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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Canadian Man Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements

BUFFALO, N.Y.– U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that
Abdi Ali Kulmie, 47, of Toronto, Ontario, pleaded guilty to making false statements to a
Customs and Border Protection Officer before Chief U.S. District Court Judge William
M. Skretny. The charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a $250,000
fine or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony M. Bruce, who is handling the case, stated that
on October 27, 2012, the defendant attempted to enter the United States from Canada at
the Peace Bridge. When questioned by Customs and Border Protection officers, Kulmie
indicated he was a Somalian citizen, not a citizen of Canada. In fact, the defendant
became a naturalized Canadian citizen in the early 1990's and is an Ethiopian.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection,
under the direction of James T. Engleman, Director of Field Operations.