A college dropout and two aides who ran an Internet site selling fake ID all pleaded guilty Friday to forgery charges under a plea deal with the State Attorney General's office.
Christopher Casacci, 22, pleaded guilty before State Supreme Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to a felony charge of attempted forgery for selling several hundred fake IDs, primarily New York drivers licenses, for $150.
Molly Nori, 23, and Katrzyna Kaczor, 22, both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor forgery charges and admitted they assisted Casacci, a Canisius College dropout, who was selling the fake IDs on the Internet from his apartment on Autumn Creek Lane in Amherst.
Buscaglia told Casacci -- now of Stenzel Road, North Tonawanda -- that he will place him on probation for five years and fine him up to $5,000.
The judge told Nori, of Lakewood Parkway, Amherst, and Kaczor, of Baynes Avenue, Buffalo, that they both face three years on probation. All three were allowed to remain free without bail pending their Jan. 10 sentencing.
Assistant Attorney General Paul F. McCarthy told the judge the perfectids.com Web site ran for about three months was put out of business after a joint state-federal raid on Casacci's Amherst apartment March 3, 2003, led to the seizure of all his computer equipment.
After the plea proceedings, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer told The Buffalo News people like Casacci "have no way of knowing whether the buyer is an underage college student or a terrorist seeking identification to board a plane."