Immigration Enforcement

Agriprocessors identity theft puts data of 230-plus at risk

© 2008, Des Moines Register and Tribune Company

The Social Security numbers used to employ illegal immigrants at Postville’s meatpacking plant were stolen from people in at least 25 states, including two people from Iowa, and from 38 people who are dead, an analysis by The Des Moines Register shows.

The identity theft exposed during the federal raid at Agriprocessors Inc. may have imperiled the private information of more than 230 citizens and lawful immigrants whose Social Security or resident alien numbers were used by the illegal workers.

Authorities also found evidence that a human resources department employee helped distribute about 96 false resident alien cards, according to court papers. The cards, commonly known as green cards, were grouped in stacks and appear to have been made by the same forger.

Nearly 70 percent of the immigrants who were targeted in federal warrants – the documents that helped justify the raid – remain at large.



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