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Stowaway's tale is partly lie

A teenager who reached the United States by stowing away on a cargo flight lied about his name and age and isn't an orphan, Colombian officials say.

DAS, Colombia's security agency, notified U.S. immigration officials Friday that the boy who claimed to be a 13-year-old orphan named Guillermo Rosales is Juan Carlos Guzman Betancur and will turn 17 next weekend.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service agreed Monday to let the boy stay in the United States for 30 days under temporary asylum while it reviews his case. INS spokesman George Waldroup said Friday that the agency will review the new information.

Confronted with the report from Colombia, the boy said he lied because he feared deportation. His attorney, David Iverson, said he was aware INS "may not be very happy" with the turn of events.

The boy had said his parents were killed two years ago in a bus accident. He now says his mother, Yolanda Betancur, is a nurse living in Cali with his stepfather. But he said they beat him and threw him out of the house.

The boy has become something of a celebrity in Miami's Colombian-American community for surviving the 3{-hour flight. He is sticking to his story that he flew to Miami in the wheel well of an Arca Airlines DC-8 on June 4.

Aeronautical experts and doctors have questioned the claim.

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