There are quite a few fake Minnesota IDs out there:
23,705 cases of possible fraud to be exact.
People like Pedro Chavez, aka Jose Cisneros, or Carlos Santiago, or Antonia Ledesma — four separate Minnesota driver’s licenses.
Detectives say the Albert Lea man was illegally collecting welfare for a decade, using real Minnesota driver’s licenses obtained with phony documents. He was convicted of forgery, and deported.
“Is it a fraudulent birth certificate, is it a fake DL from another state?” Neville said. “Yes in all those cases as well as taking someone else’s documentation and presenting it as their own.”
And who, pray tell,m is on the case? (Emphasis added):
Of these 24,000 driver’s licenses, about 10,000 have been canceled. Beyond that, not much else has been done. Not a single name has been given yet to the Department of Human Services to check for welfare or food stamp fraud, and no names have been given or the Secretary of State to check against the voter rolls.
Make sure you brought quarters for the meter. Mark Ritchie’s office is too busy editing the legislature’s copy.
Leave aside the obvious conspiracy theory – that Ritchie wants to debase the driver’s license as a standard for identification in the run-up to a probable victory for the Voter ID amendment; while the vast majority of the fake IDs were no doubt taken out in the interest of some sort of personal or financial fraud, you can bet that nine out of ten of the criminals who vote, vote DFL.
And that’s the last thing Mark Ritchie wants to upset.