June 8, 2012
To all my visitor’s that look at my website: Here is a confirmation of what I prophecied about Israel will discover Oil in their own land. I prophecied this on January 1, 2012. Here is the article about Israel Oil:
Israel Discovers New Giant Off-Shore Oil and Gas Field
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
An Israel energy company announced Sunday it has discovered an off-shore energy field that may even surpass previous finds in terms of the possibilities of developingcommercial grade oil.
Israel Opportunity Energy Resources LP announced that its Pelagic licenses indicate 6.7 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas and 1.4 billion barrels of oil. By comparison, the previously announced Tamar and Leviathan off-shore fields contain an estimated 9 and 17 TCF of natural gas. The amount of commercial oil, if any, has not been finalized, but estimates of possible oil in the Leviathan field have been downsized to 600 million barrels.
Discoveries of oil and gas have made outdated the old joke that Moses took the wrong turn from Egypt, leading Israel to sand and leaving oil for the Arabs.
After being chased by Pharaoh to the edge of the “Sea of Reeds,” which often if not correctly is called the Red Sea, Moses asked Heaven to save them, and He replied to step into the sea, which then was split by winds, allowing the Jews to cross and then burying the army of Pharaoh when it followed.
Stepping into the sea now can be seen in retrospect as a sign of the treasures buried under the sea.
“The quantity of gas discovered in the licenses, and the high probabilities, make it the third largest offshore discovery to date,” according to Israel Opportunity chairman Ronny Halman, quoted by Globes.
He added, ”This quantity guarantees Israel’s energy future for decades, and makes it possible to export Israeli gas, and boost the state’s revenues without worrying about gas reserves for domestic consumption.”
The five Pelagic licenses cover half a million of acres of sea approximately west of Haifa. One of the licenses is estimated to have a 27 percent chance of success.
“We are preparing for the first well,” Israel Opportunity CEO Eyal Shuker said. “For the logistics, we’ve rented port storage and operations space, we’ve begun ordering drilling equipment, including drill heads and casings, and we’ve secured most of the agreements with Israeli and foreign services and equipment providers for the well. The operator, AGR, has already brought a skilled team to Israel to manage the operation.
The new discoveries make it more certain of a virtual revolution in the Israeli economy, with anticipation that Israel will be energy self-sufficient in three years and soon after will be able to export gas and possibly even oil.
The Tamar and Leviathan energy fields are being developed, and the infrastructure work has added thousands of skilled jobs to the labor market. Exporting energy probably will strengthen the shekel and help make it one of the strongest currencies in the world.
“This prophecy has come to pass:”
“God said those who bless Israel will be bless. Those who curse Israel will be curse.”
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June 29, 2012
Here is another article that confirms what I prophecied on January 1, 2012 about the “Ten Commandments” will be back in City, State, & Government buildings. This article refers to the State of Tennessee. Sit back and watch how God will spread his glory on this nation and some of the others States, City, Governments will be putting the Ten Commandments back in their buildings:
TN bill would allow Ten Commandments displays in public buildings
Update: The bill passed the House by a 93-0 vote. The measure comes up in the Senate on Monday. It has been placed on the consent calendar, meaning no opposition is expected.
While the Tennessee Senate is debating a bill that deals with evolution, the state’s House of Representatives is scheduled to take up a measure Monday night that would allow displays of the Ten Commandments in public buildings.
House Bill 2658 would allow the display of the Ten Commandments — along with other “replicas of certain historically-significant documents,” such as the Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence in any city or county public building or grounds in Tennessee.
Why the Magna Carta and Declaration of Independence? Because the courts have struck down displays of the Ten Commandments alone as violating the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, but the status of historical displays that include the Ten Commandments is a still unsettled.
(This New York Times explainer gives a long history of Ten Commandments displays.)
The bill does not require cities and counties to set up such displays, but it encourages them to do so.
“[S]uch historically significant documents are treasures that should be displayed proudly and resolutely in public buildings and on public grounds,” the bill says.
The bill is also scheduled to be heard Tuesday in the Senate State & Local Committee. If history is any guide, the courts might also be involved if the bill passes the state legislature.
