Three years into his presidency, that curious occupant in the White House has still not produced his original hard-copy birth certificate, but instead has a team of lawyers whose job is to get judges dismiss, without hearing, one eligibility lawsuit after another. Nor has the matter of his Connecticut-prefix Social Security number been resolved.
For the naive, gullible, or just plain complicit people who still insist this man is legit, here’s news for you:
Birth certificate and Social Security number fraud is rampant.
The latest case is the arrest of 50 people for conspiring to sell hundreds of birth certificates, Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses to illegal aliens in the U.S.
Danica Coto reports for the AP, January 1, 2012:
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Fifty people have been accused of conspiring to sell the identities of hundreds of Puerto Ricans to illegal immigrants on the U.S. mainland in the largest single fraud case ever for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE], authorities said Wednesday.
Hundreds of birth certificates, Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses were sold for up to $2,500 a set as part of a black market ring based in Puerto Rico that operated from since at least April 2009, according to ICE Director John Morton. “The vast majority were legitimate documents obtained by fraudulent or false means,” he said.
[…] The documents would be sent through priority or express mail from Puerto Rico to brokers that operated in at least 15 states including Ohio, Texas, Florida and North Carolina, officials said.
About 80% of the documents involved were sold by Puerto Ricans whose names were on them, officials said. Those documents often were then used to apply for a driver’s license or a U.S. passport or to commit financial fraud. Puerto Ricans are often an attractive target because they are U.S. citizens with Hispanic surnames.
Morton said another 20 arrest warrants were issued on Wednesday in separate but similar cases, with 61 of 70 suspects either arrested or whose surrender was arranged.
[…] The 50 suspects were indicted by a federal grand jury on Dec. 29 on one charge each of conspiracy to commit identification fraud. If convicted, they face up to 15 years in prison.