A British woman who was arrested at the Rainbow Bridge after being permanently barred from re-entering the United States was charged Thursday with illegal re-entry after deportation following conviction of an aggravated felony, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Prosecutors said that 38-year-old Ebony D. Phillips, of the United Kingdom, attempted to enter the U.S. from Canada on July 3.
Phillips was driving a vehicle bearing an Ontario registration, but she presented a North Carolina driver's license to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, according to prosecutors. She falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen and denied having a criminal record, prosecutors said.
A fingerprint check revealed that Phillips had been convicted in March 2017 of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in North Carolina, and she was sentenced to nine months in prison.
Upon her release, she was arrested by federal officers in January 2018, deported in August 2018 and permanently barred from re-entering the U.S., according to prosecutors.