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Immigrant I.D. theft case heads to Supreme Court

October 20, 2008 6:33:12 PM PDT
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of an illegal immigrant in Illinois convicted of identity theft. The man worked at a factory in East Moline.

The court will decide whether those arrested for immigration violations can also be charged with identity theft if they use someone else's Social Security number. An appeals court has already upheld the conviction.

Defense lawyers argue that the immigrants don't know if numbers on phony Social Security cards they acquire are fictitious or if they actually belong to someone else. The government says that doesn't matter.


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