Border protection officers in Louisville seize more than 5,000 fake IDs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Six shipments containing 2,909 counterfeit driver’s licenses and 3,123 blank card stocks to make counterfeit driver’s licenses have been seized in Louisville, according to border protection officials.

Officers for U.S. Customs and Border Protections at an Express Consignment Operations hub in Louisville say the shipments originated from China and were being shipped to various people in the New York area.

Officers say the driver’s license were for various states, including: Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio and other coastal states.

According to authorities, one of the shipments seized was intended for a convicted child rapist in the New York area. They say there are similarities between multiple shipments intended for multiple people.

Officials say the reasoning for buying fake IDs has evolved from teenagers trying to get into bars to more nefarious activity.

“Some of the major concerns as it relates to fraudulent identity documents is identity theft, work site enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, fraud linked to immigration-related crimes such as human smuggling and human trafficking,” said Louisville Port Director Thomas Mahn. “These documents can be used by those individuals associated with terrorism to minimize scrutiny from travel screening measures.”

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