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  • Virginia Tech police seek two suspects after early-morning attack

    06/29/2012 10:23:15 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | June 29, 2012 | Chase Purdy
    The suspects drove away from the scene in a dark, regular-cab pickup truck. The last four digits of the truck’s license plate are 3330, according to witnesses at the scene. Police across the region are on the lookout following an attempted abduction on the Virginia Tech campus Friday morning in which two men tried to drag a woman into a pickup truck, according to the Virginia Tech Police. Maj. Kevin L. Foust said the woman, who has not been identified, was crossing Henderson Lawn from College Avenue to Alumni Mall about 2:15 a.m. when two men approached her. Police said...
  • Al-Qaeda Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Burgas Terror (Not Iran?)

    07/23/2012 1:33:42 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | :7/21/2012 | Maayana Miskin
    The Muslim terrorist group Qa’adat el-Jihad claimed responsibility Saturday for a terrorist bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria. The bombing in Bulgaria last week killed five Israelis, one a pregnant woman. The Lebanese paper El-Nashra reported that the group, which has ties to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility in an email to the Arab press.
  • Hezbollah Raises Latin American Profile

    09/18/2012 9:27:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 43 replies
    Commentary ^ | 09.15.2012 | Michael Rubin
    @mrubin1971Two news stories from recent weeks, if true, should raise a red flag in the United States that Iran is preparing to use Hezbollah to strike at U.S. interests in Latin America, if not in the United States itself.First, this story from the Lebanese news portal Naharnet and sourced in part to Israeli radio. The Naharnet story was taken down shortly after it appeared: Hezbollah is using a training base established by Iran in northern Nicaragua near the border with Honduras, the Israeli radio reported on Thursday [September 6]. “The area is cordoned off and there are around 30 members...
  • US citizen held in Spain for funding al-Qaida

    09/30/2010 4:07:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | IANS, Sep 30, 2010, 10.57am IST | n/a
    SNIPPET: "BARCELONA: A US citizen was arrested in this Spanish city for sending money to al-Qaida's North African branch, police said. Mohamed Omar Debhi, who is of Algerian descent, is accused of sending more than 60,000 euros to the al-Qaida Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is based in Algeria. Debhi, 43, was arrested in the Esplugues de Llobregat district, where he is a resident. He also faces charges of possessing a false ID and defrauding Spanish social security services. He is alleged to have sent money via a bank transaction to a fugitive Algerian militant named by police...
  • Report: Suspected suicide bomber arrested in Copenhagen

    09/10/2010 1:56:24 PM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 71 replies · 1+ views
    M&C News ^ | 9-10-10 | STAFF
    Copenhagen - Police in Denmark arrested a suspected possible suicide bomber Friday following a small explosion at a hotel in central Copenhagen, media reports said. Danish daily Extra Bladet showed on its website a photo of the suspect, who had reportedly attempted to blow himself up. Police did not immediately confirm the report. No one was injured in the explosion at the Jorgensen Hotel. Police handcuffed the man after he was seen running away from the hotel and into the nearby Orstedsparken park. The park was evacuated and the surrounding streets were cordoned off as explosive experts were called in....
  • 120 Al-Qaida Suspects Detained in Turkey

    01/25/2010 1:13:56 AM PST · by Cindy · 11 replies · 550+ views
    (AP) via WASHINGTON POST.com ^ | Friday, January 22, 2010; 10:42 AM | By SUZAN FRASER,AP
    SNIPPET: "ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish police launched a nationwide crackdown on suspected militants linked to the al-Qaida terror network on Friday..." SNIPPET: "Those detained Friday's raids include a faculty member of the Yuzunci Yil University in the eastern city of Van, who is suspected of recruiting students at the campus and other people through the Internet and of sending them to Afghanistan for training, Anatolia reported, citing unnamed police officials. The suspect was identified by his initials M.E.Y. only. Anatolia said other suspects included some local leaders, university students, and people believed to be spreading al-Qaida propaganda."
  • Two held with fake papers [Kochi Airport, India]

