Canadian Musicians Sentenced for Lying at Border

Posted on: July 10th, 2011
by Greg Siskind
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The Bangor (Maine) Daily News reports

A federal judge Friday sentenced a Canadian folk singer and her backup vocalist to time served and warned them not to return to the United States to perform without the proper visas.

Michelle Marie Bahrynowski, whose professional moniker is Michelle Joly, and her backup singer Carrie Anne Sadler, both of Red Deer, Alberta, were arrested Tuesday morning at the Milltown border crossing in Calais after they lied to Customs and Border Protection agents about why they were entering the country.

Bahrynowski, 30, and Sadler, 32, were sentenced to three days in jail after pleading guilty in federal court on Friday to entry into the United States by false representation. In addition, Sadler pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting Bahrynowski’s lies to agents at the border.

“Coming to court in shackles should have taught you a lesson,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk told the pair. “Don’t come back to this county without the proper visas.”



CBP officers found CDs and messages on cell phones and on Facebook that indicated that the two were coming to perform in the US.