Is it moral assuming the identity of a deceased individual to obtain a U.S. passport?
A Mexican national living in Whittier was arrested Tuesday at the U.S.-Mexico border in an ongoing federal crackdown on passport application fraud, which has netted 11 other arrests over the past three weeks.
Alma Huerta, 40, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on Oct. 21 on charges of using a false identity to obtain a passport in 2000 and using that document in an attempt to open a bank account, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
A total of 20 defendants have been charged with making false statements in relation to passport applications. Authorities are searching for eight fugitives, prosecutors said.
The sweep stems from findings by the Diplomatic Security Service's Los Angeles office that saw a 30 percent increase from 2007 to 2008 in passport fraud cases, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Among those arrested:
-- Sergio Samonet, 48, a Cuban citizen who resides in South Gate, who allegedly stole the identity of his ex-wife's mentally handicapped son and used that identity to obtain a U.S. Passport. Samonet was convicted in 2005 on state charges related to his use of the same stolen identity, and he was subsequently ordered deported from the U.S. by an immigration court;
-- Piyamas Jeerapaet, 41, of Burbank, who allegedly using her position as a U.S. Postal Service employee to help her brother, a Thai citizen, obtain a passport in a false identity. Jeerapaet pleaded not guilty last week in Los Angeles federal court and is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 29;
-- Francisco Martinez, 67, a Mexican national who was living in Oxnard, was arrested for allegedly assuming the identity of a deceased individual to obtain a U.S. passport in 2001 and to apply for a U.S. Passport Card in 2008.
The investigation allegedly found that Martinez had a criminal history related to the sale of narcotics and had previously been deported from the United States.
Martinez, who is also charged with illegal re-entry after deportation, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles last week and is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 22;
-- Jose Tejada, 39, a citizen of El Salvador who was residing in Los Angeles, was arrested for allegedly attempting to renew a passport he had already obtained under a false identity in 1995. Tejeda pleaded not guilty last week and is scheduled to go to trial on Dec. 8; and
-- Jose Yezid Rodriguez-Rojas, who also used the name Angel Luis Pena, is currently in a California state prison. The Colombian national is charged with attempting to obtain a U.S. passport in at least two false identities.
Other defendants in custody after being charged in the sweep are: Diego Martinez-Diaz, 26, of Pacoima, who is currently in state prison; Leonardo Aguago Aldape, 39, of Los Angeles; Christian Mauricio Sanchez Merlin, 30, of Whittier; Ricardo Torres, 35, a native of Peru who was living in Van Nuys; Ibrahim Olanrewaju Adekeye, 27; and Odonga Kenya Rush, 38, both of Chula Vista.
Those convicted of passport and visa fraud face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The fugitives currently sought are: Son Parsons, 48, of Alpharetta, Ga.; Suarez Gonzalez, 46, of Los Angeles; Carlos Edward Veliz, 32, of Los Angeles; David Prado Flores, 37, of Downey; Daza Jair Labrador Lopez, 36, of Van Nuys; Hector Acosta-Espinosa, who is believed to be in Mexico; Karen Fuentes, 25, of Long Beach, who is believed to have fled to Nicaragua; and an unidentified man who used the names Juan Molina Sandoval and Edward Valenzuela.
- SasoriLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Awwwww those poor illegal aliens just trying to have their cake and eat it to! They're just trying to have a better life, and feed their starving families. They didn't know that the person was real and they might be harming them in some way, after all the person was dead.
Excuses, they are all full of excuses. Watch the border invasion videos and see how underprivileged these people crossing into the US really are (NOT).
Do gooders are convincing them they pay taxes, don't abuse welfare and other services, and contribute $1T to our economy. I'd like to know how that is possible when they wire (MX statics) $25B a year into MX, and supposedly only make $4 @ hr. And they want us to believe they pay rent or mortgage, food, utilities, cell phones, auto costs and all related COL expenses and not use welfare. How Is That Possible!!!
- PRLLv 41 decade ago
Assuming the identity of a deceased individual is no more moral than engaging in passport fraud. When you consider that most of these people are hiding behind a false identity in hopes of getting away with their criminal endeavors.
The question of morality is moot since the people involved are anything but moral.
- donenfeldLv 43 years ago
confident flow to the publish workplace, they provides you an application to fill out. to boot the applying, you will desire to convey indentification inclusive of a beginning certificates (between the very few forms of I.D. they require) and additionally some passport pictures. Have the pictures taken at someplace like your community drug keep (like Walgreens, RiteAid, CVS) or WalMart ... via fact a minimum of here in Philadelphia, in case you have your passport pictures taken on the best publish workplace they charge thrice extra! not kidding!