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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...
  • More than 20 workers arrested at O'Hare [illegal workers with fake security ID]

    11/07/2007 2:09:06 PM PST · by charles m · 27 replies · 74+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 7, 2007
    More than 20 workers were arrested today at O'Hare International Airport after authorities said employees at a suburban staffing agency used fraudulent security badges to gain access to unauthorized areas of the airport. Many of the workers arrested were illegal immigrants, authorities said. The eight-month investigation led to the execution of a search warrant today at Ideal Staffing Solutions, 170 N. Pine Lane in Bensenville, and the arrests of two managers there: Mary Gurin, 36, of Carpentersville, and Norinye Benitez, 24, of Franklin Park, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Each was charged with one count...
  • Dozens of Employees Walk Away From Electrolux

    12/16/2007 5:30:01 AM PST · by engrpat · 188 replies · 312+ views
    Dozens of Employees Walk Away From Electrolux NewsChannel 5 looked into whether the plant employed illegal immigrants. Sources told NewsChannel 5 more than 100 workers have been let go in the past couple of days. The employees said it was complete chaos. According to a NewsChannel 5 source, so many workers have been let go that it has been hard to do their jobs at the Electrolux plant. Second and Third shifts have been hit the hardest, and they believe the company is taking action to fix a problem that should not have happened in the first place. Diane Casey...
  • Newport couple faces taxes on income never earned ( IRS and Illegals on ID theft )

    12/14/2007 10:36:05 AM PST · by george76 · 60 replies · 247+ views
    Citizen Tribune ^ | December 14, 2007 | ROBERT MOORE
    For Lora and Jamey Costner, a $7,854 federal income tax bill is the painful indigestion that followed two unsatisfying servings of identity theft cooked up by two former Koch Foods employees... The criminal cases involving the Newport married couple and the two illegal immigrants, who IRS records indicate worked for Koch Foods, have been resolved in the court system. The bitter aftertaste that remains is the unpalatable possibility of having their wages garnished to pay tax bills on income they never earned ... "The overall burden of it all is crushing us, please help," the Costners wrote in an appeal...
  • Identity Protection Shopping

    12/10/2007 10:06:15 AM PST · by APRPEH · 2 replies · 43+ views ^ | 10 December 2007 | APRPEH
    Posted: Sun, 09 Dec 2007 12:54:00 +0000 Lifelock Vs TrustedID By Puripong Koomsin Each year, the cost of Identity Theft amounts to over 50 Million US Dollars and these numbers are steadily rising. Identity theft has been one of the most expensive crimes in the United States, costing both the government and individuals such a huge amount of money. Even though the crime is rising in numbers, most people still think that it may just be a result of isolated cases that have been blown out of proportion by the government and agencies that tend to gain from them. That...
  • Son's call to police leads to dad's arrest on felony ID theft charges

    12/04/2007 9:16:10 PM PST · by MrCFdovnh · 8 replies · 163+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 4, 2007 | Liam Ford and Carolyn Rusin
    The investigation of a Morton Grove man charged with 22 counts of felony identity theft started when his son reported that his father had threatened to shoot him, authorities said Tuesday. Officers were looking for weapons last week when they searched the home of Mohammad Afzal Sodagar in the 8600 block of Frontage Drive. What they found instead were hundreds of credit cards, 11 Illinois identification cards with Sodagar's photos—but bearing other names—on them, at least 36 Social Security cards, gold coins and bars and more than $60,000 in cash, said a spokesman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.
  • Debit Card Fraud - Heads Up

    12/03/2007 10:55:18 PM PST · by Aria · 99 replies · 165+ views
    December 3, 1007 | Vanity
    This afternoon I found out that in the last three days someone did ATM withdrawals of $500 ea, the maximum daily withdrawal, from my bank account each day. So now I'm out $1500 for about 10 days which is when the bank said they'd refund me. Somehow they had not only my card number but also my pin number and I have absolutely no idea how they could get both. I was lucky that the bank put a hold on my account due to suspicious transactions and this is how I found out. BTW, this happened in Seattle.
  • Florida woman wins multimillion-dollar jury verdict against Equifax

