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Identity theft can occur even before birth. It can happen to senators and district attorneys. It can happen anywhere in the world.

Not So Happy Birthday

Birth certificates are documents that can be used to establish phony identities. This makes them a valuable commodity, or at least that is what Jose M. Aponte thought when he tried to sell more than 1,000 blank birth certificates to an undercover FBI agent, who apparently already had an identity. Aponte was asking for $225,000, but what he wound up getting was a sentence of two years and three months in federal prison.


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