Ida Grove, Iowa native Lorne Segerstrom, a supervisory special agent with the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), was recently honored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont (USAO) for his instrumental role in the successful investigation of an individual who used fraudulent identity documents to apply for a U.S. passport and mortgage loans totaling
$1.6 million.

Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) Segerstrom and three U.S. Department of State colleagues were honored for their investigation of Alison Gu, who used a false identity in a passport application submitted at the St. Albans, Vermont, Passport Agency.

During the course of this investigation, SSA Segerstrom and his colleagues determined that Gu had used fraudulent court documents and more than 30 false identities, including that of a child killed in a mass school shooting in 1989, to fraudulently obtain bank loans for real estate purchases.

Gu and her live-in partner Matthew Abel were indicted and arrested in June 2016. In October 2017, Abel pleaded guilty to bank fraud. One month later, Gu was tried and found guilty of passport fraud, aggravated identity theft, and bank fraud. Abel was sentenced to six months in prison and five years of supervised release. Gu was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of supervised release. Both were ordered to pay restitution.

For his work on the case, the USAO presented SSA Segerstrom and his State Department colleagues with its Investigative Excellence Award on May 15, 2019, at a ceremony in the U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in Burlington, Vermont. The honorees were nominated by USAO staff for their outstanding work in support of the U.S. Attorney’s mission.

SSA Segerstrom, son of Lloyd (deceased) and Lois Segerstrom, of  Keeseville, N.Y., is a 1991 graduate of Ida Grove High School. He attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational safety and health in 1999. In 2004, he began his career with DSS and was assigned to the Chicago Field Office investigating visa and passport fraud and providing protective security support for visiting VIPs.

He previously served as the assistant regional security officer at U.S. embassies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kuwait, Iraq and Belize.

More information about this case can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/usao-vt/pr/jury-convicts-connecticut-woman-bank-fraud-false-statement-passport-application-and.

The Diplomatic Security Service is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. DSS special agents, engineers, and other security professionals are responsible for the security of more than 280 diplomatic posts around the world. In the United States, DSS 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. For additional information about DSS, visit DiplomaticSecurity.state.gov, or follow us at https://www.facebook.com/StateDeptDSS or https://www.facebook.com/StateDeptDSS.  

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