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California Man Charged With Counterfeiting TWIC Cards


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A Porter Ranch, California, man has been arrested for allegedly running an illegal “document mill” that cranked out fake IDs, including Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, allowing access to sensitive areas such as the port of Los Angeles, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Feb. 5.

Brian Allen Dunmore, 54, was arrested Feb. 3 by agents of the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Services, which investigates makers of bogus identification such as TWIC cards.

A federal criminal complaint filed early this week charged him with one count of unlawfully possessing and producing an authentication feature. If convicted, he could serve up to 15 years in federal prison.

A U.S. District Court judge on Feb. 3 ordered Dunmore be held without bond because he was a convicted felon who had allegedly harbored a cache of guns at home.

“Our national security depends in part upon our ability to restrict access to sensitive areas, including significant transportation hubs such as the Port of Los Angeles,” U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in a statement. “Here, false identification documents were given to unauthorized individuals by a person who also illegally possessed an arsenal of high-powered weapons, making this crime extremely serious.”

Special agents with CGIS on Feb. 4 arrested a second man allegedly involved in trafficking counterfeit documents. A man charged in a second criminal complaint under the name Ricardo “Coy” Gama-Diaz, appeared in federal court and said his true name was Ricardo Rios-Gama.

Rios-Gama, 51, of South Park in Los Angeles, was charged with producing a false identification document after he allegedly sold undercover agents counterfeit identification documents – including bogus TWICs, California driver’s licenses, Social Security cards and “Green Cards.”

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By Dana Bartholomew
Los Angeles Daily News

 

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.



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