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Passports Agency suspects crime in surge in lost passports

According to the director general of the Passports Agency, Ramón (Monchy) Rodríguez, from 2015 to date they have renewed 635,798 passports. Nearly 13% of the newly issued passports were replacements for either lost or damaged passports. Rodríguez considers the 81,439 lost or damaged passports an unusually high number and a significant cost for the government.

Rodríguez says his department suspects the passports are being requested by persons with ties to organized transnational crime syndicates, including drug and human traffickers and terrorists.

He said efforts are being made to eliminate the circulation of fraudulent Dominican passports. To fight against illegal use of passports, the Passports Agency is now issuing digital passports.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

Aug 11, 2017

Category: DR News |

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