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aGameOfThrones
10-21-2015, 04:39 PM
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) An immigrant living illegally for decades in the United States was spared a federal prison sentence Wednesday in an identity theft scheme in which he changed the legal name of his identity theft victim to his own.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sentenced 82-year-old Ramon Perez-Rivera to time served, which amounted to the one night in jail he spent when arrested. The lenient punishment was part of a plea deal, and the judge cited the defendant's advanced age and other factors in imposing it.

Perez-Rivera pleaded guilty in August to possession of unlawfully obtained documents, illegal re-entry, and unlawful disclosure of a Social Security number.

Prosecutors say he persuaded a California court to change the name of his identity theft victim. Armed with that court order, he also changed the victim's California birth record to his own name. He then used that identity to obtain food stamps, Medicaid, a U.S. passport and a driver's license.

"This is clearly a remarkable case," the judge said. "I have never had a case quite like this."

His defense attorney, David Freund, argued his client is uneducated and received "very bad advice" from a California notary about changing the victim's name. That notary has since been convicted of identity theft, he said, adding that notaries often prey upon uneducated immigrants by offering them hope.

"I thought I was legal," Perez-Rivera told the court. "I thought I was under the judge's protection."

http://news.yahoo.com/man-changed-legal-name-id-theft-victim-spared-184020510.html


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morfeeis
10-23-2015, 12:35 AM
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/5561/178/1600/SchiffWithSign.jpg
But irwin schiff died in jail over using his first amendment rights!

TheCount
10-23-2015, 04:12 PM
We should punish this man for stealing taxpayer money, and in the process use even more taxpayer money to imprison him.

Anti Federalist
10-24-2015, 08:35 PM
Beat me to it.

Schiff was a political, who had to be taught a lesson.

You only have the right to speak government approved ideas.

It helps if you are part of government protected caste as well.

This is called freedom.

It is why the terrorists hate us.


http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/5561/178/1600/SchiffWithSign.jpg
But irwin schiff died in jail over using his first amendment rights!