    01/22/2010 5:19:36 PM PST · by Cindy · 29 replies · 1,382+ views
    TIMES OF INDIA ^ | 23 January 2010, 04:48am IST | Manju V
    "Two held with fake papers" Manju V , TNN, 23 January 2010, 04:48am IST SNIPPET: "MUMBAI: Hours before Indian intelligence agencies put all flights operating from India on a high alert against possible hijack attempts, two Sri Lankan nationals — one flying to New York and the other to London — were arrested by immigration officials at the Kochi airport on Thursday for carrying forged Indian passports and travel documents." The two Sri Lankan nationals were being assisted by two employees of a private multinational ground-handling company. SNIPPET: "One of the employees fled the scene when the passengers were caught."...
  • Arrests Made in Case Involving Conspiracy to Procure Weapons, Including Anti-Aircraft Missiles

    11/23/2009 2:32:12 PM PST · by Cindy · 38 replies · 2,014+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, November 23, 2009 Arrests Made in Case Involving Conspiracy to Procure Weapons, Including Anti-Aircraft Missiles Arrests were made today in a case involving a conspiracy to procure weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles. A criminal complaint, unsealed today, charged Dani Nemr Tarraf with conspiring to acquire anti-aircraft missiles (FIM-92 Stingers) and conspiring to possess machine guns (approximately 10,000 Colt M4 Carbines). In addition, Tarraf and other defendants — including Douri Nemr Tarraf, Hassan Mohamad Komeiha, and Hussein Ali Asfour — were charged with conspiring to...
  • Illegal Immigrant Tax Probe Expanding-Phony SS#'s collect tax refunds

    11/16/2008 4:04:55 PM PST · by HollyButler · 17 replies · 1,702+ views
    KRDO ^ | Nov 16, 2008 | KRDO
    WELD COUNTY, CO - Arrests continue this weekend in a Weld County tax probe that could affect thousands of immigrants. Officials say some 1,300 warrants could be issued over the coming months as they investigate phony tax returns filed through a A Greeley tax preparer who serves Latinos says at least 15 people have already been arrested. Authorities say some illegal immigrants were using phony Social Security numbers to receive improper tax refunds from the federal government. Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck says investigators have traced some $2.6 million in payments. But immigrant advocates in the area say the...
  • Fake Passport Scheme Suspected (Punjabi Members Duped)

    03/24/2008 6:12:20 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 5 replies · 424+ views
    JSOnline ^ | March 23, 2008 | Georgia Pabst
    A Milwaukee businessman has complained to the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C., about what he claims is a passport-selling scheme involving individuals at the Indian consulate in Chicago.Amrit N. Patel, who owns a local accounting firm and is president of the India Cultural Society, outlined the suspected scheme in a letter to Indian Ambassador Ronen Sen last March. Milwaukee has a large Punjabi community, many members of which have come here with political asylum, which does not make them eligible for an Indian passport, he said in the letter. But over the last two years, Patel said, the Chicago consulate...
  • 8 charged in fake ID scheme in 2 states (VA&OH)

    03/12/2008 11:00:27 AM PDT · by JZelle · 10 replies · 744+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-12-08 | Metro
    HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Eight persons are charged with conspiring to obtain bogus Ohio identification cards for illegal immigrants in Virginia and elsewhere, a federal prosecutor said yesterday. U.S. Attorney John L. Brownlee said the fraudulent IDs apparently were intended to help the illegal immigrants obtain employment and avoid deportation. "There is no terrorism at all," Mr. Brownlee said. "This is an immigration case." Four defendants are from Ohio: two employees of a state Bureau of Motor Vehicles office in Columbus and two interpreters who served as brokers for the conspiracy, according to an indictment handed up by a federal...
  • { Tennessee State } Senate votes to make fake IDs used by illegal immigrants a crime

    02/28/2008 8:39:49 PM PST · by SmithL · 19 replies · 135+ views
    NASHVILLE - The state Senate has voted unanimously make it a crime for illegal immigrants to use falsified federal identification to gain employment. Without debate, the Senate unanimously passed the bill and another that would make it a misdemeanor for anyone who manufactures the falsified documents. The companion bills have yet to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee.
  • Iraqi pair nabbed in Mexico, headed to U.S. with fake IDs

    02/22/2008 4:04:55 AM PST · by Man50D · 26 replies · 202+ views
    WorldNetdaily.com ^ | February 21, 2008
    WASHINGTON – Two more Iraqis with false Bulgarian passports were detained by Mexican officials in Monterrey – bringing the total to four this month. Wisam Gorgies, a 34-year-old man, and Rana Nazar Peyoz, a 26-year-old woman, reportedly flew from Madrid and landed in Monterrey, according to reports in two Mexican newspapers today. Following questioning, the pair admitted they intended to reach the United States. They were taken to Saltillo in the state of Coahuila, for final determination of their status. Mexican officials said the are investigating "a network that could be made up of Mexicans operating in Greece who are...
  • Court upholds denial of driver's license (Maryland/New Jersey illegal alien)

