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  • Deputies: Illegal immigrant asks for background check

    07/18/2008 10:42:17 AM PDT · by AuntB · 23 replies · 77+ views
    middletown journal ^ | July 18, 2008 | Lauren Pack
    Woman allegedly handed over fake documents to be screened for a job. HAMILTON — An illegal immigrant was arrested this week in the lobby of the Butler County Sheriff's Office when she allegedly passed fake identification while trying to get a background check for a job, according to sheriff's officials. Genesis Mahelet Garcia-Garcia, 25,(photo) of Sixth Avenue in Hamilton was arrested Wednesday, July 16. She is charged with two counts of forgery and one count of identity fraud. She is in the country from Mexico illegally, according to deputies. Garcia-Garcia is being held in the Butler County Jail and faces...
  • California state worker probed in ID security breach

    07/10/2008 7:44:46 PM PDT · by radar101 · 25 replies · 147+ views
    SacBee ^ | July 10, 2008 | Andrew McIntosh
    A state worker recently married to a member of the Mexican Mafia who is in Corcoran State Prison for a gang murder is herself under investigation for downloading more than 5,000 names, addresses and Social Security numbers belonging to Department of Consumer Affairs staff, The Bee has learned. The Department of Consumer Affairs disclosed that it suffered a data security breach last month, but at the time released few details about the incident. Officials sent a letter to employees, warning them to watch their credit for signs of identity theft, offering them free credit reports and $25,000 worth of fraud...
  • States Take New Tack on Illegal Immigration (sniff...poor illegals)

    06/08/2008 8:33:31 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 31 replies · 84+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6/9/08 | DAMIEN CAVE
    Three months after the local police inspected more than a dozen businesses searching for illegal immigrants using stolen Social Security numbers, this community in the Florida Panhandle has become more law-abiding, emptier and whiter. Many of the Hispanic immigrants who came in 2004 to help rebuild after Hurricane Ivan have either fled or gone into hiding. Churches with services in Spanish are half-empty. Businesses are struggling to find workers. And for Hispanic citizens with roots here — the foremen and entrepreneurs who received visits from the police — the losses are especially profound. “It was very hard because the community...
  • Data Breaches and Perceived Liability

    06/07/2008 9:17:12 PM PDT · by APRPEH · 1 replies · 73+ views
    APRPEH ^ | 3 Sivan 5768/06 June 2008 | APRPEH
    Researchers Say Notification Laws Not Lowering ID Theft Over the past five years, 43 U.S. states have adopted data breach notification laws, but has all of this legislation actually cut down on identity theft? Not according to researchers at Carnegie Mellon University who have published a state-by-state analysis of data supplied by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). "There doesn't seem to be any evidence that the laws actually reduce identity theft," said Sasha Romanosky, a Ph.D student at Carnegie Mellon who is one of the paper's authors. Romanosky's team took a state-by-state look at FTC identity theft complaints filed...
  • Illegal in More Ways than One - Identity theft in America goes hand and hand with illegal...

    05/16/2008 7:30:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies · 165+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2008 | Steven Malanga
    Identity theft in America goes hand and hand with illegal immigration.As everyone knows, America is experiencing an epidemic of identity theft. In the last five years alone, complaints to the Federal Trade Commission from U.S. residents who have had their identity stolen have skyrocketed 60 percent, to 258,427 in 2007—one-third of all consumer fraud complaints that the commission receives. What’s less well understood, however, is how illegal immigration is helping to fuel this rash of crime. Seeking access to jobs, credit, and driver’s licenses, many undocumented aliens are using the personal data of real Americans on forged documents. The immigrants’...
  • First Defendants From Pilgrim's Pride Roundup In Court Tuesday

    04/28/2008 9:41:59 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 24 replies · 133+ views ^ | April 28, 2008 | Staff Writer
    The first defendants from the April 16 immigration raid at the local Pilgrim's Pride chicken processing plant will be in Federal Court in Chattanooga on Tuesday. They are due to appear at 2 p.m. before Magistrate Susan Kerr Lee for hearings on whether they should continue to be detained. They include: -Jose Luis Ramirez-Vasquez Authorities say he is an alien who was previously deported and came back into the U.S. at Lukenville, Ariz. -Alfred Gabriel-Torres (also known as Jaime Hernandez) He is charged with using an invalid Social Security card for citizenship purposes -Roberto Gabriel-Ramirez Officials said he was deported...
  • Jury indicts Vallejo women for fraud

