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Former Customs Employee Pleads Guilty To Auctioning Online A Customs Declaration Form Signed By A Celebrity

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alan Nordman, 75, of Denver, North Carolina, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Keesler today and pleaded guilty to one count of conveyance of a government record, for auctioning online a customs declaration form signed by a celebrity, announced Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

According to filed court documents and today’s plea hearing, from 1984 to 2014, Norman was an employee of U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the John F. Kennedy International Airport Port of Entry. As Nordman admitted in court today, on April 9, 2022, he unlawfully sold on eBay for $795 an official Customs and Border Protection form 6059B, which is a customs declaration document, signed by Michael Jackson upon his entry into the United States. The form is an official government record belonging to the United States.

Nordman was released on bond following the plea hearing. The charge of conveyance of a government record carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. A sentencing hearing has not been set.

In making today’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility for their investigation of the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Graham Billings of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte is prosecuting the case.

Updated November 14, 2023