Saturday, May 25 2013 11:09 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:09:59 GMT
A dedicated race fan who's been attending the Indy 500 for decades received the ride of a lifetime at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His friends surprised him with a ride in a two-seater with Mario AndrettiMore >>
A dedicated race fan who's been attending the Indy 500 for decades received the ride of a lifetime at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:49 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:49:43 GMT
Scattered showers make for a less than ideal Indianapolis 500 forecast. Confidence is high on rain to be on Live Doppler 13 Radar during the race… but there is a great deal of uncertainty on whether showersMore >>
Confidence is high on rain to be on Live Doppler 13 Radar during the race, but there is a great deal of uncertainty on whether showers will move over the track.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:48 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:48:38 GMT
Kyle Busch dominated at Charlotte Motor Speedway again Saturday, racing to his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and record seventh career win at the track. Ten years and a day after his NationwideMore >>
Kyle Busch dominated at Charlotte Motor Speedway again Saturday, racing to his sixth Nationwide Series victory of the season and record seventh career win at the track.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 8:40 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:40:27 GMT
About 35 runners from the Midwest who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon last month because of the bombings will run about a half mile on the track immediately before the start of the IndianapolisMore >>
About 35 runners from the Midwest who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon last month because of the bombings will run about a half mile on the track immediately before the start of the Indianapolis 500.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:09:39 GMT
A 22-year-old sprint car driver died has died after a crash at the Bloomington Speedway. Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer told The Herald-Times that 22-year-old Joshua Burton of Bloomington died atMore >>
A 22-year-old sprint car driver died has died after a crash at the Bloomington Speedway.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:05 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:05:14 GMT
An Indiana man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car near the National Mall in Washington. D.C. police say the collision occurred late Friday night at the intersection of 23rdMore >>
An Indiana man is dead after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a car near the National Mall in Washington.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:02 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:02:27 GMT
The National Park Service is reminding people who plan to head to the shores of Lake Michigan as the summer season begins that water conditions can change quickly from calm and inviting to rough and dangerousMore >>
National Park Service is reminding people who plan to head to the shores of Lake Michigan as the summer season begins that water conditions can change quickly.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:58:35 GMT
The Evansville police chief is recommending an officer accused of battery against a student while working off-duty at a school be either suspended or fired. The Evansville Courier & Press reports ChiefMore >>
The Evansville police chief is recommending an officer accused of battery against a student while working off-duty at a school be either suspended or fired.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:46:57 GMT
A former central Indiana coroner who pleaded guilty to driving drunk is suing a former prosecutor from an adjoining county, alleging he provided incompetent counsel that kept her from running for re-election. TheMore >>
A former central Indiana coroner who pleaded guilty to driving drunk is suing a former prosecutor from an adjoining county.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:41:11 GMT
The force is with the Indiana State Museum. The Indianapolis Star reports an exhibition called "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" opened at the museum this weekend. The exhibit lets visitorsMore >>
The force is with the Indiana State Museum.More >>
For years, Indiana's Bureau of Motor Vehicles was a quick stop to fast licenses and IDs for those with fake documents.
The governor vowed to clean it up. New systems and more sophisticated licenses are now in place.
But 13 Investigates has found one avenue with little or no enforcement and hundreds of suspected fraud cases are slipping by.
Hiding in plain sight are hundreds of "ghost drivers" behind the wheel. They're carrying state-issued licenses and IDs, but the names and Social Security numbers are not their own.
"If there's a case where we think there's malicious intent, where someone was creating fraudulent ID's or something like that, obviously we'll hand that over to law enforcement," assured BMV Commissioner Ron Stiver.
"Since 2000 there's been somewhere around 900 names that have been provided to us," said Sgt. Dave Bursten, Indiana State Police.
There are ten suspected fraud cases a month on average. Yet Indiana is among the last states - 48th in fact - to start verifying Social Security numbers directly with the government.
Prior to November of last year, the BMV left it up to third party contractors to weed out the fakes.
"I'm not going to ask my customer service reps to be law enforcement officers," said the commissioner when questioned about BMV processes to detect fraudulent documents.
Months into cleaning up corrupt rolls, the BMV reports 50,000 people whose names and Social Security numbers don't match.
Raul Patino, 27, also known as Juan Martinez, is among them. Records reveal a troubling history: An arrest for a hit-and-run accident causing injury, repeat insurance violations, and driving while suspended.
But most disturbing, Raul Patino was found using the Social Security number of a driver who is dead.
"This is the first time that I've seen this piece of information," Sgt. Bursten said after reviewing the court documents obtained by 13 Investigates.
Bursten didn't know, but State Police Investigators are well aware of Patino. A 2006 BMV investigation shows he presented the Social Security number of a deceased driver, but he got a free pass despite his driving troubles. He agreed to testify against the BMV clerk who processed digits from the dead and fraudulent numbers for seven others.
No charges were ever filed against Patino. The case against the BMV worker was tossed out. The fraudulent IDs and licenses weren't invalidated for eight months until we started asking questions.
13 Investigates questioned why there's been no enforcement even among individuals here in Indiana who admitted to using fraudulent and stolen information.
"It makes no sense," said Mike Cutler, a former New York immigration officer. He spent 30 years tracking illegal immigrants involved in organized crime. He is now a fellow with the Center for Immigration Studies.
