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Prosecutors plan more charges in Va. fake ID ring

Friday - 5/17/2013, 7:39am  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say more charges are expected against three Charlottesville residents charged with selling the fake IDs to thousands of college students across the country.

U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy said Thursday that authorities seized more than $2 million in a Charlottesville raid stemming from the fake ID ring.

According to a criminal complaint, the May 6 raid also netted an arsenal of 18 handguns, shotguns and assault rifles.

Thirty-one-year-old Kelly McPhee, 26-year-old Mark Bernardo and 31-year-old Alex McNeil Jones appeared in federal court for procedural hearings Thursday afternoon.

The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/15StrtH) that the three were charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, and fraud and related activity.

All three declined to request bond and waived their right to a preliminary hearing. Another hearing has not yet been scheduled.


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