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Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 09:45 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If the person with the clean record completes the biographical information using her/his true name, birth date, etc., then the appropriate criminal record (or lack thereof) will result from the fingerprint query. Live scan or ink and paper makes no difference. Either way, the fingerprint ridges end up as digital images, encoded into minutiae and searched though law enforcement computer systems.

When the criminal starts to work or otherwise starts to enjoy the privileges obtained by verifying a clean record through fingerprints, the criminal and the person who helped him/her will both have the constant cloud hanging over their head of being discovered... of either someone recognizing the criminal or someone knowing the accomplice's name and recognizing that the criminal is not that person. Upon discovery, the accomplice's reputation will certainly be ruined, but both the criminal and accomplice also risk that the police and employer may prosecute for false official statements to the government (the fingerprint query) and other identity fraud-related charges.

If, however, the criminal has the accomplice use the criminal's biographical information (name, birth date, etc.), and be fingerprinted posing as the criminal, then your question is one of the more humorous postings on this forum recently.

If the criminal's arrest history is only minor and he/she has never been fingerprinted and/or photographed before, then they will have accomplished nothing because the criminal history will still be detected when the computer matches the biographical information (name, birth date, etc.) from the prior arrest history. The accomplice, on the other hand, will have just created an alias name associated with a criminal record for himself/herself in the event the accomplice is ever fingerprinted in true name in the future.

However, if the criminal was previously fingerprinted (or maybe just photographed) for criminal activity, then the police may at first suspect that the criminal previously stole the accomplice's identity, but later, after deciphering the situation and seeing through the hoax, will probably prosecute both the criminal and his/her clean-record accomplice.

Such situations are the very purpose for fingerprint records... to identify those seeking to avoid detection.

Thanks for the smiles.
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what happens if a criminal has someone that has a clean record take the live scan for her/him how would that effect employment?

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