More than 5,000 driver’s licenses and other template identification cards have been seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at an Express Consignment Operations hub in Louisville, Kentucky, according to the CBP.
The cards, which included 2,909 fake driver’s licenses and 3,123 other blank card stocks to be used as driver’s licenses, were taken from six shipping containers which originated from China.
The CBP reports that these cards were intended to reach individuals in the New York area, including one shipment which was “consigned to a convicted child rapist in the New York area.”
“The driver’s license were for various states to include: Florida, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, and other coastal states,” the CBP report continued. “CBP Louisville also notified CBP Memphis as they also had shipments in their area which resulted in an additional 527 counterfeit driver’s licenses.”
Here’s more from the report:
While CBP sees these dark web transactions frequently, according to Thomas Mahn, Louisville Port Director, the reasoning for buying fake IDs has evolved from teenagers trying to get into bars to more nefarious activity. “Some of the major concerns as it relates to fraudulent identity documents is identity theft, worksite enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, fraud linked to immigration-related crimes such as human smuggling and human trafficking, and these documents can be used by those individuals associated with terrorism to minimize scrutiny from travel screening measures.”
CBP Officers coordinate findings with CBP’s Fraudulent Document Analysis Unit, Homeland Security Investigations and other federal partners in an effort to combat this illicit activity.
CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products, counterfeit goods, and other illicit items at our nation’s 328 international ports of entry.
CBP officers in Louisville recently seized 6 shipments containing more than 5,000 fake IDs. In the wrong hands, these IDs could have been used for identity theft and other nefarious activity. More via @CBPChicago: https://t.co/ClOTjTuQfN pic.twitter.com/L9HWNIF205
— CBP (@CBP) December 1, 2019