Skip to comments.Key witness in (presidential) passport fraud case fatally shot [old article]
Posted on 04/18/2009 9:26:11 PM PDT by rxsid
Key witness in passport fraud case fatally shot
A key witness in a federal probe into passport information stolen from the State Department was fatally shot in front of a District church, the Metropolitan Police Department said yesterday.
Lt. Quarles Harris Jr., 24, who had been cooperating with a federal investigators, was found late Thursday night slumped dead inside a car, in front of the Judah House Praise Baptist Church in Northeast, said Cmdr. Michael Anzallo, head of the department's Criminal Investigations Division.
Cmdr. Anzallo said a police officer was patrolling the neighborhood when gunshots were heard, then Lt. Harris was found dead inside the vehicle, which investigators would describe only as a blue car.
Emergency medics pronounced him dead at the scene.
City police said they do not know whether his death was a direct result of his cooperation with federal investigators.
"We don't have any information right now that connects his murder to that case," Cmdr. Anzallo said.
Police say a "shot spotter" device helped an officer locate Lt. Harris.
The Washington Times reported April 5 that contractors for the State Department had improperly accessed passport information for presidential candidates Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain, which resulted in a series of firings that reached into the agency's top ranks.
One agency employee, who was not identified in documents filed in U.S. District Court, was implicated in a credit-card fraud scheme after Lt. Harris told federal authorities he obtained "passport information from a co-conspirator who works for the U.S. Department of State."
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Shades of the Clintons.
Let me guess, in the back of the head... and it’s suicide.
April 18, 2008
Homicide in the 2800 Block of 12th Street, NE
The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating a homicide which occurred late yesterday evening in the 2800 block of 12th Street, NE.
At approximately 11:08 pm on Thursday, April 17, 2008, a Fifth District Unit on routine patrol reported the apparent sounds of gunshots in the area of the 2800 block of 12th Street, NE. Upon arrival, assisting officers located an adult male inside of a vehicle in the 2800 block of 12th Street, NE, suffering from apparent multiple gunshot wounds. DC Fire Department emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, but could find no signs consistent with life. The victim was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia and pronounced dead.
The decedent in this case has been identified as 24-year-old Leiutenant Quarles Harris, Jr., of the 700 block of 58th Avenue in Capitol Heights, Maryland.
This case is under investigation by detectives assigned to the departments Homicide and Sexual Offenses Branch. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call police at (202) 727-9099 or our new toll free anonymous tip line 1-888-919-CRIM [E].
The Metropolitan Police Department is currently offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.
NOTE: The first name of the decedent in this case is reportedly spelled differently then the common term Lieutenant meant to designate a specific rank.
This is where he originally got caught.
I was trying to see if the case is still open, but I don’t see it on the crime solvers web site.
Very odd. I wonder if the reward offer is still current? Maybe someone can telephone the number in the article I posted and ask? (I would, but I’m in Australia.)
Excerpted from the link at #58:
Informant Gunned Down Amidst 5D Violence
posted 8:52 pm Fri April 18, 2008 - Washington
A 24 year-old suspect turned informant was shot and killed in Northeast Washington and now his family and the authorities want to know if it was a random act of violence or a planned murder.
His mother, Cleopatria Harris, wonders if his death had anything to do with a federal fraud case.
Police stopped her son and found 20 credit cards and eight completed passport applications.
According to court documents, Leiutenant Harris told police he and someone inside the State Department were taking information off passport applications, which they used to get fraudulent credit cards.
Another conspirator, inside the Postal Service, intercepted the cards before they could get to the actual people.
Leiutenant Harris was in court for that case three days before his murder. “He felt like he was going to do jail time. He was willing to do jail time.”
Police are investigating the murder, while State Department Diplomatic Security, Secret Service and the Postal Inspector are all investigating the fraud case. The only comment from law enforcement was that it’s an ongoing investigation.
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“and 0bama is the only one with questionable/unknown passport info”
Uh, I’m not one of his fans either but I don’t see any way that you could possibly know this as a fact.
the only 3 passports breached were Clinton, McCain and Obama. Out of those 3, obama is clearly the one with questionable origins/travels.
