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Passport Imposter Arrested at Peace Bridge

Release Date: 
February 5, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. –U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry arrested a traveler who attempted to enter the U.S. using another person’s passport.


CBP Officer Boards Passenger Bus at Peace Bridge “An individual is considered an imposter when they present a travel document that does not belong to them and attempt entry into the U.S.,” said Joseph Draganac, CBP port director for the Port of Buffalo. “Our officers are expertly trained in detecting this type of fraud.”


On February 1, CBP Officers encountered Elizabeth Oyenekan, a 41-year-old female, citizen of Ireland, who presented a Canadian passport bearing a different photo and name when attempting entry into the U.S.


Utilizing observational and interview techniques along with biometric verification, CBP officers apprehended and arrested Oyenekan.


On February 5, Oyenekan appeared before a federal magistrate, charged with misuse of a passport and remanded to custody pending a detention hearing scheduled later this month.


CBP Field Operations is responsible for securing our borders at the ports of entry. CBP officers’ primary mission is anti-terrorism; they screen all people, vehicles, and goods entering the U.S., while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel into and out of the nation. Their mission also includes traditional border security responsibilities, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration law, protecting the nation’s food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases, and enforcing trade laws.


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.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017