Three suspects charged with running a fake ID ring out of a Charlottesville home appeared in federal court for procedural hearings Thursday.
On May 7 a home located at 920 Rugby Road was the scene of a federal raid. The raid led to an in-depth investigation that took most of May 8. The investigation ultimately led to the arrests of three people, 31-year old Alan Jones, 31-year old Kelly McPhee, and 26-year-old Mark Bernardo.
During the preliminary hearing Thursday, Jones, McPhee and Bernardo agreed to give the government more time to prepare its case against them. All three suspects waived the federal 30-day deadline to indict them. They waived the deadline for the preliminary examination as well. The three have agreed to remain in jail and not request bail.
Court documents detail what investigators found in their Rugby Road home: bags of fake IDs, 18 guns - including shot guns, hand guns and assault rifles- and over $1 million.
According to U.S. Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy, $1.3 million was found in a safe at the home on Rugby Road and more than $2 million dollars total was recovered, including money seized from various bank accounts.
Their next court date has not been scheduled yet.
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