I slept late, I need large quantities of hi-test coffee. I watched part of “Idiocity” last night and I told my wife it was too much like current events to be funny, now I seem to have awakened as one of the idiots.
I remember the discussion a year ago about someone digging up passport info on the 3 candidates but I am not sure I remember this murder connection.
Wow. Shot in his car.
Just like Bill Clinton’s ex-head of security .... Google it and see.
The clause overlooked is “... implicated in a credit-card fraud scheme after Lt. Harris told federal authorities he obtained ‘passport information from a co-conspirator who works for the U.S. Department of State’.” When hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into a man’s campaign for the presidency through credit card schemes listing thousands of fabricated credit card accounts used solely to funnel funds to the O bow ma coffers, murder doesn’t phase these criminal democrats. It would be interesting to see what this murdered guy said regarding the passport files but with Holder guarding O bow ma’s gate now, the information will never come out in truth, spun into fanciful lies maybe, but never the truth. A wicked man is being protected from exposure because he is a useful devil for demcorat schemes of socialist America. Should he reject the democrap directives, he will not be in office to finish his term because the democrap operatives have the data to turn the nation against him overnight if exposed to the enemedia. We The People are no longer the sovereigns of a Constitutional Republic, we are a people ruled by the DNC oligarchy and their deep connections ot foreign powers.
Either the vintner is non-existent and the listing is a means to pass coded data, or the Lt. is an alias. Perhaps Harris is now relocated to a convenient address and new name so Obamaicde cannot be done on him in exchange for further data forthcoming. One thing is sure, we the people will never know the full truth.
I find this interesting ...
Mr. Harris was fatally shot in Northeast Washington in April. Police at the time said they had no information linking his shooting to his involvement in the passport case.
The breach came to light in March around the same time The Times first reported that three State Department contract employees were being investigated for improperly accessing the passport data of presidential candidates Sens. Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Mr. McCormack said the cases are not related.
If I read it correctly, there are three different cases; the access of passport data of presidential candidates, involvement in a passport/credit card fraud ring, and murder. One and two are not related, and it is uncertain if either are linked to Harris’ murder.
One needs to wonder who Harris was working for in regard to the candidate passport breach, and if he was recruited given his involvement in the fraud ring.
how about “broken news” or “news formerly known as breaking” or maybe breaked...
I just read the very few articles from 2008.
For a employee of the State Separtment who had been involved in Passport and Credit Card Schemes there is very little mention of the political aspects of the story and not surprisingly, NO followup in 2008 or 2009.
Most of us here on FR are news junkies & so many are saying they do not recall this story. I remember the passport story but not Harris’s death. Very strange.
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Exactly. I have been on more BC threads than I can count and I never recall this being discussed...
Furthermore, I did a cursory search of FR archives through Google Advanced Search and I did not find one thread where the name "Quarles Harris" came up until the posts from last night and today.
The family seems to have a penchant for unusual spellings of unusual names. “Leiutenant” was his first name, full name being Leiutenant Quarles Harris. His mother’s name is Cleopatria, and she was very concerned that this might have been related to his having turned informant, to the point of offering a reward.
Newspaper reporters assumed he was Lt. Quarles Harris in error, or perhaps it was deliberate, given that the story seems to have been spiked or at least given very short shrift, which was very odd in light of the possible implications. You’d think some newspaper, dying from lack of readership and losing ad revenue, would jump all over such a story, filled with political intrigue and possibly involving a Presidential candidate. But ... no.
A mixed drink.
Well, at least they haven't called this case a "suicide" - not yet, anyway.
Please see my post # 80.
As for a mojito (as already mentioned), it's a mixed drink that consists of (one example):
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Pretty basic, but very refreshing.
Here is another version.
Scroll down on this blog.
facts? that’s what’s been the whole problem with 0bama... no one has any facts.
hilary and mccain, we have that info (or it has been presented). 0bama never has and has spent almost $1m to keep anyone from getting it.
so... i would say the FACTS as we have them are that we know nothing about 0bama’s background, nothing concrete.
we don’t even have his school or college records.
we have an admission that he traveled to pakistan during the 80s, at a time when Americans could not travel there.
we also have his paternal grandmother saying she was at his birth in kenya.
we know he had indonesian citizenship when he was a kid.
we do not know if he signed up for selective service (draft) at 18. (a fraudulent web-doc appeared and was batted down)
i could go on, but you get the picture.
i would say if the victim was involved in fraudulently obtaining 0bama’s passport info, which may contain info showing his citizenship is of question... that would be a very juicy piece of blackmail material... and would be motive.
i see NO ONE as above the law... therefore, NO ONE is above suspicion if they have motive.
