BIRTH-CERTIFICATE TERROR ALARM
By LARRY CELONA and ANDY GELLER
A stack of blank birth certificates has been stolen from the city Health Department's offices, leading investigators to worry that they may have fallen into the hands of terrorists, The Post has learned.
On March 12, an employee discovered that 104 certificates with the agency's stamp on them were missing from the department's offices at 125 Worth St., near City Hall, sources said.
It was the first time in 10 years that blank birth certificates were stolen from the department.
The NYPD and the city's Department of Investigation are investigating.
"It's like hitting the Lotto for a terrorist," one investigator said.
"Forged documents are one of the primary concerns of Homeland Security. After you get that birth certificate, you can get any document you want. This is extremely serious."
The missing documents were in a box of blank certificates that was stacked on other similar boxes.
The employee noticed they were missing because there was a break in the numbers on the certificates.
Investigators believe the theft was carried out by someone who has access to the offices, probably an employee. [source: NY Post]
Saturday, April 25, 2009
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