Apr 22, 2015 10:34 PM

NH1 News Investigates Swapping Identities: Falsely obtained IDs on the rise in NH


CONCORD - Trying to get a driver's license here in New Hampshire, there's nothing wrong with that, right?

But when you use fake documents to get one, you're breaking the law - and it's happening more than ever before. The question is why.

The Department of Motor Vehicles office in Concord has been busy with people coming in and claiming to be someone they're not, officials said.

"They're trying to shed one identity in order to gain a new identity to continue without detection," said Sgt. Andrew Player of the N.H. State Police.

State police were at the motor vehicle office in Concord three times in 11 days. One of those times was to arrest Amina Sanchez Marrero of Manchester.

Police say she tried helping another woman get a fake driver's license, but clerks caught her in the act.

Police have arrested more than a half a dozen other people as well, saying they all have some connection to a fake ID ring that's driving the number of these cases through the roof.

Last year, police said they had six to 10 cases throughout the year while this year, they've seen 14 cases in the first three months alone.

Police say it's all because of drugs.

"A lot of the people we see coming in have warrants for their arrests, they're in the country illegally, or they have ties to drug histories," said Sgt. Player.

Many of the suspects come up from Massachusetts where they have more technologically advanced systems in place. That technology is against the law here.

As for Sanchez Marrero, she's now out on bail. The woman she allegedly tried to help get that fake ID is still on the run.

Police are also wondering where the suspects are getting the so-called paperwork to get the fake IDs, like the bogus utility bills.

They say, "they'd love to know."


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