Posted on | June 1, 2013 | 22 Comments
Submitted on 2013/06/01 at 2:19 am
UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS’ BULLETINJANUARY 2005:
In 1981 Congress again amended 42 U.S.C.§ 408, changing the offense from a misdemeanor to a felony and adding the language “or for the purpose of obtaining anything of value from any person” before “or for any other purpose.” See Omnibus Reconciliation Act, Pub. L. No. 97-123,§ 4, 95 Stat. 1659, 1663-64 (1981).
While the House Conference Report accompanying the amendment offers no explanation of the reasons for the change (see H.R. CONF. REP. NO. 97- 409(1981), reprinted in 1981 U.S.C.C.A.N. 2681,2687-88), the text of the amendment makes clear Congress’ intent both to punish a broader range of acts and to impose a stiffer penalty for misuse of the SSN.
Criminal penalties are provided for: (1)knowingly and willfully using a social security number that was obtained with false information, (2) using someone else’s social security number, or (3) unlawfully disclosing or compelling the disclosure of someone else’s social security number. See H.R. CONF. REP. NO. 97-409 (1981), reprinted in 1981 U.S.C.C.A.N. 2681, 2687.
Before passage of the 1998 act, the unauthorized use or transfer of identity documents was illegal under 18 U.S.C. § 1028, which included subsections (a)(1) through (a)(6). The unauthorized use of credit cards, personal identification numbers, automated teller machine codes, and other electronic access devices was illegal under another section of the U.S. Code, that is, 18 U.S.C. § 1029 (“fraud and related activity in connection with access devices”). The addition of subsection (a)(7) to § 1028 expanded the definition of “means of identification” to include such information as SSN and other government identification numbers, dates of birth, and unique biometric data (e.g., fingerprints), as well as electronic access devices and routing codes used in the financial and telecommunications sectors.
Making a false statement on an I-9: A maximum penalty of 5 years in federal prison without parole and a fine up to $250,000.
The reason he didn’t apply is simple:
“All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. We also cannot accept a receipt showing you applied for the document.”
Get a certified copy of a document showing a BIRTH, marriage or divorce that took place in the U.S.
What original documents do I need?
Religious record made before the age of 5 showing your date of birth;
Anyone age 12 or older requesting an original Social Security number must appear in person for an interview. We will ask for evidence to show you do not have a Social Security number. Here are examples of documents you can use to prove a Social Security number was never assigned:
If you lived outside the United States for an extended period, a current or previous passport, school and/or employment records, and any other record that would show long-term residence outside the United States could be used to show you do not have a Social Security number.
If you have lived in the United States and you are applying for an original Social Security number, we may ask you for information about the schools you attended or we may ask you to provide copies of tax records that would show you were never assigned a Social Security number.