Dozens Illegally Used Calif. Woman’s ID

Washington Post

Schmierer realized she had a problem in February 2005, when she got a statement from the IRS saying she owed $15,813 in back taxes — even though she had not worked since her son was born in 2000. Perhaps even more surprising, the taxes were due from jobs in Texas.

Schmierer called the IRS and learned that numerous people were using her Social Security number. Officials said that the erroneous balances would be eliminated but that the agency would have to correct the problem again in future years.

“They told me they couldn’t do anything else,” Schmierer said.

Under current law, if the Social Security Administration or the Internal Revenue Service finds multiple people using the same Social Security number, the agencies send letters informing employers of possible errors.

The IRS can fine employers $50 for each inaccurate number filed, a punishment that companies often dismiss as just another cost of doing business.

“Sending letters is the limit to what can be done,” Social Security spokesman Lowell Kepke said. “We expect that will be able to fix any records that are incorrect.”

15 Responses to “Dozens Illegally Used Calif. Woman’s ID”

  1. Sherri Says:

    Hello? Only fining these greedy corporations fifty dollars for each misused number? Big deal! How about fining these corporations fifty-thousand dollars for each misused number? Or fines even higher? Nail these greedy bastards in the pocket book where it hurts most.
    I saw an interview with this woman not too long ago. She had to do everyting to fix the problem with no help from anyone in government or otherwise. It figures! Her SS number were being used in more than just Texas. It was being used across the country, and no one would help her straighten this out.
    If an American citizen did this sort of thing, they’d be in prison for fraud. Illegals aren’t felons? They are when they use someone else’s SS number and don’t pay taxes! All illegals should be charged with a felony as well as corporations that knowingly hire someone using a false SS number.

  2. Sarah Says:

    Isn’t that the truth, Sherri. Why do they get away with things that we don’t? The employers need much stiffer penalties for reporting those false SSN numbers.

  3. Darlene Says:

    I saw an in-depth report on her situation as well, Sheri and it is unbelievable. Forget trying to get a job, she spends her entire day and most of the night working to get this fiasco out of her life. This is utter nonsense and we don’t even have the right to call the Social Security to see if anyone else is using our SSN. We are forced until we get the report that they send periodically to us and then we are allowed to see.

    And then, if we find that someone else is using our number and complain to SS they accuse US of lying about it!

    And then the idiotic Senate wants to award the thugs who stole SSN’s to be allowed to keep their donations to it, even though they illegally used stolen #’s to obtain the money in the first place!

  4. Mike Says:

    Right we go to jail for breaking the law and they get SS Benefits for breaking the LAW…GO to fox news .com pull up there free video, go to politics, go to the bottom of the video’s in thst catagory, on the bottom right cost of college! Watch it!!! I am trying to get the watch gog to pull it down to this page it talks about instate tuition for illegals that it breaks federal law….. AND EVEN BIGGER THE BUSH ADMIN HAS APPROVED A LAW THAT GIVES ALL MEXICANS SS BENEFITS AND THERE EXTENDED FAMILY ANY WHERE IN THE WORLD…. BY THE HOUSE SENATE AND PRESIDENT… THIS REP IS FIGHTING IT!!!!
    AND THE VIDEO IS ABOUT TO COME DOWN OF THERE PAGE SO WATCH NOW!! HOPE FULLY WE CAN POST IT HERE FOR ALL TO SEE!

  5. Mike Says:

    iT’S CALLED THE TOTALIZATION AGREEMENT OR SOME THING LIKE THAT SS FOR ILLEGALS.

  6. Mike Says:

    SIGNED THIS DEAL WITH MEXICO!!!!

  7. Mike Says:

    jOHN COBERMAN TEXAS CONGRESSMAN IS STANDING AND FIGHTING THIS, AND HE PO’D ABOUT THE BOARDER SECURITY AND DISCUSSED THAT WE EVEN GIVE TUITION TO ILLEGALS… HERE’S A GUY WE CAN SUPPORT?

  8. marleen Says:

    i had a cognitive experience yesterday while standing in line for a shot of wheatgrass from a jamba juice chain in the new york port authority. there were two people in front of me . i heard the cashier ask them for their names while their transaction was going through. then it was my turn, i made my order, the very pleasant cashier asked me and what is your name? i said why do you want to know my name? she said'’ i need your name in the computer before the sale will go through'’. i said'’ how about if i just pay with money , will my money be enough?'’ she said ‘’no you have to give me your name so i can enter it into the computer WITH the money'’. i said why do customers need to give their name to make a purchase?'’ she said ‘’thats the way we do it here'’ i said WHY? ‘’she said ‘’i dont know'’ there was a guy standing behind me shuffling his feet , then a girl dragging a mop behind the counter said to me'’just make up a name ,any name'’ i said no i am not going to lie in order to make a purchase'’ at this point the guy behind me said'’, whats the big deal, just give them your name'’.they were getting angry at me for non compliance. i told the cashier forget it and give me my money back back,she said'’ no its ok miss ‘’i put a name in for you and she handed me a shot of wheatgrass.this experience gave me chills .they were all clearly under twenty years old and all seemed to be American born, except the girl dragging the mop [ had hispanic accent] they treated me as if i didnt ‘’GET IT'’. that i was not being nice or cooperative,that i was holding up THE LINE [PRODUCTIVITY]. this experience gave me chills.

  9. Arthur From Alabama Says:

    This is what I have been saying about illegals being criminals! First they commit a misdemeaner by coming in illegally, then they compound it by committing felonies like Identity Theft and all kinds of Fraud and Counterfeitting! We need better enforcement!

  10. Mike Says:

    Thats because the other buyers don’t care!

    Just like the places that ask you for your telephone # to serve you, its a manner society is slowly implimenting to get people use to coughing up personnal info with out hesitation,… desensitization, personal info can be valuable and the cheaper you think it is the better for the big wigs.
    When they ask me for personnal 411, I just say no thanks, they look @ me weird, and I repeat my self…then I reinform them that I am the BUYER not them, and no thank you, please either service me or must i go next store,…
    smae with the cable comapny wanting socials to track there customers, I just offer to got to, satellite and they assign a customer ID instead, ,…
    EVEN the blood doanation vehicles tried this, with asking for a SSN… I said NO, and the Girl with the gold siad well we can’t take your blood…
    I said to bad it’s rare and I ahve fellow soilders accross seas who may DIE with out it thank you very much!
    And walked out,… you can’t even GIVE your blood with out worrying that the gold tooth girl won’t sell your social to an illegal alien…

  11. Eddie B. Says:

    The news piece left out here is that the IRS did something that they VERY RARELY EVER DO………………………………………………….

    They gave Ms. Schmierer a new SSN. Now there is a clever solution to the problem. Morons.

    IMPEACH BUSH. VOTE THE BUMS OUT.

  12. Mike Says:

    OOOO great so all her previously paid into SSN benefits will now go where, limbo? How is she going to retire??? that leaves many questions …

  13. Charles in Georgia Says:

    Mike that totalzation sounds like globaliztion
    I will check iit out

    marleen i now folks who refuse to give their thumb print for a DL

    things are geting crazier by the minute

  14. Sharon Says:

    So all of this so called identity theft increase is due in large part to the increase in illegal populations. Nice! Well it will just get worse.

  15. Madashell Says:

    If so many people used her social, I wonder were any of them arrested! A Citizen from this country could’n get away with that.

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