“Birth Certificate Fraud”
by Inspector General Richard Kusserow
“In 1976, the Federal Advisory Committee on False Identification (FACFI) of the Justice Department pointed out that false identification was a serious problem. In 1984, the Task Force on Criminal Implications of False Identification, sponsored by Laws at Work (LAW), a national citizen’s association interested in law enforcement issues, endorsed a broad range of proposed actions including a national review of birth certificate systems and practices. This inspection is a further study of this problem.
The purpose of the inspection was to: 1) identify vulnerabilities to fraud in birth certificate forms and issuance procedures and in procedures of user agencies which receive birth certificates as documentation; and 2) describe best practices among State and local jurisdictions to remove or minimize these vulnerabilities.”