Police investigate fake IDs

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Computer equipment has been seized by Queensland Police, as part of a four-month investigation into fake IDs uncovered at last year's Schoolies festival.

Computer equipment has been seized by Queensland Police, as part of a four-month investigation into fake IDs uncovered at last year's Schoolies festival.

Detective Inspector Brian Hay, from the Major Fraud Investigation Unit at the Queensland Police Service, told iTnews that the equipment seized during the investigation included a computer, scanner, printer and laminator.

Hay said that the fake IDs being created were Queensland Transport 18+ Cards, Queensland driver's licences and various student IDs.

"To date this specific operation has been running some four months," Hay said.

According to Hay, the fraud was discovered through the use of intelligence resources and investigations. However, he said he was unable to reveal the exact methods used, due to operational reasons.

The investigation follows a number of fake 18+ cards being seized at licensed premises in the lead up to Schoolies, according to a statement from the Queensland Police Service.

"The Queensland Police Service has been working with Queensland Transport and the Liquor Licensing Division of the Office of Fair Trading since the cards were discovered," it stated.

Police have said that investigations are continuing into the manufacture and distribution of fake IDs to students on the Gold Coast.

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