UF student is charged with making fake IDs
Published: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 11:46 p.m.
A University of Florida student faces criminal charges for making fake drivers license, police said.
Blaine Shelton Patrick, 18, was being held at the Alachua County jail Wednesday on a $5,000 bond. Gainesville Police arrested him Tuesday.
Investigators first learned about the counterfeit IDs after employees at the Pak Mail Center in Gainesville found 12 Maryland drivers licenses in a package headed for Illinois last month.
A credit card, used to pay for the package, led police to Patrick, Sgt. Keith Kameg said.
Patrick later admitted to making drivers licenses for underage people, an arrest report states. He also said the licenses were homemade, using a computer and a template he had made. Then he would laminate the licenses and sell them to friends for $50 apiece.
Police collected a computer, laminating machine and magnetic strips from Patrick's home in Beaty Towers, an on-campus housing complex.
Kameg said Patrick told officers he made the licenses to earn spending money. He had been caught making IDs in the past by his parents and had stopped, he said. But, once at UF, there was a demand for the licenses and he needed money.
Although police don't believe the licenses were being sold to anyone except underage people, Kameg said the FBI was notified because the case involved faked licenses.
Lise Fisher can be reached at 374-5092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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