The University of Virginia is preparing to respond to a prosecutor's release of names of students who bought fake IDs from a busted Charlottesville ring.
Three people were sentenced Monday for manufacturing thousands of fake IDs in a business that lasted from 2010 to May of this year, when federal investigators raided its headquarters - a home on Rugby Road.
Following the sentencing, U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy announced the feds will send hundreds of colleges and universities the names of students who bought fake drivers licenses from the ring. Now, UVA students are wondering if their classmates could face punishment in a university that values honor.
Fourth-year UVA student Natalie Knipp said, “I think it puts the university in a strange position, because they value the honor code so much.”
A university spokesman says UVA will wait for further information from the U.S. attorney's office when the list of student names arrives before it comments on the case.
Prosecutors say UVA students were the first customers starting in 2010 before word spread to campuses nationwide about the top-notch fakes. University disciplinary policy allows students to face punishment from an honor committee or the university judiciary committee for violating standards of conduct.
“We're going to notify the colleges where these students were enrolled: ‘we believe that the following students at your university possess a fake identification document, take whatever action you think is appropriate,’” Heaphy said.
The feds say the Charlottesville operation sold fake IDs to about 25,000 students across the country. The U.S. attorney's office says it isn’t sure exactly how many UVA students are involved.
Right now, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is going through all the names found in the customer list to prepare letters to them and their schools.
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