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College dean gets box of fake IDs meant for student named Dean

By Amy R. Connolly   |   Feb. 21, 2015 at 1:33 PM

RADNOR, Pa., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Four Radnor Township college students who ordered fake IDs from China made a cringe-worthy blunder.

Police said an 18-year-old college student named Dean ordered a box of fake IDs and had them shipped to his campus address. What the student probably didn't think about was he shared the same name with a dean at his school. The package was delivered to the administrator, who open the box and found eight realistic-looking IDs, one complete with the student's real name.

"You can't make this up," Radnor Police Superintendent William Colarulo told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Police linked the fake IDs to four 18-year-old men, but would not identify the men or the college. Local schools include Villanova University, Cabrini College, Eastern University and Valley Forge Military Academy and College.

Police tracked the package to Guangzhou, China, and said it is part of a larger problem with fraudulent identification. The cards are easy to get and can be used for far more than sneaking into bars.

There are many people who use these to commit forgery or credit card fraud," police Lt. Chris Flanagan said.

The students are not facing criminal charges but have been referred to their parents and may face school sanctions.

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