Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- 27–year–old Mark Anselm of New York has been sentenced by the Department of Justice for piloting commercial ships on the Great Lakes with a fraudulent Coast Guard license, a Coast Guard investigation found.
The Coast Guard reports that Anselm was sentenced to seven years in prison by a U.S. District Judge on Monday after having pled guilty to six felony offenses.
"We are pleased with this ruling, which takes a fraudulent mariner off of the water," Cmdr. of the Coast Guard 9th District's Inspections and Investigations Branch, David Webb, said. "Those standards are in place to ensure vessel operators are trained and competent in navigation safety."
Anselm allegedly presented himself as a licensed ship captain and was operating on a fraudulent merchant marine license that had been altered to include his name. He also used the fraudulent license to gain employment at various marinas, the Coast Guard adds.
Anselm used his fraudulent license to solicit maritime construction contracts, collecting nearly $300,000 in down payments, but never fulfilled contractual obligations to complete the work, the Coast Guard learned from agents at CGIS Buffalo.