San Juan, PR.– U.S. Customs and Border Protection Enforcement Officers arrested Monday three Dominican citizens attempting to travel using counterfeit US visas from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport bound to two distinct destinations.
Defendants Genaro Valerio Mendoza, Sandivel Taveras-Arias, and Belkis Maria Arias-Vasquez appeared today before US District Court Judge Camille Velez -Rive facing charges for violation of Title 18 United States Code, Section 1546, fraud and misuse of visa, permits and other documents.
defendants were arrested by CBP Officers after presenting what appeared
to be counterfeit US visas and CBP I-94 forms with fake admission
stamps, within their Dominican Republic issued passports, prior to
boarding Jet Blue flights destined to New York, NY, and Hartford, CT.
further secondary examination of the documents, CBP Officers confirmed
that the presented visas and stamps were counterfeit. Upon
inquiry all three defendants admitted to having purchased their
documents from unidentified sources in San Juan,
paying between US$1,500 and US$1,800.