Prosecutors say an investigation of a tugboat grounding on Lake Ontario has led to charges that the man responsible had been posing as a commercial ship pilot.
U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian say 37-year-old Mark Anselm of Clayton in Jefferson County repeatedly claimed to federal officials, marina operators and potential employers that he was properly licensed when he was not.
Hartunian says Anselm used a merchant marine license that had been changed to include his name.
Anselm is facing a string of federal charges including fraud and identity theft. They carry a possible maximum penalty of 53 years in prison and a $3 million fine.
The commercial tug ran aground on June 19, 2012. The indictment was announced Thursday.
A phone number listed for Anselm was out of service Thursday.