SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – An alien from the Dominican Republic appeared this morning before US District Court, Chief Magistrate Judge Justo Arenas, facing charges of fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents.
Late Sunday night US Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Carlos Antonio Romano during a pre-flight inspection at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, during boarding of a flight bound to New York.
Mr. Romano provided CBP officers a Puerto Rico driver’s license and a Social Security card, issued to “Efrain Perez-Rivera”, claiming to be a US citizen and the rightful bearer of the documents.
CBP officers referred the passenger for closer inspection, where further examination revealed his real name was Carlos Antonio Romano.
CBP Enforcement Officers presented the case to the Immigration Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office, which accepted the case for prosecution.
Assistant United States Attorney Evelyn Canals will prosecute the case.
If convicted the defendant faces a fine or a sentence not more than 15 years or both.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.