7 year old Carpentersville Illinois resident is just the latest victim in identity theft. The seven year old received a letter from the IRS requested payment of taxes owed from past earning of $60,000. This second grader had his Social Security Number stolen and illegally used by a Cirilo Centeno, 29 of Streamwood, Illinois. Cirilio Centeno admits he purchased the Social Security Number for $50 in 2001. And has used the card number to obtain employment, a truck, utilities for his home, a credit card, and unemployment benefits. Cirilio Centeno is here in the US illegally. He faces up to 15 years in jail if convicted.
How do we protect ourselves from the growing problem of identity theft and its unauthorized use? Doesn't the Social Security Administration and the IRS share intel to thwart off repeated unauthorized use?