    12/04/2007 9:03:26 AM PST · by Daffynition · 8 replies · 72+ views
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 4, 2007 | Richard Burnett
    Angela P. Williams says she got nothing but a runaround from Equifax as she tried for more than a decade to clear up an identity mix-up that ruined her credit. Now she's hitting the credit-reporting giant where it hurts: on the bottom line. An Orlando jury awarded Williams a multimillion-dollar verdict against Equifax for years of failing to correct dramatic errors in Williams' credit report that led to her credit score being trashed.
  • Police: Pair financed fun with ID theft (Philadelphia)

    12/03/2007 4:49:52 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 87+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/3/07 | Maryclaire Dale - ap
    PHILADELPHIA - They were young, rich and in love. But the jet-setters financed their fun on the credit cards of unsuspecting neighbors in their high-end apartment building and other identity-fraud victims, police said Monday. The fraud scheme paid for jaunts to Paris, London and Hawaii and a stop at a tony salon for $1,700 worth of hair extensions, police said. Drexel University student Jocelyn Kirsch, 22, and beau Edward K. Anderton, a University of Pennsylvania graduate, were charged Friday with identity theft, forgery, unlawful use of a computer and a laundry list of other counts. "They were two young people...
  • Student arrested trying to renew driver's license[Illegal][Oregon]

    11/25/2007 10:09:17 AM PST · by BGHater · 87 replies · 1,772+ views ^ | 22 Nov 2007 | KATU Web Staff
    HILLSBORO, Ore. - A college student from Washington County could be deported after trying to renew her driver's license at a local DMV. Alejandra Trujillo, 20, went to the Tanasbourne DMV office on Friday.     When a DMV worker asked her for identification, authorities say she handed over a fake Social Security card. The DMV worker called police  and they arrested Trujillo. Lt. Mike Rouches of the Hillsboro Police department said "at that point he [the officer] had probable cause to arrest her for the crime of criminal possession of a forged instrument." Wednesday evening, supporters of Trujillo picketed outside...
  • UK Families on Fraud Alert - Computer Disks With Details On 25 Million Missing

    11/20/2007 4:26:47 PM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 28 replies · 34+ views
    NTARC ^ | November 20, 2007 | NTARC
    In what is being called a ” catastrophic failure” two computer discs holding the personal details of all families in the UK with a child under 16, receiving child benefits are missing. The discs apparently contain personal details including where relevant. The unimaginable loss means information on senior politicians, police officers and leading industrialists will be included in the missing data, which contains records on nearly half the UK’s 60.5 million population. It is reported that MPs gasped as Mr Darling revealed the scale of the loss in an emergency statement to the Commons. Two computer discs holding the personal...
  • Immigrant Offender's Future Care in Doubt (Life in a Sanctuary City)

    11/11/2007 9:24:47 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies · 103+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | November 10, 2007 | Ed Treleven
    More than three years after he was shot four times by Madison police during a night of bizarre behavior, a man who calls himself David Lopez Jr. will soon be released from a state mental hospital. If he were actually David Lopez Jr. he would walk out of the Mendota Mental Health Institute and return to society with a well-documented plan to keep up the treatment he 's been receiving for schizophrenia and drug and alcohol addictions. But his real identity is Carlos Toledo-Rubio, 26, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who followed a hometown friend to Madison to find work.It's...
  • Immigration protestors disrupt downtown Tacoma

    11/10/2007 9:20:08 AM PST · by AuntB · 41 replies · 191+ views
    King 5 News ^ | Nov. 9, 2007 | LINDA BRILL
    TACOMA, Wash. - Immigration protestors marched through downtown Tacoma, stopping traffic and halting downtown bus service Friday. They're protesting federal immigration policy and the treatment of people at Tacoma's Northwest Detention Center, which holds as many as 1,000 people. Protestors vowed to shut down the city of Tacoma Friday. They fell short but did get their message across. Many wore bandanas over their faces to hide their identities. The protest had been planned for weeks. "When the ICE – Immigration Customs Enforcement - can come into our community, rip families apart, put people in jail. Whether or not they have...
  • Woman Who Bought House Using Stranger's Name Gets 5 Years for ID Theft

    11/10/2007 6:15:17 AM PST · by 3AngelaD · 39 replies · 169+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 10, 2007 | Tom Jackman
    The woman who took a stranger's driver's license and used it to buy a $419,000 townhouse in Fairfax County last year was sentenced to five years in prison yesterday. The scheme unraveled for Elizabeth Cabrera-Rivera, 40, not when she obtained two mortgages for the house in the stranger's name, or when she deeded the house to herself. It was when she refinanced her second mortgage, and the bank sent an overpayment check to the stranger, that Cabrera-Rivera was caught. She was arrested at the BB and T bank in Arlington County that figured out her scheme. The victim of the...
  • Hiring undocumented workers depressed wages at Tyson Foods plants, witness testifies

    11/08/2007 5:46:55 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 63 replies · 700+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | November 07, 2007 | Brian Lazenby
    An economist testified in federal court today that the practice of hiring undocumented workers at eight Tyson Foods plants allowed the company to pay wages far below what other companies paid unskilled workers. The testimony came during a hearing in a class-action civil lawsuit in which workers at Tyson plants are seeking damages for depressed wages that could top $25 million, according to a report compiled by economist George Borjas. Tyson attorneys contend there are problems with the data and are seeking to have Dr. Borjas' testimony excluded from the trial, which is scheduled for March 3, 2008. Chief U.S....
  • Driver's license worker arrested (Florida)

    11/05/2007 5:55:05 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 29 replies · 1,934+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 11/5/07 | DAVID OVALLE
    A driver's license bureau employee who earned roughly $24,000 a year made thousands on the side illegally selling licenses to Brazilian immigrants, state authorities said. Cammie Gray Andres, 46, a driver's license bureau employee since 2000, illegally charged at least five undocumented Brazilians between $2,500 and $3,000 for driver's licenses, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Using bogus Social Security numbers, Andres falsely issued them under a program designed to exchange licenses for valid ones from U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. She faces multiple counts of unlawfully issuing driver's licenses, official misconduct and unlawful...
  • Ellison (Muslim Congressman) bill would outlaw photo ID requirements for voters in federal elections

    11/02/2007 2:39:30 PM PDT · by radar101 · 58 replies · 247+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 2 NOV 2007 | Kevin Diaz
    In a challenge to the Bush administration, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., introduced legislation Wednesday that would ban photo identification as a requirement for voting in federal elections. By Kevin Diaz, Star Tribune Last update: November 01, 2007 – 9:37 AM WASHINGTON - In a challenge to the Bush administration, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., introduced legislation Wednesday that would ban photo identification as a requirement for voting in federal elections. Ellison's bill reflects the Minnesota practice, which does not require photo ID for the purpose of voter verification. Ellison has a companion bill that mirrors the state's law allowing eligible voters...
  • Swift raid effects still felt (barf alert)

    11/01/2007 5:42:28 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 30 replies · 50+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 01 nov 07 | Monte Whaley
    )GREELEY — Families and children still are reeling from the aftershocks of the Dec. 12 raid at the Swift & Co. plant, activists and parents said Wednesday. "Ten months later and we are still distributing food, diapers and other essentials to these families," said activist Ricardo Romero. The effect on families of the Greeley raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents - as well as two other raids by ICE on the same day - was outlined in a report released Wednesday. The study by the Urban Institute and the National Council of La Raza calls on Congress for more...
  • Spitzer is just beyond belief

    10/30/2007 5:07:46 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 31+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | October 30th 2007 | Bill Hammond
    New School President and former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) once described Bill Clinton as "an unusually good liar." Well, Gov. Spitzer is an unusually bad one. The hedges, half-truths and howlers Spitzer is spouting to explain his U-turn on driver's licenses for illegal immigrants are fooling no one - except maybe the governor himself. The truth of the matter is that Spitzer caved, big-time, to overwhelming popular opposition. Instead of offering a single ID card to all New York residents, both legal and illegal - which was his original plan - he's now proposing a complicated three-tiered system that...
  • Mexican document dealer sentenced to prison

