UCSD student arrested for manufacturing IDs

    A UCSD student was arrested and charged with allegedly manufacturing and distributing hundreds of counterfeit California driver’s licenses following a June 11 raid of the student’s apartment.

    In the student’s University City apartment on Lebon Avenue, investigators discovered a state seal hologram printer and other computer equipment that could be used to make fake IDs. Investigators also seized $8,800 in cash from the apartment.

    The arrest of 21-year-old David James Klein was the culmination of a two-month undercover operation that began when local police recovered a series of false driver’s licenses confiscated by UCSD police and San Diego bars and restaurants. A joint task force of state and local law enforcement agencies, including the UCSD police, San Diego Police Vice Unit and the California DMV, participated in the operation.

    Two undercover Alcoholic Beverage Control investigators provided the task force with key proof when they were able to purchase counterfeit IDs made by Klein for $125 each.

    The joint task force has also charged Klein’s roommate, 21-year-old Gilbert Lazcano, with allegedly aiding Klein in making and distributing the fake IDs. Both Klein and Lazcano grew up in San Jose, Calif.

    San Diego Police Vice Unit Lieutenant Robert Kanaski stated in a press release that police have discovered IDs made by Klein as far away as Lake Shasta, leading authorities to believe that Klein had been in the counterfeit license business for quite a while. According to Kanaski, authorities identified Klein’s IDs by their common, minor flaws.

    Authorities would not provide further comment because the investigation is still pending.

    A legal representative of Klein could not be reached at press time.

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