Federal Officers Seize Thousands Of Fake IDs Heading to New York From China
US Customs and Border Protection intercepts counterfeit licenses
Federal officers seized over 3,000 fake driver’s licenses along with more than 3,100 blank card stock used to create counterfeit licenses in Kentucky, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has said.
The IDs were heading from China to various locations in the US, including New York, according to the federal agency.
The CBP added that the fake driver’s licenses were seized at an Express Consignment Operations hub in Louisville, Ky.
The licenses were created for the following states:
- New Jersey
CBP officers were notified by authorities in Louisville since the cards were also shipped to that area, which resulted in an additional 527 counterfeit driver’s licenses in Tennessee, according to officials.
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One of the seized shipments were headed to a convicted child rapist in the New York, CBP said.
Investigators suspect that the individual entices minors lures minors with alcohol and fake IDs in order to engage illegal activity.
Homeland Security is investigating the issue, according to reports.
Louisville Port director, Thomas Mahnsaid fake IDs, are frequently bought and sold through “dark web” transactions.
“Some of the major concerns as it relates to fraudulent identity documents is identity theft, worksite enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, fraud linked to immigration-related crimes such as human smuggling and human trafficking, and these documents can be used by those individuals associated with terrorism to minimize scrutiny from travel screening measures,” Mahn said.