SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO—U.S. Customs and Border Protection field operations officers Monday arrested a citizen of the Dominican Republic, who was trying to use a fraudulent Puerto Rico driver's license and social security card as proof of identity and legal presence in the United States.
Francisco Antonio Castillo-Mota was inspected at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport by CBP enforcement officers. Claiming to be a legal permanent resident of the United States, as proof of identity and legal status he presented a Puerto Rico driver's license containing his photo, and a Social Security card bearing the name Pablo Raul Lugo-Larroig,
To verify his identity and legal status in the United States, CBP Officers queried law enforcement databases that revealed two immigration records, issued under the name of Victor Martinez-Mota. Castillo-Mota had been previously removed to the Dominican Republic in 2006 and 2008. After questioning from law enforcement, Castillo-Mota revealed his true identity.
Tuesday afternoon, Castillo-Mota appeared before a U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge for an initial appearance and was charged by complaint for fraud and misuse of visa, permits, or other documents.
If convicted, he will face a fine of up to $250,000 and up to 10 years imprisonment. All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers' primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the United States. CBP Office of Field Operations is committed to securing our borders and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in the enforcement of U.S. laws at the nation's borders.
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.