Feathered Bastard

Bill Montgomery Looks the Other Way at 1,761 Possible Felony Crimes

Sounds like forgery is rampant in Tempe. Will Bill Montgomery respond?

Are all truly equal before the law? When it comes to forgery in Maricopa County, the answer is a decided, "Hell, no."

Yesterday, the Tempe Police Department issued statistics showing that last year they had confiscated "1,761 fictitiously used identifications" presented by underage individuals attempting to imbibe alcohol. That's down from 2,138 seized IDs in 2011.

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"Just about every one of those IDs...were the ones taken by bar staff, not so much by [the Tempe] PD," he told me.

Still, it's an eyebrow-raising statistic, especially considering that Tempe PD issued 224 citations in 2012 for misdemeanors related to presenting fake ID or someone else's ID to get booze. That's a mere 12.7 percent of IDs seized.

It's also eyebrow-raising because, at least hypothetically, the stacks of fake IDs the Tempe PD showed off to Channel 12 in the report above could equal 1,761 felonies, if the authorities wanted to pursue them as such.

Arizona law, specifically ARS 13-2002 states that, "a person commits forgery if, with intent to defraud, the person: 1. Falsely makes, completes or alters a written instrument; or 2. Knowingly possesses a forged instrument; or 3. Offers or presents, whether accepted or not, a forged instrument or one that contains false information."

So how is a college freshman attempting to gain access to a club to drink beer with a fake ID any different than an undocumented immigrant using a false ID or Social Security Number to obtain employment?

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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