BANGOR, Maine — A Presque Isle man born in Uruguay made his first appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court after being arrested the previous day on charges of possessing fraudulent immigration documents.
Marcelo Alejandro Silva-Bonilla, 33, was arrested, according to court documents, in the Houlton Border Patrol Station after he failed to provide valid identification to U.S. Border Patrol agents during a routine bus check.
The affidavit does not state where the bus on which Silva-Bonilla was a passenger was headed when he was removed for questioning.
Silva-Bonilla, according to court documents, entered the United States at John F. Kennedy Airport on Jan. 22, 2001. His valid passport allowed him to stay for six months, but the man failed to return to his native Uruguay on July 22, 2001.
In an interview with border patrol agents, Silva-Bonilla allegedly admitted that he bought a fraudulent Social Security card and a fake Permanent Resident Alien card about five months ago for $85 in New York City.
Silva-Bonilla also told agents that he was not supposed to work in the United States but had held several jobs during the seven years he has been in the country illegally, according to court documents.
Court documents did not explain where Silva-Bonilla might have been working in Maine.
He agreed Wednesday to be held without bail pending the outcome of his case.
If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of more than $250,000.