The Des Moines Register
Ames, Iowa (AP) -- Police have arrested seven people, including six
Iowa State University students, for alleged involvement in a fake
driver license operation.
The cards allegedly produced by Mallory Jenkins and her boyfriend
Robert Frew were, by comparison, "average to below average," ISU
police Capt. Gene Deisinger said.
A student tipped off ISU police to Jenkins and Frew, who allegedly
stored digital cameras, computer scanners, software and two phony
driver licenses with Jenkins' name and photograph in his apartment.
The couple allegedly used a computer template of a Minnesota driver
license to manufacture fake cards, police said.
Jenkins, 19, of LeClaire and Frew, 24, allegedly recruited customers
from her ISU dormitory and Best Buy, where Frew was an assistant
manager. Police found digital signatures and photographs of five ISU
students and another Best Buy employee on the computer. The couple
allegedly charged $100 per license, although police don't believe
money was exchanged.
Frew and Jenkins face up to seven years in prison if convicted of
falsifying drivers licenses.
Also arrested were ISU sophomore Jennifer Avery of Moville, freshman
Timothy Hucka of Norwalk, sophomore Nicholas Liker of Urbandale and
freshman Andrew Pantano of Cedar Falls. Junior Katie Hutchison, 21,
of Albert Lea, Minn., allegedly provided a Minnesota drivers license
for the operation. Charges are pending against Todd Chamberlain, 20,
a Best Buy employee.
The ISU arrests are the second significant fake license probe in as
many years at the university. In 2002, an ISU student allegedly
created fake Illinois licenses in his dormitory room and sold 200 of
Underage college students buy or borrow fake licenses to get into bars.
In 1995, Iowa switched to licenses with better lamination, bar codes,
magnetic stripes and special print visible under ultraviolet light.
Cards for drivers younger than 21 have a different format.
Some bar owners have armed themselves with expensive equipment to
detect fakes. Ames police have coached bouncers to spot phonies.
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"The manufactured ones stick out pretty easily if you're paying
attention," said Mike Adams, manager of Welch Avenue Station in Ames.