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Presque Isle Man Pleads Guilty to Passport Fraud

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 6, 2013

Contact: James M. Moore
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that
Christopher Phillips, 42, of Presque Isle, Maine, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court before
Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to making a false statement in a U.S. Passport application
and to misuse of a U.S. Passport.

According to court records, Christopher Phillips, a citizen of the United States and
Canada, used a false name to apply for a U.S. Passport in 2007 and then used that false passport
on August 3, 2011 in an attempt to enter the United States at the Port of Entry in Fort Fairfield,
Maine. The defendant also possessed a Maine driver’s license and debit cards in the false
name. Phillips used the false identity documents in an effort to conceal his criminal history from
state and federal officials.

Phillips faces up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000 for each
crime. He will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence report by the United States
Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Homeland Security Investigations, the Diplomatic Security Service and U.S. Customs and
Border Protection.

 

 

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