by Brian Hayes | Top Right News
Police have arrested two Mexican illegal aliens on fraud charges in the first arrests tied to the December Target credit card breach — a stark reminder of the frequent involvement of illegal immigration and identity theft in the U.S.
On Sunday, Police arrested 27-year-old Mary Carmen Garcia and 28-year-old Daniel Guardiola Dominguez both from Monterrey as they tried to cross into the U.S. from Reynosa with 96 fraudulent credit credit cards in their possession, said Police Chief Victor Rodriguez. Account information stolen during the Target security breach was used to produce the credit cards.
The illegals, both from Monterrey, Mexico, used cards containing the account information of South Texas residents. The cards were used to buy tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise at national retailers in the area including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us, according to McAllen, TX Police.
“We received information about their activities and obtained arrest warrants for them,” Rodriguez said. “We were able to serve those warrants when they tried coming back from Mexico. During the arrest we found out that they had another stash of fraudulent credit cards on them.”
Above: Nearly 100 fraudulent credit cards carried by Mexican illegals trying to re-enter the U.S.
The Target security breach in December involved hackers who got into the company’s computer system and took the names, credit card information and phone numbers of 40 million accounts and the personal information of 70 million customers.
McAllen Police is expected to release more information once the couple has been formally charged before a judge.
The arrests were a stark reminder of the massive damage which has been caused to American citizens from illegal aliens. Illegals typically posses fraudulent documents such as counterfeit Social Security cards, forged drivers licenses, fake “green cards,” and phony birth certificates. Experts suggest that approximately 75 percent of working-age illegal aliens use stolen or fraudulent Social Security cards to obtain employment.
Illegal aliens commit felonies in order to get jobs. Illegal aliens who use fraudulent documents, perjure themselves on I-9 forms, and commit identity theft in order to get jobs.
Brian Hayes is a former crime reporter from Tampa, FL who currently blogs about immigration issues.