Monday, September 8, 2008

DETROIT: Border agent applicant arrested (Detroit Free Press)

DETROIT: Border agent applicant arrested

September 7, 2008

The U.S. Border Patrol didn't have to go far to make this bust: a man who applied to become a border agent.

Jugert Haxhiu, 26, lied about U.S. citizenship on his application and during a job interview in August, the Border Patrol said.

He's charged with falsely claiming to be a citizen, which is a requirement to be an agent.

Haxhiu is a native of Albania who was ordered out of the United States in 2004, agent Richard Gordon said in a court filing.

Defense attorney Richard O'Neill represented Haxhiu during a hearing Thursday in federal court in Detroit. He declined to comment Friday.

During the job interview, Haxhiu "went on to state that, although he had no proof of U.S. citizenship, he could obtain proof from the immigration office upon request," Gordon said.

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