Niagara Falls, N.Y. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations arrested a United States citizen at the Niagara Falls train station on June 7 on charges of false statements and misuse of a passport.
CBP officers encountered a female that presented herself as a 29-year-old United States citizen at the Niagara Falls train station in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The subject stated she had visited Toronto for two weeks and that she was returning to her home in Illinois. The subject presented a valid United States passport and claimed to be a United States citizen, however, the inspecting CBP Officer noticed discrepancies between the subject's physical characteristics and the photo in the presented passport. The subject was referred to CBP secondary for verification of her identity.
During the secondary exam, CBP officers performed an identity search using the subject's fingerprints. This search returned the true identity of the subject as Aranka Moro, a 34-year-old, United States citizen. The search also revealed that Ms. Moro had numerous warrants for her arrest on charges of racketeering and theft from around the United States. When confronted with this information, Ms. Moro admitted that the passport was not hers and that she attempted to use it because she was aware of the existing warrants.
Ms. Moro was arrested by CBP officers and charged with false statements and misuse of a passport. Ms. Moro is currently being detained at the Niagara County Jail pending prosecution by the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of New York.
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.