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Troopers dismantle fake ID ring in Columbus

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Nov 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Columbus District, Office of Investigative Services and troopers from the Special Response Team (SRT) a dismantled a fake ID ring in the city of Columbus. Three suspects were taken into custody while U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement officials attempt to identify them.

Investigators executed a search warrant on a residence located at 1165 Norton Road in the city of Columbus on Nov. 16. The residence was at the center of an investigation into the illegal manufacture and sale of fraudulent Ohio driver licenses.

The investigation revealed the fraudulent documents were being used to conceal a person's real identity - allowing them to obtain vehicle titles, registrations, social security cards, utilities and bank accounts using the fake documents.

Among evidence seized was a large amount of hidden cash, numerous data storage devices, digital cameras, cell phones, computers, printers, blank ID cardstock, state & federal holograms, fake state & federal ID cards, vehicle titles, birth certificates and hundreds of personal identities.

The case remains under investigation as troopers attempt to determine to what extent the ring operated.

The suspects face multiple state and federal felony counts, prison and deportation processes.

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