My only contention was about how you could know that he is the ONLY one with questions about his passport. Once I had some coffee I became less muddle headed and it made sense to me. I should never post before my second mug of coffee.
I do not remember this story -— *all* of us would had we read it, and would have been part of 0’s reconstructed history.
Since he doesn’t have a real history.
I remember the passport story, but missed the murder part.
P, you ever read this story?
Just yesterday for the 1st time.
A year later, after the murder.
Something stinks to high Chicago heaven.
Yes, something does stink. This would surely have been picked up by someone here, and plus, why is there A) No indication anywhere else on the web that the crime was solved and, if it hasn’t been solved B) Why is it not listed on the crime solvers site?
This *old* article has generated a lot of interesting comments. Begin at #53 and read to end of page. #71 has a good observation. Don’t miss Maggief’s post #73.
Thanks for the ping.
I wonder why this story from 1 year ago would be published 1 year later? Are they looking for leads as to why he was killed?
As with everything else connected to BO we’ll probably never get the rest of the story.
I love the timeline:
1. Metropolitan Police on March 25, 2008 pulled over Mr. Harris in Southeast for tinted windows (too dark)
(Sings like a canary)
2.Shot dead: April 18, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Passing On Passports at the State Department
ODD THAT IT TOOK AN ENTIRE YEAR FOR ANY ONE TO MAKE A COMMENT:
There are other stories about his death to be found if you Google his name.
Gail | 04.19.09 - 3:51 pm | #
To all who read this story...Lt. Quarles Harris, Jr. was fatally shot, A YEAR AGO... on Thursday April 15th, 2008.
Sassybanjo | Homepage | 04.19.09 - 8:14 pm | #
You’re right! I found the link in a comment at www.americasright.com. Didn’t catch the year, just the month and day. Thanks.
Gail | 04.19.09 - 9:14 pm | #
Man Fatally Shot in Northeast Had Been Charged in Fraud Case - Passport Information Was Used to Obtain Bogus Credit Cards
Washington Post, The (DC) - Sunday, April 20, 2008
Author: Daniela Deane, Washington Post Staff Writer
A 24-year-old man who was killed in Northeast Washington on Thursday night was awaiting trial for credit card fraud in a case involving information that was stolen from passport applications, court documents show.
Leiutenant Q. Harris Jr. told authorities about the scam after his arrest March 25 during a traffic stop, according to an arrest affidavit filed in U.S. District Court. The document quoted him as saying he got passport information from a U.S. State Department employee, which he used to obtain bogus credit cards.
Harris also told police that an employee with the U.S. Postal Service was in on the scam, intercepting the credit cards before they could be delivered to the residences of people named on the accounts. The State Department and postal employees were not named in the affidavit.
Harris ‘s mother, Cleopatria Harris , said yesterday that she is “absolutely sure” her son was killed because of his involvement in the case. No one has been arrested in the killing.
This is completely bizarre. How in HELL could we have missed this?
I also read the stories at the time about the passport shennanigans, and a number of later stories as well, some of which suggested that the people involved were actually connected with and probably working for Obama, and possibly ensuring that his passport information would NOT get out.
I can’t believe that no one made the connection with this guy’s murder. This really is shades of Vince Foster.
My first thought was that maybe the date was misprinted in the Washington Times, and it should have read 2009 instead of 2008. But if so, then it was also misprinted in the police report. Could that be possible? Somebody should get in touch with someone working at the Washington Times and check it out, if possible.
Key Witness in Passport Fraud Case Fatally Shot.
date of article: APRIL 19, 2008.
Same date as the comments on the Bloggers Site?
“Either the vintner is non-existent and the listing is a means to pass coded data, or the Lt. is an alias. Perhaps Harris is now relocated to a convenient address and new name so Obamaicde cannot be done on him in exchange for further data forthcoming. One thing is sure, we the people will never know the full truth.”
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