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Cablegate: Fraud Summary - Casablanca

VZCZCXRO4605
RR RUEHC
DE RUEHCL #1341/04 3611647
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 271647Z DEC 05 ZDK
FM AMCONSUL CASABLANCA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 6019
RUEHPNH/NVC PORTSMOUTH 1710
INFO RUEHRB/AMEMBASSY RABAT 7379
RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID 3615
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 0422
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 0914
RUEHAT/AMCONSUL AMSTERDAM 0010
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 0243
RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS SECTION 04 OF 04 CASABLANCA 001341

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR CA/FPP - BAER, CA/VO/F/P, NEA/MAG, PRM
DEPT ALSO PASS TO KCC FOR FPM JSCHOOLS
CAIRO FOR RCO HICKEY
POSTS FOR FRAUD PREVENTION MANAGER

SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KFRD CVIS CPAS CMGT ASEC PREL MO
SUBJECT: FRAUD SUMMARY - CASABLANCA


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it is actually a RAM representative that identifies a
passenger bearing a fraudulent US or Moroccan travel
document and notifies the immigration or police authorities
at the airport.

After the May 16, 2003, Casablanca bombings, the Moroccan
Parliament passed a new terrorism law that significantly
increased the penalties for forgeries and the fraudulent
production of government and private documents. The
punishments are most serious for government documents, such
as passports, national identification cards, and police and
educational certificates, with the penalties ranging from a
minimum six month jail term to 5 years for serious offenses.
For private documents, punishments range from 6 months to
two years, depending on the harm done with the fraudulent
documents. These crimes and visa fraud are prosecuted by
the Moroccan authorities, as all individuals referred to the
police by the FPU were sentenced to at least a six-month
prison term.

I. AREAS OF PARTICULAR CONCERN: While the fraud associated
our DV program remains high, the number of suspect and
actual sham marriages continues to rise on the IV visa line.
These include inter-family relationships, such as marriage
to a first cousin. While this is not prohibited in Morocco
or in several states in the U.S., the petitioner and
applicant often have little relationship with one another
prior to the visa application. In addition, the number of
internet marriages continues to rise. Some of these sham
marriages are easy to identify, such as when the petitioner
and applicant do not share a common language. The FPU would
appreciate CA assistance in providing guidance on
Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) guidelines for
prosecuting fraudulent marriages, which would assist in the
preparation of revocation memos for these petitions.

J. STAFFING AND TRAINING: Currently, the FPU consists of a
single FSN Fraud Investigator (FI) and an FPM vice consul
who also serves as the Consular ACO and ACS Chief. In
addition to general NIV and ACS training, the FI has
attended regional fraud prevention courses at Nicosia in
1996 and at Rome in 1999. He was scheduled to attend the
Anti-Fraud Workshop in early 2005 at Abu Dhabi when it was
cancelled. The FPM completed the FPM course at FSI in 2005.

Morocco remains in the top five countries worldwide for the
Diversity Visa entrants. This appears to be a primary
reason for a substantial increase in IV petitions filed for
Moroccan beneficiaries and in relatives seeking NIVs to
visit American citizens in the U.S. In addition, the
Morocco-U.S. Free Trade Agreement will go into effect on
January 1, 2006, and is likely to have a further impact on
NIV demand. As a result, demand for the FSN/I's
knowledgeable, fraud-related interpretation assistance on
the visa line is increasingly occupying his time. In
addition, due to his experience, he backs up most FSN
positions in the section. GREENE

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