Warrants Issued in Miami Airport Security Fraud Case
September 14, 2001
Twelve arrest warrants were issued against non-U.S. citizens who attempted to obtain security badges at Miami International Airport. Eleven aliens face charges of using false Social Security cards and Alien Registration Cards to obtain security passes necessary to gain admittance to secure areas at the airport, including the airport tarmac ramp and baggage areas. U.S. Customs Service officials detected the falsifications when the aliens applied for badges to gain access to Customs secure areas. A warrant was also issued for a construction worker who fraudulently applied for a temporary U.S. Customs badge giving him access to other non-public areas of the airport. Customs Service is assisting OIG in the investigation, which is ongoing.