Fox5 Reports: Nearly 20,000 Fake Driver's Licenses Seized at Chicago Airport So Far In 2020

Fox5 Reports: Nearly 20,000 Fake Driver’s Licenses Seized at Chicago Airport So Far In 2020


This one is dedicated to all the people who say voter fraud isn't real.

Ok.

And I'm sure this story is just about high school kids wanting a Fake ID and not at all about voter fraud.

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Right….

The headline of this story is stunning if you take a minute to digest it.

First of all, we're talking about 20,000 fake IDs!

Folks, that is a SHIT-TON, and yes I believe that is an actual method of measurement.  

The other part that gets me is Chicago….

Why is it always Chicago? 

And who else is famously from Chicago…..?

Nah, just a coincidence.  

And last, did you catch those two little words:  "so far"?

This is an ongoing operation!

Not just a one time event.

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Take a look for yourself:

And from Mark Taylor:

From Local Fox5:

Advances in technology may have made counterfeiting more difficult but crooks keep finding a way to stay in business.

In fact, federal customs officers have seized 1,513 shipments from overseas containing fraudulent documents—19,888 counterfeit U.S. driver's licenses—just at Chicago O'Hare International Airport this year through the end of June.

"These counterfeit driver's licenses can lead to disastrous consequences," CBP's Ralph Piccirilli said in a statement. "Criminal organizations use these counterfeit IDs to avoid attracting attention to their illegal activities."

CBP said most of the fake IDs were for college-age students. Many had the same photo but different names. But one alarming discovery was that the barcode on the fake Michigan licenses actually worked, CBP said.

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"These fraudulent identity documents can lead to identity theft, worksite enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, fraud linked to immigration-related crimes such as human smuggling and human trafficking," CBP said in a news release, adding that, "these documents can be used by those individuals associated with terrorism to minimize scrutiny from travel screening measures."

Piccirilli, the acting area port director in Chicago, called the counterfeits "very realistic" and praised the officers for being able to scope out the fake documents and stop them from getting to the buyers.

In April, CBP said that customs officers at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport were seeing an increase in shipments of fake documents. Officers inspecting international shipments had found about 2,000 fake IDs in the prior year and a half.

Dallas Area Port Director Timothy Lemaux pointed out that fake IDs also pose a risk to the buyer regardless of your intentions because you're giving out your personal information to criminals overseas.

"What is most disconcerting about these interceptions, besides the volume in which we are experiencing, is the ease in which so many young people freely share their personal information with counterfeiters abroad," Lemaux said in a statement. "We'll continue to collaborate with local law enforcement to educate the public, and anyone who is contemplating purchasing a counterfeit ID online, on the potential dangers of sharing your personal, identifiable information with a criminal element."


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