British Columbia called fake ID capital

March 10, 2008 at 8:05 PM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 10 (UPI) -- Shady entrepreneurs are said to be taking advantage of a loophole in Canadian law to turn British Columbia into an international hub for fake ID cards.

"Several producers of counterfeit documents appear to be operating in British Columbia," the Canadian Border Services Agency said in an internal report obtained by The Vancouver Sun through the Access to Information Act. "Unfortunately, police agencies have found these activities difficult to prevent."

The agency said the dilemma is that under Canadian law someone can only be found guilty of forgery if police prove they intended their product to be used fraudulently.

"Canadian counterfeiters are well aware of this loophole, and use euphemisms ('novelty ID,' 'for entertainment only') and/or lengthy disclaimers in order to circumvent the law," the agency report states.

Constable Jen Allan, a spokeswoman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, told the Sun her detachment started an investigation in January into a Web site offering fake U.S. driver's licenses but dropped the matter after deciding it couldn't prove intent.

One way to get at the problem, Canadian authorities have found, is to seize order forms for fake IDs mailed to British Columbia from outside Canada.

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