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Fingerprints Tell Feds Man At St. Thomas Airport Isn’t Who He Pretends To Be

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Fingerprints allowed federal officers to make an arrest at the St. Thomas airport after a deported man allegedly claimed to be someone he was not, authorities said.

Gilberto Arana Wence was arrested on Friday and charged with illegal re-entry by a removed alien, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

According to court documents, Wence was departing St. Thomas for Charlotte, North Carolina and then on to San Francisco, California when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers determined he was not lawfully present in the United States.

Based on record checks conducted using Wence’s fingerprints, officers discovered that he had previously been removed from the United States under a different name.

An initial appearance in federal court occurred on today.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Sleeper.

Shappert said that a criminal complaint is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” she said.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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