American Legion Takes on ID Theft

I found this in the Standard Examiner (Child ID theft growing problem). The Bountiful post of the American Legion led the charge both a state and national resolution regarding child identity theft. I will try to get text of the resolution. The resolution focused on the illegal immigrant aspect but the article notes that the solution proposed by the resolution would also interdict other identity thieves (excerpted):

In response to an investigation by federal and state officials, American Legion Post 79, in Bountiful, adopted resolutions recently on identity theft driven by illegal aliens. The resolutions have since been approved by both the Utah and National American Legion conventions.

According to the Utah attorney general’s office, the investigation “uncovered an alarming new crime spree involving illegal aliens and identities stolen from victims under the age of 12.”

Ronald Mortensen, commander of American Legion Post 79 and co-founder of, said that using government funds to hire individuals using stolen identities is a misuse of taxpayer money.

In June, the Utah American Legion convention adopted Post 79’s resolution that opposed the use of taxpayer funds to hire illegal aliens using unlawfully obtained Social Security numbers and other fraudulent documents. The resolution also called on Utah governments and businesses to verify the Social Security numbers of all new hires.

In August, the American Legion’s national convention adopted Post 79’s resolution that calls on Congress to immediately deport illegal aliens convicted of identity theft.

The resolution also calls on Congress to help the victims of illegal alien identity theft reclaim their identities and remove derogatory information from their records.

“It is time that our employers, our state and local governments and civic leaders acknowledge there is a problem and that we need to do something about it,” Mortensen said.

Mortensen said he acknowledges that identity thieves exist in all segments of society. Parents with poor credit have been convicted of stealing their own children’s Social Security numbers to get loans or find jobs, he said.

Here’s a choice quote at the end of the article:

Jesse Garcia, an Ogden City Council member and leader in the Ogden Hispanic community, said he supports the American Legion’s fight against illegal immigrant-driven identity theft.

“I don’t have a problem with it at all,” he said. “As long as they go about it legally and approach it properly. Obviously, identity theft is a problem and needs to be dealt with.”

Thanks to the State and National American Legion for passing the resolution and helping get this issue more attention.


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