    01/13/2008 11:41:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies · 310+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 1/10/08 | Liz F. Kay & Tim Wheeler
    Court upholds denial of driver's licenseBy Liz F. Kay and Tim Wheeler | Sun reporters January 10, 2008 The state's high court upheld yesterday a decision to deny a driver's license to a Maryland resident whose permit in New Jersey was suspended because he had forged citizenship documents. Ramiro Silba Alavez, who is from Mexico, received a New Jersey license that was withdrawn after it expired in 1991, according to the decision, because the applicant had made misrepresentations on his application when he arrived in the United States. Unlike Maryland, New Jersey requires applicants to prove they are American citizens...
  • Hundreds Use Fake IDs for Food Stamps[NC][Social Security Numbers]

    12/14/2007 6:31:06 AM PST · by BGHater · 40 replies · 240+ views
    WRAL.com ^ | 12 Dec 2007 | WRAL
    Raleigh — A state audit has found that hundreds of people have used bogus Social Security numbers to obtain food stamps. From July 2002 to last April, 1,906 people were receiving food stamps from the state Department of Social Services based on invalid Social Security numbers, the audit report stated. Another 1,237 food stamp recipients were using the Social Security numbers of dead people, according to the audit. DSS security measures had previously disqualified 5,840 people from the food stamp program after determining they were using phony Social Security numbers, according to the audit. The error rate was much less...
  • Agents probe suspected ID operation for illegal immigrants (VA)

    11/26/2007 3:41:38 PM PST · by csvset · 3 replies · 129+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | November 26, 2007 | TIM MCGLONE
    Federal immigration agents say they have uncovered another phony immigration document mill in Virginia Beach, according to court documents made public Monday. From an apartment complex in the Pembroke section, illegal immigrants could pay $110 to get papers that looked legitimate enough to gain employment, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in the court filing. The suspected ring leader of the operation, Armando Gutierrez-Tlaczani, known to friends as "Luis," was ordered jailed without bond Monday after an appearance in U.S. District Court. Gutierrez-Tlaczani was arrested last week and charged with selling phony immigration documents from his apartment, which...
  • DMV's fraud busts hit Latinos

    10/08/2007 11:50:32 AM PDT · by Rio · 48 replies · 2,796+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | October 8, 2007 | ESMERALDA BERMUDEZ
    Workers at Oregon's Driver and Motor Vehicle Services have turned in nearly 200 people to police for suspicious documentation, an effort that overwhelmingly singled out Latinos. This summer, the DMV changed a long-standing policy: Rather than simply refuse service to customers suspected of presenting phony or altered documents to obtain licenses or identification, employees began to alert police. From June through August, 140 people were turned in to police -- roughly 94 percent of them with Latino names, according to DMV records obtained by The Oregonian. Oregon State Police and police agencies in Portland, Beaverton and Albany recieved the most...
  • 2 men arrested on false identification charges (released)

    09/30/2007 7:02:15 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 11 replies · 146+ views
    09/30/07 | MOUNT LAUREL
    http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070930/NEWS01/709300370/1006/news01 link only per posting rules.
  • Probing Fake Documents

    08/21/2007 1:24:01 PM PDT · by Delacon · 22 replies · 861+ views
    WINK News ^ | Aug 21, 2007
    Collier County Sheriff Don Hunter announced a new plan to target illegal immigrants. He says the plan will save taxpayers millions and send violent criminals back to their country. Sheriff Hunter believes the training the deputies and officers are taking could save taxpayers $9 million a year. The figure is based on the number of illegal immigrants in the Collier County Jail which is around 25%. 25 deputies and officers from the road and the jail already started their training. Barbara Gonzales with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, "They're being trained to know what a false document looks like so...
  • For illegals, false IDs are easy to find, hard to track

    07/01/2007 1:26:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 2,200+ views
    The New Jersey Star-Ledger ^ | July 1, 2007 | JON GAMBRELL
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- To his bosses at Pilgrim's Pride, he was Juan Jose Rodriguez -- it said so on the birth certificate and Social Security card he presented when the southwestern Arkansas chicken plant hired him six years ago. At his De Queen, Ark., home, he was Joel Garibay-Urbina -- with a wife, three kids and a mortgage under his own name. And to police officers responding to a domestic violence call, he was just the latest illegal immigrant to have two identities after an arrest. "We've arrested them and they offer an Arkansas identification card, and they give...
  • Forgery suspect seen exploiting 'amnesty'