Monroe County Courthouse to display Ten Commandments again
Posted:Jun 13, 2012 4:23 PM CDT
Madisonville residents say they’re glad the Ten Commandments will soon be back on the wall. “One of the best things about Tennessee is that it really is a nation under God, and that’s what it’s supposed to be. The documents are scheduled to be displayed beginning next Thursday, June 21.
November 7, 2012
Here is a confirmation that I prophesied on my prophecy by clara page on January 1, 2012 that President Obama will be re-elected as President of the United States.
Updated at 4:02 a.m. ET: President Barack Obama won four more years in office on Tuesday, describing his victory over Republican nominee Mitt Romney as a call to action that would help move the U.S. past the difficult times endured during the past four years and promising “the best is yet to come.”
Propelled by wins in Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa – states long touted as Obama’s “firewall” insulating him from his GOP challenger – the president won a long-fought election in which the economy, its slow pace of recovery and Obama’s management of it, became the central issue.
Emerging early in the hours on Wednesday in Chicago to the tune of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” the president struck an upbeat note about the challenges that lie ahead during a second term, with which he’ll have to reckon almost immediately in the next few weeks.
“A decade of war is ending. A long campaign is now over. And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you, and you have made me a better president,” Obama said. “With your stories and your struggles, I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work there is to do and the future that lies ahead.”
November 10, 2012
Here is another confirmation that I prophecied on my Prophecy by Clara page on January 1, 2012. How the python spirit (betrayal & deception) would be shifted out of the White House & the Capitol. There will be changes for the Obama Administration. Read the Prophecy by Clara page on this website.
Here is the confirmation:
Obama’s Cabinet: Goodbye Clinton, Geithner, Carney as new names top lists
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and press secretary Jay Carney are preparing for departure. Many also expect Attorney General Eric Holder to be considering an exit.
Clinton’s position is perhaps most visible. Her management of the department and leadership of America’s global diplomacy have won praise from Republicans and Democrats, and the former New York senator and first lady is thought by many to be the most popular member of Obama’s Cabinet.
Foreign policy experts see her departure as leaving a gap, because significant problems remain: Iran’s suspected ambitions to develop nuclear weapons; violent civil war in Syria; continued fallout from the “Arab spring”; and continuing conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan among them. New challenges include China’s slowing economy, coupled with its increasing aggressive response to territorial disputes.
So whose names are being talked about to take over State?
Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who leads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has emerged as a favorite. Kerry’s major strength is deep and longstanding experience on most vital foreign policy issues; he would also likely win easy confirmation by colleagues. But unlike his predecessor, Kerry may struggle to be welcomed into Obama’s inner circle.
Kerry’s most-cited rival is Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who, unlike Kerry, already has “inner circle” credentials. She has worked daily for years alongside diplomats from America’s allies and foes. However, her controversial role in explaining the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack to the public could prompt a difficult confirmation process. Some Republican aides are already saying privately she shouldn’t get the job.
It’s also possible a Republican might come forward. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman worked for Obama as ambassador to China before returning to make a failed bid for the presidency. One senior Republican foreign-policy hand describes his work in Beijing as “superb, top-rate.”
There’s always a chance of promotion from within, such as Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. But what about an outsider? Brookings Institution President Strobe Talbott held Burns’ job under President Bill Clinton.
Another possibility: Nick Burns, who managed policy on Iran’s nuclear ambitions under President George W. Bush. Burns publicly praised Obama’s handling of the issue.
It’s not known yet whether Defense Secretary Leon Panetta plans to leave. But if he does, two front-runners are being mentioned for the job: His deputy, Ashton Carter, and Michele Flournoy, a former undersecretary at the Pentagon. Another possibility, though somewhat unlikely, might be retired independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
Speculation in Washington also suggested Director of National Intelligence James Clapper might be seeking an exit. He hasn’t said he will leave, but if he does, Flournoy is a possible replacement. CIA Director David Petraeus was also mentioned, but news on Friday of his resignation of his position due to an extramarital affair will likely take him off the list. Petraeus, in turn, will be replaced by acting director Michael Morell.
