Seventeen men and women under the age of 21 were arrested in the Village of Fredonia following an undercover operation earlier this month at downtown bars investigating people using fake driver's licenses, Fredonia police announced Tuesday.
Undercover officers with the DMV's Fraud Unit worked with the Fredonia Police Department to review licenses of patrons entering bars on Feb. 8, police said.
Seventeen people were arrested and charged with possessing a fraudulent driver's license. A first offense for having a fake driver's license is a misdemeanor. A second within five years is a felony. The suspects were released on appearance tickets and scheduled to appear in court on a later date.
"Police have identified a significant increase of the possession of fraudulent driver’s licenses," said Fredonia Police Chief Bradley C. Meyers in a statement.
In December, a similar detail in the village resulted in the arrest of 26 people, police said.