Toronto police bust fake ID shop, three arrested and charged
TORONTO – Police have arrested three people in connection to a government identification scam operating online and out of a Toronto area store.
Authorities began an investigation in January of a store named IDSHACK at 599 Yonge Street, which was allegedly selling fake ID cards appearing to be issued by Canadian provinces, American states, as well as student cards from various universities.
A search warrant was issued on July 16 at the location and a number of cards were seized, including those portraying the cardholder as members of the press, a security officer, employees of technical companies, lawyers and a firefighter.
Computers, printers, card-making machinery and American and Canadian cash were also confiscated.
Maria Pereda Martinez, 29, Julie Jimenez, 27 and Andrew Dnieper, 42 all face a total of 21 charges including identity theft, illegally possess government identity documents, expose counterfeit mark and forgery.
The accused are scheduled to appear in court on August 26.
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