Los Angeles, California – December 19, 2011
In a continued effort to investigate and prosecute
organizations who illicitly sell or distribute false identification documents,
the U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) shut down two
websites, www.newidcards.com and www.idriverlicense.com, who offered state and
international driver licenses and identification cards.
Ramin Bibian, 47 of Tarzana, plead guilty in federal court
to transferring false identification documents through his websites, following the
HSI-led multi-agency Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force. Through his
websites, “Customers could add special features to their identification cards,
such as holograms, magnetic encoded strips and high definition printing similar
to that used by state agencies” to which Bibian admitted that he knew his
customers would use in place of legitimately-issued state identification cards.
Bibian is scheduled for sentencing on March 19, 2013, before
District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco facing a maximum statutory
penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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