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Guinean Man Pleads Guilty to Felony Use of a Forged French Passport

Release Date: 
March 6, 2015

Man Initially Arrest by Dulles CBP before Flight to Turkey

STERLING, Va., — A Guinean man, who U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested February 3 at Washington Dulles International Airport, has pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to felony use of a forged French passport (18 USC 1543).

Alkhaly Amara Camara, 30, was sentenced to time served, released, and is now in federal custody pending a deportation hearing.

The U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia prosecuted Camara.

“There are lawful ways for foreign nationals to immigrate to the United States, but using fraudulently altered passports isn’t one of them. As this arrest proves, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are highly skilled at detecting altered and fraudulent passports,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP Area Port Director for the Port of Washington Dulles. “We are hopeful that this arrest and conviction is a clear deterrent to those considering violating our nation’s immigration laws.”

CBP officers initially encountered Camara as he prepared to board a flight to Istanbul, Turkey en route to Paris, France. Camara presented a passport to officers that showed a different name. CBP officers suspected the passport biographical page to be fraudulent and escorted him to a secondary examination.

A biometric examination revealed Camara’s true identity. CBP records also revealed that Camara initially arrived as a visitor September 4, 2008 and never left.

Additionally, Camara was arrested May 20, 2013 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland for driving without a license.

CBP conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights, and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products and other illicit items, and on average arrests 22 wanted persons a day at U.S. Ports of Entry nationwide.

“As our nation’s border security agency, CBP is equally concerned with ensuring that all travelers comply with U.S. laws on both inbound and outbound flights,” said Biondi.

Please visit CBP’s Border Security website to learn how CBP secures our nation’s borders at and between our international ports of entry.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017