DOJ charges 22 illegals for ID fraud, stealing tax dollars

Monday, July 30, 2018
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Dept. of Justice 1Nabbed while getting away with stealing hundreds of thousands of tax dollars in government benefits, 25 criminals – including 22 illegal aliens – were charged Friday by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in an identity fraud scheme, with many having been previously deported with a history of violent crimes and drug trafficking.

Stealing and using Puerto Rican identities, the criminal aliens tried to fraudulently abuse the system to receive free food, housing and health care – with some even abusing the system to vote.

“Imposters regularly use birth certificates and social security cards stolen or copied from Puerto Ricans to pose as American citizens in order to receive Medicare, evade arrest and take advantage of welfare benefits – such as EBT cards and food stamps,” Townhall reported. “In a sting operation known as, ‘Operation Double Trouble’ the DOJ was able to nab 25 individuals who took advantage of poor oversight at Massachusetts’ Registry of Motor Vehicles and steal people’s identities.”

Giving away IDs and free benefits

The massive government fraud scheme is being blamed on the gross negligence of the Massachusetts’ Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV).

“’Operation Double Trouble’ accounted for $200,000 in heisted Medicare, unemployment and public housing benefits,” the Boston Herald announced. “One of the suspects, the feds said, is a convicted killer who escaped from prison in Puerto Rico.”

Arriving in Boston Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the case involving the sting operation, describing the criminal activity conducted by nearly two dozen illegal immigrants as robbing America blind.

“Across this city and across America, teachers, truck drivers, construction workers are going to work and paying taxes that are being stolen from the public treasury by fraudsters and criminals,” Sessions proclaimed at a press conference held at the Seaport offices of U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, according to the Herald.

He condemned the criminal aliens for stealing from legal residents who are in need.

“These government programs are intended to help the poor, the elderly, American citizens – not those that are trespassing in the country,” Sessions stressed. “This kind of fraud is a theft from our seniors, a theft from our taxpayers and a theft from the needy – theft from America.”

The nation’s top cop also noted how one of the victims of identity theft was hit when he was already down and out as he applied for a government housing subsidy after Hurricane Maria leveled his home in Puerto Rico last year.

“He was told he was already receiving [public housing benefits] 1,600 miles away in Massachusetts,” Sessions informed at the press conference.

Manipulating the system

Criminal aliens have found a way to take advantage of the system by embracing a successful strategy that has hidden them in the flood of Hispanics in America who receive federal and state handouts.

“Illegal aliens often use Puerto Rican identities because the Hispanic surnames are less likely to cause suspicion amongst the government than non-Hispanic surnames,” Townhall’s Timothy Meads explained. “Lapse oversight at the RMV then allows these individuals to gain numerous identities.”

Lelling asserted that the government needs to do much more to make sure that illegals are no longer able to easily steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer funds through identity theft.

"What happens in Puerto Rico is that you have an influx of Dominican [Republic] nationals who either purchase or steal identities belonging to Puerto Ricans – who are obviously U.S. citizens – so I think there's still work to be done to shore up that area of enforcement," the attorney pointed out, according to Boston’s local WCVB station. “Some of it might just be attributable to having insufficient controls at the RMV – and we're going to look into that a little bit, too. [Most of those charged have a criminal history] including drug trafficking, forgery, armed robbery."

The recent sting surfaced just the tip of the iceberg when looking at what illegals are actually getting away with in the Bay State.

“By simply running an analytical comparison of Medicaid reimbursements issued in Massachusetts against the same data in Puerto Rico, Sessions and Lelling said investigators amassed 110 cases where recipients with identical names and Social Security numbers were issued checks in both locations – and sometimes on the same day,” the Herald’s Laurel J. Sweet, Brooks Sutherland and Joe Dwinell recounted. “Lelling said the task force is chasing down more than 80 additional leads.”

Finally brought to justice

An ongoing investigation conducted by the station’s “5 Investigates” crew discovered numerous cases of criminal aliens using false identities to deal drugs and acquire Massachusetts drivers licenses – IDs that provide illegals a clean record so that they can easily evade law and immigration enforcement to conduct their illegal activities.

Some of the criminal cases were divulged by the local news.

“Frank Lara – also known as Roberto Villegas – was a heroin and cocaine dealer in Boston,” WCVB’s Kevin Rothstein revealed. “He had seven convictions, five Massachusetts licenses with different identities and 11 aliases. Lara was deported after we tracked him down.”

Dealing heroin with the help of fake IDs appears to be a popular trade for illegals in Bean Town.

“Rafael Nicolas Lopez Carrasco was a major heroin dealer arrested in Lawrence with 30 pounds of heroin,” Rothstein continued. “He had two driver's licenses, three aliases and had been previously deported. Juan Gonzalez was arrested with four pounds of heroin stashed in a mayonnaise jar. He is smiling on his state-issued EBT card given to him under the assumed identity of Alex Hernandez.”

Major profits are being made by illegal immigrants who can manipulate the system to get a “valid” ID card, compliments of their local RMV.

“In the case this week, the identities obtained from the RMV helped them obtain other public benefits,” Rothstein noted. “Federal court records show that 24 of the 25 obtained a driver's license or state ID, 19 applied for MassHealth benefits, one received $51,270 in rent subsidies from the Boston Housing Authorities and two pocketed more than $25,000 in unemployment benefits. At least two registered to vote when they applied for their license or ID.”

It remains to be seen how many of the 25 scammers – including 22 illegals – will be convicted for absconding with more than $200,000 in taxpayer dollars, but the greatest offender will likely go free after spending less than a decade behind bars.

“If found guilty, the most serious fraud charges carry 10-year prison sentences and fines of up to $250,000,” the Herald pointed out.

 

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