UMD Student Accused of Running Fake ID Business in Dorm

UMD student accused of selling fake IDs for up to $175 a pop

A federal grand jury indicted a University of Maryland student on charges of producing and selling fake driver’s licenses to people under the age of 21.

According to court documents, 20-year-old Theodore Michaels, of Potomac, got referrals from acquaintances. Prosecutors allege Michaels and a conspirator made fake Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania driver’s licenses in a dorm room using an identification card printer and encoder and a thermal printer among other tools.

The pair then sold the cards complete with holograms that appeared real and magnetic encoded strips, according to court documents.

Each card sold for $100 to $175. The pair allegedly made more than $12,000 off their production.

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