- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 6, 2002

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Three teen-agers have been charged with producing high-quality fake identifications after a yearlong investigation uncovered hundreds of fake IDs circulating among Fairfax County high school students.
Police and school officials, in an effort to recover the ID cards, have established "amnesty lockers" in which students can anonymously drop their fake IDs and avoid criminal prosecution or punishment through the school system.
Sophia Grinnan, a spokeswoman for the Fairfax County Police Department, said investigators have uncovered lists of some of the students who obtained the fake IDs. She estimated that hundreds have been produced.
So far, 56 persons have given up their IDs under the amnesty program, which began last week and runs through June 14.
The amnesty lockers have been placed in Annandale and Falls Church high schools, where the fake IDs were most prevalent. But Miss Grinnan said the IDs have circulated throughout the county and have turned up in private schools as well.
The three teens two 18-year-olds and a juvenile, all of whom live in Fairfax County have been charged with manufacturing fake IDs, which is a felony, Miss Grinnan said. They are not being identified by police because the investigation is ongoing, she said, adding that more prosecutions are possible.
Those who do not take advantage of the amnesty program could face charges of possessing a fake ID, a misdemeanor that can result in up to six months of jail time, Miss Grinnan said.
Fairfax police began their investigation last year after noticing an increase in keg parties held by underage students, she said. The kegs often were purchased by students possessing unusually high-quality fake IDs.
"You can't tell they're fake [without close examination]," she said.
Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman Paul Regnier said the school system decided to participate in the amnesty program after consultation with police.
"It was really a police decision," he said. "We have a great relationship with Fairfax County police, and this is an example."
Students who turn in their fake IDs will not be prosecuted or punished by the school system, but Miss Grinnan said the students' parents will be notified.

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