San Juan, Puerto Rico - Giovanny Corporan-Gonzalez, a citizen and national of the Dominican Republic, was arrested Sunday by CBP officers after attempting to falsely impersonate a U.S. citizen and illegally enter the U.S.
Mr. Corporan-Gonzalez, 38 , also known as Ronald Bruno, Edgar Perez and Angel M. Santiago; made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce McGiverin, facing charges for violation to Title 18 United States Code, Sections 1542, for false statement and use of a U.S. passport.
The defendant arrived at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Saturday on board a JetBlue Airlines flight from Santo Domingo, and presented himself for CBP inspection as a returning U.S. citizen named Edgar Perez.
Upon inquiry of CBP Officers, the defendant claimed to be a native of Fajardo, Puerto Rico and the rightful owner of the documents.
He was referred to secondary examination for further inspection.
Fingerprint database examination revealed a criminal record for controlled substance violations under the name of Angel M. Santiago and Giovanny Corporan-Gonzalez.
The defendant admitted that he purchased a Pennsylvania ID and birth certificate, under the name of Edgar Perez, which he used to apply for a U.S. passport at the U.S. Postal Service.
CBP enforcement officers presented the case for prosecution to the Immigration Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Juan.
"Every day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are vigilant seeking individuals who try different means to reach the U.S. and circumvent detection," said Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for CBP in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. "CBP Officers are trained to detect counterfeit and/or fraudulent documents or those that obtain genuine documents using fraudulent schemes, and continually use their skills to deter illegal immigration and violation of U.S. laws".
Special Assistant United States Attorney Russell Booker III is in charge of the prosecution of this case.
If convicted, the defendant faces a fine or a sentence of not more than 10 years or both.
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.