Clayton Man Accused Of Impersonating Ship Pilot

MGN Online


A federal grand jury indicted a Clayton man for allegedly pretending to be a licensed commercial ship pilot.

Officials with the Department of Justice say 37 year old Mark Anselm allegedly presented a falsified merchant marine license to marina owners, potential employers, and federal officials.

Officials say they began investigating Anselm after he allegedly grounded a commercial tug boat on Lake Ontario while he was piloting.

Anselm was indicted on 12 counts: three for making false statements to Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security officials, four counts of possession and use of an altered merchant marine license, one count of fraud in connection with identification documents, and four counts of aggravated identity theft.

He faces a maximum penalty of 53 years in prison and a $3 million fine
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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