Probe finds US passports still vulnerable to fraud

Last Updated: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 11:08

Washington: Posing as someone else and using fake birth certificates and driver`s licenses still can obtain official US passports.

For the second time in two years, government investigators exploited a gaping hole in the US security system by deliberately using fraudulent material to apply for US passports.

The investigation by the Government Accountability Office, detailed before a Senate committee on Thursday, underscores that despite security overhauls since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States, the State Department`s system for issuing passports remains vulnerable to fraud.
The problem not only highlights potential national security lapses but also shows how illegally obtained US passports, one of the most sought-after travel documents in the world, could provide cover for drug dealers, murderers and others trying to avoid capture.

PTI



First Published: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 11:08
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