- The Washington Times - Monday, April 13, 2009

GREELEY, COLO. (AP) - A judge has halted an identity theft investigation targeting illegal immigrants in Colorado, saying prosecutors wrongly seized records from an income tax preparer.

The judge Monday ordered Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck to return or destroy the evidence within seven days. Buck’s attorney says he will appeal.

Thousands of documents had been seized from Amalia’s Translation and Tax Services in Greeley after a Texas man alerted Weld County authorities that someone was using his identity.

The American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit contends the records were confidential.

In his ruling, the judge agrees the seizure was too broad and says it violates the privacy rights of the people whose tax records were taken.

Charges had already been filed against at least 60 people.

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