Hundreds of Thousands of Possible Cases of Foreign Visitor Identity Fraud

After spending more than a decade in finance, Michael Volpe has worked as a freelance journalist since 2009. He's based in Chicago. Volpe published his first book in October 2012, titled "Prosecutors Gone Wild: The Inside Story of the Trial of Chuck Panici, John Gliottoni, and Louise Marshall." His new book, "The Definitive Dossier of PTSD in Whistleblowers," is now available.


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“These hundreds of thousands of records with inconsistent biographic data limit the effectiveness and efficiency of using biometrics to identify and prevent the use of fraudulent identities at U.S. ports of entry.”

Because of conflicting 9/11 ceremonies, the hearing had to be cut short and none of the members had time to ask the IG any specific questions about this issue and potential solutions.

A solution appears to be in limbo. While the OIG report was specific in identifying the problem, it was vague in identifying a solution. The OIG report largely left the issue in the hands of DHS, which has failed as of now to provide a specific solution.

According to the DHS OIG report, the US-VISIT office has investigated more than 1,200 of these discrepancies and put 189 names on the terror watch list as a result of those investigations.

“In response to our second recommendation, the DHS Under Secretary for NPPD states that US-VISIT has initiated a proactive review of processes to identify potential fraud used by individuals attempting to enter the United States or obtain immigration benefits. This is performed through a review of multiple alien registration numbers. NPPD reported that to date, US-VISIT has researched more than 1,200 records and added 192 individuals to the Watch List.”

As of now, no further hearings have been scheduled and DHS has not taken any actions to try and fix the problem.

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  • Chezwick

    Reminds me a bit of Obamacare…and the projected savings of HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars due to the anticipated elimination of waste and fraud in Medicare and Medicaid. What guarantee do we have that such savings will actually materialize? What is to prevent waste and fraud from permeating the new system once it's in place? How gullible can we be?

    • Raymond in DC

      The more complex the system and the more money involved, the greater the waste and fraud.

  • dmw

    " “These hundreds of thousands of records with inconsistent biographic data limit the effectiveness and efficiency of using biometrics to identify and prevent the use of fraudulent identities at U.S. ports of entry.”

    Because of conflicting 9/11 ceremonies, the hearing had to be cut short and none of the members had time to ask the IG any specific questions about this issue and potential solutions. "

    GAG ME WITH A SPOON! So many Keystone Cops jumping in the back of a paddy wagon that the front wheels go up and the vehicle crashes into a pole. Can't figure out if God, Satan, or both have such a sense of humor. Our new area of self-government at work? Not!

  • slhancock

    This is outrageous! What could possibly go wrong?

  • Schlomotion

    "US-VISIT is the biometric system for every foreigner attempting to enter or exit by air or by water. Any foreigner that enters or exits the country by air or sea first has their fingerprints taken and those fingerprints are put into a database and shared with other agencies for past criminal history or any other potential red flags."

    That is not the whole truth. Not only foreigners, but US citizens have their fingerprints taken too and put in a database. I had my fingerprints taken when I came back from Iceland in 2006 by a very terse swino-sapien in a blue suit.

  • jacob

    If from the head up, the whole administration is one of sorcerer apprentices, is there anything different to
    be expected ???
    I'm 80 plus years old and flying recently north from Ft, Lauderdale airport, in the screening I went through,
    the only things missing was to get nude and have them inspecting my body cavities,because I had even
    to empty my pockets of papers and money bills….

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