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Canadian man convicted in South Texas of using counterfeit Israeli passport to enter the US from Mexico

18 Aug

LAREDO, Texas — A Canadian man pleaded guilty Friday to using a false Israeli passport to enter the United States from Mexico.

This conviction as announced by Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez, Southern District of Texas. This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) along with the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

Alexander Fiodor Levin, 50, from Canada, entered a guilty plea Aug. 4 before U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo. Judge Marmolejo has set his sentencing for Nov. 27. Levin faces up to 10 years in prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. He will remain in custody pending that hearing.

According to court documents, on May 30, 2017, Alexander Fiodor Levin, aka Alexander Berezovski, approached the Lincoln-Juarez International Bridge in Laredo. At that time, he presented a false Israeli passport under the name of Alexander Berezovski to CBP officers. During a subsequent inspection of Levin’s luggage, authorities discovered multiple Belarus passports, a perforating machine, a laminating machine, stamps and other blank documents which could be used to manufacture passports.

Assistant U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno, Southern District of Texas, is prosecuting this case.