On Friday, May 27 2011, Diplomatic Security Service agents returned Nathan Kent Lumbard to the United States to face federal passport fraud and aggravated identify theft charges. The charges arise from Lumbard’s use of an assumed identity to fraudulently obtain a passport to leave the United States. Lumbard was indicted on these charges in December 2010. After a complex investigation, Diplomatic Security Service agents in Detroit, Michigan, Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma determined that Lumbard was living overseas under the assumed identity. DSS agents, in coordination with local police, located Lumbard in Rangoon, Burma, and successfully returned him to the United States to face charges.
“Diplomatic Security’s Regional Security Offices in Bangkok and Rangoon worked tirelessly to locate and return Lumbard,” said Jeffrey W. Culver, Director of the Diplomatic Security Service. “This is an example of the unparalleled capability of Diplomatic Security to locate individuals and return them to the United States to face prosecution here.”
The charges against the defendant are only allegations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
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 missions around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel protect the U.S. Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States, investigate passport and visa fraud, and conduct personnel security investigations. More information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.state.gov/m/ds.
DS contact: Sarah Rosetti