April 5, 2008


In the latest blow against the agency, court documents show a State Department employee provided personal information from passport applications for use in a credit-card fraud scheme. . . .

Mr. Harris also said the fraud ring submitted credit-card applications using the names and “identifying information” of the persons listed on the passport applications, and that a postal service employee then would intercept the cards before they were delivered to the appropriate residences.

Passport application data includes details such as a person’s date and place of birth, e-mail address, mailing address, Social Security number, former names and travel plans.

But get this: “He was released on his own recognizance, under the condition that he not apply for or possess any passports.”

Glad to know they’re taking this stuff seriously. Just wait until they get all of your health records . . . .

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