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White Plains Man Charged With Making Phony Driver's Licenses
A White Plains man has been charged with Forgery and Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument after he allegedly made dozens of fake Maryland and Virginia driver's licenses and sold them in Westchester County.
Police say the suspect, 19 year old Daniel Caposella of Quincy Lane was arrested last month on the felony charges and say additional felony charges may be forthcoming.
"The production of false official documents including driver's licenses is of special concern to law enforcement in a post 9/11 world," Westchester Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth said.
Longworth believes the licenses were sold only to people under the age of 21 who wanted them to purchase alcohol, but says officials are working with local and federal authorities to ensure there are no ties to terrorism.
The investigation began last November when County Police developed information that fradulent Maryland and Virginia driver's licenses were being manufactured and sold in Westchester. The arrest was made after undercover officers purchased the phony licenses.
Cops say about 20 of them were sold to students at Quninnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. Most of them, police say, have since been recovered. None of the students involved was charged.
Longworth says police plan to visit other campuses and residences in the region, including some in Westchester, in an attempt to recover the fraudulent licenses produced.
Police say they recovered laptop computers, a sophisticated printer and blank cards from Caposella's home.
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