GULF OFFSHORE 2002
Coast Guard makes arrests in fraudulent document cases
A combined effort by the Coast Guard Investigative Service and Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Miami has resulted in the arrests of foreign mariners on ships visiting Miami for using fraudulent merchant mariner licenses and training certificates.
One mariner was arrested April 25 for operating with a fictitious Columbian International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW) certificate. The individual was further determined to be an illegal alien and was turned over to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Further similar arrests were made the following day.
"This operation reflects our continued investigative support to Marine Safety office Miami's effort to identify fraudulent merchant mariner documents being used within their area of responsibility," said Special Agent in Charge James Devino, of the Coast Guard Investigative Service Southeast Region.
The INS office in Miami assisted in these cases and is continuing to work with the Marine Safety Office.