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Senior Director of Strategic Alliances
LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Fraudulent documents are really funny, right? Come on! What a hoot! Who doesn’t laugh at false documents? Unauthorized reproduction of genuine documents. Funny! Opportunities for criminals and terrorists to make fraudulent use of both fake and genuine identity and travel documents to carry out their illegal activities. Super funny! That’s what Eridis Moore III claims. The concept is so funny to Moore that he made business out of it. Called Prop Docs. A go to business for theatrical props, educational tools, and material for playing jokes on others, with over 70 fraudulent documents to choose from. But something tells us that Moore may have know this was more than a joke since he had store front signs that read, “We make proofs of anything,” and” Your imagination is our limit.” Another sign instructed customers to”..not explain how fake documents are being used.” Now that is not so funny.

To understand what Prop Docs did, they would for a price create and printed bank statements, medical marijuana cards, college degrees, eviction notices, police reports, high school diplomas, temporary protection orders or child custody paperwork (complete with a judge’s signature), titles, out-of-state temp tags, and proof of insurance for vehicles, resumés with letters of certification to operate heavy machinery or work as a nurse. All fake. Still funny?

The Attorney General’s office started to think otherwise and in August of 2023, ordered the business’s doors closed while they investigate! Investigators uncovered even more deceptive practices. Like the “reset” consumer credit which actually used credit privacy numbers, otherwise known as fraudulent Social Security numbers. These Social Security Numbers were the identities of children, older adults, and prisoners. Super funny for fraudsters. But not funny for the victims.

The state AG’s office announced Wednesday that the company has agreed to stop selling counterfeit documents.

Today’s Fraud of The Day is based on article “Colorado company banned for making fake documents” published by Business News on December 18, 2023

A Colorado business that was temporarily closed by court order has been allowed to resume operations, but without the ability to sell many of the counterfeit documents previously served.

PropDocs includes bank statements, medical marijuana cards, college degrees, eviction notices, police reports, high school diplomas, temporary protection orders or child custody paperwork (complete with judge’s signature), title, out-of-state temporary tags and proof. Created and printed. Insurance for vehicles, regardless of your actual training, resume with certification letter for operating heavy machinery or working as a nurse.

Prosecutors claimed the business filled thousands of orders over the past two years and expanded its offering to more than 70 types of false documents.

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