With the economy still lackadaisical, and in light of Obama’s campaign promises to hasten a more tangible recovery, picking a replacement for outgoing Treasury Secretary Geithner will be crucial.
So far those mentioned as potential successors include two Clinton administration veterans: Clinton chief of staff Erskine Bowles and current White House chief of staff Jack Lew. In the coming weeks, Lew will face a big test in talks with Republicans centered on the “fiscal cliff.” Bowles’ credentials, though, would send a message that debt reduction is a priority.
What about a Republican? Robert Zoellick has served as World Bank president, U.S. trade representative and deputy secretary of state. When he was appointed adviser to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the amount of backlash from hard-line conservatives reminded everyone that he might have had a bit more luck joining the other team.
Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs Lael Brainard isn’t at the top of many lists, but some insiders say she would have a lot of heads nodding their approval on Capitol Hill and overseas.
Finally, a long-shot—but not out of the question: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
With so many large-scale compromises to be reached on both foreign and domestic fronts, it remains to be seen how many Cabinet appointments may serve as gestures from the Obama administration to Republican opposition that still holds power in the House.
January 13, 2013
Prophecy is being fulfilled here is a article regarding what I prophecied in January 2013 about people that has commited crimes for years and thought noone would find out what they did. The Holy spirit made this man returned what he had stole for years.
Check out this article:
Thief Writes Apology Letter, Returns Stolen Gold Rings 15 Years Later
The Riphagens had four gold rings returned to them, along with an anonymous letter of apology, 15 years after they had been stolen.
Margot Riphagen, 31, who now lives in Portland, Ore., recalls exactly when the rings were stolen. She was only 16 years old when she had a party that got a bit out of hand. A few items were stolen, most notably those four rings.
Courtesy Margot Riphagen “It was a long time ago and it was a pretty bad situation,” Riphagen told ABCNews.com. “I invited a few friends over and then all of a sudden there were all these people there I didn’t know. We immediately noticed stuff was missing. My parents actually turned me in to the police. They always understood this wasn’t my fault, but we had never recovered those rings and I still have no idea who it was.”
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The anonymous note, signed by a sincerely regretful “dumb kid who wants to right a wrong,” was sent to Riphagen’s mother at her place of work. The family was astonished to have the rings returned, and Margot said she doesn’t even care who stole them. The only thing that matters now is that they’re back.
“We don’t care who it was. I was stupid when I was 16 and I’m sure they were too. Somebody did it for the thrill of it, not for money,” Ripenhagen said.
For this surprised family, the four rings had more sentimental value than anything else.
“The first ring is my mother’s actual wedding band, that she was not wearing because she was going to get it re-sized. The second is a ring with a small diamond that my father gave my mother when my sister was born, who is a year older than I am,” said Riphagen.
“And then the other two, I actually didn’t know existed until we got them back, but they are my grandparents’ wedding bands. They had small diamond chips put into them for me and my sister when we got older. So it was a pretty big deal. I’m now actually wearing my grandfather’s wedding band.”
Riphagen said she’s felt badly about the missing rings for 15 years now, and finally with the help of this letter, has some closure.
“We never thought we would get any of the stuff back. It’s completely amazing and wonderful and we’re all thrilled about it. It’s a super-positive thing and a great way to start the New Year,” she said.
January 16, 2013
Prophecy is being fulfilled! I prophecied about people who have scam people and stealing people identity will be caught. Here is a article regarding a Hacker who Hack in a World Banking System and stole money and the FBI caught him!!!!
From The Detroit News:
Immigration police chief Lt. Gen. Panu Kerdlarppol said Hamza Bendelladj was arrested Sunday night during a layover at Thailand’s international airport while traveling from Malaysia to Egypt. He and his family had been on vacation in Malaysia, he said.
Panu said on Monday that police confiscated two laptops, a tablet computer, a satellite phone and a number of external hard drives from Bendelladj, 24.
He said the FBI had been pursuing Bendelladj for nearly three years. U.S. authorities believe the suspect hacked private accounts in more than 217 banks and financial companies worldwide, causing about $10 million in losses per transaction, he said.
Panu said Bendelladj will be extradited to the U.S. state of Georgia.
