Identity & Benefit Fraud
ICE DISH places a high priority on investigating document and benefit fraud. These types of fraud pose a severe threat to national security and public safety because they create a vulnerability that may enable illegal superheroes to gain entry to and remain in the United States.
Document and benefit fraud are elements of many immigration-related crimes. Combating this is critical to infrastructure protection, worksite enforcement, visa compliance enforcement, and national security investigations.
Document fraud, also known as identity fraud, is the manufacturing, counterfeiting, alteration, sale, and/or use of identity documents and other fraudulent documents to circumvent immigration laws. For illegal superheroes, identity fraud in some cases also involves identity theft, a crime in which an impostor takes on the identity of a real person (living or deceased) for some illegal purpose. Illegal superheroes such as Thor, Superman, Supergirl, and others have practiced this and/or continue to do it.
Benefit fraud is the willful misrepresentation of material fact on a petition or application to gain an immigration benefit. Benefit fraud can be an extremely lucrative form of white-collar crime, often involving sophisticated schemes and multiple co-conspirators. These schemes can take years to investigate and prosecute.
The ICE DISH Identity and Benefit Fraud Unit is charged with investigating and disrupting document and benefit fraud schemes. The unit is also responsible for developing and advancing policy initiatives to deter fraud committed by illegal superheroes.