    06/28/2007 11:44:06 AM PDT · by JZelle · 1 replies · 295+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-28-07 | Stephen Dinan and Jerry Seper
    The head of a Mexican forgery ring was convinced he could make phony documents that illegal aliens could use to indicate fraudulently that they were eligible for a new amnesty, says a government affidavit recounting wiretapped phone calls the man made. Julio Leija-Sanchez, who ran a $3 million-a-year forgery operation before he was arrested in April, was expecting Congress to pass a legalization program, which he called "amnesty," and said he could forge documents to fool the U.S. government into thinking illegal aliens were in the country in time to qualify for amnesty, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)...
  • Mexican Forgery Rings Big Amnesty Plans[for fake documents]

    06/27/2007 4:28:40 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies · 387+ views
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 27, 2007
    Confident that Congress would pass an amnesty bill, the head of a multi million-dollar Mexican forgery ring bragged that he could create fake documents to prove that illegal immigrants were in the country in time to qualify for the legalization. Instead, Julio Leija-Sanchez, who ran a $3 million-a-year forgery operation was arrested but not before immigration officials recorded him laying out his big business plans after U.S. lawmakers passed a bill granting amnesty to the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. A U.S. immigration official’s lengthy affidavit details how Leija-Sanchez assured clients and associates that he could easily forge documents...
  • Fake Immigration Agent Sentenced in Parking, Green Card Scam

    06/25/2007 9:08:32 PM PDT · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 152+ views
    1010wins ^ | Monday, 25 June 2007
    NEW YORK -- A man accused of cheating Hispanic immigrants out of $280,000 by posing as a federal agent and promising them green cards and other documents he never delivered was sentenced Monday to three to six years in prison. John Nevarez, 55, of Manhattan, was sentenced after state Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin refused to let him withdraw his prior guilty plea. Last month, Nevarez pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny for the immigration fraud. Nevarez, who worked out of an East Harlem basement, used a fake badge and identification to convince immigrants he was a federal agent who...
  • Woman sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in fake-ID case

    06/19/2007 2:39:29 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 10 replies · 564+ views
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | June 19, 2007 | Titan Barksdale
    A Winston-Salem woman who was a key player in a fake ID ring pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to making and distributing fake IDs. Laura Bello-Castanada was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Greensboro to nine months in prison for her role in the illegal operation. Judge William Osteen, who handed down the sentence, also placed Bello-Castanada on probation for three years. Bello-Castanada, who is from Mexico, took telephone orders from illegal immigrants for fake IDs and offered delivery service to customers, court documents show. After receiving a passport-size photograph and $250 to $400, Bello-Castanada provided the fake IDs....
  • Ujaama returns to court, accused of violating parole

    01/17/2007 10:03:24 AM PST · by Sopater · 14 replies · 596+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Wednesday, January 17, 2007 | MIKE LEWIS
    A Seattle man convicted of supplying Taliban fighters with cash and computers returned to federal court Tuesday to face charges that he violated his parole by traveling overseas with a false Mexican passport. James Ujaama denied the multiple federal counts that could land him back in prison for two years. Arrested in Belize one month ago, Ujaama had only four months left on his parole stemming from the 2003 conviction. His attorney, Peter Offenbecher, said he hadn't yet gathered all the information that led to his client's arrest. "I'm investigating the facts to determine the appropriate course of action," he...
  • Tensions build after Weld's social services threaten to take action against false documention

    01/29/2007 8:02:58 AM PST · by NorCoGOP · 19 replies · 1,058+ views
    Greeley Tribune ^ | 1/29/07 | Vanessa Delgado
    Tensions are building between Latino community leaders and Weld County Social Services after a sign placed in the front the department's building threatens to take action against those who provide false documentation. Residents say the sign is discriminatory and that the county doesn't have jurisdiction to post the sign without a statue code, which allows people to verify such enforcement is legal. The county says it posted the sign because of the high number of false documents county workers were given. After a special session last August, the Colorado Legislature mandated the county to verify the documents of those receiving...
  • Fake ID shop busted

