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Border Patrol agents arrest Pakistani man

Border Patrol agents arrested a Pakistani man on May 8, when he illegally crossed the Texas-Mexico border. (Georgia Army National Guard photo by Maj. Will Cox)

Border Patrol agents arrested a Pakistani man on May 8, when he illegally crossed the Texas-Mexico border.

Agents arrested Javaid Muhammad, who admitted crossing the border illegally, according to the federal criminal complaint against him. Court records don't specify where Muhammad crossed the border, but the charge against him was filed in the McAllen Division of the Southern District of Texas.

Border Patrol agents interviewed Muhammad and he provided a sworn statement about the journey from Pakistan to Texas.

When FBI agents interviewed Muhammad on May 12, though, he told a different story, according to the criminal complaint.

"The FBI was in possession of records consisting of photographs and travel records, as well as written accounts from other government agencies, which show that the statements Muhammad made during his interviews by the USBP and the FBI were materially false, fictitious or fraudulent," according to the criminal complaint.

FBI agents confronted Muhammad -- who claimed to never have visited Ecuador or Chile -- with photographs of his Chilean residence card and Ecuadorian passport.

"Muhammad admitted the statement he provided to the USBP was false, and also admitted to lying to the FBi during his interview," according to the criminal complaint.

FBI agents charged Muhammad with knowingly and willfully lying to federal agents.

Court records don't list an attorney for Muhammad, who remains in federal custody.

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