Must read! The JCE investigates 132 false ID cards
SD. Rebeca Gutierrez (not her real name) had her purse stolen along with all of her documents, among them her “cédula” -which is a national identification and voter registration card all in one. Her identity was switched because her “cédula” was altered by switching the photograph for one of a Haitian woman.
Several months went by before Rebeca realized that her credit history had been damaged, because when she went to solicit credit in a store, she was told that she did not qualify because she had taken 18 loans none of which had been paid.
She did not think that this identity theft would have greater consequences. Later, she gave birth to her son and her partner went to a Civil Registry Office to declare the birth but could not. Why? Because the Haitian woman who took her identity got married with her altered “cédula” so that in the Civil Registry they told the husband that this could not be his son because his woman was married to another man, so that he could not register him.
The moral, economic and emotional cost which identity theft causes can be very strong although many persons are not aware of this according to the explanation given to Diario Libre by Juan Bautista Tavarez Gomez, the director of the Inspection Department of the Central Electoral Board (JCE). “This has caused great trauma for this person. We have tried to help her, “he said. The case of Rebeca and that of many other persons was heard by the Plenary of the Central Electoral Board and they are in the process of investigation at the present time.
In addition to this, last 12 December the JCE received from the Directorate General of Immigration a group of 58 false “cédulas” and last 5 November another batch of 74, which adds up to 132 false documents seized recently and in the process of investigation. Among the 58 false “cédulas” there are 13 documents with the category of “foreigner” which have the same code number on the back (100900299) and the signature and the name of the current president of the institution, Roberto Rosario Marquez, The legal data belongs to Weliton Antonio Martinez Jimenez, who appears registered in the Civil Registry Office of the First District, Book 65, Folio 53, of 1994.
Moreover, six plastic ID cards were sent to investigation with number of “cédulas” with altered photographs, and 16 plastics whose numbers are listed on the master list of persons with cédulas.
Tavarez Gomez showed the false “cédulas” together with the information of the person whose identity was stolen.
“Many of those documents are not issued by the Board and other that are issued by the Board are those that show their “cédulas” and are the object of robberies or loss of the document and what they (the forgers) do is alter the content of these documents,” he said in analysis.
He said that there are cases of those who “in good faith” loan their information so that someone can use their identity with their permission.
It is his understanding that the vulnerability lies in the fact that the Data Card printers are not of the exclusive use of the JCE and in some cases, not so common, this agency has been the subject of theft of the plastic covers and of the registration forms, among other things.
Among the cases are switching of the identity of a woman for a man, and of a military person for a Haitian. In the false plastics there are scratches or poor printing in a format very similar to what the JCE uses.
Immigration sends the JCE some 40 false “cedulas” nearly every week.
ON the other hand, the director of the Department of Inspection of the JCE revealed that in the last five years the institution has brought charges against some two thousand persons who tried to switch identities. “This is a network that does this,” he said and explained that in the investigations they have detected that with false ID cards people have registered in the Civil Registry such things as the birth of children and other things.
He indicated that these networks print these false ID cards at a cost estimated to be between RD$15,000 and RD$10,000 each one.
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