Cold Case Posse Investigator Mike Zullo told reporters that the information he developed confirms that the document presented to the American public by the White House in April 2011 is "undoubtedly fraudulent."
They also say Hawaii's laws pertaining to birth records made it easy for someone to slip through the cracks. According to Zullo, a Hawaiian birth certificate can be issued for the birth of a child, anywhere in the world, as long as the baby's parents can prove they were legal residents – not necessarily US citizens – and paying Hawaii income taxes for at least 12 months before the child was born.
Zullo says that calls into question the veracity of every birth certificate ever issued by the state of Hawaii.
He adds that the situation likely isn't President Obama's fault: "For all I know, Mr. Obama's been told this his whole life. I don't know. It might even be he was born in Hawaii. All I'm telling you is, this document isn't real."
The investigation, which has been going on for months, has cost taxpayers $10,000 and sent a Maricopa County Sheriff's deputy to Hawaii for nine days.
Arpaio says they have probable cause the President's birth certificate is a computer generated forgery. However, Arpaio said "my problem right now is, who do you give it to?" He admitted he has no authority to make any arrests or pursue any prosecutions. He said he hopes Congress takes up the issue and appoints a special prosecutor.
Arpaio says, as he has all along, that he's not accusing the President of a crime. Zullo adds, "We would like the person that made (the birth certificate) brought to justice."
Many people are upset about the investigation because they say the Sheriff needs to be working on problems here at home, not on the President's birth certificate – but that's never stopped him from doing this investigation.