Fake IDEarlier this month, there was an article in the NY Times about a recent Supreme Court decision that significantly limits a prosecutors ability to use Identity Theft related charges in illegal immigration cases. The decision basically says that because it is common practice for illegal immigrants to obtain fake social security number in order to obtain work, driver licenses etc., it cannot inherently be considered malicious. In other words, “oops, I didn’t mean to ruin your credit, driving record, and tax and employment history. I just needed a job.”

Taking someone’s Identity to obtain work initially doesn’t seem like a big deal until you go to pay your taxes at the end of the year. Your employer reports your wages to the government and a certain amount of taxes is to be taken out. But what happens when someone using your identity claims 5 or 6 people on a W-4 form using your social security number? You file and the IRS says you owe for over-claiming on exemptions.

Though illegal immigration is a problem, Identity Theft is a bigger problem and most illegal immigrants must use some form of identity theft in order live and work in our country, and the government is choosing to make Identity Theft an easier choice by removing the deterrent of stiffer penalties on something that is now viewed as ‘common practice’ and therefore acceptable. Identity Theft

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