Blank Birth Certificates Vanish from NYC Office


birth-certificateAuthorities are investigating the disappearance of more than 100 blank birth certificates from New York City’s vital records office. Officials say the certificates may have been stolen as part of an identity fraud scheme.
One batch was discovered missing in March. Further investigation revealed that other batches had also vanished.News of the investigation came as federal authorities were announcing criminal charges against an aide in the same city office in an alleged credit card fraud scheme.

Authorities say the 24-year-old worker lifted credit card numbers from people ordering duplicate or corrected birth certificates and tried to use them to ring up $9,000 in charges.

Two other people also face charges.

{CBS Radio Inc./Elisha Newscenter}