Comments from a Fake ID Salesman
In case you thought a hard-to-forge national ID card would solve the fake ID problem, here’s what the criminals have to say:
Luis Hernandez just laughs as he sells fake driver’s licenses and Social Security cards to illegal immigrants near a park known for shady deals. The joke — to him and others in his line of work — is the government’s promise to put people like him out of business with a tamperproof national ID card.
“One way or another, we’ll always find a way,” said Hernandez, 35, a sidewalk operator who is part of a complex counterfeiting network around MacArthur Park, where authentic-looking IDs are available for as little as $150.