Dominican Republic National Apprehended With False Documentation


CaribWorldNews, SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Thurs. Dec. 30, 2010: A Dominican Republic national is facing charges for fraudulent use of documents.

Onaika Yohanna Martes was referred to US Customs and Border Protection Officers by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel after presenting a Puerto Rico driver`s license and a Social Security Card, claiming to be Puerto Rican by the name of `Tatiana M. Coriano-Rodriguez.`

She was planning to board a Jet Blue Airlines flight bound to New York, NY.

CBP Officers referred the defendant to secondary inspection as the documents appeared to be altered. During the interview with CBP officers, the defendant revealed her true name and provided a `Cedula` from the Dominican Republic.

Marte admitted that she had bought the identification documents from an unidentified individual for $2,600. If convicted, Marte faces a fine or a sentence of not more than 5 years or both.

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