Thursday, January 10, 2013

Woman's Identity Stolen by Illegal Immigrant

If Candida Gutierrez had not suffered for so long because of this issue, this story might be funny.

In order to get a job in America, an illegal Mexican immigrant "stole" Candida's identity.  She used Candida's name, social security number...everything.

When Candida learned about this, she complained to the Federal Government, but the illegal immigrant claimed that SHE was the real Candida and that the real Candida had stolen HER identity.

The US Government literally believed the fake story of an illegal immigrant over the story of a tax-paying, law-abiding American citizen.  Finally the "fake" Candida was arrested (after 10 years of the real Candida struggling to get the truth out).

1)  Many illegal immigrants use "fake" social security numbers in order to get jobs illegally in the USA.  This is considered a "minor" crime and it is not considered identity theft (because the illegal immigrant is randomly creating a number).  Should falsifying a social security number be a major offense?

2)  Many people in the USA favor a new system in which a person's social secrurity number is verified before he/she can take a new job.  Do you think this would be a good idea?

3)  The person who stole Candida's identity and made her life hell was only sentenced to 18 months in prison.  Was this sentence too light?


Yes, I'm the guy who caused the "scandal" in Asia two years ago :P

Yes, I'm also the guy who wrote the very funny ESL book: New York City Sucks, But You'll Wanna Live Here Anyway

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