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Citizen of Togo Admits Misusing Passport

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Koffi Roudolphe Sewoul, age 40, of Lome, Togo, pled guilty today to misuse of a passport.


The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Steven Bronson, United States Customs and Border Protection Port Director for the Champlain Port of Entry.


Sewoul admitted that on October 15, 2016, he attempted to enter the United States at the Champlain Port of Entry using his brother’s United States passport. Sewoul had successfully used the passport to travel from Togo to Accra, Ghana, on October 12, 2016 and then from Ghana to Montreal, Quebec, on October 13, 2016.


As a result of his conviction, Sewoul faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced by U.S. Senior District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.


This case was investigated by United States Customs and Border Protection and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Collyer.

Updated January 25, 2017