May 1, 2012, 1:30 PM EST
An interesting story by Ben Badler about identity fraud in Latin America. Specifically, the Dominican Republic.
Players used to forge documents, but they started to get caught. Then they’d lie about their very identity, assuming that of an entirely different person, but then they’d get caught by DNA testing. Now they’re beating DNA testing by having entire families assume new identities:
So in addition to the player switching identities with a younger male, the mother of the player and the mother of the younger male also swap identities. When the player and his mother take a DNA test, they will match, of course. If the father is estranged from the mother and they were never married, the fathers don’t even need to swap identities because the player already has his mother’s surname. The family that gives up its identity is compensated for its cooperation.
At that point it takes detective work. Which is hard, because once you get into that it’s (a) expensive and difficuly; and (b) once again prone to having people lie and/or become casually complicit in the deception.
A good read about a tricky problem.
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