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Dulles CBP Intercepts Indian National with Altered German Passport

Release Date: 
September 17, 2019

STERLING, Va., -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted an Indian national in possession of a fraudulent German passport Monday at Washington Dulles International Airport. The man was refused admission to the United States.

Authorities declined to prosecute the Indian man. Privacy laws prevent CBP from releasing his name because he was not criminally charged.

The 28-year-old Indian national arrived from Accra, Ghana, Monday morning and presented the German passport to a CBP officer during inspection. The CBP officer detected discrepancies in the passport’s biographical page and referred the man to a secondary examination.

File photo of the back patch of a CBP officer in an airport environmentDuring the secondary examination, CBP officers were unable to access the passport’s electronic chip and suspected the chip to be altered or damaged. Under questioning, the man admitted to purchasing the passport in Ghana. CBP officers seized the passport and refused the Indian national admission to the United States.

“Customs and Border Protection officers are highly skilled at detecting impostors and fraudulent identity documents.  The nation’s security is dependent on CBP officers doing their job, recognizing those who are attempting to enter by illegal means among the millions of travelers who enter the country for legitimate purposes,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Director of the Baltimore Field Office. 

Almost a million times each day, CBP officers welcome international travelers into the United States. In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, CBP uses a variety of techniques to intercept immigration violators, narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, counterfeit consumer goods, and other illicit products, and to assure that global tourism remains safe and strong.

During 2018, CBP officers and agents intercepted an average of 16 fraudulent documents every day at and between our nation’s 328 ports of entry. See what else CBP achieved on a typical day during 2018, or by visiting

CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders.

Last modified: 
September 17, 2019