Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03122323 (posted Dec. 23, 2003)"
Office of the Spokesman
December 16, 2003
Bureau of Diplomatic Security Criminal Program Accomplishments for Fiscal Year
While the Bureau of Diplomatic Security has long recognized criminal
investigations as a core function of its overall mission, post-9/11 enhanced
hiring authorities have enabled Diplomatic Security to increase its resources
dedicated to investigations. As a result, in fiscal year 2003, Diplomatic
Security embarked on numerous initiatives designed to enhance investigative
capabilities, to prevent instances of employee malfeasance, and to protect the
integrity of the passport and visa issuance process.
- Deployed 23 agents to high-fraud posts overseas to work specifically with
host government law enforcement in bolstering border security capabilities
and to prevent ineligible persons from entering the U.S. illegally.
Diplomatic Security expects to add agents to two more high-fraud posts in
fiscal year 2004.
- Formed successful investigative partnerships with other federal law
enforcement agencies, particularly Interpol and the U.S. Marshals Service,
to promote information sharing and connectivity within the law enforcement
- Developed a strong working relationship with colleagues in the Bureau of
Consular Affairs to promote a proactive, zero-tolerance stance on passport
and visa malfeasance.
Implementation of these program initiatives led to the following investigative
successes in fiscal year 2003:
- 82% increase in total individuals arrested for passport and visa fraud from
FY02 to FY03 (FY02: 401 arrestees; FY03: 731).
Passport Fraud 81% increase (FY02: 339; FY03: 615)
Visa Fraud 78% increase (FY02: 50; FY03: 89)
Miscellaneous* - 125% increase (FY02: 12; FY03: 25)
* includes task force participation, inquiries involving identity theft,
domestic requests for assistance from local police department or federal
- Execution of four large-scale visa malfeasance investigative operations at
the U.S. Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo,
Sri Lanka, and U.S. Consulates in Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico,
that resulted in the arrest of 16 individuals four Foreign or Civil
Service employees, four Foreign Service National employees, and eight other
associated individuals. With Consular Affair s assistance, these
aggressive, proactive operations led to the identification and prosecution
of those individuals involved in malfeasance.
- Arrest of 70 wanted U.S. fugitives in fiscal year 2003 as a result of the
Diplomatic Security-U.S. Marshals Service partnership. Recent significant
arrests include a former Georgia state senator convicted of corruption who
fled to the Bahamas and two U.S. Marshals Top 15 fugitives wanted for child
molestation and federal narcotics charges.
Participation on 19 domestic Joint Terrorism Task Forces to provide
assistance on national and international counterterrorism investigations.
- Establishment of the Vulnerability Assessment Unit within the Office of
Fraud Prevention Programs in the Bureau of Consular Affairs. This unit is a
Diplomatic Security and Consular Affairs collaborative effort that will
improve detection of visa fraud and malfeasance, conduct regular and timely
analysis of intelligence, develop fraud trends, and refer suspected cases
that merit further investigation to Diplomatic Security.
- Participation with Consular Affairs on overseas Consular Management
Assistance Teams, established by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, which
thoroughly review consular section management policies and tighten internal
Co-location of thirteen Diplomatic Security domestic field and resident
offices with Consular Affairs Passport Agencies in order to expedite the
referral of suspected passport fraud incidents for investigation.
Establishment of monthly Diplomatic Security and Consular Affairs
senior-level management meetings to discuss ongoing passport and visa fraud
cases, problem areas, and joint initiatives.