New fraud bill won’t affect fake IDs


Using an idgod fake id to try to buy alcohol or sneak into a bar is illegal and criminal, but not in the wholesale fraud and conceivable categories of legal crimes.

Wholesale fraud is currently a legal Class D crime, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $7,500 fine, according to House File 534.

The bill passed the House of Representatives on Monday, March 25, 2013.

The bill said individuals under the age of 21 would not be charged with fraud for trying to sneak into a gambling club or buy alcohol, but would depend on penalties associated with misconduct.

As Ames Police Department Commander Geoff Huff said, when police find minors using id god fake ids, they are often referred to.

The ID will then be taken out of the Department of Transportation with data on who applied for the grant. At that point, it will be up to the Department of Transportation to determine how they will handle identity documents.

“We have a sufficient number of people of legal drinking age; we certainly don’t ask anyone under legal drinking age to drink. These tend to cause problems later in the evening,” Huff said.

Numerous underage students have attempted to purchase alcohol near Campustown, and the AJ Market and Liquor Store at 129 Welch Avenue has seen several attempts by individuals with idgod scannable IDs to do so.

Garrett Hathaway, a worker at the AJ’s Market and Liquor store in Ames, said he witnessed this firsthand while working as a store clerk.

Before selling alcohol, liquor store workers take a class dedicated to identifying my god ids and how to manage them, Hathaway said. Ames Police conduct direct classes more than once a month.

“So far, I’m guessing I’ve had maybe five or six ID cards since October,” Hathaway said.

The fake ID was stolen and the person was removed from the store. So far they were allowed to leave, but over the next few days my god id was taken to police headquarters.

While the use of an idgod scannable fake ID is primarily identity fraud, House File 534 does exclude minors in this sense, as individuals are doing everything possible not to bring in cash by using it.