Edison Man Charged In Va. Fake ID Case
An Edison man faces charges of participating in a Virginia-based operation that sold fake IDs to thousands of college students across the country.
Nineteen-year-old Michael A. Delrio is charged with conspiracy to commit document fraud.
The Daily Progress reports that Delrio pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville. He was released on $50,000 bail.
Delrio, who also goes by the name Copernicus Leonhart, was allowed to return home where a judge has banned the use of computers and any internet-connected device.
The judge also admonished Derio to respect his mother. “I always listen to my mother, regardless,” Delrio said.
Court records show that Delrio was arrested Sept. 19 in Edison where, according to prosecutors, he was hacking into internet service. He is accused of building a website to help three Charlottesville residents streamline their fake ID enterprise, which raked in more than $3 million.
All three co-defendants pleaded guilty on Sept. 4 to conspiracy to commit identification document fraud and aggravated identity theft. They’re scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 16.
The Associated Press contributed to this report