[Ed. – Emphasis added.]
In fact, this case might never have come to light had the IG not launched an audit aimed at uncovering the misuse of children’s Social Security Numbers.
The IG’s office issued its report on this audit–which covered tax years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010–this March.
One of its findings was that there were 365 dead children whose SSNs reportedly earned wages during the four years audited. “In three cases,” the IG determined, “the earnings were legitimate and earned by child actors who had died.”
But in the other 362 cases, people had misused the SSNs of dead children.
On their face, Social Security records indicated that these 362 dead children had worked for 626 different employers over the four-year period covered by the audit and earned a collective $9 million.
“Of the 362 deceased children, 326 were under age 7 when the wages were earned,” said the report. “In fact, 24 of the children had died at birth.” …
In 13 cases, the dead child had been receiving “disability benefits” before he or she died. The baby boy whose illegal-alien father posthumously stole his identity was one of these. …
“Before his death, the child was receiving disability benefits from SSA,” said the report. “Both the name and address on the W-2s matched the address in the child’s benefit records. Further, the child and his father shared the same first and last names, and the father was not authorized to work in the United States. Based on these factors, we believe the father, who lived with the child, was misusing his son’s identity for work purposes after the child died. However, because of privacy and disclosure limitations we did not share this information with the Department of Homeland Security.”
[Use number 497 for the Common Anchor Baby? – Ed.]