February 27, 2021

Man convicted of forging documents to enter Canada illegally

EST was released on February 7, 2021 at 04:00 AM

An American citizen pleaded guilty to misrepresentation on the Canada-US border. The man said he was looking for entry to do essential work and, in fact, wanted to see his girlfriend who lives in Canada.

The man, Lyle Sullivan Buttermore, was seen entering Canada via Lansdowne Harbor Entrance and submitted an employment letter in support of his claim.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials noticed discrepancies in the employment letter, and upon further investigation found that Buttermore had falsified the document and was actually looking for entry to see his girlfriend.

He was later arrested and tried to get around Canada’s travel and border restrictions, and tried to enter Canada with the help of fake documents.

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On Dec. 8, Buttermore pleaded guilty to misrepresenting immigration in Brookville, Ontario. He was expelled with 12 months probation. This means that there will be no punishment if the offender is not re-offended. Terms include a CAD $ 2,000 donation to Lanark and Leeds and Greenville Addiction and Mental Health Services.

“Our officers ensure that those who enter Canada comply with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the current border restrictions,” said Stephanie Sr., CBSA Director in the Northern Ontario Region.

Canada introduced travel and border restrictions in March 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Travelers must enter Canada for an important reason. These restrictions are still in effect.

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Some, such as Canadian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family members, are exempt from these travel restrictions.

However, Canada strongly discourages people living in Canada for essential reasons such as holidays. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday said those who go on vacation or travel for non-essential reasons will not be entitled to a CAD $ 1,000 sickness benefit to cover the cost of their isolated period upon their return.

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