Illegal entries thwarted

ALBANY Nathan Mark Ramsbottom, 33, Montreal, Quebec, pleaded guilty Jan. 15 to falsely stating he was of United States citizenship when entering the U.S. from Canada at the Champlain port of entry. Ramsbottom was sentenced by Judge Gary L. Sharpe to serve 15 days, followed by one year of supervised release. He was denied release twice prior to this incident. On Oct. 27, 1995, he was denied admission to Orlando, Fla., and on Feb. 5, 2006, he was denied in Miami, Fla. The matter was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Champlain. Another investigation by the U.S. Border Patrol revealed an offense of re-entry of 29-year-old Julian Carlos Flores-Morales, who also goes by Carlos Julian Flores Rivera. A citizen of Honduras, Flores-Morales admitted Jan. 15 to entering the U.S. without permission after being deported Oct. 7, 2004, when an Immigration judge ordered him deported in Los Frenos, Tx. Flores-Morales was sentenced by Judge Thomas J. McAvoy to serve 39 days, followed by one year supervised release. In a separate incident, a Portuguese citizen pleaded guilty to illegally reentering the U.S. after prior removal. Goncalo Jorge Alves-Gouveia, 26, admitted to entering the U.S. from Canada by walking across the border at a remote location, avoiding immigration and customs inspection. He was denied admission and sent back to Portugal Sep. 9, 2007. On Dec. 7, 2007, he was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol, after being encountered near Mooers. Alves-Gouveia will be sentenced by Judge Lawrence E. Kahn May 14 and faces a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment, supervised release for up to one year, a fine of up to $250,000, and a special assessment of $100. The investigation was also conducted by the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Border Patrol, Champlain.

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