The federal government has just shared the news that a man was arrested at the Canada-U.S. border for forging documents in order to enter Canada and visit his girlfriend.
On June 23, 2020, a man named Lyell Sullivan Buttermore who's described as a foreign national tried to enter Canada at the Lansdowne port of entry in Ontario.
During his examination, Mr. Buttermore reported that he was seeking entry for essential work and presented a letter to support his claim.
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Apparently, the border services officers found some errors and issues in the documents right away.
As it turned out, Mr. Buttermore had faked the employment document and was actually just trying to visit in girlfriend in Canada.
He was arrested for "attempting to bypass current border restrictions and enter Canada with the help of forged documents."
Later, in December, he pled guilty and was discharged with 12 months of probation. He was also made to donate $2,000 to the Lanark and Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health Services as part of his terms.
As of now, all non-essential travel from the U.S. to Canada is prohibited as has been the case since March.
"Intercepting those who misrepresent themselves is important to protecting the health and safety of Canadians as well as maintaining the integrity of our borders and immigration processes," wrote Stéphanie Chenier, Director, Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Division, Northern Ontario Region, Canada Border Services Agency in the press release.