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Old 09-19-2008, 05:57 PM
 
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KNOXVILLE A couple battling an identity theft nightmare has taken their story all the way to Capitol Hill for a hearing on immigration.
It started with a speeding ticket and became a several-year nightmare for Jayme and Lora Costner of Newport. "I was kind of shocked and then it snowballed from there," Jayme Costner said. "The report says 4'11" hispanic male, I'm not really a 4'11" hispanic male."

After a search and court procedures, Costner realized his identity was stolen by a man who was dating his wife's sister.

But the identity trouble didn't end there.

The Costners soon found out about a worker's compensation claim at Morristown's Koch foods under Lora Costner's name and social security number.

Costner has never worked there.

So she filed identity theft charges with police, but the law does not prohibit using a false identity to get employment.

"Two weeks later, we got a letter and we owed $7,854 in back taxes."

Because their social security numbers and names were attached to earnings in Morristown, the IRS came calling for money owed.

Family battles illegal immigrant ID theft all the way to Washington | www.tennessean.com | The Tennessean
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:39 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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So she filed identity theft charges with police, but the law does not prohibit using a false identity to get employment.
Well, it SHOULD be illegal.
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:40 PM
 
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How nativist of this couple! Don't they know this man, this immigrant only wanted to work at jobs americans won't do? Like fraud!
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Old 09-19-2008, 06:41 PM
 
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How nativist of this couple! Don't they know this man, this immigrant only wanted to work at jobs americans won't do? Like fraud!
That's right. How downright Neanderthal of them! Don't they know the gringo stole his land?
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