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Customs supports bill for fining false statements

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - A public hearing was held on legislation to establish fines and penalties for people who make false statements to a Guam Customs officer. The bill aims to reduce the number of prohibited things that cross our borders such as illegal drugs as well as increase revenue for the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency.

Customs Major Paul Toves addresses concerns about the application and processing of fees, saying, "That's the reason behind our need to include the requirement of promulgation of regulations and through that we'll be able to address the concerns how its' going to be levied, when it's going to be due and how it's going to be adjudicated."

The measure proposes a fine of $500 for the first violation, $1,000 for the second and $10,000 for the third violation. The agency testified in full support but made some suggestions such as keeping the language in law that people entering Guam are required to complete a customs declaration and present themselves and their goods to Customs for inspection. As for penalties, the agency suggested a range of fines for each offense rather than a set amount.
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