Indian with Fake German Passport Busted, Denied Entry into U.S.September 18, 2019 11:42
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An Indian origin man has declined entry into the United States after the border authorities found that he was traveling with a fraudulent German passport.
The 28-year-0ld Indian national was stopped by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers on Monday at the Washington Dulles International Airport.
Authorities turned down to institute legal proceedings against the Indian man. According to a CBP release, due to privacy laws, the man’s name was not released as he was not criminally charged.
The man arrived at the airport in Virginia from Accra, Ghana and presented the German passport to a CBP officer during the inspection.
As the officer detected differences in the passport’s biographical page, he referred the man to a secondary examination, during which CBP officers were not able to access the passport’s electronic chip and suspected it to be altered or damaged.
When questioned, the man admitted to purchasing the passport in Ghana. CBP officers seized the passport and refused the Indian national admission to the United States, the release said.
CBP’s Director of the Baltimore Field Office Casey Durst said the agency’s officers are skilled at detecting impostors and fraudulent identity documents.
She said the nation’s security is dependent on CBP officers doing their job, recognizing those who are making an attempt to get in by illegal means among the millions of travelers who enter the country for legitimate purposes.
CBP uses a variety of techniques in screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens. It intercepts immigration violators, narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture goods, counterfeit consumer goods, and other illicit products in a bid to make global tourism safe and strong.
In the year 2018, CBP officers and agents intercepted an average of 16 fraudulent documents every day at and between the nation’s 328 ports of entry.
By Sowmya Sangam