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Fake IDs: Barbara Bush’s Fake ID

March 29, 2007

A scanned copy of the fake ID first daughter Barbara Bush had confiscated when she tried to buy alcohol at a bar in New Haven, Connecticut.

A scanned copy of the fake ID first daughter Barbara Bush had confiscated when she tried to buy alcohol at a bar in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Fake Ids: Green cards and fake id are a growing problem

March 29, 2007

For illegal immigrants, green cards are like gold. They mark the difference between freedom and security versus deportation. So when the real thing is unobtainable, a forged resident alien card is pretty tempting. Coupled with fake i.d, it’s the next best thing.

Issued by the US Immigration and naturalization Service, green cards are necessary for citizens of other countries to live and work as permanent residents of the US. So long as   an employer sees what appears to be valid identification and a valid green card, that employer can hire an immigrant. Employers can only be prosecuted if they know an employee to be illegal. They are not expected to identify false i.d. or counterfeit green cards. Meanwhile, the cards can be had for as little as $40 on the streets.

Recently two Indianapolis “card mills” aimed at targeting Hispanics were shut down. The dramatic increase in manufacture and availability of the counterfeit cards indicates that Mexican workers are headed to Indianapolis for jobs. And they appear to be from inner villages deep within Mexico, which also suggests that the word is spreading far and wide.

Even unskilled workers can earn $8 an hour here in the US, which is substantially more than many Mexicans can earn at home. In addition, having a job can lead to eventual permanent status if the employer files a petition. Getting a foot in the door, even with illegal documentation, is worth the risk to many.

In 1986 Federal law was changed to require that all employers verify legal status in the US before hiring an employee. That change put a significant crimp in the illegal work force’s style. If immigrants could not present a green card, they could not work. That is when the counterfeit market saw its boom.

The two mills in Indianapolis were discovered quite by coincidence, not due to any investigation. Far more common are such operations in border areas; just three years ago 2.2  million phony i.d. and green cards were seized in a California raid.

Of the recent discoveries, local police said they were the first of their type found in Indianapolis, though they were not surprised. Some suggest simply raising the limits on legitimate green cards to eliminate the problem. Others feel that there is far too much immigration as it is.

None of this will likely go on much longer, however, as the INS has already implemented a 10 year validity/renewal program for green cards, and a physically more complex and encoded green card is on the way soon. No doubt those who need to will work around the next glitch somehow.

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Fake Ids: Doctor sued for taking a Fake ID

March 15, 2007

Some Texas physicians who provide abortions might be contemplating an in-office display of the “We Card Hard” sign often found in stores that sell alcohol and tobacco.

…. In what’s believed to be the first lawsuit of its kind, a Texas patient who presented a fake ID and the patient’s father were allowed to go forward with a civil lawsuit against a physician who gave the girl an abortion without contacting her parents.

Cherise Mosley Hughes first came into the clinic where Houston general practice physician Douglas Karpen, DO, works in the summer of 2000. She didn’t have an ID, so the office staff turned her away, court records said. She later returned with an ID that said she was 18. It was not government-issued but did contain a birth date and Social Security number.

Dr. Karpen said he didn’t contact Mosley Hughes’ parents because he had no reason to believe the girl was younger than 18.

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Now married and a mother of two, Mosley Hughes, along with her father, sued Dr. Karpen and the Aaron Women’s Medical Center in Houston. They argued that the ID was obviously fake and that the doctor should have seen through it.

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Thirty Six Factory Workers busted with fake ids

March 15, 2007

A day after 36 Mishawaka factory workers were arrested in a federal immigration raid, there are new questions about how some of them were able to get their jobs.

Investigators suspect some of those workers may have used fake documents. That stems from another arrest three weeks ago at the Janco Composites plant, where a worker was accused of using a fake Social Security card to get her job.

Her case is just one example of something police call one of their most rapidly growing problems.

“(Fake ID cards) are easy to come by. For $40-60, you can buy a Social Security card on the street. For about $200-300, you can buy a resident alien card or whatever legal documents you may need,” said Detective Crystal Garcia of the Elkhart Police Department.

It’s a growing problem. Illegal immigrants used to just make fake documents, with fake numbers, alter their children’s valid cards or name their newborn after themselves, and use that legal card.

But Garcia says that won’t work anymore.

