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Cablegate: Singapore Quarterly Fraud Summary - Q2 Fy2007

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DEPARTMENT FOR CA/FPP AND INL/HSTC
DEPARTMENT PLEASE PASS TO KCC FRAUD MANAGER
POSTS FOR FRAUD PREVENTION MANAGER

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SUBJECT: SINGAPORE QUARTERLY FRAUD SUMMARY - Q2 FY2007

REFS: (A) Singapore 225 (B) 06 Singapore 3469

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1. SUMMARY: H-1b fraud continued to be our most serious form of
fraud, but the number of H-1b applications from unqualified and/or
short-term residents of Singapore originating from India continued
to drop this quarter. Post devoted significant resources to
addressing potential adoption fraud. END SUMMARY.

2. SINGAPORE FRAUD SUMMARY

A. COUNTRY CONDITIONS: Singapore remained a low-fraud environment
for consular services. Singapore's pool of visa applicants is
comprised of well-qualified individuals with reliable documentation
for the most part. Our key concern continued to relate to the
potential for fraud by the Indian H-1b applicant pool.

B. NIV FRAUD: Post has begun a validation study of B1 visas issued
to Filipino domestic helpers in 2006 for the purpose of accompanying
their employers to the United States. Singapore's generally
affluent and mobile population -- American and otherwise -- generate
a large number of domestic helper B1 visa applications; the
overwhelming majority of these are for Filipinos. Results of the
study will be reported in the Q3 FY2007 Quarterly Fraud Summary.

Post continued to implement stringent measures in the adjudication
of H-1b IT applicants originating from India. The FPU unit utilized
Nexis Lexis to vet petitioners' information submitted through tax
returns, W-2 forms, payroll registries, LCAs, I-129s, and other
documents. In addition, post continued to exchange information with
nearby posts concerning the legitimacy of local companies.

C. IV FRAUD: See adoption fraud. Otherwise, IV fraud remained
minimal.

D. DV Fraud: No change.

E. ACS AND PASSPORT FRAUD: Embassy Singapore had another encounter
with identity fraud perpetrator Michael Fay/Doherty (Ref B). An
officer from the Embassy's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
office approached the ACS unit requesting help with verifying
whether an American citizen had renounced his citizenship.
According to the FAA officer, a pilot of Irish nationality who
claimed to have renounced his U.S. citizenship had approached FAA
Singapore requesting their assistance in helping him to transfer his
pilot certification into his new name and nationality. The FAA
officer was unaware of post's prior encounters with Fay/Doherty.
Consular chief briefed the FAA officer on some of elements of the
case and provided some limited written information concerning Fay's
visa application, including that the visa had been refused. Cons
chief referred FAA to CA/PPT for requests related to Fay's passports
records. We understand from FAA that Fay submitted a written
application to transfer his pilot's license to his Irish nationality
and made a written statement that he had renounced his U.S.
citizenship. Consular chief was subsequently contacted by a
Diplomatic Security agent seconded to CA/PPT. Cons chief briefed
the agent on the full details of our encounters with Fay/Doherty to
date.

F. ADOPTION FRAUD: Post has followed up on its adoption fraud
concerns (Ref A) by initiating outreach efforts to educate American
citizens considering adoption in Singapore. On February 27, Post
held an information session for prospective adopting parents with
Peter L. Rosenstock from UCSIS's Hong Kong office (which covers
Singapore) and representatives of Post's Consular section.
Rosenstock and Cons representatives also participated in a similar
session organized by the Singapore American Community Action Council
(SACAC), a group accredited by the GOS to conduct adoption home
studies here. Both sessions were well-attended and generated lively
discussions that clarified a number of ongoing issues about adoption
in Singapore.


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G. ASYLUM AND OTHER DHS BENEFIT FRAUD: No change.

H. COOPERATION WITH HOST GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES: The GOS in general
remained eager to share information related to non-Singapore
citizens involved in alien smuggling or mala fide travel schemes.
The GOS also remained reluctant to release information about
Singapore nationals due to strict privacy laws, though there are no
significant cases to report.

Post has shared with the GOS information about Singaporean alien
smugglers detained outside the Singapore and is monitoring its use
of this information. In 2Q FY2007, we informed the GOS about three
cases. Two of these involved the same 10-year-old boy with an
altered Singapore passport; the boy was offloaded in Korea (Incheon)
on January 27 and in Tokyo (Narita) on February 26, accompanied by a
different Singaporean woman in each case. The third case was of a
Singaporean man detained by Immigration in London on March 26 after
arriving from Bangkok with 200 blank European passports in his
luggage.

I. AREAS OF PARTICULAR CONCERN: None

J: STAFFING AND TRAINING: No change.

HERBOLD

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