Illegal immigration use rising ID theft crossing the border

July 12, 2010

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure of 107 fraudulent travel documents used for illegal entry into the United States through the California/Mexico border during it’s week long multi-agency effort dubbed “Operation Gatekeeper” in June 2010. (see links to videos on illegal immigration at end of post)

Forty-seven individuals with counterfeit or altered passports or visas and 60 imposters, persons with a genuine document that did not belong to them were discovered.

Twenty-seven cases of passport fraud and eight cases of visa fraud will be prosecuted and if convicted face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison. Approximately 60 individuals using U.S. passports or visas illegally were formally deported to Mexico in lieu of criminal prosecution. 

“Persons with a genuine document that did not belong to them” would constitute identity theft — a minimum mandatory sentence of two years. The same number of folks who had executed identity theft were also released and deported without prosecution. (It’s become harder to prosecute ID thieves as my other post “Supreme Court rules on identity theft” indicates)

“The word is out that you need an approved travel document to cross the border into the United States,” said Paul Morris, director of CBP field operations in San Diego. “We have seen those attempting illegal entry adjust to this new requirement from last year, and have observed increased illicit use of U.S. passports and visas by smugglers. We will recommend vigorous prosecution of those we apprehend with fraudulent documents.”

“There are foreign nationals who fraudulently acquire U.S. passports and visas to carry out criminal activities inside our borders. These crimes threaten the national security of the United States, plain and simple,” said Garth Pettijohn, acting special agent-in-charge of the DSS Los Angeles Field Office

From October 1, 2009 through April 30, CBP officers in the San Diego Field Office seized 2,238 U.S. passports and 11,712 border crossing and legal permanent resident cards that were used by aliens attempting to enter the United States illegally.

How could the federal government, prosecute employers knowing that this epidemic of ID theft is going on? Employers have no way of knowing if the employee has stolen someone’s identity to gain employment — even E-verify wouldn’t catch it.

How can Americans stand by while the US government turns a blind eye to illegals are stealing our identities without prosecution?

Videos of the border and illegal immigration:

WSBTV (Atlanta) investigative report on US border security Part 1 _ Part 2

View the fence on the Arizona border by helicipter — it’s not what you’ve been led to believe

View illegals coming across the Arizona border from a motion sensor camera

Video of what immigrants they think of America AND Americans

Joyce Kaufman — (15 min) Educate one person — 850 WFTL talk show host Joyce Kaufman speaking about illegal immigration before a gathering in Jupiter Florida.

View Congressional testimony of what illegal immigration has done to hospital care in Florida

View an anology of the impact of immigration into our country

View the elected official doesn’t know Arizona sits on the border

Add that elected official to this elected official who believes Guam will capsize (nothing to do with immigration but demonstrates who who we’re electing to make decisions in our country)

View this elected officials’ contempt when interacting with a citizen at a town hall meeting discussing the illegal immigration situation with a “minuteman.”

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News of interest 10.13.09

October 13, 2009

News of interest —  Obama quietly authorizes up to 15,000 more US troops for Afghanistan (Fox News)

News of interest —  Former flight attendant sues Oprah over sex claim (Reuters)

News of interest —  Alert over donor alert over donor organs riddled with cancer, mad cow disease and hepatitis (Telegraph.UK)

News of interest —  Social networking sites like Facebook are ‘gold’ for identity thieves (Courier Mail AU)

News of interest —  Georgia Tech to develop RFID testing protocols for medical devices (Fierce Mobile Healthcare)

News of interest —  Disney’s retail plan is a theme park in its stores (NY Times)

News of interest —  Tests find wood pallets harbor deadly food poisoning bacteria (Reuters)

News of interest —  LA hospital: Error caused 206 radiation overdoses (Business Week / AP)

News of interest —  FD: No record of permit at Sedona sweat lodge where 2 died (ABC15)


New form of social security ID theft and more…

July 14, 2009

Today brings some interesting news including the article published in a sanctuary city for illegals that details the new technique for identity theft. Other stories include the White House announcement regarding Michelles’ $5,000 clutch purse and much more.

See current and archived swine flu statistics — on this site [read it here]

New form of Social Security ID theft — … starting in the 1980s, Social Security numbers started following a pattern and identity thieves have discovered it [read it at ABC San Francisco] [see MY article on recent Supreme Court ruling on identity theft and illegals]

Activists seek end to $640M Calif. welfare program for illegals — The measure would end state welfare to an estimated 48,000 households and 100,000 children — aid that now costs the state $640 million a year [read it at Newsmax]

UC Irvine hospital uses faulty narcotics pumps, nurses union alleges — The California Nurses Association filed a complaint with state regulators Thursday alleging that UC Irvine Medical Center has been using faulty pain control pumps that have caused at least five patients to receive an accidental overdose of narcotics [read it at LA Times]

