Presque Isle man pleads guilty to passport fraud

Posted Nov. 06, 2013, at 9:20 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 06, 2013, at 9:59 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Presque Isle man pleaded guilty Wednesday to passport fraud during an appearance before Chief Judge John A. Woodcock in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Christopher Phillips, 42, was accused of making a false statement in a U.S. passport application and of misusing a U.S. passport, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty.

According to court documents, Phillips, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, used a phony name — specifically the first and middle names of his deceased brother — to apply for a U.S. passport in 2007 and then used that false passport on Aug. 3, 2011, in an attempt to enter the United States at the Fort Fairfield port of entry.

Federal prosecutors said that Phillips also used his deceased brother’s name and date of birth as well as a Social Security number he obtained in his brother’s name in his passport application.

In addition, Phillips possessed a Maine driver’s license and debit cards in the false name. He used the false identity documents in an effort to conceal his criminal history from state and federal officials.

Phillips faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each crime. He will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation that led to the federal charges against Phillips was conducted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, the Diplomatic Security Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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