Illegal alien Andres Avelino Anduaga was sentenced today to 37 months in federal prison for stealing over $350,000 in government benefits from federal, state and local agencies while impersonating an American citizen for over 30 years.
Anduaga was also ordered to repay $360,908.85 in restitution to the Social Security Administration, the California Department of Health Care Services and the County of San Diego.
In 1980, Anduaga used a birth certificate belonging to a United States citizen to obtain a California Driver’s License and a Social Security card. Already a convicted felon, Anduaga used his new identity to commit a variety of crimes over the next 22 years.
As he admitted in his plea agreement, the illegal alien Anduaga used that stolen identity to apply for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration in 1989. Through 2016, he received almost $250,000 in Social Security benefits that he was not entitled to receive. As a direct result, Anduaga also received Medi-Cal health benefits that he should not have been eligible to receive, and caused a loss of over $100,000 to the State of California. Even after his Social Security was terminated in 2016, Anduaga signed up for CalFresh/Supplemental Nutrition (SNAP) benefits and continued to receive those benefits right up until his arrest in November 2017.
In addition to his Theft of Public Property, U.S. District Judge John A. Houston also sentenced Anduaga for being a Removed Alien Found in the United States. Anduaga admitted that, despite twice being deported as an illegal alien known as “Jose Reyes” in 1994 and 2000, he was able to return and travel freely between the United States and Mexico using a United States passport that he obtained using the same stolen identity he used to defraud public assistance programs.
“The theft of Social Security benefits is a direct attack on the most vulnerable and needy members of our community,” said U.S. Attorney Adam L. Braverman. “Every dollar stolen through this kind of fraud reduces the funds available to our retirees and other worthy beneficiaries.”
“The SSA-OIG is steadfast in its determination to combat Social Security fraud, and relies heavily on the cooperation of both the Department of Justice and the Social Security Administration to meet this goal. Preserving the integrity of SSA’s programs, through criminal prosecution when necessary, is crucial to the future of SSA’s beneficiaries and America’s taxpayers. I’m pleased to see charges brought in this case and grateful that the DOJ shares our determination to ensure the integrity of SSA’s programs,” said Robb Stickley, Special Agent in Charge of the Inspector General’s Office of Investigations in San Francisco.
“It is this kind of malicious theft of identity and people’s hard-earned benefits which highlights the need for vigilance and thoroughness in all encounters which Border Patrol Agents undertake to thwart this kind of illegal activity,” said Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott. “This successful collaboration between the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Department of Justice highlights the need for, and importance of, cooperation among law enforcement partners.”
This should come as no real suprise, given that a study recently showed that illegal aliens are twice as likely to commit a crime than legal immigrants or citizens.
The report, from the Crime Prevention Research Center, used a previously untapped set of data from Arizona that detailed criminal convictions and found that illegal aliens between 15 and 35 are less than 3 percent of the state’s population, but nearly 8 percent of its prison population.
And the crimes they were convicted of were, on the whole, more serious, said John R. Lott Jr., the report’s author and president of the research center.
His findings also challenge the general narrative that illegal aliens commit fewer crimes. Those past studies usually don’t look at legal versus illegal populations, Mr. Lott said.
Mr. Lott said the Arizona data is able to peek behind that curtain, and the differences between the populations were stark.
“There appears to be a huge difference between the two groups,” Mr. Lott said. “The type of person who goes through the process to legally immigrate in the United States appears to be very law-abiding versus even the U.S.-born population. The reverse is true for undocumented immigrants — they are committing crimes, and more serious crimes.”
Among nearly 4,000 first- and second-degree murder convictions, illegal aliens accounted for nearly 13 percent — significantly higher than their percentage of the population. Legal immigrants, by contrast, were less than 1 percent of convicts. Native-born made up the rest.
illegal aliens also accounted for five times the rate of convictions for money laundering and kidnapping, and were three times more likely to be convicted of drive-by shootings.
The data covered from 1985 to 2017. For his data purposes, Mr. Lott defined illegal aliens as those who weren’t U.S. citizens or green card holders, signaling permanent residency.
He said the crime rates of the illegal aliens who were ages 18 to 35 was particularly important, given the ongoing debate over legalizing illegal alien “Dreamers.” He said the Arizona data showed that population had crime rates 250 percent higher than their share of the population would have predicted.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
July 17th, 2018