A new California state bill, which will go into effect January, The focus of this law is directed toward the larger concern of However, lieutenant Mathew St. Pierre of the LAPD said the First-year biology student Timmy Bustos said the new bill would “That might help the problem, but people are still going In previous cases, it was difficult for law enforcement officers Assembly Bill 1069, introduced by Assemblywoman Cindy Rocky Rushing, MontaÃ±ez’s chief of staff, said the He added the use of false IDs “costs American businesses Offenders of the new law, once it is in effect, will have a Rushing said MontaÃ±ez had hoped to make the possession of Rushing called the new state bill “an important step in “This is the first bill we’ve had on the Fake IDs can be found on the Internet and can be difficult to But the biggest concern for the LAPD is not youth using IDs to St. Pierre described the use of fake IDs as a “huge” The problem of minors using false Ids for the purchase of liquor Westwood restaurant and store owners agree that the use of false “We don’t have a lot of problems with fake IDs. Very “Our cashiers are required to ask everybody for Both Skehan and O’Neil said employees simply refuse to Mimi Newton, a third-year mathematics student, said she Nancy Greenstein, director of Police Community Services, said “I don’t think it’s very likely that (the new Bustos said if consequences are severe, counterfeiters will be “(The bill) is an important step because if the law is Rushing said the key effect of the bill will be cutting off the “If we’re successful in shutting down a portion of
will make the possession of any material for the use of making
false IDs a crime.
criminals using false IDs to threaten the United States’
national security. University police, Westwood businesses, and the
Los Angeles Police Department do not consider underage students
using false IDs to gain access to liquor to be a priority in their
battle against the false ID trade.
problem of minors violating liquor laws with false IDs is a concern
that “has an effect on establishment owners and underage
drinkers who abuse alcohol.”
probably not help the problem of underage students using false IDs
to obtain alcohol.
to find a way to get one if they really want it,” Bustos
to obtain convictions for criminals running false ID mills because
the existing law prohibited only the actual manufacture and sale of
a false IDs. This meant police officers needed to catch criminals
in the act of making or selling the IDs. Under the new bill,
authorities can arrest counterfeiters for simply owning the
equipment with the intent to mass-produce false IDs.
MontaÃ±ez, will target fake driver’s licenses from any
state, passport, immigration papers and documents of identification
from any international government.
law was changed because MontaÃ±ez and her colleagues recognized
the grave threat false IDs pose to the United States’ economy
and national security.
$5 billion a year.”
misdemeanor and can be faced with a fine of up to $1,000 and a year
the equipment to make fake IDs a felony, but was not able to pass
that version of the bill through the Senate Public Safety
addressing the problem of false IDs.”
subject,” he added.
distinguish from the real, state-issued licenses.
get alcohol, but the criminal use of fake IDs, which St. Pierre
said is a growing problem.
problem in Los Angeles, and the problem has become a priority for
the LAPD because of issues like homeland security.
“is not one of the primary issues for us, but it is an
issue,” St. Pierre said.
IDs is not a major issue for them.
rarely do we see any,” said Bret Skehan, manager of
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery in Westwood.
identification from anyone seeking to purchase alcohol. They
require that birthdates be imputed into the computer before every
purchase,” said Ralph’s spokesman Terry
sell alcohol to a customer if they are suspicious of the ID.
considers fake IDs a “minor” problem at UCLA because
“a lot of students find other ways to (get alcohol),”
like trying to find an older person who they look like.
arrests of people making fake IDs is “an occasional
occurrence at UCLA.”
bill) will affect anything,” Newton said. “I think
(counterfeiters) are pretty careful. They’re already doing
something illegal. I don’t think making the punishment more
strict is going to help.”
there, then people are going to get scared.” Bustos said.
source of fake IDs.
these document mills, I think it will make it more difficult to
secure these false IDs,” Rushing said.
He added the use of false IDs “costs American businesses
Rushing called the new state bill “an important step in
“This is the first bill we’ve had on the
Westwood restaurant and store owners agree that the use of false
Bustos said if consequences are severe, counterfeiters will be
Rushing said the key effect of the bill will be cutting off the