An identity theft ring based in Palm Beach County, Fla. took information gathered by computer hackers and used it to print fake driver licenses, birth certificates and Social Security cards in real people's names, said a Palm Beach Post report.
In June and July, the ring made 32 fake IDs using information stolen from people in Florida, California and other states and showed agents a list of 110 real identities to choose from, the report said.
During the investigation, a confidential FBI source and undercover agents convinced the fake ID ring they needed documents to take out fraudulent loans in other people's names. In a series of meetings between June 14 and July 15, FBI agents paid a total of $27,750 for fake IDs.
According to the report, the information was stolen from bank account passwords and personal identification numbers for cash machines.