Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Kentucky ABC Spots Fake ID that Leads to Bust of Counterfeit Operation in Nashville

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, February 18, 2009  
Contact Information:  Nathan Jones

     FRANKFORT, KY (Feb. 17, 2009) – ABC Enforcement’s priority of keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors recently lead to the bust of a fake ID business in Nashville.  Early January of this year, while on a Targeted Enforcement Detail, Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Investigator Ian Thurman was working with security and checking identifications at a nightclub in Louisville when he spotted a fake ID.

     The fraudulent license, which was made to look like a Missouri ID, actually belonged to an underage student of Belmont University.  Further investigation revealed that the license was purchased near the campus of Belmont where two men were producing fake IDs with industrial equipment and selling them to minors.  They had obtained the machines by posing as a corporation and leasing them from a company in California. 

     The investigation was turned over to the U.S. Secret Service and the Nashville police.  Through a sting operation, the police bought other false identifications, busted up the operation and seized the equipment.  Both men were taken into custody and charged.
The U.S. Secret Service extended gratitude to Kentucky ABC for their assistance and cooperation in the investigation.

     “I am extremely proud of the men and women of the state (Alcoholic Beverage Control) ABC Enforcement Division,” stated Enforcement Director Mike Razor, “One of our primary goals at ABC is to keep alcohol out of the hands of those not yet old enough to consume alcohol.  We work very diligently to achieve this objective.  The production of fake ID cards makes this extremely difficult.  There are also many other ramifications of false IDs.  It is my understanding that these ID cards were of extremely high quality, so the removal of these ID cards from the streets was very important. Since they were being produced in another state it was necessary to involve an outside agency.  The ability of our investigators to participate in this successful multi-agency case is just another example of their professional law enforcement abilities and their dedicated service.”

     According to the Kentucky State Police KYOPS records, In 2008, there were 1586 citations issued to minors for possession of alcohol.  This is down from 2007 when there were over 2000.  Kentucky ABC will continue the many programs to combat youth access through enforcement and education.  The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is part of the Public Protection Cabinet.