Identity Fraud: Prevalence and Links to Alien Illegal Activities, Statement of Richard M. Stana, Director, Justice Issues, Before the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims, Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives [open pdf - 106KB]
To discuss the significance of "identity fraud"-a term that encompasses a broad range of illegal activities based on fraudulent use of identifying information of a real person or of a fictitious person. A pervasive type of identity fraud is identity theft, which involves "stealing" another person's personal identifying information- such as Social Security number (SSN), date of birth, and mother's maiden name-and then using the information to fraudulently establish credit, run up debt, take over existing financial accounts, or to undertake other activities in another's name. Also, another pervasive category is the use of fraudulent identity documents by aliens to enter the United States illegally to obtain employment and other benefits. The events of September 11, 2001, have heightened concerns about the contributory role that identity fraud plays in facilitating terrorism and other serious crimes.
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