    09/06/2006 5:15:05 AM PDT · by chambley1 · 10 replies · 2,643+ views
    Potomac News ^ | September 6, 2006 | LILLIAN KAFKA
    A fake ID operation that was manufacturing immigration green cards, Social Security cards and employment papers for more than 1,000 people is out of business, said Prince William County detectives. Northern Virginia Gang Task Force Detective Brian Wing said this was the largest fake ID operation seen in the county so far, and the men involved had been selling fake employment documents for some time. Police arrested three Woodbridge men on Saturday when they allegedly sold a fake Social Security card and an employment authorization card to a woman for $100, according to arrest warrants filed in Prince William General...
  • One Reporter's Opinion: Our Shocking Vulnerability [Open Borders Equal National Security Risk Alert]

    08/04/2006 8:34:12 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 40 replies · 468+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Aug. 4, 2006 | George Putnam
    It is this reporter's opinion that if the following story – revealed in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee concerning the vulnerability of our borders with Mexico and Canada – won't shock you, nothing will. Our own U.S. undercover investigators have repeatedly entered the United States using fake documents; in some cases, Homeland Security agents didn't ask for identification. At nine border crossings, on the Mexican and Canadian borders, U.S. agents never questioned the authenticity of counterfeit documents, according to Government Accountability Office (GAO) testimony. In testimony obtained by the Associated Press, undercover investigators crossed unhindered into the U.S. at...
  • Border agents let fake IDs go through

    08/01/2006 7:30:04 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 6 replies · 274+ views
    YAHOO NEWS ^ | 01 AUGUST 2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON - Undercover investigators entered the United States using fake documents repeatedly this year — including some cases in which Homeland Security Department agents didn't ask for identification. At nine border crossings on the Mexico and Canadian borders, agents "never questioned the authenticity of the counterfeit documents," according to Government Accountability Office testimony to be released Wednesday. "This vulnerability potentially allows terrorists or others involved in criminal activity to pass freely into the United States from Canada or Mexico with little or no chance of being detected," concluded the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, in testimony obtained Tuesday by...
  • Border agents let fake IDs go through

    08/01/2006 2:26:42 PM PDT · by Brian Mosely · 36 replies · 673+ views
    Associated Press ^ | LARA JAKES JORDAN
    WASHINGTON - Undercover investigators entered the United States using fake documents repeatedly this year — including some cases in which Homeland Security Department agents didn't ask for identification. At nine border crossings, on both the Mexico and Canadian borders, agents "never questioned the authenticity of the counterfeit documents," according to Government Accountability Office testimony to be released Wednesday. "This vulnerability potentially allows terrorists or others involved in criminal activity to pass freely into the United States from Canada or Mexico with little or no chance of being detected," concluded the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, in testimony obtained Tuesday...
  • DMV Clerk Issued Fake IDs (illegal aliens bought 1,579 forged driver's licenses, 930 phony ID's)

    04/13/2006 3:00:57 AM PDT · by Liz · 65 replies · 1,578+ views
    NY POST ^ | April 13, 2006 | AP
    A former worker at a DMV office in Bridgeport, Conn., has pleaded guilty to charges of issuing hundreds of phony licenses.......and to charges of receiving bribes, forgery and racketeering. She and two female colleagues had begun selling a few licenses to illegal aliens working locally........The operation soon grew to dozens of licenses and IDs being sold every day by the women......... By the summer of 2004, police said, the trio had sold 1,579 driver's licenses and 930 ID's, at an average of $100 per card.
  • Feds to target illegals' fake IDs

    04/06/2006 1:16:12 AM PDT · by Marine Inspector · 33 replies · 780+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 04/05/06 | JULIA MALONE
    WASHINGTON — Acknowledging widespread security lapses within the nation's immigration system, the Bush administration announced Wednesday it is opening anti-fraud task forces in 10 cities, including Atlanta, to crack down on fake driver's licenses, passports and other methods used to obtain immigration benefits. "Millions have used fraudulent documents" to obtain work permits or to provide cover for criminal or terrorist activities, said Julie Myers, assistant Homeland Security secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who cited "an epidemic" of bogus identification documents generated by highly sophisticated crime networks. The enforcement initiative, which combines Homeland Security immigration agencies, the U.S. Department of...
  • Three DMV employees arrested for selling phony driver's licenses