    04/29/2008 8:26:10 AM PDT · by Califreak · 5 replies · 78+ views
    Vallejo Times Herald ^ | 04/25/2008 | Tony Burchyns
    A federal grand jury Friday indicted four Vallejo women, including a county employee, on charges of bank fraud and identity theft. Among the accused is Jennifer Miller, 43, an accounting supervisor in the Solano County Health and Human Services Department. Miller abused her position to allegedly obtain names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers of Solano County health and social services clients, including food stamp recipients, federal prosecutors said. Miller allegedly provided the stolen identities to accomplices who opened bank accounts in the names of the victims, prosecutors said.
  • Vanity.. Social Security Benefits - ID Theft

    04/25/2008 6:26:21 AM PDT · by FAB · 21 replies · 346+ views
    Idle Thoughts ^ | 04/25/08 | FAB
    Maybe the brilliant mind of the Free Republic members can advise on this. I run a genealogy site for the family. In here we post information obtained from the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), published by the U.S. Government. Let's say someone passes on and their spouse is receiving benefits. The SSDI publishes the SS# of the passed family member. Is it possible for the spouse to have complications arising from the theft of their loved ones ID?
  • Man Charged in ID Theft at NY Hospital [50,000 patient records stolen]

    04/13/2008 12:54:19 AM PDT · by Enchante · 5 replies · 102+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | 04/12/08 | VERENA DOBNIK
    NEW YORK (AP) — A man who worked in the admissions department at a prestigious Manhattan hospital has been charged with stealing and selling information on nearly 50,000 patients. Dwight McPherson, 38, a former worker at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was arrested Friday night, shortly after the hospital announced the security breach. McPherson was arraigned Saturday in federal court in Manhattan. He is charged with computer fraud, identity document fraud, transmission of stolen property and sale of stolen property. U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV ordered McPherson not to leave the New York area before his next...
  • Identity Theft Leads to Child-Porn Arrest Nightmare

    04/04/2008 12:35:21 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 18 replies · 216+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 4/4/2008 | Staff
    Simon Bunce of Hampshire, England, not only had his credit-card number stolen online but was arrested and falsely accused of being a pedophile when that card number was used to buy child pornography. Before you think "that's a clever excuse," the story has a somewhat happy ending, as Bunce eventually was fully cleared by police. Yet that only came after he'd lost his $250,000-a-year job, his father and siblings stopped talking to him and his computer was taken away for several months, the BBC reports. Bunce had the misfortune of being caught up in Operation Ore, a massive British online...
  • To Illegal Immigrants, Md. Feeling Less Friendly

    03/26/2008 7:41:36 AM PDT · by Delacon · 36 replies · 858+ views
    Washington Post ^ | March 25, 2008 | Pamela Constable and Lisa Rein
    Public anger against illegal immigrants, already entrenched in parts of Northern Virginia, is seeping into Maryland. With legislators facing unprecedented demands to take action, fears of a crackdown are spreading among illegal immigrants in a state that has been more tolerant of them.A record 20 bills targeting illegal immigrants have been introduced in the state legislature this session. Although none of the bills is expected to survive, their supporters are far more vocal and organized than in the past, and the movement has gained recent support in Maryland communities that include Mount Rainier, Gaithersburg and Taneytown."If there is any doubt...
  • Officials arrest 36 for immigration violations in Minnesota and S.D.

    03/04/2008 3:28:00 AM PST · by Son House · 22 replies · 111+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 3, 2008 | PAUL WALSH
    ....... Among the 36, six had criminal convictions along with their immigration violations. In a news release, ICE highlighted two of the people arrested: • Merido Mazariegos, 32, of Guatemala, convicted of fifth-degree assault in Minnesota's Nobles County. • Jose Inocente Garcia-Huix, 38, of Guatemala, convicted in Nobles County last year for forging two state identification cards under aliases.
  • Top corporations for customer ID theft

    03/03/2008 6:20:57 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 16 replies · 199+ views
    Clark | 2-29-08 | Clark Howard
    RIP-OFF ALERT: The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology analyzed corporate America to see which companies have the highest incidence of ID theft. The No. 1 company? Bank of America. BoA is the nation's second largest bank. (If you look at the numbers based on total customer base, BoA then actually comes in second behind HSBC). AT&T occupies the second slot, followed by Sprint (No. 3), JPMorgan Chase (No. 4) and Capital One (No. 5). Think about it: 3 of the first 5 are banks, which is understandable. But why are two phone companies way up there? The reason is...
  • IRS tells 7-year-old boy he owes back taxes on $60,000

    02/24/2008 9:46:11 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 41 replies · 153+ views
    <p>CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill. - Police say identity theft is the reason the Internal Revenue Service recently warned a seven-year-old boy from the northwestern Chicago suburb of Carpentersville that he owed back taxes on $60,000.</p> <p>Officers said Friday the second-grader's identity has been in use by someone else since 2001 -- not long after his birth.</p>
  • Who is the other Alianiss Nunez Morales?

