May 7, 2010, - 8:15 pm
Who is Jerry Joseph a/k/a Guerdwich Montimere? Mysterious Illegal Alien Basketball Player Dupes ICE Fingerprint Database
**** bumped up from Friday, 5:59 p.m. ****
Can’t let the end of the week go by without telling you about Jerry Joseph . . . or is that Guerdwich Montimere?
Jerry Joseph a/k/a Guerdwich Montimere:
The Illegal Alien Who Beat ICE’s Fingerprint Database
That’s the problem. We don’t really know who he is, other than that he’s an illegal alien and star basketball player who is either 16 years old or 22 years old and scamming the system.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says he’s 16-year-old illegal alien Joseph. But everyone who knows him swears he’s actually the older Geurdwich Montimere. And that’s been a problem with many, many illegal aliens, especially of the Muslim variety. We don’t really know who they are and have to go on the names and backgrounds they give us–names and backgrounds which are often false, as was the case with Noureddine X, an alien Muslim who became a naturalized U.S. citizen and U.S. military contractor, then gave our troops’ movements to Al-Qaeda–causing the ambush murders of several of our soldiers in Iraq.
The case of Joseph/Montimere/Whomever is not as severe, but it gives you a taste of what is an every day occurrence and difficulty in the cases of far too many illegal aliens and visa violators in our midst. It also tells me that ICE fingerprint databases don’t work. Since pretty much everyone else who has encountered “them” says it’s the same person–that Joseph is Montimere, I don’t believe the ICE computer fingerprints that say otherwise. It begs the question: how many other terrorists and illegal aliens have gone free because ICE’s computerized fingerprint database is a bust? Clearly, ICE’s computers got beaten here and can be duped.
It’s truly a bizarre story, but I think I’ve seen several TV shows and feature movies with the same plot/fact pattern:
Jerry Joseph is either a promising 16-year-old sophomore basketball player at Permian (Odessa, Texas) or he’s Guerdwich Montimere, a 22-year-old who three years ago as a senior helped lead Dillard (Fort Lauderdale) to the Florida 5A state semifinals and was a McDonald’s All American nominee.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Leticia Zamarripa said Wednesday that officials from her agency have proof that, while Joseph is a Haitian who is in the country illegally, he isn’t Montimere.
Joseph is facing an immigration hearing, Zamarripa said.
Officials at Permian are looking into the matter, but Montimere’s former AAU coach, Louis Vives, doesn’t need an investigation to know that Joseph is not just a Montimere look-alike. “The moment I saw him, I knew it was Montimere,” he said.
Vives, a coach with the South Florida Elite, was in Little Rock last month for a tournament. He said two of his players from Dillard first spotted the 6-5 guard they knew as Montimere playing for the New Mexico Force. Vives said the player denied he was Montimere when Vives spoke with him.
“It was shocking, and the question at hand was just why,” Vives said Wednesday. “When I approached him, I just wanted to know what was going on. The surprised look on his face gave it away that it was him. … Once he saw a Florida team and players and coaches who knew him, the look on his face was like, ‘Wow, what am I into now?’ ” . . .
Zamarripa, who’s with the ICE office in El Paso, said investigators had checked an FBI database and determined through fingerprints that Joseph was not Montimere. . . .
Calls Wednesday to the home of Montimere’s family in Fort Lauderdale were not answered.
Pete Norman, then coach of Highland Community College in Freeport, Ill., said Montimere contacted him in 2007 after the player graduated from Dillard. . . . Looking at pictures of Joseph and Montimere, Norman said the two were the same.
If a 20-something basketball player illegal alien can pull off a scam like this and fool ICE–as it appears he is doing–imagine what a 20-something Islamic terrorist illegal alien can pull off and how he/she can fool ICE. Trust me, they have and they will.
Attention, Al-Qaeda: make sure the next Undiebomber should have hoops skills.
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