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Man arrested for selling fake licenses in Triangle, other states

Posted May 11

Daniel Corey Benson, 33, of 133 Charter Drive, was charged with trafficking in stolen identities and five counts of identity theft.
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— A Wilmington man was arrested Tuesday following a three month state-wide investigation into reports of fake North Carolina driver’s licenses.

Daniel Corey Benson, 33, of 133 Charter Drive, was charged with trafficking in stolen identities and five counts of identity theft.

Authorities said Benson manufactured 250 fraudulent licenses since October. The licenses were sold through Benson’s website to people in several North Carolina towns including Cary, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, Goldsboro and Raleigh as well as to people in other states including Texas, Minnesota and South Carolina, investigators said.

The investigation by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau began in March in Mecklenburg County after hundreds of fake drivers licenses were recovered from a retail establishment. Authorities said the licenses were largely supplied to people under the age of 21.

“We are now shifting our attention to actively seeking the holders of these documents,” said NCDMV Investigator W.L. Carswell.

The investigation led authorities to a document lab in Wilmington that had “advanced document-making equipment,” said investigators. Computer towers, a laptop, fraudulent state seals and about 30 completed fake North Carolina driver’s licenses were seized from the lab, authorities said.

Benson was being held in the New Hanover County Jail under $50,000 secured bond. Investigators said it is likely he will face more charges as the investigation progresses.

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