January 19, 2013
Prophecy is being fulfilled about corruption in 2013. Here is an article confirming what I prophesied for 2013. There will be more People in the political field that will be brought down for corruption, rebellous, for deceiving and betraying innocent people.
By Prophetess Clara
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin indicted
Probe into City Hall corruption has already netted guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.
NEW ORLEANS – Ray Nagin, former New Orleans mayor and the public face of the battered city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, has been indicted by a grand jury on 21 federal corruption charges.
The indictment, released Friday, alleges Nagin awarded lucrative city contracts to
contractors in exchange for more than $200,000 in kickbacks and first-class trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and Las Vegas.
Nagin, 56, served two four-year terms as mayor, from 2002 to 2010, and currently lives in Frisco, Tex., outside Dallas. If convicted on all charges, he faces more than 15 years in prison. Nagin becomes the first mayor in the city’s 295-year history to be indicted under federal corruption charges.
Nagin could not be reached at phone numbers listed at his Frisco address. He’s due in federal court Jan. 31 to be arraigned by a federal magistrate.
“This is a sad day for the city of New Orleans,” current Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement. “Today’s indictment of former Mayor Ray Nagin alleges serious violations of the public’s trust. Public corruption cannot and will not be tolerated.”
The charges stem from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in
guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen.
The indictment alleges that, between 2005 and 2008, Nagin:
- Accepted more than $70,000 in bribes from a consultant who later won more than a
dozen public works contracts with the city.
- Received paid lodging and vacation expenses for himself and his family in Hawaii and was flown first-class to Jamaica by a city contractor.
- Accepted a free private jet trip to Chicago and Las Vegas from another contractor.
- Enriched his New Orleans-based family granite supply company through dealings with the city.
“This indictment should serve as a reminder to current and former public officials that … the FBI pursues corruption even after an official leaves office,” said Michael Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s New Orleans Field Office.
New Orleanians will be most angered by the fact that Nagin’s alleged corrupt activities were taking place as the city struggled to rebuild from the worst catastrophe in city history, said Terrence Fitzmorris, a Tulane University history professor.
“It’s a betrayal,” Fitzmorris said. “He’s doing this while the city was at its lowest point.”
A former cable television executive, Nagin was swept into office in 2002 with promises of transforming the city through business savvy and corruption fighting.
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 thrust him into the national spotlight, where he often lambasted federal agencies for not doing enough in the storm’s aftermath but was also criticized for a perception of not doing enough as a leader in time of crisis.
In January 2006, he apologized for a Martin Luther King Day speech in which he predicted New Orleans would be a “chocolate city” and asserted that “God was mad at America.”
Strong support from black voters helped Nagin win re-election in 2006 despite mounting criticism of his post-Katrina leadership. But the glacial pace of rebuilding, a surge in violent crime and the budding City Hall corruption investigation chipped away at Nagin’s popularity during his second term.
Nagin could not seek a third consecutive term because of term limits. Mitch Landrieu, who ran against Nagin in 2006, succeeded him in 2010.
Contributing: Associated Press and nola.com
February 16, 2013
There is more corruption that has been exposed in the Political Arena. Here is a confirmation that I prophesied about these corrupted politicians will topple on my prophecy 2013. Here is an article that confirms it.
Jesse Jackson Jr. to plead guilty to federal charges
The charges against him include conspiracy, making false statements, and mail and wire fraud.
Jesse Jackson Jr. resignation letter read in House
Jesse Jackson Jr.’s career
Prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence of between 46 months and 57 months for Jackson Jr., as well as a fine of $10,000 to $100,000, and forfeiture of a yet-to-be-determined portion of the misspent $750,000 in campaign funds.
Jackson’s wife, former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, has also pled guilty to one count of filing false joint tax returns, according to court documents. She faces up to three years in prison and a $100,000 fine. At different times, Sandi Jackson served as her husband’s campaign manager and campaign treasurer. Both Jacksons resigned from office amid the Justice Department’s investigation into their finances. The couple has two children.
Jackson, Jr., issued a statement through his attorneys on Friday afternoon apologizing for his actions.
