Courts & Crime

In North Carolina, fake ID business is booming

North Carolina officials are reporting an alarming growth in the size and sophistication of the fake identification business, which has graduated from nuisance industry to national security threat.

At the end of October, the Department of Motor Vehicles had recorded 373 arrests for driver's license fraud, which includes both manufacturing and possessing the bogus IDs. That's a larger number in 10 months than the 294 arrests made during all of last year.

The state Alcohol Law Enforcement Division closed down a "document lab" in a Beaufort County trailer park a week ago. One suspect arrested, Raul Alexander Pinto-Gonzales, had been previously deported and is awaiting deportation again.

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