Identity trafficking: over 50 charged in US and Puerto Rico

Over 50 people from 15 states and Puerto Rico were charged yesterday in a massive scale ID theft ring. The scheme was to steal or buy Puerto Rican identity from a broker and the sell it in the US to illegal immigrant seeking valid US state id cards, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards and passports as well as financial services. US based brokers have been selling sets of Puertorican birth certificate and Social Security card for $700-$2500, charging half of the amount upfront and the other half upon delivery. After taking a first installment broker would contact identity supplier and request appropriate set using simple code, pants or skirt for sex and garment size for age. The documents were sent from PR to various US states with USPS Express Mail.
The suspect are facing 15 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines if convicted.
Investigation started in 2009 when first case was discovered in Rockford, IL but quickly spread to other states. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was working on the case codename Island Express for close to 2 years with joined effort of USPS and local police departments.

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