    10/28/2007 1:44:30 PM PDT · by AuntB · 18 replies · 86+ views
    Deseret Morning News ^ | Oct. 28, 2007 | Geoffrey Fattah
    A Mexican national was sentenced this week to more than two years in federal prison for supplying stolen citizenship documents and information to workers at a Hyrum, Cache County, meat-packing plant, which was later raided by federal agents as part of a nationwide operation against illegal-immigrant workers. Led into court in a blue jumpsuit with her hands and feet bound in chains, Veronica Carrillo sat calmly as she listened through a Spanish interpreter to her sentence for selling naturalization or citizenship papers. U.S. District Judge Paul Cassell said that, under the charge, he was required to sentence Carrillo to a...
  • Mexicans Miss Money From Relatives Up North

    10/25/2007 9:21:15 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 49 replies · 88+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 26, 2007 | By ELISABETH MALKIN
    EL RODEO, Mexico — For years, millions of Mexican migrants working in the United States have sent money back home to villages like this one, money that allows families to pay medical bills and school fees, build houses and buy clothes or, if they save enough, maybe start a tiny business. But after years of strong increases, the amount of migrant money flowing to Mexico has stagnated. From 2000 to 2006, remittances grew to nearly $24 billion a year from $6.6 billion, rising more than 20 percent some years. In 2007, the increase so far has been less than 2...
  • Feds: Fake-ID ring killed to stay ahead

    10/25/2007 6:48:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 22 replies · 136+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 24, 2007 | Antonio Olivo
    Feds: Fake-ID ring killed to stay ahead Mexico says it has captured leader; his stepdaughter cheers By Antonio Olivo Tribune staff reporter 11:24 PM CDT, October 24, 2007 The violent and sometimes improbable saga of a fake ID ring that stretched from Little Village to Mexico City reached a climax Wednesday, when federal authorities announced that they had captured the leader in Mexico and charged him with murder and racketeering. U.S. law enforcement officials in Chicago said Mexican authorities caught up Friday with Manuel Leija-Sanchez, 40, saying he was the leader of a Little Village-based operation since at least 1993....
  • Mortgage company workers charged in scam (another Hillary donor)

    10/16/2007 1:54:24 PM PDT · by JohnLongIsland · 15 replies · 103+ views
    Newsday ^ | October 16, 2007 | ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
    Two mortgage company employees were arrested yesterday for their role in a multimillion-dollar mortgage and identity theft scam in Queens and Long Island, police sources said...Two mortgage company employees were arrested yesterday for their role in a multimillion-dollar mortgage and identity theft scam in Queens and Long Island, police sources said...Griffin director and business manager, Jacob Milton, 41, is a Bangladeshi immigrant who has a cable talk show. On the wall of the Jackson Heights office are several pictures of him with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Bill Clinton.
  • Wal-Mart assists in Check Fraud Scheme [Vanity]

    10/07/2007 8:34:16 PM PDT · by topher · 55 replies · 2,687+ views
    October 7, 2007
    A married couple had the horror of finding out someone had gotten hold of their checking account information -- routing code and account number. The fraud was based on cashing checks using the stolen routing/account information at Wal-Mart. Another name was used on the fraudulent checks... Apparently, to expedite customer sales, there is limited validation on check purposes [since Wal-Mart is the low price leader, it cannot afford to spend much labor to protect customers...] Almost all of the $2000 that was de-frauded from the account was spent at Wal-Mart, the Wal-Mart gas stations and at Sam's. Though the couple...
  • Invasion USA: High-Tech Security Visas Sold on Mexican Black Market

    09/16/2007 10:02:22 AM PDT · by AuntB · 15 replies · 665+ views
    Red State ^ | Sept. 16, 2007 | im Kouri, CPP
    United States immigration and State Department officials fear that their newly developed, high-tech visas are being sold on the Mexican black market. The US government hoped the newly designed visas would help in curtailing rampant illegal immigration at the Mexican border, but investigators believe many of them are being bought or rented by Mexicans seeking illegal entry into the US. Well over 11,000 of these Laser Visas, issued to Mexicans for legitimate travel into the United States were reported stolen or "lost" in just two border cities. Government officials claim this is a 15 percent jump from previous figures. The...
  • Crime Victims of Illegal Aliens

