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Fake ID Creators Plead Guilty, Get Probation, Confinement, Fines

The operation was revealed when a UGA student told on her college roommate.

Crimes in Athens, Ga.
Crimes in Athens, Ga.
The two students who created a network of creating and distributing fake IDs to underage college students in Athens and elsewhere pleaded guilty recently to multiple felony charges.

According to a story in the Athens Banner Herald, Judge Lawton Stephens sentenced UGA student William Finley Trosclair, 22, and former Gainesville State University student Tyler Andrew Ruby, to 60 to 120 days in a state detention center and five years on probation. In addition, each has to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine.

The two young men pleaded guilty to charges they created and distributed false identification documents, and manufactured and distributed false identification documents containing unauthorized government seals, the story says.

Trosclair and Ruby were sentenced under the state First Offender Act, according to the story. So, if they successfully complete probation the convictions will not appear on their records.

In August 20 people were arrested who were involved in the fake ID ring.

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