Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Employee Stole IDs from Passport Office for Fraud Scheme

A worker for the Department of State has been accused of stealing passport data to set up fake identities and then use them to secure lines of credit.

A number of accomplices were recruited for the scheme. They would assume the false identities and purchase iPads and other electronics. Prosecutors say this the passport agency employee abused her position of trust.

"An identity theft and wire fraud scheme targeting both the Houston and Atlanta passport agencies went on for five years.."
- Federal Prosecutors
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Sources:
(a) 3 indicted in Houston, Atlanta passport fraud cases - www.TheMonitor.com, 05/07/2015

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