Fooled by a Fake ID at DHS Headquarters

Security consultant able to use fake Mexican ID with errors to prove identity at DHS main facility

Mr. DeCell is a member of 9/11 Families for a Secure America, an organization of families with relatives who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. He and two other members paid the visit Wednesday to DHS officials.

Mr. DeCell said he keeps the fake ID card in his wallet and often shows it just to see what places will accept it. He keeps his driver's license handy in case the forgery is challenged, he said, but it never has been.

"I'm dismayed," Mr. DeCell said.

Joan Molinaro, who accompanied him, said she was shocked that DHS, of all agencies, accepted the phony ID.

"Homeland Security is not doing their job," she said. "Homeland Security accepted a fraudulent document as a legitimate one."