Special Agent Patrick Kuznia Linked Several Passport Fraud Cases to One Individual
Patrick Kuznia, a special agent for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), has been named one of the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s “Investigators of the Year.”
Special Agent Kuznia, 30, was honored this year for his work out of the Diplomatic Security New York Field Office investigating and apprehending a major identity theft vendor in New York City. The awards ceremony was held on November 13, 2009 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Kuznia helped link a dozen different passport fraud cases to the same individual. Over two years, Kuznia collected documentation and testimony that led to the arrest of a suspect, who had been assisting illegal aliens in assuming the identities of U.S. citizens for 20 years. Many of those assuming the identities were found to be involved in drug trafficking. Though the identity theft vendor’s actions had come to the attention of several law enforcement agencies, they were unable to identify him. Kuznia arrested the suspect in April 2009; four search warrants located documents for almost 500 stolen identities.
After receiving the award, Kuznia remarked, “It is an honor to be recognized by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation. I am truly privileged to represent all of the law enforcement officers from the Diplomatic Security Service and other federal, state, and local agencies that dedicated their time and efforts along with me in this investigation. Fraudulently obtained identity documents facilitate criminal activity by allowing criminals to operate anonymously and under the radar of law enforcement. Arresting such a prolific identity vendor who was successful at obtaining legitimate U.S. Passports is a major victory for the U.S. Department of State and the international law enforcement community.”
Kuznia is the son of Paul and Jacqueline Kuznia of Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a 1997 graduate of Tampa Jesuit High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University in 2001.
Kuznia became a Special Agent for the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security in May 2006. Since then, he has been assigned to the Bureau’s New York Field Office and is currently serving at DS headquarters in Arlington, Virginia in the counterintelligence program.
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of 285 U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel investigate passport and visa fraud, conduct personnel security investigations, and protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States. More information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.state.gov/m/ds.