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Fake ID operation busted by Transit Police

Three men are facing charges after police busted a half-million-dollar business selling fake identification online to people across Canada and the U.S.
Three men are facing charges after police busted a half-million-dollar business selling fake identification online to people across Canada and the U.S., Metro Vancouver Transit Police say. (Transit Police) (Transit Police)

Three men are facing charges after police busted a half-million-dollar business selling fake identification online to people across Canada and the U.S., Metro Vancouver Transit Police say.

Alexander Jesse Lemmon, 20, and Elliot Mashford, 20, have both been charged with knowing or believing a document was forged, and forging by making false IDs. A third suspect, Sean Patrick Weatherill, also 20, faces one charge as an accomplice.

Police allege the men ran a business that allowed people to go online, upload a photo of themselves and get a fake Canadian or U.S. identification. They estimate they delivered 2,000 pieces by hand or by mail for a total revenue of $500,000.

The police were tipped off to the alleged operation by a minor who tried using a piece of fake ID after being caught with liquor on transit last March.

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