Press Statement
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
Washington, DC
June 23, 2010


State Department Diplomatic Security Service Agent Tracked Man Guilty of Fraud and ID Theft

Frank J. Morris, a special agent with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), received the Law Enforcement Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of Justice Eastern District of Virginia. The award honors Morris for his investigative work with other law enforcement agencies that resulted in the arrest and guilty plea of a man who conspired to obtain over 100 fraudulent credit and debit cards in 30 different names.

From November 2007 through June 2009, Jungwook Oh led a complex identity theft and credit card fraud scheme in Virginia, New York, and Illinois. Oh fraudulently obtained drivers licenses and identification cards from the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles and illicitly acquired U.S. Social Security cards. Oh then would use the fraudulent identities to open multiple credit card accounts and lines of credit, obtaining at least $700,000 in loans and credit from the fraudulent accounts.

DS Special Agent Morris, U.S. Secret Service Special Agent Chad Brewer, and U.S. Postal Inspector Arnold N. Smith, Jr. conducted an extensive review of bank records and identification documents. While investigators were searching Oh’s house and car, the subject confessed. Oh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and aggravated identity theft and was sentenced to 75 months in prison.

“I was very fortunate to have been assigned this case,” said Morris after the award ceremony on June 4 in Alexandria, Virginia. “Special Agent Andrew Sellhorn, who opened this case, deserves much of the credit for recognizing its importance and putting it on the right track.”

“This case is a model for inter-agency cooperation. My partners in the United States Secret Service and United States Postal Inspectors did an outstanding job. I learned a great deal from working with them. We also had outstanding cooperation from investigators representing the state governments of Illinois and Virginia. I am proud of our efforts to protect Americans and financial institutions from identity theft in an age when bank customers can be robbed of millions without perpetrators ever setting foot through the doors of the financial institution.”

Morris has been an agent with Diplomatic Security for four years. He also received won the Basic Special Agent Class Director's Award which is given to the DS special agent trainee with the highest average scores in shooting, anti-terrorist driving, fitness, and academics. He previously was assigned to the Washington Field Office and during that time served on the National Capitol Region Task Force. Morris is now serving with DS's Office of Mobile Security Deployments (MSD). MSD is the only U.S. Government civilian tactical security unit capable of short-notice deployment to critical threat areas worldwide. MDS members are trained and equipped to conduct a variety of law enforcement and security missions in support of U.S. foreign policy objectives.

Each year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia holds a Law Enforcement Public Service Awards Ceremony to honor federal, state, and local law enforcement agents and officers for extraordinary efforts in cases handled by the office in the previous calendar year.

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 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.

Contact:
E.R. Anderson
571-345-2507
andersoner@state.gov