Diplomatic Security Returns 'Most Wanted' Fugitive from Thailand

Media Note
Washington, DC
November 19, 2014

Special Agents from the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) located and assisted in the apprehension of U.S. fugitive Gregory Richard Swarn on November 7, 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand.

In September 2014, DSS began investigating Swarn for possible passport fraud based on information provided by the FBI. As a result of DSS’s investigation, a warrant for Swarn’s arrest was issued on October 3, 2014. After discovering that Swarn was residing in Thailand, DSS agents worked with Thai authorities to locate and apprehend him.

Swarn was deported from Thailand on November 14 and escorted back to the United States by DSS agents, who handed him over to the U.S. Marshals Service upon arrival. Swarn had previously been designated one of DSS’s most wanted fugitives.

“The apprehension of Swarn delivers a clear message that the U.S. Department of State, and our federal and international law enforcement partners, are firmly committed to locating those individuals who attempt to escape justice by hiding in other countries,” said Wendy A. Bashnan, Special Agent in Charge of the DSS’s Miami Field Office.

The successful investigation and return of Swarn to the United States was the result of the combined efforts of DSS’s Miami Field Office, DSS’s Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, the DSS Criminal Investigative Liaison Branch, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Thai Immigration Bureau.

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) is the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Department of State. It bears the core responsibility for providing a safe environment for the conduct of American diplomacy. DS is the most widely represented U.S. law enforcement and security organization in the world and protects people, property, and information at 285 State Department missions around the globe. To achieve this mission, DS is a leader in discovering and mitigating threats to American lives and facilities, mounting international investigations, and generating innovations in cybersecurity and physical security engineering. For more information, go to www.diplomaticsecurity.state.gov.


For additional information, contact:

Fred Lash

or DS-Press@state.gov