Fraud Let 100,000 Obtain Social Security Numbers; Fake Numbers Were Easy to Get for noncitizens.(NATION)
Byline: Stephen Dinan, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
More than 100,000 noncitizens may have obtained Social Security numbers in 2000 using fraudulent documents, according to a Social Security Administration report examining use of the numbers in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
James G. Huse Jr., the agency's inspector general, said the agency has been issuing numbers to noncitizens without completely verifying the authenticity of the supporting documents.
In 2000, that resulted in potentially 8 percent of 1.2 million new numbers assigned to noncitizens based on fraud.
And, he said, even with a post-September 11 push to coordinate with the …
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Publication information: Article title: Fraud Let 100,000 Obtain Social Security Numbers; Fake Numbers Were Easy to Get for noncitizens.(NATION). Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: May 21, 2002. Page number: A03. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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