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Colombian National Pleads Guilty to Falsely Representing Himself as a Citizen of the United States

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

 

St. Croix, USVI – U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced that a Colombian national pleaded guilty today to falsely claiming he was a United States citizen.

According to court documents, on December 8, 2021, Andres Bejarano, 33, presented himself to U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") officers for inspection to board a flight from St. Croix to Florida with a Florida driver’s license. It was later determined that the license belonged to his brother, Daniel Bejarano. When questioned, the defendant falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen. He subsequently admitted that he took and used his brother’s identification, because he was aware that he had an active warrant for his arrest.

Bejarano is scheduled to be sentenced on May 27, 2022 and faces a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Homeland Security Investigations is investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Huston is prosecuting the case.

Updated January 28, 2022

Topic
Immigration