Friday, December 21, 2012

The Current State of License Validity

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, and, 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.

Identification cards have become a key issue for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), especially following their recent announcement that the E-Verify system now checks driver’s license and ID cards from the state of Florida when presented as a List B document for an employee’s Form I-9.  Furthermore, ICE/HSI recently dismantled a Fresno-area counterfeit document mill producing fraudulent Social Security cards and alien registration 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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