Fifty suspects have been indicted by a federal grand jury on the charge
of conspiracy to commit identification fraud. Each suspect will face up
to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted. According to the
New York Times, hundreds of birth certificates, driver’s licenses
and Social Security numbers were sold on a black market based in Puerto
Rico that has been operating since at least 2009.
The fraudulent documents were allegedly being sold to illegal immigrants
on the American mainland for prices ranging from $700 to $2500. The Assistant
Attorney General said "The alleged conspiracy stretched across the
United States and Puerto Rico, using suppliers, identity brokers and mail
and money runners to fill and deliver orders for the information and government-issued
identity documents of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens". The indictment
marks the largest single fraud case to date for Immigration and Customs
If you or someone you know has been charged with such a crime, you should
immediately seek advice from a
lawyer that is experienced in handling federal identity theft cases. For a free consultation with
such an attorney, complete the form to the left or call 646.741.3856.
With offices in New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sullivan &
Brill, LLP represents clients throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico.