He can be prosecuted for identity theft if the number actually belongs to someone else, and possibly fraud even if it didn't. Also, it can be grounds for deportation if the person is not a U.S. citizen.
Keep in mind. There is some poor guy in Oklahoma trying to explain to the IRS how he never made this money in Arizona that somebody put on his SSN. It is not a victimless crime and never believe it is. You are possibly costing somebody a lot of money to defend himself against income he never earned in a state he never lived in.
Tax Attorney - Bellevue
Tax Attorney - Everett
Tax Attorney - Redmond
Seattle IRS Building
IRS Tax Lien Attorney
IRS Tax Levy and Wage Garnishment Lawyer
Washington Sales and Business and Occupation(B&O) Tax Audit Attorney
Seattle Tax Court Petition
Yes. It is a crime.
Our replies to Avvo questions should not be considered specific legal advice to any individual, and no attorney-client relationship is formed with you. Our aim is to provide general principles that may be useful to the Avvo community as a whole. You should seek individual legal advice pertaining to your specific factual situation, and the laws applicable to your jurisdiction. Moore & Moore Attorneys at Law -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Immigration Immigration holds and deportation Paying taxes as an immigrant Employment law for businesses Small business taxes Debt collection for businesses Tax lien Wage garnishment Lien Criminal defense Business Criminal charges for theft Fraud Criminal charges for identity theft Employment Employee wages and garnishment Social security Tax law