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Governor's Fraudulent ID Task Force Nets First Arrests

Location: Phoenix, AZ


Ten individuals arrested, fake documents seized

A multi-agency task force made up of state, local and federal law enforcement today served five search warrants and made ten arrests as part of a two-month investigation into identification and document fraud. Additionally, items such as handguns, computers, scanners and fake ID blanks for various types of documents were seized at businesses and private homes.

Governor Janet Napolitano's Fraudulent ID Task Force was unveiled as part of a comprehensive crackdown on crimes related to illegal immigration. Fake documents, such as state driver's licenses, Mexican ID cards, Mexican driver's licenses, U.S. social security cards and birth certificates are used to facilitate violent human trafficking and other crimes associated with
illegal immigration.

"This is a serious problem in our state, and we need to put these producers of fake documents out of business," said Napolitano. "Cracking down on ID rings is one of many initiatives we are pursuing to end the human smuggling trade through Arizona."

During the course of the 8-week investigation, undercover officers from the participating agencies were able to purchase two dozen false IDs and other documents on different occasions. The task force is continuing to follow up on other cases, and will follow up on all leads it receives.

The Task Force is made up of agents and investigators from Phoenix Police Department, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Arizona Departments of Economic Security, Public Safety, Transportation/Motor Vehicle Division, Liquor Licenses and Control, Corrections, Attorney General's Office, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and Border Patrol. The Task
Force's work is coordinated through the Arizona Counter-Terrorism Intelligence Center (ACTIC), based in Phoenix.

Individuals with information about false documents can call 1-866-932-5343 or 1-866-FAKE ID. A list of the individuals taken into custody is attached. All suspects are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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