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Monday, September 4, 2006

Identity theft

Posted By on Mon, Sep 4, 2006 at 5:52 AM

NY Times writes today on a subject with some recent local relevance:

Though most people think of identity theft as a financial crime, one of the most common forms involves illegal immigrants using fraudulent Social Security numbers to conduct their daily lives. With tacit acceptance from some employers and poor coordination among government agencies, this practice provides the backbone of some low-wage businesses and a boon to the Social Security trust fund. In the 1990’s, such mismatches accounted for around $20 billion in Social Security taxes paid.

The recent immigration raid on the Country Club of Little Rock was widely described in the media as an identity theft case, which, strictly speaking, it was. But those arrested were not people using other people's credit cards and the like. They were using other people's Social Security numbers to get jobs to cut the grasss, wait tables, clean lockerrooms, etc. And support families.

A blog reader says, by the way, that the initial 11 arrests \have been supplemented by another round at the club. He estimates as many as 40 have been arrested -- led away in shackles in at least one case.

 

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