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NJ man pleads guilty in Va. fake ID conspiracy

Wednesday - 3/5/2014, 3:35pm  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- A fourth person has pleaded guilty for his role in a Virginia-based operation that sold fake driver's licenses to thousands of college students and others across the country.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy says 19-year-old Michael A. DelRio of Edison, N.J., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit identification document fraud Wednesday in federal court in Charlottesville. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. Sentencing is set for June 9.

Three other people previously pleaded guilty to the same charge as well as aggravated identity theft. They produced and sold more than 25,000 high-quality fake driver's licenses out of a home they shared in an affluent neighborhood near the University of Virginia. Prosecutors said DelRio was paid $15,000 to streamline the website for the fake ID business.


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