I Am A Victim of Identity Theft
(Note: This person is a close friend of mine in Arkansas , but she does not feel she can even give her name because her employers may see it as racial bias. I know it is true because I talked to her weekly as she worked through these problems.)
"The influx in illegal immigrants has helped cause identity theft to be the fastest growing crime in our country, I learned this last year. Someone wrote checks for thousands of dollars on my bank account. I closed out the account, and they still are writing checks in my name in various places, so now I am the criminal. I have to carry papers with me proving I am a victim of identity theft in case the law tries to arrest me. I had no idea that such a thing could happen, but it has cost me my reputation (it hurts having places of business call you because of bounced checks) and brought a great deal of fear in my life because I will never know in the future, until the day I die I guess, how they will use my social security number. It has also cost me hundreds of hours of my time dealing with the problems that have resulted from this stolen identity."
Hundreds Arrested In Immigration Raids
Nearly 300 arrested in immigration raids at poultry plants in 5 states including Batesville, Arkansas
More arrests elsewhere!
Illegal Aliens Using Stolen ID's
(But these are just hardworking people wanting to provide a better life for their families.)
Excerpts from article April 16, 08 (See link below)
"Nearly 300 people were arrested Wednesday in immigration and identity theft raids at Pilgrim's Pride poultry plants in five states.
"More than 20 were arrested in Batesville, Ark., on federal warrants for alleged document fraud or identity theft.
"Atkinson said the company went to ICE agents with information about identity theft at the Arkansas plant. The company uses a federal database to check identity documents of new employees, but that wouldn't stop a person from using a real, but stolen ID, he said.
"The company has about 55,000 employees and operates dozens of facilities, mostly across the South and in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
"The poultry raids were the largest of several immigration enforcement actions across the country Wednesday.
"The raids were part of a long-term investigation, officials said. Plants were raided in Mount Pleasant, Texas, Batesville, Ark., Live Oak, Fla., Chattanooga, Tenn. and Moorefield, W.Va., authorities said."
Link to entire story: http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080416/immigration_raid.html?.v=10