    01/31/2006 3:45:47 PM PST · by csvset · 24 replies · 831+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | January 31, 2006
    NORFOLK -– Three Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles employees were arrested today on charges of selling phony driver’s licenses across the counter to “customers” for $2,000 each, authorities said Tuesday. Two facilitators were also charged. Sisters Teshara L. Sykes and Tonita S. Sykes and the third employee, Jamille C. Lowther, were arrested today at DMV offices in Norfolk. They were making their initial appearances this afternoon in federal court. The case unfolded when FBI agents in New York discovered a suspected illegal immigrant talking about his ability to obtain phony driver's licenses in Norfolk, according to court records unsealed today....
  • Illegal alien pleads guilty to helping hijacker obtain false ID card

    11/19/2001 3:06:22 PM PST · by sarcasm · 106 replies · 1,007+ views
    AP via Boston Globe ^ | November 19, 2001
    <p>WASHINGTON -- An illegal alien from El Salvador pleaded guilty Monday to helping one of the Sept. 11 hijackers fraudulently obtain a Virginia identification card.</p> <p>Victor Lopez-Flores also pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., to illegally re-entering the United States after being deported. He faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison and fines of $500,000. Sentencing was set for next Feb. 2.</p>
  • Illegal workers create ID crisis. Meatpacking towns say fake identities creates 'ghost' population

    01/07/2006 11:54:24 AM PST · by John Jorsett · 43 replies · 1,130+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | Jan 7, 2006 | JIM RAGSDALE
    AUSTIN, Minn. — In Minnesota towns where hogs and turkeys meet their ends at the hands of workers from foreign lands, local officials often find themselves asking newcomers a simple question.Who are you?A worker with questionable immigration status may be carrying equally questionable identification. In Austin, where immigrants are lured by pork processing jobs, Mower County Attorney Patrick Flanagan has seen enough bad-ID cases to worry about a sizable "ghost'' population of misidentified residents."If you're a ghost, how can we help you? How can anyone help you?" he asked.Imagine a small, rural community where people are used to knowing one...
  • Six Plead Guilty in Illegal Driver's Licenses Case

    12/09/2005 11:02:13 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 5 replies · 343+ views
    BRIDGEPORT (AP) -- Six Bridgeport residents have pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to illegally obtain Connecticut driver's licenses, prosecutors said Thursday. Jose Cesar Zhispon, 40; Francisco O. Rosales, 41; Glexy Y. Solano, 21; Marta Alecia Aldana, 42; and Rolando Solano, 45, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport Superior Court on Wednesday to criminal attempt to commit forgery and were sentenced to six months in prison, suspended on the condition they not violate any laws for one year. In accepting the plea agreements, Judge Roland Fasano cited the cooperation of the five men in the investigation of Carlos Hernandez, who was...
  • Prolific Fake ID Ring Busted in Queens

    12/08/2005 6:12:11 AM PST · by Calpernia · 8 replies · 478+ views
    1010 WINS ^ | Dec 7, 2005 3:31 pm US/Eastern
    Twenty-one people allegedly supplied fake government documents to individuals throughout the United States while operating along a busy street in Queens described by the prosecutor as the East Coast ``epicenter'' of fraudulent documents. District Attorney Richard Brown said Wednesday that the suspects had been indicted on charges they operated a $1 million-a-year criminal enterprise that included production of phony Social Security cards, driver's licenses and resident alien cards. Four of the suspects remained at large; the others have been arraigned in the past few days and are being held without bail. ``What this shows is the vulnerability we have to...
  • MD. LAWYER AND D.C. LAW FIRM PLEAD GUILTY TO IMMIGRATION FRAUD - Over 100 False Documents

    12/01/2005 12:37:29 PM PST · by Calpernia · 11 replies · 799+ views
    ICE, ICE, Baby! ^ | December 1, 2005
    BETHESDA LAWYER AND WASHINGTON, D.C. LAW FIRM PLEAD GUILTY TO IMMIGRATION FRAUD Law Firm Submitted Over 100 False Documents to the Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service BALTIMORE, Maryland -- United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein announces that today attorney Irwin Jay Fredman, age 73, of Bethesda, Maryland, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit immigration fraud in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia during a four-year period. Fredman also entered a guilty plea to the same charge on behalf of the law firm he owns and manages, the Law Offices of I. Jay...
  • Fake ID Trade Makes a Name for Itself

