Wednesday, March 08, 2006

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Probed for Fraud

A "whistleblower" has brought forward allegations of fraud at USCIS (U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services). With all the recent concerns about the security of our borders, this could be a concern.

Erica Werner of the AP reported:

"The allegations range from employees skipping required fingerprint checks on applicants and issuing duplicate green cards, to more serious accusations of bribery and undue influence by foreign governments. Many of the complaints originated with a whistleblower who took them to Sen. Charles Grassley (news, bio, voting record), R-Iowa."

The new USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez is acknowledging there might be fraud and has asked that the matter be investigated.

If this turns out to be true, it illustrates that unless internal security is kept under control at organizations, both private and public, fraud will always be a possibility.

This will be an interesting story to follow.

For the full report by Erica Werner, click on the title of this post.

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