Skip to comments.22 Illegal Aliens Arrested in Identity Fraud Scheme, Stealing Thousands in Taxpayer Money
Posted on 07/30/2018 5:59:48 AM PDT by cll
The Department of Justice announced charges against 25 individuals on Friday who committed fraud using Puerto Rican identities in an effort to gain government benefits and in some cases even vote. 22 of the 25 charged were illegal aliens, many with records of drug dealing, violent crimes, and some previously deported.
Imposters regularly use birth certificates and social security cards stolen or copied from Puerto Ricans to pose as American citizens in order to receive Medicare, evade arrest, and take advantage of welfare benefits such as EBT cards and food stamps. In a sting operation known as, Operation Double Trouble the DOJ was able to nab 25 individuals who took advantage of poor oversight at Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and steal peoples identities.
Across this city and across America, teachers, truck drivers, construction workers are going to work and paying taxes that are being stolen from the public treasury by fraudsters and criminals, Sessions said at a press conference held earlier this week.
These government programs are intended to help the poor, the elderly, American citizens. Not those that are trespassing in the country, Sessions added. This kind of fraud is a theft from our seniors, a theft from our taxpayers, and a theft from the needy, theft from America.
Illegal aliens often use Puerto Rican identities because the Hispanic surnames are less likely to cause suspicion amongst the government than non-Hispanic surnames. Lapse oversight at the RMV then allows these individuals to gain numerous identities.
"What happens in Puerto Rico is that you have an influx of Dominican nationals who either purchase or steal identities belonging to Puerto Ricans, who are obviously U.S. citizens, so I think there's still work to be done to shore up that area of enforcement," U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said describing why many take advantage of Puerto Rican documents.
Among the illegal aliens arrested include, Frank Lara, also known as Roberto Villegas, was a heroin and cocaine dealer in Boston. He had seven convictions, five Massachusetts licenses with different identities and 11 aliases. Lara was deported after we tracked him down. Rafael Nicolas Lopez Carrasco was a major heroin dealer arrested in Lawrence with 30 pounds of heroin. He had two driver's licenses, three aliases and had been previously deported.
As well as, Juan Gonzalez was arrested with four pounds of heroin stashed in a mayonnaise jar. He is smiling on his state-issued EBT card given to him under the assumed identity of Alex Hernandez, according to WCVB 5.
As for benefits gained, WCBV notes that Federal court records show that 24 of the 25 obtained a driver's license or state ID, 19 applied for MassHealth benefits, one received $51,270 in rent subsidies from the Boston Housing Authorities and two pocketed more than $25,000 in unemployment benefits. At least two registered to vote when they applied for their license or ID.
Likewise, since these thieves are using real names, social security numbers, and birth certificates, actual American citizens are being harmed when they need help. As noted by the Boston Herald one of the victims learned his problems were just beginning when he applied for a government housing subsidy after Hurricane Maria wiped out his house in Puerto Rico last fall, and was told he was already receiving (public housing benefits) 1,600 miles away in Massachusetts.
In total, the 25 scammers were able to steal more than $200,000 in taxpayer dollars.
Puerto Rico Ping! Please Freepmail me if you want on or off the list.
Are these the jerks that put the malware in my porn videos to turn my camera in a recording device in a bitcoin scam!?!? Is nothing sacred?!?!?
And we know they’d never try to vote!
SOMALIS STEAL $300 MILLION TAX DOLLARSThe Worst Scandal In Minnesota History?
Center of the American Expiriment ^ | May 14, 2018 | John Hinderaker
FR Posted on 5/15/2018, 9:24:53 AM by 2ndDivisionVet
Fox 9 television uncovers a far-reaching scandal: last year, more than $100 million in cash left the Twin Cities airport in carry-on luggage, bound for the Middle East and Africa: This story begins at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, where mysterious suitcases filled with cash have become a common carry-on. On the morning of March 15, Fox 9 chased a tip about a man who was leaving the country. Sources said he took a carry-on bag through security that was packed with $1 million in cash. Travelers can do that, as long as they fill out the proper government forms. Fox 9 learned that these cloak-and-dagger scenarios now happen almost weekly at MSP. The money is usually headed to the Middle East, Dubai and points beyond. Sources said last year alone, more than $100 million in cash left MSP in carry-on luggage.
Where does the money come from, and where is it going? It was coming from Hawalas, businesses used to courier money to countries that have no official banking system. Some immigrant communities rely on Hawalas to send funds to help impoverished relatives back home. [Former Seattle police detective Glen] Kerns discovered some of the money was being funneled to a Hawala in the region of Somalia that is controlled by the al Shabaab terrorist group.
