Illegal immigrant Rene Ortiz Quintana, 69, was arrested in Phoenix, Arizona, for stealing the identity of a deceased U.S. military veteran in order to get the vet’s Social Security payments and monetary benefits. Quintana had been posing as the identity of Ruben J. Gallardo, who passed away back in 1994, to defraud the federal and state governments of nearly $30,000 in illicitly obtained benefits. The scam had been going on for over four years, according to authorities.
Quintana managed to obtain a number of benefits ranging from the state health care program to Social Security to benefits from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. The illegal immigrant used the deceased veteran’s name to sign up for a VA Choice card, a benefit granting veterans to gain medical care outside the VA Hospital system. News reports did not say how Quintana was discovered and apprehended, but it was confirmed he was not captured by Internal Revenue Service provided assistance.
IRS Chief John Koskinen admitted the tax agency doesn’t bother policing illegal immigrants for using fake or stolen Social Security numbers and won’t alert U.S. citizens if there is some suspicion their ID numbers have been stolen by an illegal immigrant. In fact, Quintana has been living in the U.S. illegally for nearly 50 years relatively unmonitored. The arrest was made on May 19, with Quintana being charged with seven counts of identity theft, six counts of forgery, and several other charges.
Koskinen stated doesn’t matter to the IRS if illegal aliens are using stolen numbers if the immigrants are “paying taxes.” However, many of these people don’t actually pay any taxes; they are often in the lower tax brackets where large refunds are returned at the end of the year if returns are filed. Koskinen made no mention of this assessment.
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