Anyone who has had their identity stolen can tell you, its hell getting one’s life back. So, when a criminal is caught, you’d expect the full force of the law to come down on him. After all, this isn’t stealing a candy bar from a store. This scumbag stole a person’s life. Well, if the perpetrator was an ordinary American citizen, we could expect justice. If he is an illegal alien he gets this:
“Alegria-Garcia, a citizen of El Salvador, has been in the United States illegally since the early 1980s,” says .
The OIG statement was headlined: "Illegal Alien Sentenced to 29 Months in Prison for Identity Theft."
“United States Court Judge Sharon L. Gleason sentenced Alegria-Garcia to the five months imprisonment he has already served on the Social Security number and false citizenship charges, and also imposed a mandatory two-year consecutive term for aggravated identity theft,” said the statement.
“In imposing the sentence, Judge Gleason mentioned the impact on the victim, as well as the defendant’s long criminal record spanning more than 30 years,” said the statement. “The victim, a U.S. national living in New York, stated that he found it difficult to obtain the benefits he was entitled to through Social Security because government records indicated that he was working in Alaska. In fact, Alegria-Garcia was working in Alaska, having stolen the victim’s identity.”
Although Alegria-Garcia had been “in the United States illegally since the early 1980s,” according to , he was arrested in late 2014, according to .
“Alegria-Garcias was arrested in November 2014 and charged with unlawful use of a Social Security number, making a false claim of United States citizenship and aggravated identity theft in connection with an application for unemployment benefits from the state of Alaska,” said the ICE press release.
“Jose Alegria-Garcia, 56, admitted in a January plea agreement to knowingly using the identity of a U.S. citizen to obtain benefits from the state of Alaska,” said the ICE press release. “According to court records Alegria-Garcia’s victim, a New York man, discovered his identity had been stolen when he found it difficult to obtain the benefits he was entitled to through Social Security because government records indicated he was working in Alaska.”
Two years plus time served? Where is the justice in that?