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Canadian Man Sentenced to Almost Four Months for Attempting to Enter the United States After Having Been Ordered Removed

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine

Contact: F. Todd Lowell
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine:  Acting United States Attorney Richard W. Murphy announced that John D. Fraser, a/k/a “John Knight,” 54, of Nova Scotia, Canada was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to time served (three months and 22 days) in prison and one year of supervised release for attempting to enter the United States after having been ordered removed.

Court records reveal that on November 20, 2016, a vehicle with Florida registration plates arrived at the Calais, Maine port of entry to the United States.  The defendant, who was a passenger in the vehicle, provided a valid Canada passport in the name John Knight.  He said he was going to his winter home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  An officer with U.S. Customs and Border Protection referred the defendant to secondary inspection.  After initial denials, the defendant admitted that he had been living and working in the United States for over 30 years without authorization.  A fingerprint check showed that the defendant had a significant criminal history under the name John D. Fraser and had been ordered removed from the United States in 2010.  

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

Updated April 13, 2017