    11/29/2005 3:50:35 PM PST · by DumpsterDiver · 7 replies · 553+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | November 29, 2005 | Anna Gorman
    Even though Los Angeles is considered the epicenter of the fake ID trade, for years the problem didn't register as a high priority for an already burdened police force. The lack of consistent enforcement allowed the underground industry to build up until it was "out of control," said LAPD Officer Fernando Flores. [snip] "When you first get here, you don't know where to go," said Flores, 25, who lives in Huntington Park. "The people who have been here a long time tell you. Everybody knows you can buy papers in MacArthur Park." [snip] Mica [slang for laminated ID cards] mills...
  • Illegal aliens charged with making fake IDs (North Carolina)

    11/22/2005 2:30:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 191 replies · 3,097+ views
    News & Record ^ | 11/21/05
    Illegal aliens charged with making fake IDs Monday, November 21, 2005 RANDLEMAN — Two men authorities said are illegal aliens were charged with making fake IDs, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office reported today. On Friday, sheriff's investigators searched a home at 380 Kings Ridge Road in Randleman. They found fraudulent IDs including Social Security cards, alien resident cards, Hispanic marriage certificates, passports, tax identification cards, fictitious drivers license and a forged inspection sticker, according to the sheriff's office. Also seized was computer equipment including printers and scanners, laptop computers, a typewriter, Polaroid camera, a heating machine, laminator, adhesive and several...
  • Judge blasts state for lenient plea deal (Man accused of selling fraudulent IDs)

    08/21/2005 5:55:50 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 488+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 8.20.05 | Eman Varoqua
    Judge blasts state for lenient plea deal A state Superior Court judge on Friday refused to accept what he called a lenient plea deal for a Paterson man who admitted to selling fraudulent Social Security cards to illegal immigrants. Judge Raymond A. Reddin in Paterson threw out a deal that called for Michael Urbano to serve four years in prison. He also said he would write a letter to U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie, asking for further investigation of Urbano's alleged fraud ring. Urbano, 33, a native of Peru, wanted to plead guilty to one count of falsifying a motor vehicle...
  • Woman arrested in license scam; ferried illegals to Tennessee to obtain ID's, driving privileges

    07/15/2005 6:32:34 AM PDT · by Liz · 34 replies · 947+ views
    AP / STAR LEDGER ^ | Friday, July 15, 2005 | TOM FEENEY AND BRIAN DONOHUE
    Every other week for at least 10 months, a Lakewood woman filled two passenger vans with illegal Hispanic immigrants and made the 11-hour drive from NJ to Knoxville, Tenn.......the payoff was a document that has become tough to get in NJ for those without US citizenship -- a valid driver's license. Zeneida C. Rivera, 55, was arrested Wednesday when federal agents executed a search warrant at a Knoxville EconoLodge where she and six immigrants were staying.....One of them was from Newark, two from Princeton, one from New Brunswick and two from New York. .............federal authorities allege Rivera, a native of...
  • Virginia DMV official, wife held for selling valid driver's licenses

    07/13/2005 5:35:28 AM PDT · by bookworm100 · 25 replies · 1,121+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | July 13, 2005 | Jerry Seper
    A Virginia man who worked as a manager at a Department of Motor Vehicles office at Springfield Mall and his wife, a former DMV clerk, were arrested yesterday by federal agents on charges of selling valid driver's licenses for as much as $3,500 each -- mostly to illegal aliens. U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty said Francisco J. Martinez, 57, and his wife, Miriam, 56, both of Stafford, Va., have been charged with conspiracy to commit identification fraud and conspiracy to produce Virginia driver's licenses by fraud, both felonies. If convicted, they could get 15 years in prison and fines totaling...
  • DMV manager charged with selling licenses to illegitmate applicants

    07/12/2005 7:39:47 PM PDT · by csvset · 41 replies · 1,000+ views
    AP via WVEC .COM ^ | 12 july 2005 | By MATTHEW BARAKAT
    DMV manager charged with selling licenses to illegitmate applicants 07/12/2005 By MATTHEW BARAKAT  / Associated Press The manager of the Department of Motor Vehicles office at Springfield Mall was charged Tuesday with selling driver's licenses to illegitimate applicants. Frank Martinez, 57, of Stafford, was manager at the Springfield location since 2001 and issued more than 40 authentic licenses since January 2004 to people who could not obtain a license legally — mostly illegal immigrants and people with suspended licenses, authorities said. His clients paid between $2,000 and $3,500 for the licenses, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Alexandria, which...
  • CA: Accused check scam gang indicted by federal grand jury (illegals caught in Operation Snapshot)

