A Fraudulent Home Birth
A Typical Case
NAPHSIS – San Diego – June 2006
On or about October 25, 2004, Arizona’s Office
of Vital Records received information from US
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that
Jose Luis _____ was born in Mexico and not
in Arizona as his home-birth certificate states.
Subsequent OVR and CBP investigations
substantiated this allegation.
Jose was arrested
when he applied for
admission at San
Luis, Arizona POE.
The CBP investigator
located the Mexican
birth certificate and
the old I-181 records.
He forwarded that
information to Arizona
In 2003 the El Paso
(EPIC) notified us that
an imposter had
attempted entry into
the United States
using this Arizona birth
returned the document
to us, and we flagged
the birth record.
Research found that
we have issued at
least 6 copies of this
On April 10,
mother filed a
Jose’s place of
This is Jose’s Mexican
birth certificate. This
was filed on January
10, 1984 (less than
one month after his
date of birth and three
months before the
Arizona certificate was
filed) and states he
was born in San Luis
Rio Colorado, Sonora,
Note the address of
both parents is in
National City, CA.
On January 14, 1984,
Jose’s mother filed a
Form I-181 at San
Isidro, California. This
is an application to
create a record of
residence. A “Green
Mom listed Jose’s
place of birth as San
Luis Rio Colorado,
The street a address
is in National City, CA.
On January 23, 2006, we issued Jose
a letter by certified mail advising him
that we had voided his Arizona birth
certificate based on the discovery of
the Mexican birth certificate, the I-181,
the false information on the Arizona
certificate, and the findings of the CBP
Under Arizona law, the registrant must
be given an opportunity to appeal this
action. The registrant has 30 days to
file an appeal or the action becomes
Jose did not appeal.
His birth certificate is now sealed.
Any application for a certified
copy will result in a “No Record”
What’s the Point?
Had it not been for CBP bringing the findings of their
investigation to our attention, we may have never
known that this birth was fraudulently registered.
Establishing and nurturing communication with local,
state and federal law enforcement is essential.
The establishment of a security coordinator in your
office can help greatly in the development of these
Doug Leach 602-364-1229 firstname.lastname@example.org