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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 27, 2018

Man Sentenced for Presenting Fake Travel Document to TSA

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An Atlanta man was sentenced today to 15 months in prison for providing a fraudulent travel document to Transportation Security Authority (TSA) screeners at Dulles International Airport in January while attempting to flee from federal prosecution.

According to court documents, Marlon Matthew Pittman, 44, attempted to enter the TSA check point at Dulles International Airport on January 23 to gain access to the outbound passenger terminal and board an international flight to Guinea. Pittman presented a purported Guinea travel document to the TSA officers who suspected it to be fraudulent. United States Customs and Border Protection officers took custody of Pittman and his travel documents, and conducted a biometric verification, which confirmed Pittman as a U.S. citizen and the Guinea travel document as fraudulent. While the travel document appeared to be issued by the Guinea consulate in New York, it contained another individual’s identifying information. Pittman’s photo was spliced onto the document and it contained a false authentication feature.

Pittman was attempting to flee from prosecution in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, where he has been indicted for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and money laundering (Case No. 1:17-cr-274-AT).

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Patrick J. Lechleitner, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C., and Casey Owen Durst, Director of CBP’s Baltimore Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga. Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Reilly and Assistant U.S. Attorney Grace L. Hill prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:18-cr-91.

Topic(s): 
Immigration
Contact: 
Joshua Stueve Director of Communications joshua.stueve@usdoj.gov
Updated April 27, 2018