“Over the course of my life I have come to realize that none of us are immune from our share of shortcomings and human frailties. Still I offer no excuses for my conduct and I fully accept my responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes I have made,” Jackson said. “To that end I want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment and while my journey is not yet complete, it is my hope that I am remembered for the things that I did right.”
The allegations against the Jacksons represent a breathtaking scheme to re-appropriate donors’ money to finance trips and luxuries, pay bills and even send the couple’s children to school. Unlike many scandals that have ensnared elected officials, this brazen tale of personal enrichment doesn’t involve public money.
It’s a story of a Chicago power couple that lost track of the line between campaign cash and personal funds in a spiral of money troubles. The government will allege the Jacksons lied on campaign finance and House financial disclosure forms to cover up the fact that they were using campaign money to build a lifestyle way beyond their means. Federal investigators sank their teeth into the couple, even conducting an apparent sting operation in August 2012. An undercover employee bought two mounted elk heads that Jackson Jr. had bought from a Montana taxidermist with campaign funds.
The $750,000 in alleged misspent campaign funds included thousands of individual transactions that ranged from airplane tickets, booze and cigars to groceries.
Jackson Jr. repeatedly used campaign funds to pay down the couple’s credit-card balances. In one instance, Jackson Jr.’s campaign paid Sandi Jackson’s business $36,000 for “billboard expenses.” A week later, prosecutors say, Sandi Jackson transferred the same amount from her business to the Jacksons’ personal account, from which it was used to pay down personal debts.
The Jacksons used campaign funds to cover even the most basic of necessities, including cleaning supplies, bathrobes, underwear, toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, vitamins and stuffed animals, among other things, according to prosecutors. They also spent freely on luxuries, including home electronics, a trip to a Martha’s Vineyard spa for a member of Sandi Jackson’s family, Walt Disney World transportation services and charges of more than $4,000 on a 2006 cruise, court documents allege.
March 20, 2013
The prophecy is being fulfilled from my prophecy 2013 about people will be caught for scamming and taking advantage of innocent people. check out this article:
APNewsBreak: Alleged head of charity scam talks
TAMARA LUSH, AP
3 hours ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A prominent Jacksonville attorney accused of masterminding a $300 million gambling ring disguised as a veterans charity says he simply advised his clients on legal matters and that prosecutors are trying to “force a connection” between him and the operation of the business.
During an hour-long interview with The Associated Press at his lawyer’s office on Wednesday, Kelly Mathis said that his arrest last week has ruined his life and damaged his law career.
Mathis’s eyes became red when he talked about how his family has stood by him since his arrest and release from jail on bond. He’s been charged in state court with racketeering, money laundering and gambling-related charges.
“Lots of prayer,” he said, when asked about the past several days. sure
Mathis, who is 49 and a former president of the Jacksonville Bar Association, is one of about 60 people charged in Seminole County, Fla., with running the now-shuttered Allied Veterans of the World, which operated 49 Internet parlors with computerized slot machine-style games.
Adding to the probe’s notoriety, Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll resigned a day after she was questioned by investigators — though she isn’t among those charged.
Those who knew Mathis say he’s a well-respected, down-to-earth and hard-working lawyer who’s not prone to wearing the silk shirts and shiny suits favored by some of his colleagues.
“I would have thought of him more as milquetoast more than mastermind,” said Jim Bailey, the editor of a legal and business newspaper called the Jacksonville Daily Record.
Mathis said Johnny Duncan and Jerry Bass, the two men who once owned Allied Veterans of the World, sought his legal advice about seven years ago and he took the men and their company on as clients. He eventually became the registered agent for several Internet cafes owned by the organization.
Under Florida law, a company must have a registered agent to be responsible for receiving important legal and tax documents; many companies use lawyers.
“There is no connection. They’re trying to force a connection,” Mathis said of prosecutors. “And that’s all they’ve got, is to say that I was the registered agent, that I had some relationship to all of these companies. And the relationship they’ve got is that I was the registered agent. But what they fail to realize is that’s no relationship at all.”
Mathis, who went to high school in Brooksville, Fla., and law school at Vanderbilt University, opened his own practice about nine years ago in Jacksonville after working at larger firms.
