Illegal Immigrant Steals ID; Gets Job, Medical Care for Children
Now that takes some nerve. Its bad enough to steal ID, but then to use that to get a job and medical care, and then tell the authorities that she is the victim? How dare she. And how dare the DA would plea her like they did. She should go to jail for the max allowed under the law without plea deals.
Defense attorney Matthew Works told reporters after the hearing that Cardona-Gonzale was sorry for her actions and didn’t wish to hurt Gutierrez.
Cardona-Gonzale didn’t limit herself to opening fraudulent credit and bank accounts. She assumed Gutierrez’s persona completely, using it to get a job, a driver’s license, a mortgage and even medical care for the birth of two children.
All the while, the crook claimed the real Gutierrez was the one who had stolen her identity. The women’s kafkaesque nightmare puts a face on ‘total identity theft,’ a brazen form of the crime in which con artists go far beyond financial fraud to assume many other aspects of another person’s life.
The scheme has been linked to illegal immigrants who use stolen Social Security numbers to get paid at their jobs, and authorities fear the problem could soon grow to ensnare more unsuspecting Americans.