Colombian National Sentenced to Six Months for Immigration Violation

Andres Bejarano, age 34, a Colombian national, appeared before District Court Judge Wilma A Lewis and was sentenced Wednesday on the charge of falsely representing to be a citizen of the United States, according to a release from U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands Gretchen Shappert.

Lewis sentenced Bejarano to six months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, a fine of $1,000, and a $100 special assessment.

According to court documents, on December 8, 2021, at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix, Bejarano presented to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers for inspection to board a flight from St. Croix to Florida with a Florida driver’s license. Officials say it was later determined that this license belonged to his brother, Daniel Bejarano. When questioned, Bejarano reportedly falsely claimed to be a U.S. Citizen. He reportedly later said he was using his brother’s ID because he was aware that he had an active warrant for his arrest. Bejarano reportedly had four active warrants for failure to appear on various drug offenses in Florida.