Cops nab 2 in Colon ID shop-A A +A
Friday, February 7, 2014
POLICE raided an ID shop that makes fake driver’s licenses and diplomas on V. Gullas St., Cebu City Wednesday afternoon.
Two workers were picked up. They said they have been working for the shop owner Penny Busara for only two months.
Police held Jasper Lauron, 22, of Valladolid, Carcar City, and his girlfriend Debie Carpentero, 19, of Bulacao, Cebu City.
Busara’s business is reportedly ID photography in Colon St. but it has been found to be also engaged in making fake driver’s licenses and diplomas.
Chief Inspector Romeo Santander, chief of City Intelligence Branch (CIB) of Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), said his team coordinated with the intelligence units of the CCPO, Mandaue City Police Office and the Lapu-Lapu City Police.
A decoy went inside Busara’s ID in Colon and asked for a driver’s license.
When the decoy received the fake driver’s license, police arrived and seized the equipment of Basura ID such as computer monitor, CPU and other paraphernalia for making fake driver’s license.
In an interview, Lauron said it was his first time to print a fake driver’s license.
He told reporters that a man approached him and asked for a driver’s license.
He said a fixer at the Land Transportation Office (LTO) had given them a template of a driver’s license.
Lauron said the owner of Busara ID knows a fixer at LTO.
He replaced the name and print on the template and placed a picture of the client on a paper. The paper is then attached to a hard card that has the same quality of an original driver’s license. The difference is, the fake has no glowing LTO seal found in the original.
The fake driver’s license cost P400.
Lauron said he and his girlfriend earned P180 per license.
CIB’s Santander said most of those seeking fake driver’s licenses are foreigners.
A Nigerian national sought the help of the Mandaue City police after he found out that the driver’s license he had was fake during a vehicular accident that he figured in.
The Nigerian got the license from three persons he transacted with outside the LTO office in Looc, Mandaue City.
Santander said they will act on the matter.
He said the operation started in Lapu-Lapu City after a vehicular accident on Feb. 3 that involved a foreigner.
Yusuf Abubakar, 25, with address in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City, went to the CIB last Wednesday to ask for help in apprehending the persons whom he paid P4,000 for a driver’s license. He got the license at 2 p.m. last Jan. 17.
Abubakar found out the license was fake when he showed it to a traffic enforcer in Lapu-Lapu, where he met a road accident.
Personnel from CIB, along with police investigators from the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, went to the LTO and identified the persons the Nigerian national transacted business with.
Santander said a genuine driver’s license has a seal that glows, which was not present in the driver’s license presented by the Norwegian.
Police traced the fake driver’s license to Busara ID in Colon.
“Making ID pictures is only his front,” said Santander.
Santander said Lauron and Carpentero cooperated during the police investigation.
Santander said he doesn’t believe that it was the first time they produced fake driver’s license.
He said they will go after the shop owner.
Santander advised drivers never to transact business with fixers and that they should go straight to LTO to secure a driver’s license.
Santander said his office will coordinate with LTO in going after those responsible
for the fake driver’s licenses.
In a phone interview with Sun.Star Cebu, LTO 7 Director Arnel Tancinco only the LTO issues a driver’s license.
“If one holds a fake driver’s license, he may be charged with a violation, suspension or cancellation of driver’s license,” Tancinco said.
He said a case of falsification of public documents may also be charged against those producing or having fake driver’s license.
“From how it looks, it is very hard to tell a fake from a real one since other manufacturers are also imitating fake that resembles the original. But we can trace it through its serial number and the date it was issued,” Tancinco said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 07, 2014.