Supreme Court Hears Immigrant ID Theft Case

Law360, New York (February 25, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case of an illegal immigrant appealing his conviction of aggravated identify theft for presenting his employer with forged Social Security and permanent resident cards.

The worker, Ignacio Carlos Flores-Figueroa, claims that he didn't realize that the numbers on those identify cards belonged to real people when he presented them to the steel company he worked for in Illinois.

His lawyers contend that the aggravated identity theft statute applies only to intentional stealing and not to “accidental...
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