But the real scandal is where the money came from in the first placewelfare fraud:As Kerns dug deeper, he found that some of the individuals who were sending out tens of thousands of dollars worth of remittance payments happened to be on government assistance in this country. How could they possibly come up with such big bucks to transfer back home? We had sources that told us, Its welfare fraud, its all about the daycare, said Kerns. *** Five years ago the Fox 9 Investigators were first to report that daycare fraud was on the rise in Minnesota, exposing how some businesses were gaming the system to steal millions in government subsidies meant to help low-income families with their childcare expenses.
Its a great way to make some money, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said In order for the scheme to work, the daycare centers falsely signed up low income Somali Muslim families that qualify for child care assistance funding.Surveillance videos from a case prosecuted by Hennepin County show parents checking their kids into a center, only to leave with them a few minutes later. Sometimes, no children would show up. Either way, the center would bill the state for a full day of childcare.Video from that same case shows a man handing out envelopes of what are believed to be kickback payments to parents who are in on the fraud. Evidently welfare fraud in various forms is widespread in Minnesotas Somali immigrant community. This is, I think, generally known, but the scale of fraud disclosed here is astonishing:
We believe that theres a scope of fraud out there that we really need to get our arms around and ensure that those dollars are going to kids that really need them, Acting Commissioner for the Department of Human Services Chuck Johnson said. He told the Fox 9 Investigators his agency has 10 daycares currently under active investigation for fraud. Fox 9 has learned dozens more are considered suspicious. Search warrants obtained by the Fox 9 Investigators show each one of the suspect centers has received several million dollars in childcare assistance funds.
According to public records and government sources, most are owned by Somali immigrants. *** Sources in the Somali community told Fox 9 it is an open secret that starting a daycare center is a license to make money. The fraud is so widespread they said, that people buy shares of daycare businesses to get a cut of the huge public subsidies that are pouring in. Government insiders believe this scam is costing the state at least a hundred million dollars a year, half of all child care subsidies.
A friend who saw this news story wrote: This has me more angry than Ive been since the 2011 tax increase on the rich aka, working families. I cant put into words how utterly incompetent you must be to not have a checks and balances in place for tax payer funded programs, the tax payer dollars that people like myself and millions others diligently pay quarterly, leaving our children in childcare to work and provide for our families, pay taxes, only to have this hard work fund bogus programs that somehow are funding the same terrorist activities meant to harm our country?!!! Unbelievable. The commissioner and employees responsible for overseeing this mess should pay, every single one of them they should be fired they didnt do their job.
Her outrage is appropriate, but perhaps misguided. I suspect that many of Minnesotas liberals think that our bureaucrats performed their jobs very well: they siphoned off hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to finance liberal constituenciesthe principal purpose of government, according to our lib friends. So, how dumb are we? Honestly, I think it is impossible to plumb the depths of our stupidity. We need to totally revamp both our immigration policies and our welfare system to guard against these migrant crooks.
It is imperative that we determine the migrant organizations advocating the overthrow of the US govt, the groups that are financing these thieves.
How how many government checks are they and their families cashing? Are they enrolled now, or were they ever enrolled, in any of these tax-funded programs?
Universal Program for Subsidized Phones for Low Income (ObamaPhones),
EBT Food Stamps (SNAP),
ObamaCare Subsidies for Immigrants,
ObamaCare Subsidies for Low Income, Medicaid,
General Assistance Cash,
Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP),
Assets for Independence,
School Lunch Block Grant,
Minority Job Assistance,
Woman Infants and Children’s Program,
Refugee Jobs Program,
Needy Families Cash Assistance,
Title One Grants to Local Education Authorities,
Social Security for Refugees
Libs will always defend those from Poo-where-toe Reeko.
This is nothing new. Twenty five years ago when I worked in Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx, the Puerto Ricans didn't take kindly to these Dominicans. They called them "DominiRicans."
There were also several illegals arrested for those IRS phone scams a couple weeks ago.
Illegals, the gift that keeps on giving.
Why don’t they give all the programs one title
Partners For Parasites?.
Fraudulently documented foreigners.
Remove them all.
There are NO law-abiding illegal aliens.
They MUST break other laws to be illegal aliens in the USA.
It isn’t just illegal aliens. When my husband died of Alzheimer’s when I cared for him at home, I saw on the death certificate that he had died in a hospice facility. I contacted Medicare and reported this as possible fraud. My son in Puerto Rico says there is a lot of drug trade, including by Dominicans, through PR.
I lived in NYC for 57 years. I lived in Queens, one of, if not THE most, “diverse” county in the nation. Never had I seen as many people getting in and out of taxis with as many HUGE suitcases as often as I did when I worked the Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights in Manhattan in the 90s. They would be getting IN to gypsy cabs and getting OUT of yellow cabs. This meant airport runs. Those folks sure liked to travel I guess.
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