Bond Hearing Held for Suspects in ID Fraud Ring

May 16, 2013

The three fake ID ring suspects were back in federal court on Thursday, all three waived their rights to a preliminary hearing and are not requesting bail at this time.

United States Attorney Tim Heaphy says he has never seen a fake identification operation of this scale, and that there is still much more information to gather since all three suspects went by multiple identities.

Police have searched the Rugby Road home, belongings and cars of Alan McNeil Jones, Kelly McPhee, and Mark Bernardo. All three are suspected of creating and selling fake driver's licenses and college IDs for twenty different states.

Search warrants show 19 guns and one-million dollars in cash were found at 920 Rugby Road in Charlottesville, as well as laptops, tablets and shipping materials.

Heaphy says another million dollars has been seized from four different bank accounts.

Bernardo's family came from New York to the court hearing Thursday and cried as his lawyer acknowledged them. McPhee's family appeared to get emotional as McPhee turned around and mouthed "I love you."

The US Attorney did not give much details about the guns found in the home, but said Homeland Security is at the front lines of this case, and that there is a lot more information on the way as the investigation continues.

Below the video is a link to court documents released on Thursday

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