RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) – A Wilmington man was arrested by inspectors with the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles’ License and Theft Bureau after a three-moth investigation that ranged across North Carolina into other states. He was arrested and charged with six felony counts related to the manufacture, sale and distribution of fraudulent North Carolina drivers license.
Daniel Corey Benson, 33, was arrested and charged with one felony count of trafficking in stolen identities and five felony counts of identity theft. Benson is accused of manufacturing 250 fraudulent drivers licenses since October 2015.
The investigation began in March in Mecklenburg County as a result of a fake drivers licenses recovered from a retail establishment and uncovered hundreds of counterfeit drivers licenses made largely for use by underage license holders.
“We are extremely proud of the efforts of the License and Theft Bureau and grateful for the support of the other agencies involved in ending fraudulent ID labs,” DMV Commissioner Kelly J. Thomas said. “Eliminating these operations helps protect hundreds of North Carolina citizens and their identities, and this makes it a priority for NCDMV and the License and Theft Bureau.”
The document lab was discovered in Wilmington along with the identification of the suspect, according to License and Theft Bureau Inspector W. L. Carswell.
Computer towers, a laptop, a laser precision cutting device, card stock, fraudulent state seals and 30 completed fake North Carolina drivers licenses were seized from the lab.
Benson is being held in the New Hanover County Jail under a $50,000 bond. Additional charges are expected as the investigation progresses.
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