Cross border shopping: false declaration..Am I flagged?
They told me to take a seat in the customs office and after waiting for half an hour, came back and told me that because I lied and falsely declared the value of the items, my goods were going to be seized. The officer also said that they might or might not seize the vehicle as well. (mind you the total value of all my goods was around $550). Of course this was when I was deeply regretting my actions and wished I could turn back the hands of time.
Another half an hour later, the officer with another officer comes and they tell me that the parts were seized so I can get them back by paying the penalty fee + tax of around $150 (which I don't mind really for a life lesson I guess), and even tells me that they decided not to seize the vehicle since it was my first time for the federal offense. I was very relieved.
BUT THEN they continued onwards to tell me that I will be "flagged" (can't recall the exact term they used) in their system and that every time I cross the border, either by car, plane, or even highway toll (?), I will literally be searched on a "microscope" level. To add the cherry on top, they also told me that because I was using my dad's vehicle, my dad will also be subject for the "microscopic" searches..
The main questions are:
1. Am I in a really really bad situation ? What are the consequences of being in their system ? I really love travelling and often do shop across the borders..
2. Also, they told me that I will be in their system FOREVER. Is there anyway to remove it at a future date ? I don't mind it for now but say 10 years later ? (I mean even credit ratings can go up and down right..)
3. If I dispute by writing a letter, would my dad at least be free of this incident ? I really don't see how my dad should be involved in all this as I was only borrowing his vehicle and he in no way promoted me to under declare or anything (in fact, he always tells me to get my **** straight and is a very good dad & honest person)
Should I be worried ? Can my dad be exempted ? (is it my dad or my dad's vehicle that's flagged in the system ?)
I appreciate your help. Thank you in advance. Lesson learned. (although it was half intentional & half unintentional..)
P.S. I know there is a thread for ask me anything about cross border shopping but I felt my post was going to be really long so thought I would create a new thread.