"Once you get your hands on one of those key documents you can then parlay that one document into a whole new identity," Cutler told 13 Investigates.
13 Investigates wanted to trace the Social Security number back to its deceased owner. That search led us to Austin, Texas.
We confirmed the number with family members of 81-year-old Phyllis Simpson. Mrs. Simpson died in February 2003. But her Social Security number is not at rest. It was her number Indiana State Police found connected to Raul Patino.
"I had no idea. I think what's concerning is that they don't stop it," said Cherie Simpson.
Born in picturesque Brown County, Phyllis Simpson left the state in the 1950's.
Now her daughter's views of Indiana are less than pretty and her closure is violated.
"How does that get on the street?" Simpson's daughter questioned. "It feels like a violation of your privacy. He should have been arrested," she said, referring to Patino.
The Simpsons aren't alone.
Virgil Meadows, 73, died in Arizona in January 2000. His Social Security number also turned up in the BMV investigation. The State Police investigation at the BMV shows Edgar Contreras Pablo used it to get a license.
At last count, the BMV had over 100 active licenses registered to deceased drivers whose names, dates of birth or Social Security numbers did not match.
"There's not enough people, there's not enough time, there's not enough money," Sgt. Bursten insisted.
And, it appears, not enough collaboration.
In the case of suspected illegal immigrants, including those involved in the BMV investigation, Bursten says his agency doesn't make it a habit to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The BMV doesn't contact ICE either.
"ICE is absolutely interested. Identity theft is a pretty big focus," said spokesperson, Gail Montenegro. ICE is part of a Document Fraud & Benefit Fraud Task Force that includes the Social Security Administration.
"If you don't have the information going to the agency that needs to do the job, and if ultimately the agency that's supposed to do the job lacks the manpower what are you going to accomplish?" questioned Cutler.
BMV Commissioner Ron Stiver is focusing on the new system.
"If there's not a valid Social Security number entered as part of that process, there won't be a license issued," Stiver told 13 Investigates. So far 3,100 people have been denied a driver's license.
But there are no guarantees of enforcement for "ghost drivers" already on the road with Social Security numbers resurrected from the grave.
Neither the BMV nor the State Police could provide one fraud case with an arrest or prosecution from the hundreds of names turned over.
Patino and the seven other known violators were not charged by the prosecutor. A spokesman from the Marion County Prosecutor says they're appealing the case against the BMV worker, and that no formal plea deals were made with those who presented the fraudulent documents.
Letters are going out this week warning ghost drivers their licenses will be invalidated.
But those who got IDs before July of last year can continue using the ID until it expires. They won't be allowed to renew them without valid Social Security numbers. Still, there will be no legal consequences. State Police say they simply don't have the manpower to track these people down.
Individuals who got IDs after July 1, 2007 were required to provide a valid Social Security number under a new state law. The BMV has immediately invalidated those 805 identification cards.
Saturday, May 25 2013 5:53 AM EDT2013-05-25 09:53:25 GMT
An Elwood High School baseball coach is under investigation for touching one of his players. The Anderson Herald Bulletin reports that Elwood Police Chief Sam Hanna confirmed that Charles "Chuck" Everson,More >>
An Elwood High School baseball coach is under investigation for touching one of his players. More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:10 AM EDT2013-05-25 15:10:36 GMT
The new state budget that increases funding for schools the next two years won't benefit every Indiana school district. Terry Spradlin of Indiana University's Center for Evaluation and Education PolicyMore >>
The new state budget that increases funding for schools the next two years won't benefit every Indiana school district.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:04:40 GMT
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon. Police say officers were investigating an incident in the 3200 block of Boulevard Place when a suspect failed toMore >>
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:55:55 GMT
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate. Rodney Vawter has owned the personalized Fraternal Order of Police license plate "0INK" for the past three years. A class actionMore >>
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate after it was revoked by the BMV.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:56:19 GMT
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The woman was hit on E. 34th Street, between Gladstone and Colorado, around 9:45 p.m. Friday.More >>
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 1:44 PM EDT2013-05-25 17:44:05 GMT
An anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is drawing interest from media worldwide for his expedition in July to Australia to study how some 1,000-year-old coins ended up onMore >>
An anthropologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is drawing interest from media worldwide for his expedition in July to Australia to study how some 1,000-year-old coins ended up on a remote beach there.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:45 PM EDT2013-05-25 16:45:20 GMT
Floats and bands are beginning to line the streets Saturday morning for the 2013 IPL 500 Festival Parade. Eight of the 12 floats scheduled to appear in the parade were judged Thursday evening. The 2013More >>
More than 300,000 spectators are expected to line the two-mile parade route to see the 33 starting drivers of the 2013 Indianapolis 500®, more than 80 specialty units, floats, marching bands and giant inflatable balloons.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 2:42 PM EDT2013-05-25 18:42:48 GMT
Authorities say three men from eastern Indiana were killed in a head-on crash along a northern Indiana highway. The LaGrange County Sheriff's Department says 21-year-old Dwayne Davis of Parker City, 19-year-oldMore >>
Authorities say three men from eastern Indiana were killed in a head-on crash along a northern Indiana highway.More >>