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CBP Officers at the Rainbow Bridge Arrest Imposter

Release Date: 
October 9, 2012

Buffalo, N.Y. - U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrested a citizen of Pakistan on charges of Misuse of a Passport.

On October 6, CBP officers encountered an individual at the Rainbow Bridge border crossing in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The subject presented a valid Canadian passport and claimed that he was a Canadian citizen intending to shop in the local area. CBP officers referred the subject for a secondary inspection.

During secondary inspection, the subject was interviewed and admitted his true identity as Shahbaz Choudhry, a 26-year-old citizen of Pakistan. Choudhry admitted to CBP officers that he used documents that did not belong to him in order to gain entry into the United States.

Choudhry was arrested by CBP officers and arraigned in Federal court on October 9 on charges of Misuse of a Passport.

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.

Last modified: 
September 24, 2021