Lora and Jamey Costner are getting a taste of what illegal alien identity theft causes. They received a nice $7,854 tax bill from the IRS for wages they earned at Koch Foods for the 2005 tax year. The only problem is that neither one of them has ever worked at Koch Foods. They are the victims of the "victimless crime" of identity theft that is used by virtually every illegal alien in this country.
Two illegal aliens used their identities to gain employment and now the Costner's are facing the chance that the IRS could start garnishing their wages any day and removing the "owed" money straight from their bank account without warning.
In addition, Mrs Costner was denied worker's compensation when she was hurt on the job because she was "working" at Koch Foods.
Don't worry though, these illegal aliens are only here to work and nobody really is a victim of them.
The criminal cases involving the Newport married couple and the two illegal immigrants, who IRS records indicate worked for Koch Foods, have been resolved in the court system.
The bitter aftertaste that remains is the unpalatable possibility of having their wages garnished to pay tax bills on income they never earned at the Morristown chicken-processing plant.
"The overall burden of it all is crushing us, please help," the Costners wrote in an appeal to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. "We have done all we know to do."
Mrs. Costner says she realized the magnitude of the problem in July when the IRS informed her that she and her husband failed to report approximately $30,000 in income they earned at Koch Foods during 2005.
Mrs. Costner says state labor officials told her she should not be drawing workers compensation benefits through Wallace Hardware because she had returned to work at Koch Foods the previous month following another on-the-job injury.
Records indicate that someone using her maiden name — Hale — and her Social Security number had fallen off a production line at the Koch Foods deboning plant in the East Tennessee Progress Center, according to the Newport woman.
The interloper in Mr. Costner’s life was Douglas Valdez, according to Ellis. Ellis says Valdez avoided the identity-theft charge because a judge ruled that it was not a crime to use someone’s identity to obtain employment.
Valdez reportedly served 45 days on other charges. Mrs. Costner says her sister lived with Valdez at one time, and she’s convinced that’s how their identities were stolen.
Everyday Americans are being affected by illegal immigration. From health care waits to health care costs to local taxes to expand school systems because of increased children to what happened to the Costner's above, being denied services that they helped pay into, it is a serious problem. It is affecting every American all you have to do is open your eyes and look around.
Let's hope that those of you out there who are not acting on this issue or are closing your eyes to it never have to face what the Costner's have in your time of need. Unfortunately with the continued increase in illegal alien populations every day in this country your chances are going up.
Tipped by: The Stein Report
"Valdez avoided the identity-theft charge because a judge ruled that it was not a crime to use someone’s identity to obtain employment."
Judge, it's called fraud. Was he at least deported? I'm betting not, but then I'm a hateful, intolerant racist (at least that's what I'm told).
Years ago I received an unemployment offer that was quite large. It listed my earnings as several times what I had actually earned. I called social security and was informed there were six people using my SSANumber. Alarmed, I expected the problem to be fixed but the customer service rep informed me it was not unusual and let it stand.
It was not until later that I understood the government's policy; they were collecting income taxes and didn't care where it came from!
Posted by: ken pope on December 24, 2007 08:17 PM