U.S. Attorneys declined to prosecute illegal aliens accused of using the Social Security numbers of dead people in order to work.

That finding is contained in a footnote in a recent audit released by the Social Security Administration’s office of the inspector general.

“In three cases, [the Social Security Administration’s Office of Investigators] confirmed that illegal aliens were using deceased numberholders’ names and SSNs to work,” the footnote reads. “But U.S. Attorneys in Arizona, Florida, and South Carolina declined prosecution.”

The fraudulent use of a Social Security number is a federal felony. The same is true for illegal aliens applying for work in the U.S.

Overall, the audit found over 6.5 million Social Security numbers for people over the age of 112 with no death records listed in a database called the Numident. Administration files were clearly not being updated properly, the inspector general determined, as it is believed that only a few hundred people 112 years or older are still alive in the U.S.

Some of the numbers were fraudulently used to open bank accounts, the audit found. Others were used by illegal immigrants seeking work.

Between 2008 and 2011, “employers made 4,024 E-Verify inquiries using 3,873 SSNs belonging to numberholders born before June 16, 1901,” the inspector general reported.


The audit found that 34 deceased individuals’ numbers were being misused by individuals for work purposes.

And of those cases of fraudulent use mentioned in the audit, U.S. Attorneys, for some unknown reason, declined to press charges.


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