    05/20/2005 6:02:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 545+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 5/20/05 | Bob Lowry - AP
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Eleven members of a California-based Mexican gang, including nine illegal aliens, have been charged with defrauding a bank out of more than $40,000 by using fake IDs made with picture cell phone images, federal authorities said Friday. In wrapping up the investigation dubbed "Operation Snapshot" in western Virginia, U.S. Attorney John Brownlee said the gang is responsible for bilking banks in at least eight states out of an estimated $50 million. "Investigators have determined these 11 defendants are members of one cell of a major Mexican organization that has operated in several states, including Tennessee, California,...
  • Florida- Fake driver's license inquiry yields 23 arrests

    04/29/2005 1:37:16 AM PDT · by dennisw · 7 replies · 1,048+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | Posted April 29 2005 | Chrystian Tejedor
    Federal and state authorities arrested 23 people accused of buying and selling bogus commercial Florida driver's licenses following a five-month investigation led by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Among those charged were eight Palm Beach County drivers and three driver's license examiners in Broward and Miami-Dade counties accused of selling fake licenses for $100 to $200. The investigation began after an informant tipped the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to the scheme, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said. They then shared the information with other local, state and national agencies. The licenses, which were authentic, identified the cardholders...
  • Workers charged with taking payoff for driver's licenses

    04/29/2005 3:39:09 PM PDT · by kingattax · 12 replies · 435+ views
    Daily Herald Newutah.com and Associated Press ^ | April 29, 2005 | Lara Jakes Jordan
    WASHINGTON -- Thousands of illegal immigrants have obtained driver's licenses in three states, federal authorities said Thursday, highlighting a security hole that the Sept. 11 hijackers exploited. Three employees of Florida's motor vehicles agency were among 52 people arrested in a bribery scam that put driver's licenses in the hands of at least 2,000 illegal immigrants, officials said. The case, announced Thursday, follows similar arrests in Michigan and Maryland over the past week. "With a valid driver's license, you establish an identity," said Michael Garcia, assistant secretary of the Homeland Security Department. "There's no way to identify whether that identity...
  • Workers charged in driver license scam (thousands of illegals licenses issued in FL, MI, MD)

    04/28/2005 6:56:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 922+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/28/05 | Lara Jakes Jordan - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Thousands of illegal immigrants have obtained driver's licenses in three states, federal authorities said Thursday, highlighting a security hole that the Sept. 11 hijackers exploited. Three employees of Florida's motor vehicles agency were among 52 people arrested in a bribery scam that put driver's licenses in the hands of at least 2,000 illegal immigrants, officials said. The case, announced Thursday, follows similar arrests in Michigan and Maryland over the past week. "With a valid driver's license, you establish an identity," said Michael Garcia, assistant secretary of the Homeland Security Department. "There's no way to identify whether that...
  • DMV Employee Arrested For Making & Selling Fake ID's

    04/10/2005 4:43:11 PM PDT · by csvset · 18 replies · 1,881+ views
    KVBC TV ^ | 8 April 2005 | KVBC
    DMV Employee Arrested For Making & Selling Fake ID'sApr 8, 2005, 8:27 PM She was supposed to be making driver's licenses, but the DMV says one of their own workers has been busted for selling fake ID cards under the table. Tonight the woman is behind bars and some are wondering how she slipped through the cracks to get hired in the first place. News 3's Alex Savidge is live at the DMV office on west Flamingo to tell us what sort of background check DMV workers have to go through. The DMV says it's extensive; they check for past convictions and screen...
  • Judge releases contractor who sold fake IDs

    03/05/2005 5:08:49 AM PST · by csvset · 19 replies · 647+ views
    AP via Pilotonline ^ | 4 March 2004 | AP
    Judge releases contractor who sold fake IDs ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A 22-year-old man suspected of selling U.S. Army identification cards to nonmilitary personnel was arrested on federal charges and released pending a future court date, the U.S. Marshals Service said Friday.The ID cards for several military installations could give the holder access to military bases around the world. Yusuf Kahlil Jackson turned himself in to federal authorities Wednesday after he saw a television report identifying him as a wanted suspect, said Kevin B. Connolly, a supervisory inspector with the U.S. Marshals. Jackson appeared in U.S. District Court Thursday and...