The final member of the multi-million-dollar Rugby Road fake ID ring in Charlottesville is heading to jail Tuesday - but a federal judge sentenced Michael DelRio to a lot less time behind bars than the other three involved in the case.
DelRio was an 18-year-old computer science college student in New Jersey when he got involved in the fake ID scheme that led to the May 2013 raid of a home on Rugby Road. He took $15,000 from the ring to create a website that would speed up the process for people buying the fake IDs.
The feds say DelRio never set foot in the Rugby Road mansion where the fake ID ring operated. He had never been to Charlottesville until he was charged.
Tuesday in federal court, a judge gave DelRio, now 20, a six-month sentence. He'll only spend two of those months behind bars; the rest will be served under home monitoring. The other three people involved in the scheme - Alan Jones, Mark Bernardo, and Kelly McPhee - are spending between two and five years in prison.
Prosecutors say DelRio cooperated with the investigation from the start.
“It was helpful in the sense that it told us what his involvement was, and it was helpful in that it corroborated what we had heard about Jones', Bernardo's, and McPhee's role in the same operation,” said Ron Huber, assistant U.S. attorney.
The prosecutor and DelRio's attorney both say this short sentence reflects DelRio's limited role in the scheme.
“My sense of Michael DelRio is that he's very young, but this has helped grow him up a little bit. He's going to go back to college and finish up, and he's going to behave himself from here on out,” said Lloyd Snook, DelRio’s attorney.
DelRio turned himself over right after Tuesday’s hearing to begin serving those two months behind bars.
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