Forty-two defendants indicted in $4.6 million Medi-Cal fraud case — Federal and state authorities Thursday arrested 20 defendants accused of being part of ring that defrauded Medi-Cal out of nearly $4.6 million by using unlicensed individuals to provide in-home care to scores of disabled patients, many of them children with cerebral palsy or developmental disabilities [read it at FBI.gov]

Twitter suspends accounts of users winfected computers — Twitter is suspending the accounts of some users whose comphave fallen victim to a well-known piece of malicious software that has targeted othsites such as Facebook and MySpace [read it at PC World]

Michelle’s PurseNot to worry. That wasn’t a $5,000 purse Michelle Obama was carrying – it was only $875 [read it at Rasmussen Reports]

Now White House joins ‘birth hospital’ cover-up — …wide range of Obama documentation – along with Obama’s birth certificate – are not available, including Obama’s kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records and his adoption records [read it at WND]

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“Do you earn more than a teacher?” and other obscure news for July 1

July 1, 2009

Obscure news for July 1st includes an article published stating that the US DOD mistakenly transferred intercontinental ballistic missile parts to Taiwan. More great articles given little media attention…

Do you earn more than a teacher? — No one seems to dispute the argument that school teachers are underpaid – but no one outside the education system seem to know how much they make [read it at the Examiner]

GAO: Arms sales program still flawed — In March 2008, the Department of Defense disclosed that it mistakenly transferred intercontinental ballistic missile parts to Taiwan through a U.S. program that sells pre-approved defense articles and services to foreign governments  [read it at Military.com]

‘Hacker’s hacker’ from San Francisco pleads guilty in $86 million fraud — A mild-mannered computer geek people once believed could do no wrong admitted Monday to stealing nearly 2 million credit card numbers, which he and others used to rack up more than $86 million in fraudulent charges [read it at Pittsburgh Live]

DOJ opposes antitrust immunity for Continental – According to the Justice Department, Continental and United plan to sell seats on each other’s U.S. flights, combine customer lounges, consolidate operations at airports… [read it at RTTnews]

Tom Davis says he doesn’t want cyber-coordinator job – “For this job to work you’d better get some understandings up front, if you’re the cyber czar and you want to have any clout in this,” Davis said [read it at Federal Computer Week]

China remains spam haven due to ‘bulletproof’ hosting —  An overwhelming majority of Web sites promoted through spam are hosted in China at service providers that many times choose to ignore complaints and allow illegal activity, according to research from the University of Alabama [read it at PC World]

Vontae Davis identity theft incident is another reminder for athletes — Identity theft and fraud affected nearly 10 million Americans last year at a cost of more than $48 billion, according to Javelin Strategy & Research [read it at Palm Beach Post]

AF tests missile in launch from Calif. Coast – It’s an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile [read it at Air Force Times]

Unclear what happens to personal info with Clear  — Hundreds of thousands of people relinquished their personal information for faster passage through TSA – now the company holding your info is out of business – do you need to worry? [read it at Mercury News]

Pro-Iranian regime hackers invade U.S. computers — Hackers posted a caustic message telling the U.S. President to mind his own business and stop talking about the disputed Iranian election on a U.S. university home page on June 24. Attempts to access the Oregon University System’s Web site were automatically redirected to another page… [read it at Enterprise Security Today]

Drowning of the Mississippi Delta due to insufficient sediment supply and global sea-level rise – LSU researchers have concluded that  Coastal restoration projects doomed to fail . Even under best-case scenarios for building massive engineering projects to restore Louisiana’s dying coastline, the Mississippi River can not possibly feed enough sediment into the marshes to prevent ongoing catastrophic land loss, two Louisiana State University (LSU) geologists conclude [read it at nature.com]

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June 29 obscure news includes investigation on Airbus A330 and more

June 29, 2009

On todays’ daily obscure news for June 29, include articles of a New York building being evacuated for a huge crack, a man adjusts sprinklers to flood a police department and much more…

Cap and Trade passes HouseSee how your Representative voted.

Your government representatives See how much they earn.

Swine flu found at Argentinean pig farm — The find emerges as Argentina is undergoing a human swine flu epidemic [read it at Redorbit.com]

Identity theft takes an effort to stop — The Federal Trade Commission estimates as many as 9 million identity theft cases are reported each year [read it at Chippewa.com]

Man arrested for online gaming piracy in Hong Kong — Hong Kong customs officers have shut down a pirated online gaming operation, arresting a 34-year-old man and seizing seven Internet servers and five computers worth HK$77,000 (US$ 9,935) from an apartment [read it at idg.no]

Inquiry to focus on flights’ sensor malfunctions — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said it has begun an investigation into two recent incidents involving Airbus A330s, the same kind of plane as the one operated by Air France that crashed over the Atlantic Ocean [read it at the New York Times]

