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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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JULY 26, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KANSAS MAN INDICTED FOR COUNTERFEIT DRIVER’S LICENSES,

IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTS


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Kan., man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for possessing dozens of counterfeit driver’s licenses, several counterfeit payroll checks and a collection of employment applications from various individuals that were intended to be used to create false identification documents. He also allegedly possessed implements to make identification documents.


             David Lorenzo Fletcher, 41, of Kansas City, Kan., was charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield. Fletcher was originally arrested by a state trooper following a traffic stop on Interstate 44 in Jasper County, Mo., on April 19, 2007. He is currently a fugitive and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.


             The federal indictment alleges that Fletcher was in possession of 55 counterfeit Missouri driver’s licenses on April 19, 2007. Fletcher also allegedly possessed a collection of employment applications from different individuals and other human resource information, with the intent to use those means of identification to create false identification documents.


             The indictment also alleges that Fletcher was in possession of implements to create a identification documents, including a laptop computer, two computer printers, an identification card printer and a thumb drive.


             The indictment alleges that Fletcher was in possession of three counterfeit payroll checks purporting to be from Racetrac Petroleum, Inc., in the amounts of $725.30, $527.10 and $475.75.


             Today’s indictment includes a forfeiture allegation, which would require Fletcher to forfeit to the government any counterfeit or forged identification documents, means of identification and counterfeit securities, as well as any property used to commit the offense, including the laptop computer, printers and thumb drive.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in the indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rose A. Barber. It was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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