    09/01/2007 6:27:19 AM PDT · by NapkinUser · 14 replies · 745+ views
    YouTube ^ | 01/25/2007
    The many victims of illegal aliens. Is it worth it?
  • 25 illegal immigrants arrested in raids face ID theft charges

    08/28/2007 12:12:14 PM PDT · by yorkie · 60 replies · 1,443+ views
    Associated Press with Winston-Salem Journal [NC] ^ | August 28, 2007 | Mike Baker - AP Writer
    RALEIGH, N.C. - Nearly all of the illegal immigrants arrested during a raid in North Carolina were charged with identity theft in schemes to stay in the country under the names of American citizens, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday. Two of the victims suffered financial losses exceeding $10,000, and one person nearly lost subsidized housing because of increased income reported on the person's Social Security number, said Assistant U.S. Attorney James Candelmo. The 25 immigrants who were arrested last week either worked or were former employees at the sprawling Smithfield Foods Inc. hog slaughterhouse in Tar Heel, a tiny...
  • Restoring the Rule of Law: Eliminating Sanctuary Cities

    08/28/2007 11:00:01 AM PDT · by neverdem · 54 replies · 1,283+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 08/27/2007 | Sen. Norm Coleman
    Increasingly it seems Americans in different parts of the country have opened their morning newspaper or turned on the TV and learned about an act of violence carried out by someone who is living in this country illegally. Alarmingly, many of these individuals have had previous contact with local law enforcement officials. Such is the case in Newark, New Jersey, where recently three innocent young people were tragically murdered. In the aftermath of this tragedy, we learned that one of the suspects -- an illegal immigrant -- was previously arrested on multiple occasions and, rather than being deported, was set...
  • Immigration raids Ohio chicken plant

    08/28/2007 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Abathar · 82 replies · 1,878+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 08/28/07 | Andrea Hopkins
    CINCINNATI (Reuters) - U.S. immigration officials raided the Koch Foods Inc. chicken plant in Fairfield, Ohio, and expect to arrest more than 100 employees as part of a criminal operation against illegal immigrants, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said on Tuesday. "We're anticipating more than 100 (arrests) but the numbers have not been confirmed," said ICE spokesman Greg Palmore. "Simultaneous search warrants were executed at Koch Foods in Cincinnati and at the Koch headquarters in Chicago." "This was a targeted work site enforcement operation involving criminal search warrants," Palmore said. Palmore said the raid, which began at 10 a.m. EDT,...
  • Mexican Senate Outraged over US Deportation of Illegal Immigrant Elvira Arellano

    08/26/2007 10:39:06 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 26 replies · 492+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 25 Aug 2007 | John Semmens
    The Mexican Senate is urging President Felipe Calderon to send a stern note protesting the U.S.’s deportation of Elvira Arellano. Arellano is the illegal immigrant who had taken refuge in a Chicago church for the last year. She was apprehended and deported by U.S. authorities after she snuck out of the church and gave a speech to an illegal immigrant rights rally in Los Angeles. “For the Americans to deny her the human right to live in freedom and prosperity and forcibly send her back here is a crime,” charged Senator Ernesto Mentiroso (PRD-Sonora). “Mexico is no place for a...
  • Immigrant's benefits inquiry brings arrest

    08/24/2007 8:17:21 AM PDT · by AuntB · 61 replies · 1,423+ views
    Wichita Eagle ^ | Aug. 24, 2007 | ROXANA HEGEMAN
    For five years Olivia Avila worked under a false name and bogus Social Security number at the National Beef meatpacking plant in Liberal to support her family. She kept working there after obtaining legal residency two years ago. But it was not until she went into the Social Security Administration to get credit for her earlier wages as an illegal worker that her legal problems began -- even though a loophole in federal law allows lawful immigrants to claim both legally and illegally earned wages in determining Social Security benefit eligibility. Avila, 51, was arrested at her job in June...