State Police, Federal Authorities Concerned About Fake IDs

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Fake IDs were seized in a recent raid and they were headed for local college campuses.

KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin reports investigators say they’re more worried that fake IDs this good could fall into the hands of criminals – even terrorists.

The real fear of investigators is where the fake IDs come from. A website out of China produces the IDs – hologram and all – and it’s difficult for even police to detect.

“They’re the best I’ve ever seen as far as being close to authentic,” State Police Trooper Herbert Rieger said.

These particular IDs are so good, underage college students use them to get past bouncers at bars who use black light and high-tech scanners that pull up the information on the license to determine authenticity and they pass.

Federal agents intercepted a recent shipment of the fake IDs about the same time authorities were investigating counterfeit Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys. The concern there – fraud.

Federal agents say the concern with fake IDs is illegal immigrants – even terrorists — using similar websites to make the fakes. A website, a company that now has the personal information of thousands of college students.

Federal authorities cannot discuss specifics, but indicate this sort of criminal enterprise has caught their attention.

“It’s because of the ability to re-manufacture these things with the computer technology that’s out there today – that’s why we set up the document task forces that are addressing these type of issues,” Scott Best with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said.

Federal authorities are so concerned about illegal documents, they have established a task force out of Philadelphia to investigate cases.

Meantime, State police want college students and their parents to know this is a serious matter – not only against the law, but a real concern regarding what the illegal overseas companies will do with the student’s personal information.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Pennsylvania State Police


One Comment

  1. ack56 says:

    Why would terrorists bother with fake IDs? All the 9/11 hijackers had completely valid IDs anyhow!

  2. Andy says:

    The only moron’s are people that think it won’t happen here. College students need to grow up and abide by the laws.

  3. Howard says:

    MARTY -GRIFFEN IS A COMPLETE NUT! The only thing he reports on is A WAY OUT ITEM He is the Main Reason that I wWILL NOT listen to KDKA ! I Love the talk Radio Shows But Mr GriffEN is NOT HAPPY Unless he can Some tihin he can TWIST A story out of reason! I am Sorry I have listened to KDKA for over 30 ears But Mr Griffen has Just got to be the END of My Enjoyment!

  4. That One Guy says:

    Hater proves Andy’s point

  5. JAUN says:


    1. the kkk says:



    Get a life you minature or you blind to the Illegal Immagrant problem all over the USA, maybe when and if you get out of college you’ll wake up and realize this problem you drunken , big mouth, know it all minature.

  7. will g says:

    i think they should put Marty on the does it really do that storys. his first story will be to report what happens to water when they put it in the freezer

  8. ddss says:

    If you can die for your country at the age of 18 i think the children should be able to drink at 18

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