The Costs of Illegal Immigration Continued
In this story, an illegal immigrant used the identity of an American citizen to vote, obtain a small business loan from the SBA, and obtain disability benefits from Social Security.
His thievery and deceit imploded when the man, whose identity he stole, applied for Social Security benefits himself.
The Perdido Beach resident pleaded guilty earlier today to federal fraud charges as part of a deal in which aggravated identity theft will be dropped. He also faces possible deportation.
It is unclear whether federal prosecutors might pursue criminal charges against Hernandez-Hernandez related to voter fraud.
Ed Packard, an election official with the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office, said Baldwin County’s voter rolls have included Severo Benavidez since 1984. Packard said the 62-year-old man voted in the 1996 and 2008 general elections, the 2002 primary election and special elections on a constitutional amendment to overhaul Alabama’s tax system in 2003 and to incorporate Perdido Beach as Baldwin County’s 14th municipality in 2009.
Even if Hernandez-Hernandez were not eligible to vote because he is not a citizen, he likely would be removed from the voter rolls by virtue of his conviction. Packard said the U.S. Attorney’s Office regularly sends election officials a list of people convicted of federal crimes. Those convicted of offenses involving “moral turpitude” are stricken from the rolls, he said.
According to court records, Hernandez-Hernandez, who had been using the name Zenaido Hernandez-Hernandez, obtained Benavidez’s birth certificate after a previous deportation in 1974. He used that document to obtain a Social Security number and lived as Severo Benavidez from that point. Read more….
If you support illegal immigration, you then support fraud, theft, and voter fraud.