Pa. man monkeys with sprinkler, floods police HQ [read it at Philly.com]

Over 2.7 billion vulnerable programs installed on U.S. computers —  Reputed Danish vulnerability intelligence provider Secunia has recently released version 1.5 of its free Personal Software Inspector (PSI) application. Statistics gathered by the software reveal frightening numbers, such as 2,720,800,000 vulnerable programs being installed on U.S. computers [read it at softpedia.com]

Little Italy building evacuated after 20-foot crack discovered — Authorities evacuated a five-story Little Italy building in New York City the evening of June 24, fearing a giant bottom-to-top crack in its facade could be a prelude to disaster [read it at New York Post]

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June 23 news that no one is talking about

June 23, 2009

Todays obscure news ranges from new discoveries for dieters to another near miss airline crash, lost airline revenue from swine flu, Korea’s marriage rules to be tighter than America’s and much more for June 23!

Microsoft caps free security software downloads – Microsoft will limit the number of downloads for the beta of Windows Security Essentials, its new free antivirus software, when it posts the program later today [read it at ComputerWorld]

Registered Traveler program, RIP — Verified Identity Pass, which operated its Clear program in eighteen airports, shut operations at every airport early this morning. More than 250,000 frequent fliers who pay $200 a year to speed through airport security lines lost that privilege yesterday [read it at Homeland Security Newswire]

Ken Hechler; Daryl Hannah arrested at mine protest — The group of several hundred were protesting mountaintop mining and a coal silo location near Marsh Fork Elementary in the Coal River Valley, West Virginia [read it at wboy.com]

Court: Man accused in boss’ suicide can be charged — Christopher Baron, 33, is accused of prompting Mark Fisher’s suicide by forwarding e-mails indicating that Fisher was having an affair. The e-mails were sent to about 10 people, including Fisher’s wife [read it at the Chicago Tribune]

German authorities warn of swine flu mutation risk — Germany’s federal agency for infectious diseases said on Tuesday there were signs the H1N1 swine flu virus had started to mutate and warned it could spread in the coming months in a more aggressive form [read it at Reuters]

Fatty foods — not empty stomach — fire up hunger hormone — New research led by the University of Cincinnati (UC) suggests that the hunger hormone ghrelin is activated by fats from the foods we eat—not those made in the body—in order to optimize nutrient metabolism and promote the storage of body fat [read it at ScienceDaily]

FPL wants to store waste above ground in tanks — Florida Power & Light has requested a zoning change from the county that would allow them to store nuclear waste in above ground containers at its Turkey Point facility [read it at CBS4]

Zicam lawsuit — Side effects of Zicam Nasal Gel and Nasal Swabs, marketed as an over-the-counter cold remedy, have been associated with the loss of sense of smell and taste [read it at AboutLawsuits.com]

Morning milk helps eat less at lunchtime — Researchers in Australia found that drinking fat free milk in the morning helped increase satiety, or a feeling of fullness, and led to decreased calorie intake at the next meal [read it at huliq.com]

Plane, vehicle near a collision — An airplane hurtling down a runway at Logan Airport on June 18 narrowly averted colliding with a construction vehicle that strayed into an unauthorized area, triggering a federal investigation and halting all construction at one of the country’s busiest airports [read it at Boston.com]

Korea to toughen rules on international marriages  — Foreigners seeking to marry Koreans may have to submit health and criminal record documents before being granted visas … as early as this year, the Office of the Prime Minister said Monday [read it at KoreaTimes]

Personal data exposed on web site — Personal data including the signatures of recipients has been exposed to those tracking deliveries on the Parcelforce Web site, the BBC has discovered [read it at bbc.co.uk]

Delta: Swine flu will trim revenue by $250M — Delta Air Lines Inc. said the H1N1(swine flu) virus will have a $250 million impact on its earnings this year, the Associated Press reports [read it at bizjournals.com]

Obama: Where have all his records gone? — Footprints of president’s own history either vanish or remain covered up [read it at WorldNetDaily]


June 17 obscure news

June 17, 2009

Alot of great stories today. On June 17 I’ve found such things as a semi full of ammonium nitrate stolengeese slated to lose lives  for human air travel, future nuclear plants must withstand airliner crash, Nigerian rebels say they destroyed Chevron’s facility, China/US Navy “accident” questionable and a look at “that” administration versus “this” administration when releasing a news story. Great reads — all of them!

