We’ve all heard of illegal immigrants posing as Americans to gain work but what about Americans posing as illegal immigrants to gain travel? That’s the story of this fraud of the day, based on a report by the Christian Post. It all started when Jaime Alverado, an American citizen living in Salt Lake City, was arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin ”with an intent to distribute.’? But he didn’t say his name was Jaime Alverado, he posed instead as Saul Quiroz, an illegal immigrant. That meant that rather than a 15-year sentence in prison, Alverado faced deportation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Taking Alverado’s word for it, they handed him a one-way travel voucher to Mexico!
But the story doesn’t end there. Growing restless with our neighbor to the south, Alverado then re-entered the country using his American passport…and didn’t get stopped? (What he was exploiting was the fact that someone didn’t take the time to check whether he’d utilized other identities.? In fact, he remained in America until April, when he was arrested again and hauled off to the ICE. Except this time he confessed to his true identity. Alverado now faces serious time behind bars. (What a dope – fake identities, deportation, prison!? It serves as yet another example of why checking identities isn’t just a matter of saving money, but keeping criminals off America’s streets.
Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “US Citizen Caught With Drugs Avoids Prison by Posing as Illegal Immigrant,” by Ray Downs, published by the Christian Post, November 4, 2011.
An American citizen who thought deportation would be preferable to incarceration told police that he was an illegal immigrant in order to be sent to Mexico instead of prison and it worked.
Jaime Alvarado, 27, from Salt Lake City, was arrested in Feb. 2010 for possession of “cocaine and heroin with an intent to distribute,” reported ABC News, and told police that he was Saul Quiroz, an illegal immigrant from Mexico.