April 20, 2009, - 1:12 pm
How Many Illegal Aliens Did He Help?: High-Paid TV Star Caught Selling Fake, Stolen, Deceased SS#s, IDs; Foiled By ICE Agents
By Debbie Schlussel
It’s bad enough that hardened criminals and others who refuse to work a legitimate job sell illegal aliens social security numbers that are fake, stolen, or taken from a dead person. It’s bad enough that these same parties also sell illegal aliens fake IDs and documents.
But, now, even a highly-paid TV star has been caught getting in on the action. What’s Antwon Tanner’s excuse? And how many illegal aliens did he help enter or remain in the country to steal or undercut American jobs.
The successful actor earns tens of thousands of dollars for his regular appearances on the CW Network’s “One Tree Hill,” which was, until very recently, one of the most popular TV shows for teens and 20-somethings. He’s appeared on the show for years. Yet, all while he was making the big bucks on TV, he was apparently in the fake Social Security number and ID bid’ness.
Was he that greedy? Apparently, so. Congrats to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who caught this scumbag (feel free to e-mail me). Their (ICE’s) involvement in the case signals that they must have believed or had evidence that Tanner’s social security number and fake ID merchandise was ending up in the hands of illegal aliens.
Antwon Tanner, a successful actor and regular on the popular American teen drama One Tree Hill, was charged yesterday with trafficking in social security cards and numbers in federal court in New York.
Tanner, 35, plays a character named Antwon “Skills” Taylor on the show, set in a town in North Carolina. He has a long list of acting credits, including a role in the movie Coach Carter and TV appearances on Boston Public, CSI and NYPD Blue.
He was caught in a sting run by immigration and customs enforcement agents. An undercover agent, through an informant, ended up buying 16 social security numbers and three fake cards from Tanner over the phone for more than $1,000, according to a law enforcement official.
Social security numbers – unassigned, from real people or from dead people – can be used for identity theft, credit card fraud, or to get false passports or other identification documents. The charges didn’t specify where Tanner got the numbers and cards or how he thought they would be used.
Note that the sixteen SS numbers and three fake ID cards are only what the agents caught. The indictment in USA v. Antwon Tanner says that Tanner was engaging in this illicit commerce of the SS numbers and fake IDS from December 2005 to July of 2008. Likely, he sold a whole lot more.
Unfortunately, the most he faces is five years in prison. Just watch–he’ll probably get probation.
Hey, Antwon, thanks for selling out America, the country that made you fabulously wealthy for uttering a few stupid lines and having hot sex scenes with the blonde who plays your friend’s mother.
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