State Shuts Down Fake ID Company

A Houston company is shut down for selling fraudulent

international driver’s licenses. The State Attorney

General’s Office investigated the company. They found the

owners were selling the fake ID’s to immigrants. Houston

Public Radio’s Laurie Johnson reports.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott charged the Houston

company with
multiple violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade

Practices Act.
According to court documents, the company Centro de

sold the fake IDs for $225.

Abbott’s Spokesman Tom Kelley says the operation used

publications to target immigrants.

“Telling them that these international drivers

licenses were — had a multi-purpose. In other words,

they could use them to buy a car, to insure a car, use

them as a driver’s license among other things.”

The ads say the licenses are 100% authentic and legal.
Kelley says they often come across companies who claim to

legal documents or legal status to foreign nationals.

“This being the latest kind of scam to convince

someone who is not from this country that this will take

care of all their problems in one fell swoop.”

Kelley says the Houston company has advertised as far

away as Nebraska.
Hundreds of people bought the licenses.
Officials suspect the owners may be operating out of

Louisiana right now.

Laurie Johnson. Houston Public Radio News.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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