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Fake I-D operation leads to 20 arrests

(AP) Fake IDs and other important papers can be made in a half hour and purchased in the Phoenix area for $100, according to law enforcement. 

Armed with that information, state and local authorities launched a series of raids Wednesday that netted 20 arrests in the metro Phoenix area. 

“We potentially have thousands of people out there in our community right now who have fraudulent documents,” Assistant Phoenix Police Chief Bill Lewis said. 

His agency was among nearly two dozen that participated in the raids. 

The arrests were carried out after a three-month inquiry, with authorities seizing $17,000 in cash, 17 computers and 15 vehicles. 

Seven of the vehicles were reported stolen, and include one taken during an armed carjacking in Phoenix last month. 

Out to show that that nearly anyone can obtain forged ID under any name, undercover officers purchased fake documents under the names of a most-wanted criminal and a suspected terrorist arrested in a suspected plot against Fort Dix, New Jersey. 

A member of the “Fort Dix Six,” Serdar Tatar is being held at a federal detention center in Philadelphia for his role in an alleged plan to attack the military. 

Officers said they were curious whether they would be able to obtain a document using Tatar’s name. “Unfortunately, they were successful,” said Leesa Berens Morrison, director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security. In both cases, falsified permanent resident IDs and Social Security cards were created in 30 minutes and purchased for $100. 

Document forgers back the illegal immigration trade by providing fake documents for migrants seeking an identity to work and travel in the United States. That was the pretense for each document purchase made by undercover officers who helped spur the raids Wednesday morning, officials said.

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May 31, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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