Canterbury teenager busted for making fake IDs

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A Canterbury teenager is facing forgery charges after making and selling fake ID cards.

The 17-year-old male was arrested at a North Canterbury address on Friday night after police spoke to another 17-year-old who was caught using one of the fake ID cards to get into a bar, said Constable Hamish Fair.

He will appear in Christchurch District Court tomorrow on a charges of making a false document and intending to use it for pecuniary advantage.

"As a result it became clear that that someone was manufacturing and selling the cards," Fair said.

Fair said he believed there were still a number of the cards in circulation, warning "Anybody using a fake ID commits an offence and may be arrested".

"We advise anybody who has one of these fake cards that now is a good time to hand it in to police.

"If anyone hands in a fake card voluntarily they will not face charges."

If not handed in, police will be contacting people they believe to have bought the cards, he said.

Forgery can carry a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment.

- nzherald.co.nz

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