Two Charlottesville residents suspected of manufacturing fake IDs are in custody and one is at large after a Monday night raid on a house near UVA.
Kelly Erin McPhee, 31, and Mark G. Bernardo, both of Charlottesville, were arrested by federal agents executing a search warrant at 920 Rugby Road, according to Brian P. McGinn, spokesman for the local U.S. Attorney’s Office. A third suspect, Alan McNeil Jones, who also goes by Joshua Tucker, 31 and also of Charlottesville, fled the scene and is now considered a fugitive.
All three have been charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, and “fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents,” McGinn said.
According to an NBC29 report, the investigation of students in Charleston, South Carolina purchasing fake IDs online led to the Charlottesville raid, which observers said involved Virginia State Police in SWAT gear.
Homeland security is leading the joint investigation, joined by the United States Postal Inspection Service and state and UVA police.
McPhee and Bernardo are scheduled to make an initial appearance at 10:30am Wednesday in federal court here in Charlottesville.
Police are searching for Jones, who they say may be traveling in a white Range Rover with Washington State plates that read AIH-8881. Anyone with information on the suspects is asked to call 802-872-6020.