Fake Hong Kong driver’s licenses stopped in Cincinnati

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intercepted a shipment of counterfeit driver’s licenses coming through the Cincinnati port of entry, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Fake driver’s licenses are used by young adults who are under the legal drinking age,” Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said in the statement.

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“We want these college-age students to realize that they are enabling criminal enterprises,” Gillespie continued. “Our officers here in Cincinnati are committed to protecting the American public, and that includes preventing fraudulent documents like these fake driver’s licenses from entering the United States.”

CBP officers have seized 47 shipments totaling 119 counterfeit U.S. driver’s licenses from across the country since early February, the agency said. They were all from Hong Kong and were heading home across the country. The licenses were all hidden in books and documents.

The CBP says fake licenses can be used to facilitate other crimes.

“Some of the biggest concerns related to fraudulent identification documents are identity theft, workplace enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, fraud related to immigration-related crimes such as people smuggling and human trafficking,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, director of field operations at the CBP – Chicago field office. Fake Hong Kong driver’s licenses stopped in Cincinnati

Chris Estrada

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