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Kansas is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse rulings by the state's highest court that they say prevent the state from prosecuting immigrants in the U.S. illegally for identity theft.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release three rulings last week by the Kansas Supreme Court said federal immigration law superseded Kansas law in those types of cases.

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The U.S. Attorney's office has unsealed a federal indictment that accuses 13 people of using stolen identities to spend or access more than $3.5 million of other people’s money and credit.

Twelve of the 13 people accused in the indictment are from Kansas. Seven of them are from Wichita.

The indictment goes back to 2013 and spells out the details of the alleged acts: stealing mail from blue mail collection boxes, from residents and even from post office mailrooms in the Wichita area.

Detectives in Sedgwick County are trying to contact more than 150 people whose personal documents were discovered in a Wichita woman's home.

The sheriff's department says officers found mail, checks, credit cards and Social Security cards last week at a 23-year-old woman's home.

The officers were there to arrest her on outstanding warrants.

Most of the documents had been taken from mailboxes or vehicles, and some dated back to 2008.