer basic questions and became very nervous. CBP officers checked his fingerprints with the FBI via the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. IAFIS revealed that the subject had been previously deported from the United States and had extensive criminal history under several aliases.
His criminal history includes lewd and lascivious acts with a child for which he was sentenced to six years' incarceration. Additionally, the subject was arrested for rape, indecent liberties with a child, indecent exposure, obstruction of justice and several instances of driving under the influence.
The subject was able to obtain a genuine U.S. passport by using another individual's identity. The passport bears his picture in it with someone else's name and date of birth.
"An imposter is a person who is not the rightful holder of the valid travel documents presented for entry processing," said Carl Ambroson, CBP acting director of field operations in Chicago. "Documented false claims to U.S. citizenship continue to be one of CBP's toughest challenges, as these individuals possess genuine U.S. documents, bearing their image. It is with the CBP officer's skills, vigilance and dedication that we have become very successful in detecting this type of fraud."
CBP officers are trained in the detection of imposters, fraudulent documents and false claims to citizenship to protect our country against those who would pose a threat to our national security.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection 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.