Mathis said he researched whether Internet sweepstakes cafes were legal in Florida.
“I spent months researching this in-depth, of sweepstakes law, gambling law, to make sure they didn’t violate any of the gambling laws,” he said. “Reading cases, reading statutes. Reading legislative history. Gathering all of that information before I ever issued them an opinion. That this is what they could do and needed to do in order to comply with Florida law.”
At issue is the legality of the games. To play, customers get prepaid cards and then go to a computer to play “sweepstakes.” The games, with spinning wheels similar to slot machines, have names such as “Captain Cash,” ”Lucky Shamrocks” and “Money Bunny.” Winners go back to a cashier with their cards and cash out. Lawmakers in Florida and other states are now considering whether to ban them.
The game makers argue they are legal sweepstakes because there’s a predetermined number of winners, similar to a McDonald’s Monopoly game or Coca-Cola’s cap contest.
“The law is filled with ambiguities. The lawyer’s job is to come up with a legal opinion to advocate for that position,” Mathis said. “Even right now in the state of Florida, there is no appellate court opinion. There is no definitive black and white answer. I and my clients were complying with the law.”
Mathis is a registered lobbyist and said he met with Jennifer Carroll several years ago while she was a member of the Florida House of Representatives.
Mathis said he had lunch “a couple of times” with Carroll and was asked to explain to her how the cafes operated under the law.
He said he didn’t know anything about the public relations firm she co-owned or work that it did for Allied.
Mathis said he’s met Gov. Rick Scott once, during the governor’s inaugural ball.
He said that he knows nothing about the charity angle of the business — prosecutors say that only 2 percent of the nearly $300 million earned by Allied went to charity — and that he merely advised the company about laws regarding philanthropy.
Mathis said he has only been paid his hourly fee for his work with Allied.
Mitch Stone, Mathis’s attorney, said that at one point, Allied wanted to reduce the amount they were paying in legal fees and have Mathis work for a flat rate. Stone said that if Mathis was the “ringleader” of the operation, it made no sense that he would want to reduce his payments.
Mathis said he is being targeted by Seminole County officials because he sued the county over its stance on Internet cafes.
“I think the law permitted the activities that my clients were doing,” he said. “Some people call it a loophole. To me, it’s either allowed by the law or not allowed by the law.”
Anthony Alfieri, a professor at the University of Miami’s School of Law, said Mathis has a difficult task ahead.
“He’s going to have to demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt, with hard evidence that his belief was reasonable at that time,” said Alfieri. “The key analysis is not what he thought was criminal or fraudulent. The key for both the state attorney and for ultimately, the Florida Bar, is whether an objectively reasonable and prudent lawyer should have known better and that’s the case he’s going to have to make.”
Associated Press writer Michael Biesecker contributed to this report from Jacksonville, Fla.
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March 25, 2013
Here is a confirmation that I prophesied for 2013 about people that are Scamming and stealing people identity will be caught or destroyed. Check out this article this woman had stole this innocent lady identity for almost 12 years and got caught.
By Prophetess Clara
Woman gets prison time in ‘total identity theft’
By ROXANA HEGEMAN | Associated Press – 6 hrs ago
- View PhotoAssociated Press/Butler County Sheriff – This photo provided by the Butler County, Mo., Sheriff shows Benita Cardona-Gonzalez an illegal immigrant accused of assuming a U.S. teacher’s persona who was sentenced …more to 18 months in prison Monday, March 25, 2013 in Wichita, Kan. Cardona-Gonzalez, a Mexican national living in Kansas, pleaded guilty in January to possessing fraudulent identification documents. (AP Photo/Butler County Sheriff) less
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — For almost 12 years, a Houston elementary school teacher and an illegal immigrant living in Topeka have engaged in a tug of war to claim the identity of Candida L. Gutierrez in a case that has put a face on the growing crime of “total identity theft” in the United States.
On Monday, the real Candida L. Gutierrez saw her identity thief, Benita Cardona-Gonzalez, for the first time. Their encounter came inside a federal courtroom in Wichita, where Cardona-Gonzalez, a Mexican national, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for possessing fraudulent identification documents.