New strain of swine flu found — BRAZILIAN scientists have identified a new strain of the H1N1 virus after examining samples from a patient in Sao Paulo, a research institute says. The variant has been called A/Sao Paulo/1454/H1N1 [see it at Perth Now]

Police: Identity theft involves purchase of house in Davenport — Police say someone using the Social Security number of a Des Moines woman has obtained credit cards for two stores and has purchased a home in Davenport [read it at Des Moines Register]

Then and now — I did a little digging to see what the press reported under the same conditions — but a different president. I attached both articles for your amusement.  Data showing significantly higher cancer risks for US residents near coal-fired power plant ash dump sites were hidden for years by Bush Administration and today an article comes out stating locations of high-risk coal ash sites kept secret by Obama. Read both articles side by side to view the different reporting techniques used by the media. In the first article Bush is hiding information concerning citizen health. In the Obama article it’s being withheld for our own safety.

Process begins to define “meaningful use” of electronic health records — Building on the historic $19 billion investment provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), efforts continued today to further the national adoption and implementation of health information technology (HIT) [read it at HHS.gov]

Michelle Obama: Government alone can’t rebuild[read it at Forbes]

White House revives FutureGen plant, will build it in Illinois — The U.S. Energy Secretary on June 12 said that his agency has reached an agreement with a group of coal producers, electric utilities and other companies to build a 275-MW coal-fired power plant equipped with carbon capture and storage technology in Matoon, Illinois [read it at Platts.com]

83 percent support checking voters’ photo ID — Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice said the State of Georgia cannot check driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers to verify the citizenship of prospective voters. most Americans disagree with the Justice Department ruling according to a survey conducted [read it at fox news]

Stolen semi full of ammonium nitrate stopped in Kenly — The North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Homeland Security officials have arrested a man who they say stole a tractor trailer filled with ammonium nitrate. The truck was carrying an undisclosed amount of the chemical compound ammonium nitrate, which is commonly used as a fertilizer in farming [read it at NewsObserver.com]

DHS announces nearly $1.8 billion in fiscal year 2009 preparedness grants — U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today nearly $1.8 billion in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) preparedness grants designed to help states, urban areas, tribal governments and non-profit agencies improve their readiness by enhancing protection, prevention, response and recovery capabilities for all disasters [read it on Homeland Security website]

Ohio has second-biggest hit from GM dealer closings — GM has notified 1,323 dealerships that they will not have their franchise agreement renewed, though it isn’t disclosing individual dealers. Pennsylvania has the most closures with 90, followed by Ohio with 79 [read it at BizJournals]

Congress is urged to add bankruptcy judgeships in the face of near-record case levels — Congress is told that the federal courts need additional bankruptcy judgeships in the face of near-record case levels to alleviate overcrowded dockets and to ensure that the bankruptcy system operates efficiently [read it at UScourts.gov]

Latest China-U.S. Navy incident with destroyer USS John S. McCain is part of rising trend – China has called the latest collision between Chinese and U.S. naval vessels an accident, but many of the elements echo previous altercations that have raised concerns that China’s navy is growing increasingly aggressive in its patrols of the waters off its coast [read it at Cleveland.com]

Edison to decommission coal-fired Nevada power plant – The owners of the shuttered Mohave Generating Station in Laughlin, Nevada, said on June 10 that they will decommission the coal-fired power plant that once supplied electricity to 1.5 million homes [read it at the Native Times]

Nigerian rebels say they destroyed Chevron’s facility — Nigerian rebels said they destroyed the Abiteye oil-pumping station run by Chevron Corp. in the Niger River delta, in the third attack on the company’s facilities in the past three days [read it at Bloomberg]

New nuclear plants must withstand aircraft crash — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) published a final rule in the Federal Register Friday to require all new nuclear power reactors to design their facilities to withstand the impact of a large airplane [read it at HStoday.us]

Credit Union users target of text scam — The UVA Credit Union is warning customers about a text message scam targeting their accounts. Credit union officials say the bogus text message claims that a member’s debit card has been blocked and that they need to call a phone number to verify their information [read it at NBC29.com]

New York to gas geese near airports —  The hunt will take place during summer molting season when the geese can’t fly  [read it at LiveScience.com]

Horses quarantined in Raytown: potentially fatal disease confirmed at Raytown Equestrian Park — Missouri State agriculture officials have issued a quarantine order for the Raytown Equestrian Park. A seven-year-old quarter horse stabled at the facility tested positive for equine piroplasmosis, a potentially fatal disease, officials said [read it at KCTV5.com]

Connecticut man arrested for threatening Obama — Police say the 39-year-old suspect pulled up to an Enfield auto dealership where a film crew was shooting and spoke with people there. During the conversation, the suspect allegedly made comments about the President, saying that somebody should kill him [read it at MyStateline.com]

Busted: international telephone hacking conspiracy — An indictment was unsealed on June 12 against three individuals who allegedly hacked into the telephone systems of large corporations and entities in the United States and abroad and sold information about the compromised telephone systems to Pakistani nationals residing in Italy [read it at DarkReading.com]

Library Journal’s notable federal government documents  — Each year, Library Journal (LJ) selects what it considers to be the most notable Government documents published by Federal, state, and local governments [see the list at US Gov bookstore]

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