Fake ID Ring In The Bluegrass?

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Four men, Salvador Hernandez, Silvestre Paz, Urbino Hernandez, and Jose Francisco, ranging in ages from 19 to 28, are in custody and charged with having fake IDs along with fake checks.

Major Fred Deaton of the Frankfort Police Department says he's been working closely with Federal agents and local police departments like Lexington P.D. to break up a forgery ring.

Less than a month ago 27 Newsfirst told you about a similar arrest involving four people caught with phony documents as well. Major Deaton says this is a problem with deep roots.

"Not only in the Central Kentucky area but perhaps in other states as well," he says.

Police say whenever the fake checks are cashed the money has to come from somewhere. That means bank insurance rates go up and ultimately the cost gets passed on to everyone.

If the four men arrested today are convicted, they could spend up to five years in jail and could possibly be deported.


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  • by Early Cuyler Location: Squidville on Mar 25, 2008 at 08:01 AM
    Time for Lil' Ms. Kathy Stein to go, don't you think. She supports the foriegn born population at every step while doing nothing for us native Kentuckians except gouging us for more money at every turn. Time for a change, anyone out there that is running against her has my support, a $ contribution and vote!
  • by Chuck Location: Bluegrass on Mar 24, 2008 at 08:24 PM
    Can you say INS? Apparently the US government can't. Sounds like we need to deport some politicians, too.
  • by me Location: kentuky on Mar 24, 2008 at 03:46 PM
    In response to the comment posted by 'c'... "show compassion to our own people first, then extend it to others". We live in a society that has created generations of reliance on public assistance - how much more compassion do we need to show to our own people?? We provide food, housing assistance, health insurance, college money, child care assistance, public education, medicine, free clothing, monthly checks..... need I go on? One of our biggest problems is that we have created a system of support based on compassion that has led to a system of reliance on welfare. We can't get our 'own people' to work. I too would prefer those who enter do so legally but have you ever taken the time to review what that requires? I don't know if I could meet all of the requirements and I was born and have lived my entire life in Eastern Kentucky. Our country is absolute dispair right now and still we fight even among ourselves. God help us all.
  • by c Location: fkt on Mar 24, 2008 at 05:24 AM
    In light of this story, I cannot understand why Rep. Kathy Stein killed the immigration bill. We need it & want it, but a "committee" of a few has said "NO". Are our lamakers representatives of the people or themselves? I say, we need to flood the LRC with phone calls until this bill is put on the floor for a vote! I don't mind people coming to this country, I just want them to do it legally & to obey our laws! Furthermore, I don't want them to except us to chance our way of life to fit them! I speak ENGLISH & so should anyone who wants to be apart of America! Don't expect me to learn Spanish or any other language! As for these 4 individuals, if they are illegals, then ship them back to their own country! We don't need more criminals here, we have enough home bred criminals as it is! To "ME", I too am compassionate for people who want to come to this country legally, but I'm dead set against ALL who come illegally! Show compassion to our own people first, then extend it to others!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2008 at 02:03 PM
    we need a presedent in office that will give americans jobs first. but i think mexicans r taking over. why not name this contry. mexico may as well.
  • by Me Location: Kentuky on Mar 23, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    I am in no way excusing anyone breaking the law.But the prior comments talk about 'them' as though they are animals.Illegal people are just that:PEOPLE.they have family, friends, and needs. Sadly, some of those needs cannot be met unless they come to the states. For some,it is the only way they have to support their families.For us 'home-bred citizens', we were simply lucky enough to be born in a free country.Some of the opinions expressed lead me to believe that chances are you had nothing to do with your freedom... For those of us that truly appreciate our freedome, we also have empathy for those that are not as fortunate. There are many unfortunate illegals that had to pay money to be smuggled in to the states through a dark rat infested tunnel, only to earn less that a living wage, go hungry, leave families and on top of that are treated like animals and outcasts. Sadly, we have grown to rely on illegals as they provide chaap labor when our own citizens are to lazy to work!!
  • by R Location: H on Mar 23, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    Possibly deported???
  • by Hmmm Location: Kentucky on Mar 23, 2008 at 07:04 AM
    I have noticed that a lot of hispancis are being brought in to the states and housed by a Young individual.
  • by Maria Location: Westside on Mar 22, 2008 at 07:06 PM
    If we don't do something soon they will take us over. I am so tired of hearing of all the crimes committed by these people. I say ship them all South of the border so far they will never find their way back!
  • by Scott Location: Lexington on Mar 22, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    I agree with Rita "Possibly" Just do it and save the money in our courts for some one who has paid the taxes. DEPORTATION is the way to go, everything is expensive and they are sitting in jail waiting on a trial. innocent till proven guilty is for citizens not ILLEGALS. ship them back and ship them fast
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