Ramin Bibian, 47, a Turkish national, who admitted to operating two websites that sold counterfeit IDs, was sentenced on January 29, 2014 to 66 months in Federal prison for transferring false identification documents.
In addition to the prison term, the court also ordered Bibian to forfeit $1.9 million USD to the federal government, covering the proceeds from the sale of the false identification documents.
He was charged following a probe by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the HSI-led multi-agency Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force.
Through www.newidcards.com, Bibian offered state driver’s licenses and identification cards for prices ranging from $135 to more than $250 USD. For an additional fee, customers could add special features to their identification cards, such as holograms, magnetic encoded strips and high definition printing similar to that used by state agencies. (1)
On January 16, 2015, Ramin Bibian BOP Register Number 98007-012 was successfully treaty transferred back to Turkey. (2)