“Now, since the employers are verifying the Social Security numbers, they’re purchasing legal documents that actually belong to somebody,” she said.

We hit the streets in Elkhart to find out how easy it is to do that. While many we spoke with said they knew it was happening, most said it’s not a local problem. They claim you need to go to Chicago.

But Garcia says there are so many cases in Elkhart alone, she’s working them full time.

“It’s a hot commodity on the streets right now. Then they get car loans, house loans under that false identity. So it is a growing problem.”

A problem police hope to stop before it gets any worse.

This new trend of purchasing legal documents has made it much harder for employers to spot fakes and it’s also caused a big spike in identity theft cases, so police say it’s important to protect yourself.

Make sure you shred any sensitive documents — especially those with your Social Security number on them and don’t give your Social Security number out to anyone you don’t trust.

If you suspect your identity has been stolen or you run across what you believe to be a forged document, call your local police department.

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Fake Ids: Paris Hilton Gets a Fake ID

March 15, 2007

Paris Hilton’s fake id – why did she pay for it even though they misspelled her name?  From the Paris Exposed website.

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Fake ID: News girl gets through border security on several fake passports

February 14, 2007

Shahida Tulaganova obtained 20 illegal passports – each from an EU country, including the UK – within months.

Those in the trade told her to travel via sea or bus, saying port security was less stringent than airports. The Home Office said it works closely with the EU to tackle the crime, taking the issue of false documents seriously. In 2004, 8,285 fraudulent documents were detected at UK ports of entry, according to Home Office figures.

Entering the UK on a fake or stolen passport carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail, while making a false statement to obtain a passport can lead to a prison sentence of up to two years.

Shahida travelled across Europe to obtain her false documents for her Panorama investigation. They ranged in price from just £250 to more than £1,500. Some were provided within several days, while others took weeks. She found her first illegal passport dealer in the centre of London – through an advertisement in a Russian language newspaper.

The dealer – Henry – provided her with a genuine Czech passport, by getting someone who looked like her to apply for one, using her photo. Shahida’s investigation poses questions over the number of non-EU nationals entering Britain on illegal passports. She uses Poland as an example.

“Since [Poland] country joined the EU less than two years ago a quarter of a million Poles have left and legally registered for work in Britain,” she says. “But if my contacts are right, many of these may not have been Poles at all, but illegal immigrants using fake passports.”

SHAHIDA’S PASSPORTS UK, Germany France, Italy Sweden, Denmark Finland, Estonia Netherlands, Belgium Spain, Portugal Greece, Slovenia Czech Republic, Poland Austria, Slovakia Lithuania, Latvia

Shahida enters Britain via boat – from Spain to Portsmouth – on a fake Latvian passport, and then later on the Eurostar using a stolen Estonian passport.

Despite information on stolen passports being registered to a central Interpol database, her Estonian passport goes undetected. The Home Office says there is a “comprehensive bilateral exchange of information between member states regarding the issue of lost and stolen EU passports”.

It maintains that in addition to this, all immigration officers are highly trained in identifying false documents. “All our immigration officers at British ports are trained in forgery detection techniques and have access to specialist forgery detection equipment,” a spokesperson said.

The government has also introduced biometric e-passports with images securely stored inside chips, in an attempt to combat forgery and improve the security of British passports.

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Fake ID: Theives scammed people scared of ID theft

January 30, 2007

Seattle police say criminals are playing on people’s fear of identity theft to commit identity theft by posing as representatives of a major credit bureau agency.

One victim is a woman we’ll call “Mary.”

Mary and her husband have always been afraid of identity theft.

“We only carry one major credit card. We don’t shop online. We don’t bank online,” she said.

It is this guardedness that may have made Mary susceptible to a sophisticated scam.

Last week a woman called saying she was a representative of Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.

The suspect alerted Mary that someone had used her credit card to buy a pricey plane ticket to Chicago, rented an expensive car and ordered a computer online. The suspect gave specific dollar amounts.

“My antennae went up and I’ve become exceedingly nervous at that point,” she said.

It was all a lie.

But to gain Mary’s trust, the suspect provided some vital information.

She knew all four credit cards Mary had ever used.

She knew all five banks Mary’s ever had accounts in.

She knew her current and a 35-year-old former address.

She even had a partial Social Security number.

Because the woman knew so much about her, it made Mary trust her.

