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Senegalese Man Sentenced For Passport Fraud

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Lanssana Soumare, age 55, of Senegal, was sentenced today to time served (49 days in jail) for passport fraud.

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

As part of his guilty plea, Soumare admitted that he presented another person’s Canadian passport to a CBP officer at the Champlain Port of Entry on December 27, 2016. Soumare presented the passport in an attempt to enter the United States from Canada. As part of his plea, Soumare also admitted that he was not a Canadian citizen and that the passport was not issued to him.

Following his sentencing, Soumare was remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security, which will place Soumare into removal proceedings.

This case was investigated by CBP and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Updated February 14, 2017