Seven Indicted in Chicago in Child Passport Fraud

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Seven people from the Chicago area have been indicted for creating hundreds of fraudulent passports, mostly for South American children seeking to be united with relatives living in the United States, the Chicago Tribune reports. Authorities say there was no evidence of abuse or exploitation, he said.

Most of the passports were for children, which was made easier by the fact that until earlier this year, parents could get passports for children under 14 without having them present upon application, said James Lemarie, special agent in charge of the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service.

Link: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-0408270437aug27,1,1129936.story?coll=chi-news-hed

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