A suburban Chicago college student has been charged with manufacturing phony drivers licenses from Illinois and other states.
The Illinois secretary of state's office says 21-year-old Akash Reddy used his computer skills to create and sell at least 500 phony drivers licenses. Authorities say he sold the authentic-looking documents and identification cards for $50 to $60 each, primarily to other college students.
Secretary of State spokeswoman Beth Kaufman tells the Chicago Sun-Times that Reddy, apparently enrolled in an online program, may have used some of the money to pay his tuition.
Authorities say a search of Reddy's Aurora home by investigators turned up $25,000 and a variety of equipment to manufacture the licenses, including laminators and hologram imprinters.
Reddy, who is free on bail, couldn't be reached for comment.