It is starting to happen more and more as both non-citizens and illegal
immigrants in the Reno, Sparks and greater Washoe County, Lyon County,
Eldorado County and Carson Valley are getting arrested for attempting
to use the documentation of another person to establish a false identity
or identity fraud. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials
are starting to report a rise on the number of individuals who are using
illegal means in an attempt obtain “legal” documentation.
This crime is deportable, which means you will have to leave the country.
One of the reasons that illegal immigrants or non-citizen residents are
getting busted is due to an increase in available technology. The Nevada
Department of Motor Vehicles Facial Recognition system is able to distinguish
or identify the difference in facial features between the person then
applying for the identification card and the picture on file with the
DMV. If you are trying to work in this country and you are planning to
use someone’s information to get a state identification card or
driver’s license, you should be aware of the technology now being
deployed and also aware of the repercussions that you will face if you
are caught and arrested. If you are an illegal immigrant, or someone with
a work visa that is expired or set to expire and you get caught or arrested
for falsifying documents or identity fraud, you can be deported and subject
to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, also known as Immigration
and Nationalization Services (INS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) holds being placed on you while your case moves forward and then
deported once it has been completed or resolved. This means you can remain
in jail, not able to be free on bail while your case is decided. Even
more important is that upon conclusion of your case, you can be deported
and not allowed back into the United States.
The more common crimes that are being committed in the Reno, Sparks and
Washoe County surrounding areas are when someone takes the information
or documentation of a friend or family member in the local Nevada DMV
in an attempt to fraudulently apply for a driver’s license. Both
the Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement
agencies have seen a rise in the number of family members using each other’s
identity in an attempt to use it for work or because they are not a legal
resident and do not have a social security number.
If you or loved one has been arrested for fraud or any other criminal charges,
contact our criminal defense team at Joey Gilbert Law for a free confidential
consultation. We can help! Call (775) 574-4774.