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PASSPORT FRAUD, WEB OF LIES SNARE EX-U.S. INFORMANT
[NORTH SPORTS FINAL Edition]
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: Passports & visas; Fraud; Plea bargaining
Author: O'Connor, Matt
Date: Sep 19, 1997
Start Page: 5
Section: METRO CHICAGO
Abstract (Document Summary)

Lester K. Coleman III was already in trouble for fraudulently obtaining a passport under the name of a newborn baby who died years ago when he came up with a bizarre scheme to escape prosecution.

A former government informant, Coleman accused U.S. authorities of prosecuting him in order to silence his purported knowledge of U.S. involvement in the downing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland in 1988.

In a claim that drew international publicity at the time, Coleman maintained that a Drug Enforcement Administration sting operation had gone awry, allowing terrorists to plant a bomb on the jet. The explosion and crash killed 270 people.

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