The plea deal Cardona-Gonzalez struck with prosecutors in January gave her less prison time, but guaranteed she would not contest her deportation. She pleaded guilty to an aggravated felony, which typically results in automatic deportation.
When Gutierrez’s identity was stolen, the thief didn’t stop at opening fraudulent credit and bank accounts. Cardona-Gonzalez assumed Gutierrez’s persona completely, using it to get a job, a driver’s license, a mortgage and medical care for her children. She even put the stolen name on the birth certificates of her two U.S.-born children in the spots where they list who’s the mother.
Gutierrez and her husband, Brenden Marquardt, flew to Wichita from Houston for the court proceedings hoping to gain a sense of closure.
“I wanted to make sure I could see her face and she could see my face — so that she knew the face of the person who paid for living her dream,” Gutierrez said. “Because her dream was my nightmare.”
Cardona-Gonzales briefly glanced at Gutierrez while giving a hurried courtroom statement in Spanish.
“I accept my punishment and I accept my responsibility and I ask forgiveness of Ms. Gutierrez,” she said.
Gutierrez first learned her identity had been hijacked when she was turned down for a mortgage. Each year she trudges to the Social Security Administration with her birth certificate, driver’s license, passport and even school yearbooks to prove her identity and clear her employment record.
She spends hours on the phone with creditors and credit bureaus, fills out affidavits and has yet to clean up her credit history. Her tax records are a mess. She even once phoned the impostor’s Kansas employer in a futile effort to find some relief.
Both women had claimed they were identity theft victims and sought to get new Social Security numbers. The Social Security Administration turned down Gutierrez’s request and instead issued a new number to the woman impersonating her.
And in another ironic twist, Gutierrez was forced to file her federal income tax forms using a special identification number usually reserved for illegal immigrants.
Their struggle finally came to a head when Gutierrez got married a year ago, and her new husband set out to clear her credit history. He traced the identity thief to Topeka and on the Internet he found a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Kansas about the prosecutions of other illegal immigrants working at Reser’s Fine Foods, the same manufacturer where Cardona-Gonzalez worked. He contacted federal authorities in Kansas, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Anderson took up their case.
“I don’t think we would ever have solved this issue without Brent’s help,” Marquardt said.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren called the case a “classic example” of the harm done by identity theft, saying people who characterize the cases as victimless crimes are uninformed. He said he had some reservations about the 18-month prison sentence and whether it was enough, but decided it was acceptable to meet sentencing objectives and bring closure to the victim.
Defense attorney Matthew Works told the court that his client didn’t have an understanding of how difficult it is for the victim to get her identity back. He said after the hearing that Cardona-Gonzalez has authorized him to do anything he can to “try to fix it” so Gutierrez could regain her identity.
Still pending before the court is a prosecution request that Melgren order the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics to correct the name of the mother on the birth certificates issued to Cardona-Gonzalez’s two children who were born in Kansas.
Anderson is also helping Gutierrez obtain a new Social Security number and sort out the legal tangle from the foreclosure of the house Cardona-Gonzalez bought in Topeka under the false identity.
Gutierrez said she did not know whether Cardona-Gonzalez’s apology in court was sincere, or whether it should even be up to her to forgive her.
“I don’t want to think about it anymore,” Gutierrez said after the hearing. “It is done.”
March 26, 2013
Here is another confirmation what I prophesied about this was the year of the Youth in 2012. The Youth are the next voices that will be performing all kinds of signs and wonders. To all parents pray blessings upon your children. Speak positive things in their lives. You never know how God will use your children for his kingdom. Read this article:
Nick D’Aloisio, 17, suddenly rich, famous after Yahoo buys Summly
|British teen Nick D’Aloisio has sold his popular news-reading mobile app to Yahoo for close to $30 million. (Kevin Abosch / March 25, 2013)|
Spoken like a true entrepreneur.
March 29, 2013
Prophecy is being fulfilled! I Prophesied for the year 2013 that people that have committed all kinds of crimes for years and never got caught will be caught this year or will be destroyed!!! Read this article: