In August a concerned citizen in Stamford turned over a package to police that had inadvertently been delivered to her address. The package contained 24 drivers licenses that had been hidden under packaging materials.
An investigation confirmed that the licenses were falsified. Stamford Police determined that money and pictures were collected in Stamford and wired to China where the licenses were manufactured.
The licenses were mailed back to Stamford and the fake licenses were distributed to underage youths.
The drivers licenses seized were of high quality and even had the holograms embedded in the licenses.
The 24 licenses seized were exact copies of licenses from Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maine, and Pennsylvania. Stamford Police determined that several of the youths were from the Stamford area and others were from the Massachusetts area.
Stamford Police notified the Police/Security departments of the colleges that were being attended by these youths to be on the lookout for other fake IDs that have been made prior to this seizure.
The colleges that were notified was the University of Rhode Island, Cape Cod Community College, Eastern Nazarene College, and Norwalk Community College.
The investigation is ongoing and arrest warrants are being applied for. Further investigation determined that each falsified license had a duplicate for the purpose of having a backup if one was seized.
Stamford Police warn that if a youth is found in possession of a falsified license they could be charged with Forgery 2nd, which is a Class D felony.
The bigger concern is that these licenses can be obtained for more nefarious reasons as far as obtaining fake identities for terrorism related purposes or to gain fake citizenship in the United States. Parents of underage children should be aware that this is happening and be on the lookout for their children possessing licenses from another state.
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