State Shuts Down Fake ID Company

A Houston company is shut down for selling fraudulent international driver's licenses. The State Attorney General's Office investigated the company. They found the owners were selling the fake ID's to immigrants. Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson reports.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott charged the Houston company with multiple violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. According to court documents, the company Centro de Identifacaciones sold the fake IDs for $225.

Abbott's Spokesman Tom Kelley says the operation used Spanish-language publications to target immigrants.

"Telling them that these international drivers licenses were -- had a multi-purpose. In other words, they could use them to buy a car, to insure a car, use them as a driver's license among other things."

The ads say the licenses are 100% authentic and legal. Kelley says they often come across companies who claim to provide legal documents or legal status to foreign nationals.

"This being the latest kind of scam to convince someone who is not from this country that this will take care of all their problems in one fell swoop."

Kelley says the Houston company has advertised as far away as Nebraska. Hundreds of people bought the licenses. Officials suspect the owners may be operating out of Louisiana right now.

Laurie Johnson. Houston Public Radio News.

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Laurie Johnson

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Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...