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Western New York accounted for more than a third of all the fake IDs seized in New York in 2018

Posted at 3:19 AM, Feb 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-04 03:19:20-05

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials say ongoing efforts to crack down on fake identifications being used to illegally purchase alcohol in New York resulted in a record number of bogus ID seizures last year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state seized 892 of the fake documents as part of Operation Prevent in 2018, up from 814 the previous year. The Democrat says New York state has zero tolerance for underage drinking and will continue to conduct enforcement efforts to catch people who break beverage control laws.

The year-round compliance efforts led by investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles target concert venues, bars, restaurants and stores where alcohol is sold.

State officials say of the nearly 900 fake IDs seized last year, more than a third of which were confiscated at locations in western New York.