BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State is cracking down on fake IDs and underage drinking. The multi-agency effort has caught 400 people so far, and the campaign will continue until the end of the year.
It’s called “Operation Prevent”, and locally, some people felt the sting. So far, the fake ID crackdown led to the arrest of roughly 200 people right here in Western New York. Officials are urging people, especially college students, it’s not worth the risk.
New York State Police Trooper James O’Callaghan, the Public Information Officer with Troop A, said “We have students now that used a fake ID , they have a D or even a C felony on their record, they’re going for jobs that these people won’t hire them with a felony conviction, and that’s a problem now they’ve done all of this schooling.”
Since June – “Operation Prevent” nabbed 115 people at Darien Lake, and right here in Buffalo, 34 people were arrested at Canalside.
The multi-agency effort involves the governors office, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, the State Liquor Authority, and the New York State Police. Statewide – more than 400 fake id’s have been taken off the streets.
Trooper O’Callaghan said, “Depending on what you do with it, that can carry the weight of a c felony and obviously thousands of dollars in fines.))”
“Operation Prevent” has targeted and will target concerts, bars, and other large gatherings where alcohol is sold. Authorities are also taking a closer look at college students and establishments that surround campuses.
“If we do have an out of state license that’s questionable, or maybe we think is fraudulent, we can look up exactly what that license is, what it looks like and little things that determine whether or not it could be fake or real”, Trooper O’Callaghan.
For people who try and buy fake IDs online, officials say they’ll probably get much more than what they bargained for.
Trooper O’Callaghan said, “They’re not even realizing that the company will more than likely will sell their information and they’ll also be victims of identity theft”
The New York State DMV says anyone who uses a fake ID to try and buy alcohol would also have their license revoked for a minimum of 90 days, or a maximum of 1 year.