SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations officers arrested Wednesday an undocumented man in possession of a counterfeit Puerto Rico driver’s license and other identity documents, attempting to board a flight to New York.
Omar Eduardo Estevez, a citizen of the Dominican Republic appeared yesterday before the US District Court Magistrate Judge Bruce McGiverin facing charges for violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1546, for fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents.
“Many persons use fraudulent documents or have access to genuine documents to hide from being detected by authorities” stated Marcelino Borges, Director of Field Operations for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. “Our officers are always vigilant in identifying individuals who are illegally present in the island.”
Mr. Estevez was encountered at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in Carolina, Puerto Rico, attempting to board a domestic flight bound to the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officers contacted CBP officers to verify a Puerto Rico driver’s license, which appeared fraudulent, presented by the defendant under the name Jafet Lemuel Kercado- Figueroa.
During secondary inspection CBP Officers found a Puerto Rico birth certificate and a Social Security Card within his luggage. The defendant revealed his true identity and admitted that a relative purchased the documents and plane ticket.
Assistant United States Attorney Evelyn Canals is in charge of the prosecution of the case.
If convicted, Mr. Estevez could be fined, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
All defendants are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.
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.