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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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SEPTEMBER 11, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


KANSAS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COUNTERFEIT

DRIVER’S LICENSES


PRODUCED COUNTERFEIT ID DOCUMENTS,

TRAFFICKED IN STOLEN IDENTITIES


            SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Kansas City, Kan., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to possessing dozens of counterfeit driver’s licenses as well as implements used to make more identification documents.


             David Lorenzo Fletcher, 42, of Kansas City, Kan., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge James C. England this morning to the charges contained in a July 26, 2007, federal indictment.


            Fletcher admitted that he was in the business of producing counterfeit identification documents and trafficking in stolen identities. Fletcher also admitted that he trafficked in false identification documents, identities, and checks of persons and entities in multiple states, traveling between the states of Kansas, Texas and Missouri with those documents and document-making implements.


             Fletcher was originally arrested by a state trooper following a traffic stop on Interstate 44 in Jasper County, Mo., on April 19, 2007. In searching Fletcher’s vehicle, officers found 66 counterfeit Missouri driver’s licenses (28 of which displayed his photograph but with different names and dates of birth); five Social Security cards belonging to other persons; six false temporary driving permits from the state of Texas; six forged payroll checks, $3,909 in cash; scrap paper on which was recorded 130 different identities (containing dates of birth, Social Security numbers, and driver’s license numbers), 103 additional Social Security numbers and job application forms containing applicants’ personal information from “Reset,” a Kansas Department of Human Services program in which he had been enrolled. Fletcher also possessed counterfeit checks purportedly from several different businesses; approximately 50 personal and business checks belonging to other individuals and approximately 30 photocopied payroll checks from various businesses.


             Officers also discovered implements that Fletcher intended to use to create more identification documents – a laptop computer, a scanner/copier, a color printer, a digital camera, a thumb drive, an identification card maker, two packages of blank identification cards, computer programs for check-writing and photo imaging and packages of blank printer checks.


             In Fletcher’s vehicle, officers also found an envelope containing various legal documents relating to his previous indictments and convictions for fraud, forgery and counterfeiting. At the time he committed the federal offenses, Fletcher was serving a term of probation for his convictions on three counts of forgery in Jackson County, Mo.


             After being released on bond following his arrest, Fletcher absconded and remained a fugitive from justice for nearly a year. He was arrested by Fort Worth, Texas, police officers following a foot chase on April 8, 2008.


             By pleading guilty today, Fletcher agreed to forfeit to the government any counterfeit or forged identification documents, means of identification and counterfeit securities, as well as the laptop computer, printers and thumb drive that were used to commit the offense.


            Under federal statutes, Fletcher is subject to a sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $500,000. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.


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

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