Makers of phony IDs sentenced Three made hundreds of fake licenses to sell

February 08, 1991|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff

It's kids like the pretty, 16-year-old girl who used a forged driver's license to spend several nights a week drinking at a raucous Essex bar that get to Brian Young.

Young is a state Motor Vehicle Administration investigator. The girl was one of 45 to 60 buyers of fake licenses who, by their presence in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday, helped persuade three college-age men to plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to make the forged documents, Young said.

Christopher P. Raimondi, 18, of the 11900 block of Bluestone Road, Kingsville; James F. Ryley 3d, 20, of the 800 block of Pine Ridge Court, Bel Air; and Raymond P. Fisher, 20, of the 2100

block of Sunnythorn Road, Essex, were each sentenced to 45 days in the county detention center and three years' probation.

Judge Leonard S. Jacobson's full sentence was three years in prison, with all but 45 days suspended.

According to MVA investigators and prosecutor Steven Kroll, the young men made hundreds, perhaps 1,000, of the very real looking fake licenses and sold them to teen-agers for $50 to $100 each.

In addition, Young said, a search of Ryley's dorm room at the University of Maryland at College Park campus last November turned up phony documents establishing four other identities for the now suspended student. Kroll said Prince George's County officials are investigating that material.

The case started when a sharp-eyed bouncer at a Cockeysville nightclub last September noticed that one girl's driver's license was lacking the year "1632" at the bottom of the very faint state seal printed on the license. The paper appeared to be of a slightly different hue than most. Baltimore County police got the girl to say who had sold her the phony license, and a search warrant on Fisher's Essex home turned up equipment in a basement workshop.

Young said that all three youths met and hatched their plans while working at an electronics store at White Marsh Mall.

Young, chief MVA investigator Sherman Swartz and his assistant, Donald Hoskins, said that fake licenses are relatively easy to make, and very common among high-school age drinkers who buy them with fake ages to use in getting alcohol. Legal drinking age is 21 in Maryland.

Kroll said the investigation is continuing. Police are searching for other buyers and sellers of the licenses.

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