A Clarke County grand jury has indicted 20 students in connection with a counterfeiting ring that spread hundreds of fake IDs throughout the University of Georgia (UGA) and other college campuses, according to Athens Banner-Herald.
The ring was carried out by two roommates, who authorities said provided a door-to-door service, taking photos of customers in their own dorm rooms and collecting personal information for the fake IDs. They then delivered the finished product at prices that ranged from $50 to $100.
The alleged ringleaders were William Finley Trosclair, 22, a UGA recreational sports student assistant, and Tyler Andrew Ruby, 23, who attended Gainesville State College when the investigation began three years ago. The other 18 people who were indicted sold and distributed fake driver’s licenses that were manufactured at the home Trosclair and Ruby.
The indictments, filed in Clarke County Superior Court, came after an investigation by UGA police and the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office that began in August 2011, which took investigators to a number of college campuses in different states, including Michigan, Alabama, Florida and several in Georgia.
During the investigation, authorities collected more than 400 fake driver’s licenses, but the actual number of IDs distributed by the ring might possibly reach more than 2,000, according to UGA Police.
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