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Birth certificate fraud: It's been done before
Posted By Drew Zahn On 08/17/2009 @ 9:28 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Hudson County, N.J., Courthouse
How can an official certification of live birth be obtained if the person on the document wasn’t born in the state or even in the country the document was issued?
Actually, it’s been done before.
In 2004, following a long investigation by the FBI and Department of State, Jean Anderson, the former deputy registrar of the Hudson County, N.J., Office of Vital Statistics, pleaded guilty to taking money for falsifying county records.
According to a Department of Justice news release, Anderson was paid to insert phony birth records for illegal aliens into the files at her county office. The immigrants, in turn, approached county window clerks and requested copies of their birth certificates, after which the clerks looked to the files and, upon seeing the records Anderson had inserted, issued fraudulent birth certificates unknowingly.
Federal agents executed a search warrant of the HCOVS in February of 2004, resulting in the seizure of hundreds of suspect birth certificates listing birthplaces in Jersey City, N.J, when in fact, the individuals named were immigrants born outside the U.S.
The recipients of the phony birth certificates weren’t seeking to become president; they were merely seeking status as American citizens.
The New Jersey case, however, has been referenced in blogs since last year as reason for President Barack Obama to release his full, long-form birth certificate, rather than insisting the nation trust only in his Hawaii Certification of Live Birth, or COLB, a document that merely refers to the presence of another, unreleased document in Hawaii’s files.
If Obama were actually born out of the country, some skeptics of the president’s eligibility to the office contend, but his parents wanted to ensure his American citizenship – no foresight into his future political aspirations needed – a simple payoff in Obama’s birth year of 1961 could have generated fraudulent COLBs ever since.
“It is deadly serious in this day and age when we have people like Anderson and her co-conspirators making it possible for anyone to present themselves as lawful U.S. citizens when they are not,” said U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie in 2004. “The possibilities run from the benign to the horrific.”
Anderson’s case pointed to an extensive conspiracy of illegal immigration fraud that also resulted in guilty pleas from Nikhil Goswamy, who took money from immigrants seeking American citizenship, and Rajendra Bahadur, who supplied Anderson with the vital statistic information necessary to generate the phony birth records.
Federal agents also arrested Iftikhar Ali Bhutta, a Pakistani national who purchased from Goswamy false birth certificates for himself and his three foreign-born children. According to the DOJ press release, Bhutta and his children utilized the false birth certificates to obtain U.S. passports, which they used to travel internationally.
According to The Record, a newspaper in Hackensack, N.J., authorities raided the county’s Office of Vital Statistics, seizing 100 boxes of birth certificates dating back to 1902. The paper also reported that the State Department announced in 2004 that Hudson County birth certificates would not be accepted as proof of citizenship in passport applications.
Five years later, the federal government still does not accept birth certificates from Hudson County when applying for a U.S. passport.
As WND has reported, an American citizen can usually obtain a passport with a long-form birth certificate, but some state-issued short forms are not sufficient, and obtaining a passport with a Certificate of Live Birth such as the one purported to be Barack Obama’s and posted online, officials told WND, can be “complicated.”
According to Jerry Fuller and Mike Persons of the passport services division of the U.S. State Department, a document such as Obama’s online COLB could be acceptable to prove U.S. citizenship for the purposes of getting a passport if it contains a certain number of components, such as time and date of birth, location and name.
Fuller also said birth certificates should reveal the location of the child’s birth accurately, but he confirmed there are cases known where that has not happened.
“There are some documents that say things that aren’t true,” Fuller said. “That’s not what’s supposed to happen.”
WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen.” The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Some of the lawsuits question whether he was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama’s American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama’s citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.
Complicating the situation is Obama’s decision to spend sums estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to avoid releasing a state birth certificate that would put to rest all of the questions.
A key to the defenses presented by Obama supporters always has been the “Certification of Live Birth:”
Short-form “Certification of Live
The document contrasts with an actual Hawaii birth certificate from 1963 (the
same era as Obama’s birth), which while redacted includes detailed
information documenting a birth, including the name of the birth
hospital and the attending physician.
Long-form birth certificate from state of Hawaii (Image courtesy Philip
To date, Obama has not revealed his original long-form, hospital-generated “Certificate of Live Birth” that includes details such as the name of the medical facility and the doctor who delivered him.
Obama’s birth certificate is not the only document at issue. WND has reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his kindergarten records, his Punahou school records, his Occidental College records, his Columbia University records, his Columbia thesis, his Harvard Law School records, his Harvard Law Review articles, his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, his passport, his medical records, his files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records.
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