So when asked to give the last four digits of her social security number, Mary did so.

Minutes later, Mary had a call on other line – it was her real credit card company.

“Two charges had been made on my account, so while I was on hold with the perpatrator charges were actually being made on my card,” she said.

“These incidents are not isolated at all, unfortunately. With this particular batch we’ve got at least three that we’re looking at right now,” said Sean Whitcomb of the Seattle Police Dept.

Whitcomb said it’s a sophisticated version of a disturbing crime.

“What they’re really doing is fishing for information. They’re hoping that you’re going to provide them with your social security number, your birthday or any other privileged information,” he said.

“If something this sophisticated can be conceived of, who knows what one might do with pertinent information,” said Mary.

Police say when credit and banking institutions call you, they will only verify changes to the account, but not ask you for information.

Here’s a really good way to protect yourself. Call one of the big three credit agencies and ask for a free 90-day fraud alert. So if you lose a wallet and you want the agency to watch out for questionable activity like someone applying for a credit card, you can do that. The alert can be renewed every 90 days.

If you’ve been a victim of identity theft, if you file a police report and then mail it in, you can get a free 7-year fraud alert placed on your account.

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Fake ID: Is the I.C.E. blowing the dangers of fake ids out of proportion?

January 30, 2007

News Reports this morning quote ICE officials as having charged more than 100 undocumented immigrants with identity theft. In Colorado, affidavits filed for the search warrant for a Swift plant in Greeley, Colorado showed that all of the stolen identities belonged to U.S. citizens or legalized residents of Latino background.Reports confirm that many of the those whose IDs were stolen never knew about it before contacted by ICE. An unspecified number of victims are said in news reports to have noticed that credit accounts and telephone accounts had been opened in their names. Yet, no word on how badly impacted were victims’ credit histories. ICE arrested approximately 1,282 persons at six facilities owned by Swift & Company as part of an ongoing worksite enforcement investigation into immigration violations and a massive identity theft scheme that has victimized large numbers of U.S. citizens and lawful U.S. residents.(Source: homepage of Immigration and Customs Enforcement)In Day 2 of the aftermath of the ICE raids on six Swift & Co. meat processing plants, the federal government has changed tactics in its defense of raiding these worksites and cuffing and herding the undocumented immigrants for deportation.

Suddenly, it’s not enough to just say these people were undocumented and working illegally. It used to be federal law enforcement didn’t feel it had to explain its actions to anyone – and really they still don’t.

Yet, with even the White House employing a PR person, image is suddenly everything. And ICE is wanting, as much as any federal department, to project an image that it is acting to secure the United States.

So, instead of focusing on their illegal status, ICE is using the explanation that these workers used fake IDs, meaning fake as it related to them.

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Fake ID: Singer John Legend Used Fake IDs To Get Into Bars

January 30, 2007

Smooth singer John Legend used color to his advantage when he snuck into bars underage– by just putting another “black dude” on his ID.

The soul star hit the town in a big way after graduating from Penn State University in Pennsylvania early at 20, and found a way to persuade bar bouncers he was 21.

He explains, “I had an ID of another dude. We ain’t even look that much alike but white people think we all look alike, so you go into a bar and the bouncer just looks at it (ID) real quick, sees a black dude… and keeps moving. I never got caught.”

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Fake ID card: Fake ids are not just for underage drinking anymore

January 16, 2007

Earlier this month, the Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna Organized Crime and Intelligence Unit in Georgia arrested six illegal immigrants who were manufacturing fake identification cards.  These arrests underline the growing tie between illegal immigration and document forgery, a tie that is threatening the security of our nation.

Last August, I visited a Point of Entry facility in Nogales, Arizona where I examined hundreds of illegal documents seized from immigrants attempting to enter our country.  These fake IDs are part of an illegal underground culture, one that has brought Mexican gangs and organized crime to our community.

This is one of the numerous reasons border security is critical to the safety of our nation.  We can not allow dangerous criminals to operate inside our borders with greater ease simply because they can obtain false identification.  And I haven’t even touched on the other problems posed by fake IDs, such as allowing individuals to illegally apply for benefits and programs, taking away much-needed resources from law-abiding citizens.

If we fail to secure our homeland, I fear we will see the problems of gang violence, methamphetamine abuse, drug trafficking and crime continue to rise, risking the security of our families and communities.

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