    02/23/2008 8:33:36 AM PST · by cll · 15 replies · 390+ views
    Minnesota Public Radio ^ | 2/23/2008 | Laura Yuen & Ambar Espinoza
    St. Paul, Minn. — A public records search turned up a 23-year-old woman named Alianiss Nunez Morales in Chester, Connecticut. The records indicate her Social Security card was issued in Puerto Rico. Alianiss is not a common name. Two Spanish linguistics professors contacted for this story say they've never heard of it. They say it could be a name created by parents. Friday the prosecutor in the Cottonwood case said immigration officials went to Puerto Rico to talk to the grandmother of a person named Alianiss Nunez Morales. They showed her a mug shot of the woman now sitting in...
  • Suspect's aliases emerge in slaughterhouse case

    02/21/2008 4:47:15 PM PST · by ruination · 12 replies · 183+ views
    The Press Enterprise ^ | February 21, 2008 | Richard Brooks
    Although the Chino slaughterhouse case triggered national outrage and the nation's biggest meat recall, a second suspect faced only misdemeanor charges when he surrendered this week -- until his aliases and pending drug cases emerged. "His worst problem is the felony possession for sale. It's (punishable by) mandatory state prison," San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Debbie Ploghaus said Thursday of the defendant, whose true name she still doesn't know for certain. "We know him as Luis Sanchez, with a birth date of 3-8-75." Under that identity, he is one of two men charged in the Hallmark/Westland Meat Co. case...
  • Feds Nab Woman Accused of ID Thefts

    02/04/2008 10:39:49 AM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 3 replies · 53+ views
    Newsday ^ | 2/4/08 | n/a
    TINLEY PARK, Ill. - A woman suspected of stealing other people's identities and duping some of the country's top universities into admitting her and giving her student loans has been arrested in a Chicago suburb, federal investigators say. Esther Elizabeth Reed, 29, was arrested on a federal warrant Saturday in Tinley Park, said Malcolm Wiley, spokesman for the Secret Service.
  • Credit card data breach could affect 650,000[JC Penney; Others]

    01/17/2008 9:32:57 PM PST · by BGHater · 8 replies · 398+ views
    AP ^ | 17 Jan 2008 | David Koenig
    GE Money handles credit card operations for J. C. Penney, other retailers PLANO, Texas - Personal information on about 650,000 customers of J.C. Penney and up to 100 other retailers could be compromised after a computer tape went missing. GE Money, which handles credit card operations for Penney and many other retailers, said Thursday night that the missing information includes Social Security numbers for about 150,000 people. The information was on a backup computer tape that was discovered missing last October. It was being stored at a warehouse run by Iron Mountain Inc., a data storage company, and was never...
  • A farewell to the era of anonymous drinking

    01/10/2008 6:37:05 PM PST · by Eyes Unclouded · 87 replies · 423+ views
    The Jem Report ^ | Jan 09, 2008 | Jem Matzan
    The frustration of proving one's age to buy things like alcohol and tobacco does not end when you reach the appropriate legal age. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have a youthful appearance are forever burdened with having to carry a state-issued ID card to every place where we might want to buy alcohol or tobacco. Over the past few years, we've been gradually subjected to another, more intrusive ID-related hassle -- that of electronic drivers license scanning. It's one thing when a government representative scans your driver's license; it's another thing entirely when a restaurant does it,...
  • User Data Stolen From Pornographic Web Sites

    01/04/2008 8:54:01 AM PST · by Calpernia · 32 replies · 250+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, January 4, 2008 | By Keith B. Richburg
    Consumers of Internet pornography who secretly signed up for memberships on adult-oriented Web sites in the past few months may be in for a shock -- some of their personal information, including e-mail addresses, may have been compromised by a security breach. Though the breach, which potentially could affect tens of thousands of customers, reportedly did not involve the theft of credit card information, it could nonetheless have a significant impact on the lucrative Internet pornography industry, according to those who monitor the market. These observers note that online porn relies, as much as anything else, on the promise that...