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Dulles CBP Officers Detect Impostor to Counterfeit Slovenian Passport

Release Date: 
December 11, 2019

STERLING, Va. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers detected a counterfeit Slovenian passport in the possession of an Indian national Sunday at Washington Dulles International Airport.

File photo of the back of a CBP officer in the airport passenger environment.The man arrived from Accra, Ghana and presented the Slovenian passport as his own for admission to a CBP officer. The inspecting officer detected inconsistencies while inspecting the traveler and his passport, and referred him to a secondary examination. Secondary officers detected several irregularities with the passport and on a Slovenian national identity card, and determined the documents to be counterfeit. During questioning, the traveler admitted to being a 20-year-old Indian national and that the documents were not his.

Posing as someone else when attempting to enter the United States is a serious violation of U.S. immigration law that may result in criminal prosecution. After a thorough investigation, criminal prosecution was ultimately not pursued in this case and the man departed the United States charged with an administrative violation of U.S. immigration law.

“Impostors and counterfeit travel and identity documents pose a potentially significant national security threat to the United States,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Director of the Baltimore Field Office. “Customs and Border Protection officers remain ever vigilant to intercept travelers and counterfeit documents because enforcing our nation’s immigration laws is just one way in which CBP contributes to the safety and security of America.”

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.

On average, CBP officers intercepted 16 fraudulent documents and refused admission to 764 travelers every day at Ports of Entry across the United States. Learn more about what CBP accomplished during "A Typical Day" in 2018.

Learn more about CBP at CBP.gov.

Last modified: 
December 16, 2019