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Phony ID card lands 'John Doe' in jail

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Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:19 PM

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SPRING HILL Deputies arrested a man Sunday morning who admitted during a traffic stop he was in the country illegally and was in possession of a pair of fake identification cards, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

The man, identified by the sheriff's office as John Doe, was pulled over shortly before 1 a.m. after a deputy caught him speeding along Mariner Boulevard, deputies said.

The suspect pulled into a driveway at 11249 Linden Drive.

An arrest affidavit revealed the following:

The suspect said he had a Florida driver's license, but didn't have it with him. He gave the arresting deputy a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, which contained a photograph, the name Luis Hernandez and a birth date of Jan. 21, 1985.

The card had the Department of Homeland Security logo printed on it, but it was not laminated and there was no visible hologram on the card. The suspect insisted all of the information on the card was correct.

The same suspect gave the deputy an expired international driver's license through the International Automobile Driver's Club, which also included a photograph and the name Luis Hernandez.

The birth date on the driver's club card, however, was June 10, 1985.

The suspect said he was actually born Jan. 21, 1988 and he had purchased the permanent resident card for $60 from an unknown person years earlier, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies said the suspect told them he was in the country illegally from Mexico and he needed the card to work.

John Doe was arrested on charges of driving without a driver's license, possession of a fictitious driver's license or identification card and providing a false name or false information to law enforcement.

He was fingerprinted at the Hernando County Jail, but he still could not be identified even after his prints were run through the system, deputies said.

Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were notified of the suspect's arrest and they issued a hold on him, according to the sheriff's office.

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