Stolen identities used to make phony driver’s licenses in several states including Illinois
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to producing fake driver’s licenses and filing bogus tax returns using stolen identity information.
Authorities say Alexis Carthens and others sold the licenses for $150 apiece from a website whose published policy on returns was “no refunds, no snitching.”
The 38-year-old Carthens, of Newark, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of fraud conspiracy. One count carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence and the other carries a 10-year maximum.
Sentenced is scheduled for August.
The U.S. attorney’s office says Carthens and his alleged co-conspirators sold fake New Jersey, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin driver’s licenses that they claimed had genuine features like holographic overlays. Customers paid with bitcoin or prepaid payment cards.
The scam allegedly lasted from October 2012 through August 2014.