A supposed lengthy investigation has led to the arrest of 17 people across six states and 22 people charged with crimes related to identity theft. Many of the people arrested for identity theft were residing in New Jersey. Federal authorities identified one man as the person who led the alleged complex scheme.
They say the man used different techniques and falsified immigration documents to get people into the country for a small fee, where they could then obtain driver's licenses in their own names using falsified documents to prove they were in the country legally. It is unclear how many people the man allegedly helped enter the country, but police are saying he charged a fee of $3,000 to $4,000 and collaborated with other people, who were also arrested.
Because of the size and scope of the investigation surrounding this man's arrest, it is likely that the charges against him will come with complex legal arguments. A person charged with identity theft might be wise to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. If the charges stem from a lengthy investigation, an attorney can help sort through the complex evidence and make sure the accused person's rights are protected.
An attorney can also help explain the legal process and make sure all evidence was obtained legally. If a person's rights were violated at any point during the investigation or a trial, some or all of the charges might be reduced or dropped, depending on the unique situation.
Source: The Star-Ledger, "Feds arrest 22 people in identity theft-ring involving illegal immigrants," Jason Grant, June 27, 2012