Playboy Playmate Accused of Smuggling Canadian Boyfriend into United States

Former Playboy magazine Playmate Colleen Shannon was in Federal Court this week, charged with trying to smuggle her Canadian boyfriend, Robert Skojo, across the US-Canada border during summer 2012. Playboy Playmate Colleen Shannon

While Canadians are able to travel to the United States pretty easily with a valid passport, a Canadian criminal record can render them inadmissible to the United States, making their entry illegal. Robert Skojo has a Canadian criminal record, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard, for “living on the avails of prostitution” as well as drug charges.

The trial has been delayed as Shannon was in the midst of hiring a new lawyer.

Accused of “smuggling illegal immigrants” into the United States

According to Assistant United States Attorney Gwendolyn Caroll, Shannon was stopped at a United States entry point while driving her boyfriend’s car, and could not provide any proof that she was allowed to drive his car. While she was allowed through, border agents kept an eye on her and found her to have reunited with her boyfriend at a hotel within the United States near an Indian Reservation, as he has snuck into the country via a boat across a river.

Shannon does not think she should be charged with smuggling because she did not physically bring someone into the country, she just picked him up on the other side.

It is interesting to note that if convicted, Shannon will face a MUCH stiffer sentence than her boyfriend if convicted. Currently, her boyfriend has to spend six months in jail before he is deported back to Canada upon release. However, she could face anywhere between 33 months and 41 months in prison.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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