Fake Licenses Drive Two From Wmc Into Trouble

Students Charged With Selling Them At School

April 14, 1991|By Maria Archangelo | Maria Archangelo,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER — Two Western Maryland College students face charges of fraud in connection with the sale of fake driver's licenses at the school, police said.

Marc Andrew Steiman, 18, of Wilmington, Del., and ConstantineMichael Frangos, 20, of Baltimore were charged last week by Westminster Police Lt. Dean Brewer.

Steiman faces 25 counts of selling licenses from Texas, Louisiana, Massachusetts and South Carolina containing incorrect birth dates. Frangos was charged with five counts of selling false licenses from Connecticut and Delaware, court documents show.

Under state law, each count carries a maximum of a $2,000 fine and two years in jail. Neither Steiman nor Frangos could be reached for comment late Friday. College officials declined comment.

Brewer said he took up the caseafter several Westminster bars and liquor stores turned in the fake licenses to police.

"When we looked at them, we saw that all of the people on the licenses were students at Western Maryland," Brewer said.

According to court records, Steiman is charged with making and selling the licenses from Feb. 1 to March 31.

Frangos is chargedwith selling the licenses from Jan. 1 to Feb. 28, court records show.

Brewer said Steiman was able to create the licenses -- complete with state seals and logos -- on his home computer.

The licenses were accurate copies of real state licenses from the four states, Brewer said after comparing them with "I.D. Checking Guide" used by many bars.

Westminster police seized Steiman's computer and printer, and a camera and laminator machine.

Brewer said police believe Frangos used one of WMC's computers to make the licenses from Connecticut and Delaware. He said both men told him they sold the licenses for $20 to $30 each.

So far, 25 of the fake licenses have been turned into Westminster police. Brewer said the students who bought licenses won't be prosecuted, as long as they do not continue to use them.

Brewer said the U.S. Secret Service is conducting its own investigation into the case because tampering with official documents is a federal offense. Under federal law, Steiman and Frangos could face up to a$25,000 fine and five years in jail.

Brewer said the Secret Service wants to find the person who created the computer program to make the bogus licenses, and then gave it or sold it to the two students. He said he doesn't think Steiman or Frangos wrote it.

After being charged, the students were released on their own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 10 in Carroll District Court.

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