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A Denver, North Carolina man has pleaded guilty in a federal case involving a customs form signed by late pop star Michael Jackson. 75-year-old Alan Nordman appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge David C. Keesler Tuesday (November 14) and pleaded guilty to one count of conveyance of a government record. The announcement was made by Dena J. King, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.
According to filed court documents and today’s plea hearing, from 1984 to 2014, Nordman was an employee of U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the John F. Kennedy International Airport Port of Entry. As Nordman admitted in court Tuesday, on April 9, 2022, he unlawfully sold on eBay for $795 an official Customs and Border Protection form 6059B, which is a customs declaration document, signed by Michael Jackson upon his entry into the United States. The form is an official government record belonging to the United States.
Nordman was released on bond following the plea hearing. The charge of conveyance of a government record carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. A sentencing hearing had not been set. In making Tuesday’s announcement, U.S. Attorney King thanked U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Professional Responsibility for their investigation of the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Graham Billings of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte is prosecuting the case.