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Officials Seize 500 Fake Driver’s Licenses That Would Have Gone To College Students

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Neetu Chandak Education and Politics Reporter

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in Philadelphia seized about 500 fake driver’s licenses that would have gone into the hands of college students.

The IDs were found Aug. 15 in international air cargo shipped from Canada, China and other South Asian countries, CBP reported Thursday. The shipment consisted of fake Nigerian driver’s licenses along with licenses from over 20 U.S. states.

Connecticut, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida were among the many states represented. Some of the licenses were obvious fakes while others could be scanned by barcode readers, CBP reported.

While counterfeit driver’s licenses can be used for obtaining alcohol illegally for underage minors, they can also be used for immigration fraud and theft, according to CBP Director of the Baltimore Field Office Casey Durst in the news release. (RELATED: Officials Strip Convicted War Criminal Of Citizenship After He Fraudulently Got Refugee Status)

Many of the licenses were given to university police and states for investigation while others will be destroyed.

CBP not only focuses on border security, but also enforcing legal trade. CBP in partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized over 34,000 shipments that were deemed unsafe or counterfeit in fiscal year 2017, according to CBP data.

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