Is There a Breach in Airport Security?

Rep. Issa asks for an investigation at Lindbergh Field

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    Rep. Darrell Issa is asking federal authorities to investigate how a Hemet man was able to use a fake badge and carry a handgun through a security checkpoint at Lindbergh Field, the North County Times is reporting.

    Rep. Darrell Issa is asking federal authorities to investigate how a Hemet man was able to use a fake badge and carry a handgun through a security checkpoint at Lindbergh Field, the North County Times is reporting.

    "This breach highlights a considerable inattention to detail that placed innocent lives at risk," Issa wrote in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, which he shared with the paper.

    Issa asked the department to review its procedures and give him documents pertaining to the incident, the paper reported.

    The incident occurred on January 15, when Greg Denny and his wife allegedly showed up on the doorstep of Cherribelle Hibbard in Hemet.

    The husband and wife tried to falsely deport Hibbard to the Philippines, investigators said.

    Hibbard was 5 months pregnant, when police say she was taken to Lindbergh Field by Greg Denny and put on a plane to the Philippines.

    Denny had a realistic looking badge, police said, and claimed to be a US Marshal to bypass airport security.

     Greg and Karen Denny were arraigned in court on Monday. The couple both pled not guilty to several federal charges, including conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

    Hibbard's husband claims he recognized Greg Denny as his distant cousin.